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Dryden, Ontario

Population: 7717

Main Lakes in the Area: Wabigoon Lake, Dinorwic Lake, Eagle Lake, Thunder Lake.

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We've got everything under the sun!

One of Ontario, Canadas smallest cities, with a population of approximately 7717.The City of Dryden enjoys the splendor of Wabigoon Lake and is a natural tourist destination stretching over a total of 127.5 kilometers. If you are visiting, Dryden is easily accessible from the east and west via the Transcanada Highway. Traveling by road our City is located at the terminus of Highway 502 from Fort Frances and a direct link from the United States (Minnesota). Dryden is the dividing point for visitors and local traffic taking Highway 105 to the "Eagle" capital of Ear Falls, the "Norseman" capital of Red Lake, and to the northern lands of the Nishinawbe Aski Nation. We are the terminus for those traveling onwards to Sioux Lookout (home of the Blueberry Festival), Savant Lake, Pickle Lake, and to the Land & Communities of Treaty 9 via Highway 72 & Highway 599. Regionally centered, we are east of Kenora on Lake of the Woods, Vermilion Bay (Township of Machin) on Eagle Lake; and west of Ignace on Agimac Lake and Wabigoon Ontario. Dryden is the Hub of Northwestern Ontario and we are pleased to extend to you this invitation to stop and enjoy the quality of life and the interesting sights and sounds that make Dryden a great place to live and visit.

Dryden is originally a part of the Ojibway Nation and was founded by John Dryden, Ontarios Minister of Agriculture. In 1895 his train stopped at what was then known as Barclay Tank. At the stop he noticed clover growing and decided to return the following year to start an experimental farm. The farm was very successful and settlers came over from Uxbridge and the Bruce Peninsula. The new farming community became known as New Prospect. It became a legitimate town in 1910, which is the same year that the Pulp and Paper mill was constructed. The mill has been owned by several different companies over the years and has always been a major contributor in the community. It is currently owned by Domtar Inc. The Town of Dryden then amalgamated with the nearby municipality of Barclay, and became a city in 1998. The main industries of the city are forestry, tourism and recently an expansion in mining.

The city of Dryden has many entertaining activities, resources and events for every season. The city has several grocery stores, restaurants (both fast-food and dine-in), clothing stores, souvenir shops, service centers, bait and tackle shops and much more. In summer, many Dryden residents and visitors enjoy fishing on Wabigoon Lake or one of the many close surrounding lakes. The city has several boat launching areas and docks. Many people enjoy a day on the lake fishing, water-skiing, wind surfing, kayaking and swimming. Recently the city has renovated the baseball parks as well as building new soccer fields. Dryden also has three golf courses, Andersons Homestead Golf Course, Eagles Landing Golf & Curling Club and Evergreen Golf Course. Dryden has beautiful waterfront walkways and parks. If you want a look into the Canadian wilderness, take a hike around the Laura Howe Marsh, a wetland located right in the Dryden city limits. In winter, many people enjoy snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice fishing and skiing at the Dryden Ski Hill. The Recreation Center offers facilities for swimming equipped with a water-slide, as well as two indoor arenas and a fitness center. Dryden also has its very own airport with a 6,000 foot runway. Need a place to stay? Not a problem. Dryden has many hotels, motels, and campgrounds in the area, as well as lodges and resorts situated around the lakes.

Of course, you cant visit Dryden with out stopping to see Max the Moose, an 18-foot tall moose landmark that weighs a total of 9 tons. Dryden also holds Moosefest, an annual festival with many community events, centered around Canada Day, complete with fireworks.Moosefest Moosefest has family fun for all ages, including the Shaw Walleye Masters fishing derby and the Dragon Boat Races. Cultural events such as pow wows and farmers markets take place several times throughout the summer, and in August comes the annual Agricultural Fair.

Dryden is a great place for all ages to discover new things and experience the Canadian wilderness all while having access to city resources! Why dont you park your RV at one of our local campgrounds, register at our hotels, stay at one of our resorts, visit a variety of dining establishments, or just stop to shop and have fun. Indoors and Outdoors Dryden is a great place to live and visit, and we look forward to making your stay a wonderful holiday filled with the warmth of Northwestern hospitality.

Your Access to the Heart of Patricia Region at the end of Hwy 502

Experience Dryden - Tourism Website
Dryden offers a multitude of cultural and entertainment acitivites. For adventure, history, arts and culture visit our Dryden Leisure Guide: Leisure online Spring & Summer 2011

Explore Dryden
Industry and business investment will find an ideal place to grow in Dryden, and this site provides detailed information as well as contact info.

Dryden District Chamber of Commerce
284 Government Street
Dryden, ON P8N 2P3
Phone: (807) 223-2622 Fax: (807) 223-2626
Toll Free (Messages only): 1-800-667-0935

City of Dryden Economic
Development Office
30 Van Horne Avenue
Dryden, ON, P8N 2A7
Phone: (807) 223-4100 Fax: (807) 223-4102

Dryden Regional Airport

Aaron Park (Provincial Park/RV Park/Camping)
Description: 75 camp sites, plus group camping 25 Electrical Sites, 15 New Electrical Sites (mid July ) Hiking, fishing, recreational water sports, canoing, sand beaches Contact: 30 Van Horne Avenue Dryden, Ontario P8N 2A7
807-938-6534 Summer Phone/Fax
807-223-1427 Winter Phone
807-223-6989 Winter Fax

Patricia Area Community Endeavours
Patricia Area Community Endeavours Inc. (PACE) is committed to promoting economic growth within the Patricia Region of Northwestern Ontario. Our purpose is to encourage local community and economic development through provision of small business loans, non-profit funding, counselling and support to entrepreneurs and community groups. We serve a broad range of communities, including Dryden, Eagle Lake First Nation, Ignace, Lac Seul First Nation, Machin, Pickle Lake, Sioux Lookout, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, and all areas located in between.
Phone: 807-221-3292
Fax: 807-221-3294 Mail:
P.O. Box 668 Dryden, ON P8N 2Z3
Visit us at: 66 Keith Ave. Unit 2 Dryden, ON

Communities In Bloom - Dryden
Communities in Bloom is a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of a friendly competition.

2014/2015 Regional Business Retention + Expansion Project