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Vermilion Bay, Omtario

While Vermilion Bay may not be known for specific historical landmarks or major tourist attractions, it is representative of the history and development of many communities in Northern Ontario, with a strong connection to natural resources and transportation. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Vermilion Bay, I recommend reaching out to local historical organizations or conducting further research specific to the region.

Vermillion Bay History

The Vermilion Bay area was inhabited by primarily Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) and Cree communities who relied on the abundant natural resources of the waters of Lake of the Woods and the surrounding forests.

European explorers and fur traders began to arrive in the region in the 1600s and stopped at Vermilion Bay on the way to Lake of the Woods as a fur trade route.

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw increased settlement attracted by logging operations to exploit the vast forests of the region, and Vermilion Bay served as a hub for timber operators transporting logs were from the forests to sawmills.

When the Canadian National Railway line made it to Vermilion Bay, the rail connection facilitated the movement of goods and people to and from the region. The Trans Canada Highway completed in the early 1960s made the community accessible to automobiles from all parts of Canada.

Over the years, the economy of Vermilion Bay has diversified, adding tourism and outdoor recreation to logging. Visitors to Vermilion Bay can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and camping, as the region is surrounded by lakes and forests. To the north of Vermillion Bay via Highway 647 is the town of Red Lake, and its various gold mining operations from the 1920s to today.

Vermilion Bay Attractions


Egli’s Sheep Farm & Animal Park

20232 ON-17, Minnitaki, ON P0V 2E0
1 800-465-2966

Take a self-guided tour of the Animal Park to see many domestic and exotic farm animals. The Park area covers more than 80 acres with large paddocks. There is a Bird Aviary and Lambing Barn. Egli’s has been a working family farm for over 50 years! In the early 1950s, Robert and Margarit Egli emigrated from Switzerland to an old homestead in rugged Northwestern Ontario.  The retail shop has expanded to become one of Canada’s largest shop in wool and sheepskin specialty shops.

Beaches in the Vermilion Bay area
Kinsmen Beach (Vermillion Bay)
Blue Lake Provincial Park (Vermillion Bay)
Hudson Bay Park (Eagle River)
Government Dock – boat launch and swimming area (Vermilion Bay)

Blue Lake Provincial Park

The Blue Lake Park is off Highway 647
Mailing: PO Box 2, 479 Government Street, Dryden, ON, P8N 2Y7
[Summer – (807) 227-2601] [Winter – (807) 456-1872]

Blue Lake Provincial Park provides camping grounds, hiking trails, a beautiful sandy beach and a store for munchies and snacks. The Park has almost 200 camping sites sandwiched between two lakes, Blue and Langton. Renowned for its crystal clear waters and a long sandy beach, Blue Lake is an outstanding destination for all types of water activities. Blue Lake Crag a 25 metre high rock face. Rock Point hiking trail  connects the two bodies of water in a four-kilometre walk.

Vermilion Bay, Ontario Area Map