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Beardmore, Ontario

Beardmore is a small town (200 residents) in the Thunder Bay District of Ontario, located along the Northern Route of the Trans Canada Highway #11, where the westbound highway bends south to avoid Lake Nipigon. Beardmore is 80km N of Nipigon and lies 85 km west of Geraldton.

The area around Beardmore is known for its excellent fishing opportunities. Popular species include walleye, pike, and trout.


Beardmore History

The town was founded in 1912 when the Canadian Northern Railway was extended through the area, and it quickly became a hub for the forestry and mining industries. The town was named for William James Beardmore, a Scottish industrialist who was one of the investors in the Canadian Northern Railway.

By the 1920s, Beardmore was a thriving community of 5,000 people and home to several sawmills and a large gold mine, It was an important transportation hub for the region. However when the Great Depression hit, many of the mining and forestry operations shut down. By the 1950s, the population of Beardmore had declined to less than 1,000 people.

Beardmore is still home to a sawmill and a small gold mine, but tourism has become an important industry in the area.

Beardmore Attractions

Lake Nipigon

13 km W via Highway 580

Lake Nipigon is just under 5,000 square kilometres (1900sq mi) in area, about 50% bigger than Lake of the Woods, and is the 32nd largest lake in the world. The name is believed to have originated from the Ojibwe word Animbiigoong, meaning ‘at continuous water’ or ‘at waters that extend [over the horizon].

Beardmore Museum

8 Second Street, Beardmore, ON P0T 1G0
(807) 875-2832;
Website https://beardmoremuseum.ca/

This museum showcases the history of the town and the surrounding area. Exhibits include mining artifacts, historical photographs, and a collection of vintage snowmobiles.

Pijitawabik Palisades

Highway 11 near Orient Bay , 41 km north of Nipigon
(807) 854-1100.
Website https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/pijitawabikpalisades

This natural landmark features towering cliffs and stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can go on guided tours or explore on their own. Ancient rocks of the Precambrian Shield were overlain by a diabase sheet formed approximately 1,200 million years ago. Erosion by water and ice removed the covering rocks and sculptured the sheet into rounded flat-topped hills bounded by escarpments which rise in some places to 500 feet above Lake Nipigon

Trans-Canada Snowmobile Trail

(705) 739-7669;
Website https://ofsc.on.ca/

Beardmore is a popular destination for snowmobilers. Contact the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs for information on the Trans-Canada Snowmobile Trail

Arrow Lake

Arrow Lake Road, Beardmore, ON

A scenic lake offering opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors

World’s Largest Snowman

Main Street, beside Service Ontario offices

Built of white wood, with an information kiosk in his corpulent belly. This roadside attraction is 12 metres (35 ft) tall ad wears a hat and sunglasses and a fishing rod in the summer. Beardmore claims to be Snow Capital of the World.

Beardmore Ontario Area Map