The municipality of Greenstone, in the Superior Country region of Northern Ontario, is widely known for its vast size, expansive wilderness, world class fishing, hunting and much more. Today we explore what makes this municipality nature’s home town!
The Municipality of Greenstone was created by the amalgamation of several small communities in Northern Ontario. Through this process Greenstone became the second largest municipality in Ontario by land area (3,172 sq. km / 1224 sq. mi) and the sixth largest in Canada. The uniqueness of Greenstone comes into play when considering that most of its area is filled with forests, lakes, and rivers! With such a vast size it’s no wonder Greenstone hosts some of the best outdoor activities in Northern Ontario
The municipality of Greenstone is home to some of the most popular hiking trails in Northern Ontario! Most famous is the Palisades Trail with heights of over 500ft. This physically demanding trail offers some of the most majestic views in the region. Want to take in the views of Lake Nipigon? Walk along the Lake Nipigon Shoreline Trail to experience incomparable views of the lake and even pick wild blue berries along the way! For more trails check out the Greenstone Website.
Northern Ontario’s Greenstone offers hundreds of kilometres of snowmobile trails. The majority of which can be accessed directly from the TransCanada Highway. One of the most popular routes is a trail connecting the towns of Hearst, Longlac and Geraldton. The trail is well maintained, marked, and is ready to be explored. With roughly 300km (186mi) you will not be disappointed! For more information on snowmobiling in Greenstone Click Here!
Orient Bay in Greenstone is a premiere ice climbing destination as it boasts waterfalls over 130ft. This location is not only a top contender for ice climbing in Ontario but in North America. Greenstone offers some of the best ice climbing experiences east of the North American Rockies. For those looking to explore the heights without the ice Greenstone offers great Rock climbing, with cliffs reaching over 500 feet. Greenstone is a climber’s paradise!
Escape the stresses of city life by visiting Nature’s Home Town… Greenstone! Sit back and relax in one of the many campgrounds in Greenstone! The municipality hosts several different private campgrounds and four municipally run campgrounds which all offer their own unique experiences. With such a multitude of campgrounds Greenstone is perfect for those looking to tent or those with large trailers and motor homes. With so many lakes, lakeside campsites are not hard to come by.
Well groomed trails are not hard to come by in Greenstone. The Longlac Cross Country Ski Club hosts over 50km (31mi) of well groomed, easily accessible trail. With a beautifully maintained and heated chalet, Longlac in Greenstone is just the place you need to visit to experience Northern Ontario’s winter at its finest! Looking to explore a little more? Greenstone is also home to MacLeod, a Provincial Park that is transformed into a cross country skiing destination during the winter months. With over 10km to explore this is a perfect opportunity to visit an Ontario Provincial Park in the winter!
If Northern Ontario could only be known for one thing it would be snow. And with snow comes one of the best winter activities… snow shoeing! Greenstone hosts the Nakina Snowshoe Trail which will allow you to enjoy the winter air and scenery of Northern Ontario while exploring the Ontario boreal forest.
Paddling in Greenstone isn’t for the faint of heart. With routes ranging from 7 to 14 days the region has become popular with many avid paddlers. The two most popular routes include the Longlac/Steel River Route and the Marshall Lake Loop. Both offer great wilderness site seeing opportunities, history, and panoramic views like no other. If your looking for something a little easier many of the Campgrounds in Greenstone have access to water that can be explored by beginner to intermediate paddlers as well.
Home to over 40 drive-in and fly-in fishing lodges Greenstone is a destination for many anglers from all over the world. The area boasts multiple species including Walleye, Northern Pike, Brook Trout, Lake Trout and more. Many of the fishing lodges offer access to Lake Nipigon, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, as well as many other lakes, rivers, and streams. For a list of fishing lodges in Greenstone Click Here!
Looking for a remote hunting experience? Greenstone is just the place! With over 3,000km of boreal forest Greenstone is home to many big game and small game animals. The most popular big game in Greenstone is moose and black bear. For a list of Hunting lodges in Greenstone Click Here!