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Ignace is fortunate enough to have two pristine swimming beaches with change rooms, picnic pavilions, and playground areas available.
This beach has docks that separate the different depths of water and is ideal for children of all ages. An enclosed swimming area provides increased supervision for young swimmers.
This beach is shallow but gets deeper the further out you go. Picnic at the pavilion or have fun on the swing sets.
The Township of Ignace encourages all users to follow some basic tips when using our trails.
- Share the trail
- Be prepared and stay within skill level
- Always announce your intent to pass and allow others to pass safely
- Respect the sound of nature. Avoid loud voices and noises such as mobile phones and radios
- Use only marked trails and follow the signs
- Do not trespass on private land
- Stay on the trails to avoid damaging nearby vegetation
- Leave plants and small creatures in their natural habitats
- Do not remove or damage artifcats
- Fires are not permitted along trails, except in approved camp sites
- Use waste receptacles or carry your litter home
- Respect the privacy of people living adjacent to trails
- Keep your pet on a leash
- Pick up after your dog
Your co-operation will help protect our trails and improve everyone's experiences there.
Experience the beauty of Ignace by water. As you canoe, enjoy the tranquility of our lakes and the natural surroundings that will surely take your breath away.
Prime canoeing locations, destinations and routes:
- Canoe Gulliver River or Agimak River
- Canoe to White Otter Castle
- Rent a canoe at Sandbar Park to paddle in Sandbar Lake
- At 160 km Sandbar-Press Lake canoe loop (9-12 days), you will be sure to see aboriginal rock paintings.
- Canoe route 79 (4-5 days) takes you through some of the greatest fishing lakes in Northern Ontario.
Canoeing Water Safety Rules
- Life jackets or personal floatation devices must be worn by all persons while on the water. Make sure yours fits well and it is fastened properly.
- Always stay seated while in a boat or canoe.
- If a thunderstorm or lightning approaches, leave the water immediately.
- No “horseplay” in any water craft.
- Weight and capacity restrictions on all water craft must be adhered to.
- Fishing from pedal boats is prohibited.
- Canoeing is recommended during daytime hours of operation only.
Golf and Country Club
The Golf & Country Club has an attractive nine-hole golf course, resting area, and clubhouse open during the summertime for everyone's enjoyment. This space is ideal for weddings, graduations or any special event. For more information or to book a tee time, please call 807-934-6871. For event information, please contact Victor Chassie at 807-936-0019, and for building maintenance, please call Public Works Supervisor - Ralph Cox at 807-220-0888.
Monday - Sunday - 11am to 7pm
(or call 24 hours ahead to book an earlier tee time)
Members Price List (price list does NOT include HST)
Adult - $475.00
Adult Spousal - $815.00
Senior 50+ - $450.00
Senior Spousal - $765.00
Student 19+ - $345.00
Junior (18 yrs and under) - $175.00
10 pass - $225.00
Gas Cart - $85.00
Electric Cart - $130.00
9 Holes - $30.00
18 Holes - $40.00
9 Holes (Kids 10-17yrs) - $13.28
Cart Rental (9 Holes) - $30.00
Cart Rental (18 Holes) - 40.00
Daily Cart Drop Fee - $8.87
Club Rentals - $8.87
Pull Cart Rentals - $4.42
Popular Tournaments/ Events
- Founder Tournament
- Fathers’ Day Breakfast
- Men’s Open
- Senior Men’s Tournament
- Ladies’ Open
- Tamarack Tournament
- Legion Tournament
- Geno Tournament
- Men’s Wind-up
- Ladies Wind-up
- Golf and Ghouls
This elaborate three-storey log home was built in the early 1900’s. James A. McOuat, a lone trapper but one with many friends in Ignace, built his home out of large red pine logs some weighing 1600 pounds. “I put it up without any help whatever," Jimmy said back in 1914. He used a block and tackle method to raise these logs to their place. He was told back when he lived in the Ottawa Valley “ye’ll never do no good, ye’ll die in a shack”. Taking these sayings to heart he decided to build himself a castle.
