Communities: Pickle Lake

Pickle Lake, Ontario's Last Frontier and the Heart of Transportation to the Far North


Located in the heart of Ontario, north from Ignace, on Hwy 599, the 400 residents of Pickle Lake enjoy access to vast untouched timberland, clean air and healthy living. This wilderness paradise offers the best of hunting, fishing, bird watching, camping, canoeing, hiking, XC skiing, snowmobiling and canoe tripping that Canada has to offer. The expansive boreal and taiga forest, including nine provincial parks that span across the north to as far as Hudson Bay, almost 500 kms north of Pickle Lake, contain famous river paddling routes such as the Winisk and Pipestone and Attawapiskat.

Rich in history and tradition, over 18 First Nation communities are accessed through Pickle Lake either by air in the open water season or by ice road in the winter, making Pickle Lake an important transshipment point for goods and services.

In addition to transportation, tourism is also a primary industry offering goods and services, meals and accommodation and flights to remote outpost camps and lodges to both tourists and the travelling public. Since Pickle Lake is located as far north as the paved road goes in Ontario, all access to the wilderness is fly-in only. For the adventurer at heart, there are guided and unguided canoe, kayak, polar bear tours and fishing excursions.

Area residents and tourists alike take advantage of area lakes and sandy beaches, fabulous fishing and access to drive-to camp grounds operated by the Township of Pickle Lake on Badesdawa (Mud) Lake, Menako Lake, Pipestone River and Mawley Lake. In addition to the outdoor recreation opportunities, Pickle Lake offers an ice arena, curling rink, bowling alley, recreation programs and a dynamic volunteer base that ensures a wide variety of opportunities for healthy active living are available for all residents.

Housing is affordable in this hospitable community where entrepreneurs are wanted and new families and residents are welcomed. With the development of transmission lines and mining opportunities, the Township of Pickle Lake invites you to come and help us grow.