Favorite Destination: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Established in 1944, this upper Ontario park is 94 square miles of pure winter bliss. It is located on the Sibley Peninsula in northwestern Ontario, just east of Thunder Bay. The eye-popping landscapes are incredible, especially when covered in a blanket of snow. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park houses several natural wonders including the Sea Lion—a rocky outcropping that forms an arch under which visitors can swim, skate, or walk (depending on the season).


The communities closest to Sleeping Giant are Pass Lake, located at the northern entrance to the park, and Dorion, which is 22 miles northwest. These quaint towns are the perfect escape from busy city life, whether you are traveling from Toronto, New York, or nearby (closer) Chicago. Lodging is relatively limited, but more seasonal and perennial residents have begun to use AirBnb; finding a lovely place to spend the evenings is not difficult, and the tranquility of the area is unmatched.

The park itself offers numerous recreational activities. With more than 62 miles of trails, it is a popular destination regardless of season. However, the park is especially magical when doused in a layer of powdery white snow. Rent some snowshoes, strap on your cross-country skis, and embark on the Kabeyun Trail—the park’s longest, reaching just around 25 miles.


The primary feature of the park is also its namesake—the Sleeping Giant. This is a formation of mesas and sills on Sibley Peninsula resembling a giant lying on its back. As visitors more southward along the shoreline, the Sleeping Giant begins to separate into its various sections. To get the best view, visit the cliffs at Squaw Bay—from there, it is said, visitors can glimpse an Adam’s Apple on the hulking figure.


Travelling to Ontario

In recent years, Canadian tourism has grown to unprecedented heights. In 2016 alone, the country welcomed close to 20 million visitors, making it the highest number since 2002 and the second highest of all time. Worldwide, the country is becoming known as an affordable alternative vacation spot for every season—from summer trips to the shores of Newfoundland to winter excursions into Toronto, we have everything you need for a perfect vacation, regardless of season.


Ontario, especially, has seen a significant boom in the tourism industry. Bordered by Manitoba to the west and Quebec to the east, this central Canadian province has everything—bustling cities, picturesque mountains, and tranquil parks. Ontario is an easy visit for several American states—Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York all share a border. Tourism contributes heavily to our province’s economy, peaking during the summer months due to the abundance of fresh water recreation. However, winter is also hugely popular among tourists; people from around the world visit to ski, hunt, and rent snowmobiles.


Ontario Winter Excursions is here to bring knowledge and information to those wanting to travel to our beautiful province. We help connect people to the places they want to visit. If winter has you staying inside, avoiding friends, and neglecting important work, a trip to Ontario is what you need to get back on your feet.