The Castle was finished in 1914 with the four storey tower and hip roof covered in tar paper. Unfortunately Jimmy died in the fall of 1918 and his body was discovered the following spring by forest rangers. His grave remains at the castle to this day. The decaying castle was renovated by “Friends of White Otter Castle” and is still maintained today.
It can be accessed by float plane or canoe in the summer and by snowmobile in the winter. It is approximately a 40 km trip by canoe and portage starting right in the town of Ignace. When starting a trip from Agimak Lake in Ignace there are 15 portages to White Otter Lake. Maps of the canoe route can be picked up for free at the Tourist Information Centre and Township of Ignace Office, 34 Highway 17 West, Ignace, Ontario.
Almost every person who grew up in the Ignace area has picked fresh wild blueberries. The boreal forest produces some of the sweetest berries in the world. These antioxidant rich berries when picked and cleaned sell for a good price and are highly sought after by visitors and travelers. The picking season usually lasts from the beginning of July to the end of August. The best place to find these berries is in harvested forest sites accessible by logging roads. Added to this, just north of Sandbar Lake Provincial Park is a landscape dominated by boulders, an area that is surrounded by blueberries and some roadside raspberries.
Before venturing out for berries, it is advisable to become bearwise. Blueberry patches are a good place to encounter bears as they consume hundreds of pounds of blueberries late in the summer to store fat for the winter. While these animals are generally non-threatening, they are also known to be extremely dangerous.
Ignace’s Blueberry Boulder Field (by Dennis Smyk)
Just north of Sandbar Lake Provincial Park, a dozen kilometres north of Ignace, the landscape is dominated by room size boulders. Visitors walking among these behemoths cannot help but be overwhelmed by them.
Bouldering dates back to the late 19th century and was started in Europe to train rock climbers. Bouldering is a British name given to the sport and "problem" is the name of the challenge or path up to the top of the boulder. The size of the boulders found in Ignace and their proximity to the Trans Canada Highway means that there is a great deal of interest by boulderers, aficionados of the sport of bouldering, a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs so that a fall will not result in serious injury. It is typically practiced on large boulders or artificial man-made boulders and only equipment you will require is some chalk, climbing shoes, a landing pad, and some courage. The Ignace Boulder Field has been described as “the best bouldering in Canada between the Niagara Glen and the Rockies”!
Visitors will enjoy the experience of seeing the boulders-or climbing them- and can top up their visit by feasting on the namesake blueberries. Keep an eye open for roadside raspberries too.
Geocaching is a fun way to interact with other outdoor enthusiasts by finding their caches and exchanging objects or leaving a signature for the cache owner. All you need is some outdoor gear and a handheld GPS.
Ed and Amanda Lahaie have created a number of geocaches at interesting sites in and near Ignace.
Geocaching is a high-tech version of hide-and-seek that combines the thrill of scavenger hunts, the physical challenges of hiking or biking, and the fun of gift exchanges.
It shares many aspects with benchmarking, trig pointing, orienteering, treasure hunting, letterboxing, and way marketing.
All you need is a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit or other navigational techniques to find containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”), then sign the logbook and exchange small trinkets. With internet access you can visit websites that list geocaches hidden in the Ignace area - or throughout the region. A good website to start with is www.geocaching.com. It's a great activity for families to enjoy together!
