Experience Red Lake



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

The Municipality, with a population of about 4,100 people, is vibrant and bustling.
Red Lake is made up of five distinct communities, each with its own unique charm. 

 Red Lake, Madsen/Starratt-Olsen, Balmertown, Cochenour, and McKenzie Island

The Municipality of Red Lake
combines a serene wilderness experience,
with small-town hospitality & first-class amenities.

Known mainly for its bountiful wilderness, 
Red Lake showcases the very best of the Boreal Forest & Canadian Shield,
making it the perfect location for enjoying the outdoors.
There are hundreds of clean, clear fresh-water lakes that abound.
 Endless tracts of wild forests create breathtaking scenery.
Stunning sunsets & dancing northern lights provide unforgettable memories.
 There are many attractions and activities, both indoor & outdoor, to keep you busy. 
The community offers all of the businesses, services, & amenities you would hope to find.


Take time to experience the many facets of Red Lake.


Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in local history. 
Start your journey with the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre.
Next on your list is the Aviation Chronicle at the Norseman Heritage Park.
Then stop to read the historical plaque at Harry’s Corners.
Be sure to take the time to drive to Balmertown to view
The Erle Crull Rock and Mineral Collection in the Municipality office.
Hop into your boat and go on the West Red Lake Gold Rush
Self-Guided Tour which includes the West Red Lake Mining Museum.

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 Red Lake's many beautiful beaches 

Fishing & wilderness enthusiasts have been experiencing
the surroundings of Red Lake for a long time.

Head 4 km. east and you will arrive at the mining town of Balmertown
home to Evolution Mining Red Lake Operation one of Canada's major
gold-producing mines. Balmertown also offers recreational facilities
at the Evolution Recreation Centre. Balmertown is also home to
Red Lake Golf and Country Club is Ontario’s most northerly 18 golf course.

If you are in Balmertown strolling down the street between 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
and you hear a loud KABOOM!!!, and the ground has a low, slow rumble after
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.
Cochenour has a population of 550 and is a friendly community.
 This small village boasts 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 ride the Miss McKenzie II ferry in the summer or travel the ice road in the winter.
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 & Starratt Olsen.
The community still survives, although many of the buildings are closed you can still see original buildings such as the post office.
Just a few kilometers past Madsen you will find the community of Starratt-Olsen.


The Red Lake area is also 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 that 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.
 Hundreds of 
Native Rock Paintings known as Pictographs have been documented
at over 30 locations within this 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 that hold
 an abundance of wild berries and provide many opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife.     

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