Blind River is blessed with an abundance of adventure and cultural tourism opportunities. These include a vast network of snowmobiling, hiking, skiing and biking trails. There are numerous high quality beaches, cottages and campgrounds in the area that can be taken advantage of during the summer months. The area is also great for fishing and boating with a full service marina located on Lake Huron. For a cultural experience there is the Blind River Museum and Library that can be enjoyed any time of year. And finally Blind River has one of the best golf courses in Northern Ontario with the 18 hole championship golf course, the Huron Pines Golf and Country Club.
Below is more information on some of our key attractions:
Huron Pines Golf Course
Blind River is home to one of the finest golf courses around. Huron Pines Golf & Country Club is a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, carved out of the rugged Northern Ontario landscape. Situated along the banks of the Mississauga River, the course winds its way through mixed hardwoods and tall pines. There are three sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels with yardages ranging from 5552 to 6783 yards.
For more information on rates, Stay'n Play packages, hole-by-hole course layout, and upcoming tournaments, visit us online at www.huronpines.com or call us at 1-705-356-1663.
We have it all!
- Full service practice facility featuring-bent grass tees, target greens, putting and practice greens and bunkers
- Golf Pro Shop stocked with the latest golf equipment and accessories
- Fleet golf carts for rent or pull carts included with your green fees
- Licensed restaurant
- Stay'n Play golf packages
- Golf club rentals
The community is one that is committed to fitness awareness with the municipality. (It is currently financially supporting a local fitness center and have done surveys to encourage physical activities by providing facilities that are in demand.) The most popular activities in the community include skiing, cycling, horseback riding, weight training, swimming, and yoga. Organized recreational programming and festivals are available throughout the year and are advertised regularly throughout the community. The Town has:
- 18 multi-function park areas including baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, and nature/ski trails.
- There are 4 beach areas including 3 on Lake Huron totaling some 3 to 4 kilometers of natural sandy beach.
- The municipality offers a significant natural area of walking/ski trails in the Marshy Bay / Boomcamp Wetlands, which was recently designated as a protected wetlands area by the provincial government.
- 3 bicycle trails connect the core of the town to its outlying areas
- A recently completed bicycle trail connects the core of the town to it's outlying residential areas and forms some 3 miles of trails.
- Additional recreational infrastructure, both private and public include a pristine public 18 hole golf course (Huron Pines Golf & Country Club), horse stables, a curling club, arena, community centre, marina, library, and museum.
Blind River Marina Park
Our marina includes a boater's lounge, eatery, wireless Internet access, 30 or 50 amp power and water, gas, diesel, pumpouts, charts, launch ramps, repair facilities, storage, recycling services, courtesy bicycles, washroom and shower, laundry facilities, horse shoe pits, car and trailer parking, and spotless personal comfort stations. For more information contact 705-356-7026 or go to the Blind River Marine Park web page.
Timber Village Museum
View Blind River in its early beginnings in the 17th century at the Blind River Timber Village Museum. The Timber Village Museum depicts life in the lumber camps and early settlement homes and businesses of North Channel communities. Blind River was once home of one of the largest sawmills in North America during the early to late 20th century. It provided white pine for the royal navy as well as the lumber for the fast growing markets.
They offer guided tours and a variety of public workshops and presentations. While there you will want to take in the historic tour of the community and take advantage of the great photo opportunities with the Northern Ontario Logging Memorial. Several publications on the local history is available at the gift shop along with many local crafts and art exhibits.
For more information contact 705-356-7544 or go to the Timber Village Museum web page.
Palace Theatre 2 Alain Bray Auditorium
The Alain Bray Auditorium is a state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2004, seating 247 people. As a shared building with Ecole Secondaire Catholique Jeunesse-Nord, it is used for Town and group events which require full accessibility with a stage, sound system, lighting and grand piano. At 117 Colonization Road in Blind River, it is easily accessed by following Hwy 17 to the only set of lights, turn south onto Hanes, cross the railway tracks and then west onto Colonization Road.
Home to The Blind River Entertainment Series, the Alain Bray Auditorium is a welcome addition to Blind River's amenities. Many local, hometown musicians as well as touring performers have enjoyed its cosy ambience, such names as Ian Tamblyn, The Sault Barbershop Chorus, Abbamania and Gordon Brown, Pianist.
Beaches & Parks
Being Surrounded by water has its advantages, one being beautiful beaches on Lake Huron and Lake Lauzon, and other great swimming spots as well. Access 4th Sand beach off HWY 17E-turn into Huron Beach Road, follow dirt road to parking area, and walk across the railway tracks to get to the beach. Access Lauzon Beach 11km (7mi) east of Blind River off HWY 17E in Algoma Mills. Drive north of Blind River on Granary Lake and Matinenda roadways to find other great swimming spots.
Blind River has many parks, perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon picnic or relaxing while your children enjoy the playground. Located by the Blind River Marina and Community Centre we now have a skateboard park with various ramps. Don't forget your helmet!
Boom Camp Interpretative Park & Trails
The Boom Camp Interpretative Park offers 12 kilometers of multi-session trails passing through tree distinct ecological zones from coastal headlands through to provincially significant wetlands. Located at the mouth of the Mississauga River, this section of the North Channel of Lake Huron is significant for its culture and natural historic values. Is provided resource opportunities for the early trapping trade and housed log booming operations for what became the largest White Pine mill east of the Rocky Mountains. The area is now home to the Blind River Cross Country Ski Club.
Tours & Excursions
Drive the scenic Deer Trail from Blind River through Algoma Mills and Spragge up Highway 108 then back through iron Bridge and back to Blind River - all in a day or take a weekend to explore for a total of 120 kilometres of shutterbug paradise. The end of September marks the Deer Trail Studio Tour with artists displaying along the trail at full-service host locations. Tours of local industry are available form one of the largest and most advanced uranium refineries in the world, to pulp mills - the choices are truly endless for an educational experience with fantastic scenery, recreation and entertainment value for the whole family.
Hunting & Fishing
With direct access to Lake Huron, and unlimited access to over 4,000 inland lakes, the angler can readily find Lake Trout, Pickerel, Pike, Bass, Speckle and Rainbow Trout. Guided excursions are available locally as well as topographic maps for the “go-it-alone” adventures. Fishing charters for King Salmon, Chinook, and Pink Salmon are also readily available in season for the North Channel of Lake Huron. The hunter will find the area equally productive with an abundance of Deer, Moose, and Blank Bear harvested annually from well-managed stock. The primary game bird is the Ruffed Grouse, and a variety of waterfowl also frequent the area. There are many local outfitters offering hunt package to meet the expectations of even the most demanding hunting parties.