Experience Red Lake



Since the discovery of the Howey Bay gold find of 1925, the Red Lake District
has been known as one of the richest mining regions in Canada

The Municipality of Red Lake consists of six different towns;
Red Lake, Balmertown, Cochenour, McKenzie Island, Madsen, and Starratt Olsen.

Take a step back and submerge yourself in the local history at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. Then be sure to check out the Aviation Chronicle at the Norseman Heritage Park and the historical plaque at Harry’s Corners. Hop into your boat and go on the West Red Lake Gold Rush Self-Guided Tour which includes the West Red Lake Mining Museum. red-lake-regional-heritage-centre
Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre 



If the outdoors piques your interest opportunities abound in Red Lake. Rent a boat to go fishing or plan a wilderness canoe trip. Relax on one of the many beaches including Kinsmen and Rahill Beaches. Fishing and wilderness enthusiasts have been experiencing the surroundings of Red Lake for a long time.

Drive 4 km. east and you will arrive at the mining town of Balmertown. This town is home to the Evolution Mining Red Lake Operation (formerly known as Dickenson Mine and Placer Dome Campbell Mines).  Evolution Mining Red Lake Operation is one of Canada's major gold-producing mines and is the backbone of the Red Lake District. Besides the mine, Balmertown also offers recreational facilities for all ages, swimming, bowling, fitness rooms at the Evolution Mining Recreation Complex, curling, and an 18-hole golf course.

If you are in Balmertown strolling down the street between 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. and the ground has a low, slow rumble after a loud KABOOM!!!, don't be alarmed it is not an earthquake. It is just miners using explosives 3,000 feet below the surface to remove rock in the mines.

Another town in the Municipality of Red Lake is Cochenour. This town dates back to the '30s and is located at the end of Highway 125. It has a population of 550 and is a friendly community. Cochenour harbors a modern arena, a tobogganing hill, a children's park, and three beaches within minutes from the center of town.

Along with Cochenour is McKenzie Island which is across one km. channel and has a population of 150. To visit McKenzie Island in the summer, you need to take a ferry and in the winter an ice road is the access you have to take. The main attraction of this town is the abundance of cross-country ski trails. The history of McKenzie Island can be seen all around you when you are there.

To go back to the time of the Great Gold Rush Era you should go to Madsen and Starratt Olsen. In Madsen, Pure Gold has re-opened the mine and the community still survives. Many of the buildings are closed but you can still see original buildings such as the post office. Just a few kilometers from Madsen you will find the community of Starratt-Olsen.

The Red Lake area is home to Ontario’s 4th largest Provincial Park, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Bustling with fish and wildlife, it has 1600 km of interconnected canoe routes, moose, and caribou in its natural habitat. The Park also preserves a variety of birds and water mammals who flourish undisturbed by modern civilization. There are two major river systems that dominate the park. The Bloodvein and the Gammon Rivers are prominent canoe routes that originated from Canada's First Nations Peoples, who resided and hunted along the waterways. The Pimachiowchin Aki (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)is located within the Park borders. It is home to hundreds of Native Rock Paintings also known as Pictographs that have been documented at over 30 locations within the Park.

Pakwash Provincial Park is also in close proximity - located 52 km. from Red Lake. This park boasts 1.5 km. of sandy beach, a campground, and nature trails which hold an abundance of wild berries and provide many opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife.

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An abundance of natural resources, modern communities, and friendly people
make the Municipality of Red Lake a great place to live and visit.

For more information about the Municipality of Red Lake,
please visit their website at www.redlake.ca