Kirkland Lake offers an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the wilds and wonders of nature. Hop on an ATV and explore the world!
Museum of Northern History
Located at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau, the museum provides a fascinating glimpse into Kirkland Lake’s past. An ongoing series of exhibits and special shows also highlights the diversity, talent and energy of the community today.
This little park is one of the best places for an evening stroll with the kids. Ducks, terns and a host of marsh wildlife abound.
Ever feel like you are standing on top of the world?
While Mount Cheminis might not be as famous as Mount Everest, the buzz you get when standing 500 meters above sea level, with land stretching out as far as the eye can see, is a pretty close second.
Mount Cheminis lies on the Ontario-Quebec border. Traveling east on Trans-Canada Highway 66, you’ll see it rising like a mirage in the distance. Framed by two smaller hills, it seems to be growing straight up and out of the road. It has a majesty about it that takes your breath away. Little wonder that the area’s original Ojibway inhabitants identified it as an important ceremonial ground.
French explorers discovered Cheminis in the 1600’s. Today, our fascination with the rock continues. It is a favourite hiking spot in the Kirkland Lake District. A well-worn trail exists on the north side. Near the base of the mountain you pass through an impressive boulder field. From there the trail becomes increasingly more vertical. Forty-five minutes later, you stand exhausted but exhilarated on the summit.
Esker Lakes Provincial Park
Straddling the great continental divide between Arctic and Atlantic watersheds, this park preserves the legacy of glaciers that retreated 10,000 years ago – dozens of kettle lakes, part of the famous 250-kilometre Munroe esker, undulating hills and sand dunes. Now cloaked in forest, this fascinating landscape can be intimately explored along a network of hiking trails.
Located just 9 km from downtown Kirkland Lake, Culver Park offers 25 beautiful acres of land and water to soothe the spirit and calm the mind. Fishing, boating and family fun beach activities are available.
The Miners Memorial, situated at the entrance to the Museum of Northern History, is a stunningly beautiful monument that pays tribute to the miners and the industry that built Kirkland Lake.
The monument is a 40 tonne, 32-foot high black granite abstraction of a head frame surrounded by the life size figures of five miners at work underground. Created by artists Sally Lawrence and Rob Moir, it is designed to honour the workers who toiled underground, and mourn those who gave their lives in the mines of Kirkland Lake.
This park occupies part of the Wright-Hargreaves mine property. This was one of the most productive mines in the Kirkland lake camp, and was one of the deepest in the world (2.5 km). The wrought iron gate stood at the entrance to the property on Duncan Avenue. Today, the park is home to the local cenotaph, honouring Kirkland Lake's war dead.
Old Toburn Mine Shaft
Originally known as the Tough Oakes Burnside, the Toburn Mine was the first producing mine in Kirkland Lake. It officially ceased operation in 1953. The old headframe is located at the east end of town, and today is recognized as significant cultural asset.
The famous sportscaster Foster Hewitt once said that Kirkland Lake was "the town that made the N.H.L. famous". Hockey Heritage North demonstrates the truth of Hewitt’s words. This 18,000 square foot interactive facility tells the story of hockey in northeastern Ontario and how this region produced some of the best players in the world.