-Tour Of The Line
This is Algoma Central Railway’s rail excursion between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. Travellers wiill pass through the awesome north portal of Agawa Canyon where the rail line hugs the overhanging west wall. To the north, you will go through the Boreal forests and great inland lakes teeming with pike and pickerel.
– Hearst Wildlife Park
(705) 372-8232 (Cell)
Located in nearby Jogues, Andy’s Hobby Farm Wildlife Park offers you the chance to see Hearst’s emblem, the moose, up front as this farm features a live one called Ti-Moose. You will also see lynx, fallow deers and over 30 different exotic birds : emus, peacocks, Canada geese, swans, different species of wild ducks and pheasants. The farm is open annually from late May to early October and on rendez-vous the rest of the year. For more information, please contact André or Annette Cousineau at the above phone numbers.
– Wilderness Inn Ranch
Located in Coppell, south of Hearst, the ranch is a year round operation. Including a bed and breakfast, the ranch offers horseback riding and cart rides in the summer as well as sleigh rides in the winter. Contact Sylvie Turcotte of Christine Pominville for more information.
– Hearst Ecomuseum
The Hearst Ecomuseum presents different exhibits during the year. It is located inside the Hearst Tourist Information Kiosk.
– Johnson’s Lake Park
Located about 1 kilometre from the downtown, this municipal park features a supervised beach during the summer, a playground, washrooms and changing area, a picnic area and campsites.
– Hearst Guided Bus Tour
From Mid-June to August, the Hearst, Mattice-Val Côté and area Chamber Of Commerce offers a guided Bus Tour to visitors. The tour includes a visit to the Hearst Wildlife Park, a local sawmill or plywood mill, a spruce greenhouse, the Hearst Ecomuseum and other local points of interest. For more information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at the above number.
– Hearst Forest Management Tour
Discover a century of forestry with this free bus tour offered by Hearst Forest Management. The tour is offered on Thursdays or on demand in July and August. There are open discussions about the forest. Coffee and lunch are provided. For more information, please contact the Tour supervisor at Hearst Forest Management, at the number above.
– Fushimi Lake Provincial Park
Located about 30 kilometres (18 miles) west of Hearst and designated a Recreation park, the 5 294 hectare tract of northern terrain is a perfect spot for a camping vacation. Known for its excellent fishing, Fushimi Lake also attracts visitors who enjoy swimming, boating, waterskiing and windsurfing. For more information, call the Hearst Ministry of Natural Resources office at (705) 362-4346.
– Nagagamisis Provincial Park
Nagagamisis Provincial Park is a relatively unknown gem of the Ontario Park System. Its majestic, mature forests, clear lakes amply stocked with fish, magnificent view of vivid sunsets and spectacular northern lights and its utter serenity and quiet make it a perfect vacation spot. The park is located 42 kilometers south of Highway 11 on Highway 631 (30 kilometers north of Hornepayne and about 100 kilometers or 60 miles southwest of Hearst). For more information, call the Hearst Ministry of Natural Resources office at (705) 362-4346.
– Missinaibi Provincial Park
Including the narrow band of land on each side of the famous Missinaibi River, the park stretches from north of Chapleau to the Moose River, just south of James Bay. For adventurous canoeists, Missinaibi offers the choice of wilderness exploration within the main park area or a challenging long trip down the Missinaibi river. Anglers will find a fishing paradise in the park, and visitors fascinated by the past will delight in one of the major concentrations of pictographs – ancient rock paintings – in northeastern Ontario, as well as relics of the more recent eras of the fur trade and logging operations.
– Private camping grounds
The Hearst area has a few private camping grounds where visitors can find a variety of services and activities, which make them a nice place for a vacation. Two of them are located north of Hearst adjacent to the Hearst Chain of Lakes. They are Veilleux Camping and Marina, and the Ranch du Lac. There are also two private campgrounds on the shores of Shallow Lake, just north of Mattice. They are N&R Boudrias Camping Grounds and Missinaibi Outfitters.
– Hunting & Fishing
Hearst has proclaimed itself the Moose Capital of Canada. There are abundant hunting and fishing opportunities. Some poeple choose to get the services from area outfitters.
During the August civic weekend, the Hearst Hunters and Anglers Club presents its annual Mega Walleye Fish Derby on the Chain of Lakes. The catch and release event offers attracting money prizes.
Here is a list of area outfitters :
Hearst Air Service :
(705) 463-5700 (Summer)
(705) 362-5700 (Winter)
Payeur’s Bear Hunt :
(705) 362-5317 web site: http://www.payeurbearhunt.ca
Missinaibi Outfitters :
Mammattawa Camps :
There are two long canoe routes for the adventurous canoeists. They are the Missinaibi River Canoe route and the Limestone Rapids to Fort Albany canoe route. Less challenging routes can also be found along the many rivers and lakes in the area.
– White Water Rafting
This is a new sport in the area but it’s rapidly gaining popularity on the Shekak River, just west of Hearst.
Located 5 kilometers (3 miles) north of Hearst, the Hearst Golf Club is a nine hole golf course. There is a clubhouse with restaurant, bar and pro shop.
The Hearst Cross-Country Ski club maintains approximately 30 kilometers of trail in nice wooded areas, laden with cabins. The ski club shares the Hearst Golf Club clubhouse which includes a restaurant and bar.
Hearst features a beautiful walking trail along the Mattawishkwia river which runs through the town. Other hiking trails include the Fire towwer trail inside Fushimi Provincial Park or the Calypso Trail alongside Kennedy camp on the Fushimi Park road. The Hearst Cross-Country ski trails are also suitable for hiking during the summer as wood chips have been spread on them.