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Atikokan Enhances Tourism Opportunities

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Atikokan Enhances Tourism Opportunities

McGuinty Government Invests In Improvements to Charleson Recreation Area

Atikokan residents will soon be enjoying expanded recreation facilities that will enhance the region's appeal as a tourism destination.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $737,000 to upgrade the Charleson Recreation Area with timing equipment for canoe races, trail maintenance tools, a new pole barn to host events, and a new multi purpose centre that will house a kitchen and meeting room.

Quick Facts

  • The Charleson Recreation Area is located between Highway 622 and the north end of Atikokan and takes its name from the former Canadian Charleson Iron Mine, which operated in the area in the early 1960s.
  • In 2005, the Charleson Recreation Area Association was created to bring together the various users of the area, including the motorcross, snowmobile, mountain bike, horseback and canoe clubs.

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“The McGuinty government is working with northern communities like Atikokan to maximize tourism opportunities across our great region.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Our investment will support recreational activities at Charleson that have attracted visitors from Northern Ontario and the United States and will further enhance the area’s standing as a great tourism destination.”

Bill Mauro

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP



Rural and North Travel and Recreation