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Kapuskasing, Ontario

Kapuskasing is a town located in northeastern Ontario, and lies on the northern Route of the TransCanada Highway #11, and is about 115 km W of Cochrane, and about 100 km east of Hearst, at about the mid-point of the thousand kilometres that Highway #11 travels between North Bay and Nipigon.

Kapuskasing has a thriving diverse economy encompassing forestry, mining, and tourism. Notable attractions in the area include the Kapuskasing Riverfront Park, the Ron Morel Memorial Museum, and the Kapuskasing Nordic Ski Club.

Kapuskasing History

The area around Kapuskasing was originally inhabited by the Ojibwe and Cree.

In the early 1900s, the region was largely undeveloped and sparsely populated. In 1911, the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway brought a new wave of settlers to the area, many that were French-Canadian and Finnish immigrants. By 1917, the town of Kapuskasing was an important railway stop on the National Transcontinental Railway.

The town was named after the north-flowing Kapuskasing River, which flows through the area and is believed to be derived from the Cree word “Ka-bi-si-ca-sing,” meaning “bend in the river.”

During the early years, Kapuskasing’s development was dependent on the railway. Through the 1920s and 1930s, large-scale logging operations in the surrounding forests made the town an important center for forestry.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Kapuskasing saw the construction of several large-scale industrial projects in the area, initially to support the war effort. These included a hydroelectric power station, a wartime synthetic rubber plant, and a pulp and paper mill.

Kapuskasing Attractions

Kapuskasing Riverfront

Riverside Drive, Kapuskasing, ON
(705) 335-2244
Website https://www.kapuskasing.ca/en/explore-and-play/kapuskasing-riverfront-park.aspx

A beautiful riverfront park offering walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and boat launch facilities.

Ron Morel Memorial Museum

88 Riverside Drive, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1A1
(705) 335-6887
Website https://www.ronmorelmuseum.ca/

A museum showcasing the history and culture of Kapuskasing and the surrounding area.

Spruce Needles Golf Club

(705) 335-3281
Website https://www.spruceneedles.com/

A beautiful 18-hole golf course nestled in the forest.

Nordic Ski Club
34 Mill Street, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1T8

(705) 335-8264
Website http://kapnordic.ca/

A ski club offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer.

Kapuskasing Lagoon Park

Government Rd, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2X7, Canada.

(705) 335-2244
Website https://www.kapuskasing.ca/en/explore-and-play/lagoon-park.aspx

A park offering walking trails, picnic areas, and a lagoon for swimming and fishing.

Kapuskasing Off-Road Adventure Club

(705) 335-0001
Website http://www.kapoffroad.ca/

A club offering ATV trails and events throughout the year.

Kapuskasing Speedway

(705) 335-6283
Website http://www.kapuskasingspeedway.com/

A stock car racing track offering events throughout the summer.

Moonbeam Park

(705) 367-2244
Website https://www.moonbeam.ca/en/discover-moonbeam/parks-and-recreation.aspx

A park offering walking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Kapuskasing Golf Club

18 Silver Birches Road, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2X8
(705) 335-3459
Website https://www.kapgolfclub.ca/

A 9-hole golf course offering beautiful views of the Kapuskasing River.

Kap Nordic Ski Club

31 Riverside Dr, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1A9
705-335-2626.
Website https://www.kapnordic.ca/

The club offers cross-country skiing trails and facilities for both beginners and advanced skiers.

Kapuskasing Riverfront Park

Riverside Dr, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1A9, Canada.

The park offers a scenic view of the Kapuskasing River and is a popular spot for picnics and outdoor activities.

Kapuskasing Off-Road Motorcycle Club

15 Golf Course Rd, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2X8
705-335-8253
Website http://www.kapuskasingoffroad.ca/

The club offers a variety of off-road motorcycle trails for riders of all skill levels.

Kapuskasing Farmer’s Market

19 Riverside Dr, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1A9

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The market offers a variety of fresh produce, homemade goods, and crafts from local vendors.

Moonbeam Outdoor Rink

Moonbeam, ON P0L 1V0, Canada.

The rink is a popular spot for ice skating and hockey during the winter months.

Remi Lake Beach

Government Rd, Moonbeam, ON P0L 1V0, Canada.

The beach is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing during the summer months.

Kapuskasing Lumberjack Heritage Festival des Bucherons

Riverside Park, 88 Riverside Dr, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1B
(705) 335-2244
Website: https://www.carnifest.com/kapuskasing-lumberjack-heritage-festival-des-bucherons/

An annual event, this festival demonstrates the local lumbermen’s tradition. Wood cutting contests are held for professionals and for amateurs. In the evening the visitors can enjoy music shows. history with competitions, entertainment, and cultural activities.

Kapuskasing Ontario Area Map