Geocaches within 70 km of Ignace ON
|Just Plane Cache||N 49º 24.967 W 091º 39.556||15U E 597243 N 5474579|
|Agimak's Cache||N 49º 24.943 W 091º 39.991||15U E 596718 N 5474525|
|Lilypad Lake Cache||N 49º 24.177 W 091º 39.632||15U E 597177 N 5473113|
|W est Beach Cache||N 49º 25.467 W 091º 41.382||15U E 595020 N 5475466|
|Towerhill Lookout Cache||N 49º 24.264 W 091º 37.608||15U E 599622 N 5473319|
|4 Mile Pit Cache||N 49º 22.286 W 091º 34.256||15U E 603744 N 5469729|
|Ignace (the return)||N 49º 21.590 W 091º 32.439||15U E 605967 N 5468482|
|Gulliver's Travels||N 49º 21.217 W 091º 31.423||15U E 607210 N 5467814|
|Raleigh Falls Cache||N 49º 28.347 W 091º 56.272||15U E 576948 N 5480520|
|Jimmy's Castle||N 49º 10.257 W 091º 54.540||15U E 579524 N 5447032|
|Sign on the dotted line||N 49º 32.349 W 092º 06.651||15U E 564329 N 5487773|
|Revell River Rest||N 49º 32.173 W 092º 08.136||15U E 562542 N 5487426|
|Lodge Lake||N 49º 15.145 W 091º 06.823||15U E 637265 N 5457228|
|Bass Cache||N 48º 56.931 W 091º 47.084||15U E 588977 N 5422481|
|The hidden Bridge II||N 49º 41.824 W 091º 03.660||15U E 639829 N 5506754|
|Reminiscing Huck and Jim||N 48º 54.508 W 091º 32.412||15U E 606967 N 5418307|
|Jack Fish||N 49º 37.148 W 092º 26.568||15U E 540247 N 5496434|
|Bull's Eye||N 48º 51.810 W 091º 40.598||15U E 597057 N 5413126|
|Looking Back||N 50º 01.304 W 091º 40.534||15U E 594813 N 5541887|
|Dinorwic Hill, The Sequel||N 49º 41.767 W 092º 29.370||15U E 536816 N 5504969|
- Hint: Look below your knees
Tower Hill Lookout Cache
- Hint: Eye Level
4 Mile Pit Cache
- Hint: If you think you are getting hot, you might be rusty!
Gulliver’s Travels Cache
- Hint: If you think you’re stumped, you might have nailed it
Raleigh Falls Cache
- Hint: Look at the far east end of the loop, about 5m up from the yellow stake, LOOK UP
For many people, hunting is a lifestyle and a food source. It is also an important source of income in the Ignace area, due to the high level of tourism and guided hunting resorts. Some of the most popular hunting targets are moose, bear, deer, and small game such as grouse and snowshoe hare. There are several fly-in resorts that have American packages for hunting and fishing in the area.
Below is a list of camps/resorts that specialise in an array of hunting packages.
Bergmann’s Camp, Breezy Point Camp, Cobb Bay Lodge, Cobblestone Lodge, Cozy Campground, Harris Bay Resort, Lumberjack Lodge, Moose Creek Camp, Raleigh Lake Resort, Sac Bay Lodge, Rousseau’s Landing, Silver Dollar Inn.
Grouse Hunting / Small Game
Cozy Campground, Harris Bay Resort, Lumberjack Lodge, Press Lake Camp, Sac Bay Lodge, Silver Dollar Inn.
Agimac River Outfitters, Breezy Point Camp, Cozy Campground, Harris Bay Resort, Lumberjack Lodge, Press Lake Camp, Raleigh Lake Resort, Rousseau’s Landing, Sac Bay Lodge, Silver Dollar Inn
Moose Creek Camp, Rousseau’s Landing, Sac Bay Lodge
Cozy Campground, Sac Bay Lodge
Birdwatching in the Boreal
When most people think of birdwatching, they might think of sitting and waiting for hours with a pair of binoculars to see a small bird. In reality there is much more to it. Besides the stereotypical binocular scene there is an audio element to birding. Bird's calls are distinct, for example a chickadee call is one that is highly recognized and enjoyed. We are surrounded by boreal forest that is home to thousands of species and the best way to see them is to walk the many trails in and around Ignace.
Some of the larger species include bald eagles, hawks, herons, falcons, grouse, and waterfowl such as geese and ducks. "Twitching" or "tally-hunting" refers to the sport of birding that requires creating a checklist of bird species and possibly traveling great distances to find the more elusive birds.
There are many different types of habitat in the area that serve as feeding and nesting areas. The boreal forests are great places to find many species of warblers, chickadees, nuthatches, flycatchers, vireos and many more.
A list of popular birding trails near Ignace:
- Lilypad Lake Trail, located within the Town of Ignace
- Silhouette Trail, 12 km north of Ignace on 599 highway, Sandbar Provincial Park
- Rock Cliff Trail, 12 km north of Ignace, Sandbar Provincial Park
- South Beach Trail to Red Pine Loop, Sandbar Provincial Park
- Gulliver River Water Trail, Grit Road 17 km east of Ignace, Canoe/Kayak access