Recreation

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

There is a small sand beach at King Island that is a favorite location for the kids to enjoy swimming, sunning and playing in the sand. Mid-summer water temperature is usually in the mid 70s, so the water is very pleasant for swimming, waterskiing and tubing. Kayaks and canoes are also provided for our guests' enjoyment.


There are portage trails and natural game trails on the nearby shore, that offer great opportunities for hiking and looking for shed antlers from deer and moose.

BIRD VIEWING AND WILDLIFE

Wildlife and birds abound in the surrounding area. You will often see whitetail deer or black bear swimming from island to island when you are out in your boat, as well as numerous beaver and playful otter. Lake of the Woods is a unique ecosystem, formed where the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes Forest Region, the Boreal Forest Region and the Prairie Grasslands converge. There are tremendous opportunities to view wildlife, waterfowl and birds. From the tiny hummingbirds, a vast array of songbirds, and local ducks with their rafts of ducklings, to the majestic Bald Eagles and white pelicans there is much to enjoy if you are interested in birding. There are several eagle's nests within a short distance of King Island.

ABORIGINAL HISTORY

Lake of the Woods is rich in history. A coveted area by both French and English fur traders, they warred over it in the 1600's and there are historical landmarks commemorating those days. For more information visit http://www.greatcanadianlakes.com/ontario/lakewood/history-home.html. (This site has a ton of information on Lake of the Woods in addition to the history pages.)

The aboriginal people plied the waters of Lake of the Woods before that, however, and traces of their life are occasionally found on the sand beaches around the lake. There is a wonderful historical center, just an hour from Nestor Falls, near the town of Stratton on the Rainy River. Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung is a National Historic Park located at the oldest Native burial mounds in Canada.