Many people wonder what there is to do in such a small town.
Hearst is a small French community with a average of 5000 citizen. Because of the fact that we are a community filled with passionate people that wants to make our town the best it can be, we have many things to do for such a small town. Immerse yourself in our francophone community and let us share with you our unique culture and passion for Arts with a visit to our newly built Place des Arts. Hiking, canoeing,
kayaking, camping , fishing, golfing , hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling are a few of the many outdoor activities visitors can enjoy in our vast and picturesque region. For people that love nature, Hearst is the perfect place for you! However, If you come in the summer time, do NOT forget your bug spray because there sure is a lot of mosquitos!
To begin, I will start taking about Veilleux Camping and Marina. It is an impressive chain of five lakes, bathed by magnificent Lake Pivabiska. The site welcomes visitors in the summer and in the winter time. Its wild beauty and open spaces hold the promise of unforgettable family vacations. For the summer time, the chain of lake is well known for its exceptional fishing and wide variety of sporting activities it offers. Adventures and challenges await kayakers, windsurfers, recreational boaters and water-skiers. The campground also has a quiet beach reserved for family swimming. Once night has fallen, you can admire the spectacular Northern Lights from around your campfire. It is said that the lights dance for lovers. Come live the legend! For the winter time, Several generations of enthusiastic snowmobilers have created more than 900 km of marked trails across the region which are also connected with the interprovincial network. The enchanting landscapes of the boreal forest attract cross-country skiers to a variety of groomed trails. Experience skiing by moonlight. And for those with greater patience, there are hungry fish under the ice ready to be enticed by a fisherman’s hook…In any season, the offerings of the Café Angèle restaurant-bar will comfort the unlucky fisherman and satisfy the appetite of the hungriest adventurer.
Here is a list of their services:
- Convenience store
- Playground for kids
- Volleyball court
- Fishing licence
- Access to snowmobile trails
- Access to cross-country skiing trails
There is also the Tracks and Trails snowmobile trips that can make you enjoy nature in winter time. The excursion begins in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, where you will load up your sleds in our enclosed baggage cars and then sit back and relax as we transport you north, through the breathtaking winter wonderland of Algoma Country. Enjoy Lake Superior, snow choked rock cuts and deep mountain gorges as you wind your way through this rugged land towards the world famous Agawa Canyon. Once through the Canyon, the scenery gradually shifts from the mountainous pre-Cambrian shield to the boreal forests of the Great Clay Belt Region.
Get off along the line at Hawk Junction (Wawa) or Dubrevilville and ride the Superior Snow Challenge Loop or travel to the end of steel to begin your sledding adventure in the French Canadian town of Hearst, Ontario. The Railway provides many options to choose from. You can take the train both ways and do your riding in one area or for those who want to spend more time on the trails than the rails, you can take the train north and sled back to the Sault or sled up and train back. No matter where you choose, you will be in the heart of an incredible snowmobiler’s paradise with over a thousand miles of well groomed and signed trails waiting for you to discover. Your sledding adventure doesn’t stop at the trails. You will discover friendly communities offering snowmobilers all the conveniences and comforts you desire after a day of riding. From quality, park at your door accommodations and restaurants to service centres, trail-side gas and local snowmobile clubs who take pride in their trails. The spirit of the north truly comes to life in winter. Hearst and the surrounding communities love to play host and with numerous carnivals, rallies and snowmobile racing events being held throughout the winter months, you will find more than trails to fill your days and nights. Whether it’s a couple of sleds, a large group, diehard riders or a relaxing family outing, incredible snowmobile experiences are waiting for you along the line. http://www.agawacanyontourtrain.com/content/tours/snowmobile/
Tour of the Line
Travel to the end of steel as you experience a 592-mile, round trip ‘Tour of the Line.’ The excursion begins at the Algoma Central Railway depot in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where you will board our regular passenger service for a day-long rail adventure through the wilderness of Northern Ontario, as you wind your way to your overnight destination of Hearst.
This excursion combines the rugged mixed forests of the Canadian Shield, experienced on the Agawa Canyon Train Tour, with the boreal forests of the Great Clay Belt region. In marked contrast to the mountainous Shield country, the Clay Belt region, home to the lordly moose, is a combination of level coniferous forests and great inland lakes teeming with northern pike and walleye.
Unlike the one-day Agawa Canyon Train Tour, which travels non-stop to the Canyon, you will be travelling on our regular passenger train, a unique service that picks up and drops off passengers at any point along the line. Sometimes called the milk run, you could stop for any number of reasons on your journey. From people heading to their private camps, a wilderness lodge getaway, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, ATV’ers or snowmobilers, our passenger service provides an ideal way for people to access the recreational wilderness of Northern Ontario. This is the same service that members of Canada’s most notable landscape artists, the Group of Seven, travelled on in the 1920’s, to paint this beautiful region.
Among the many points of interest along the way are the trestles at Bellevue Valley – Mile 19, Montreal River – Mile 92, unparalleled vistas of Lake Superior, the descent into Agawa Canyon, where the train coasts down 500 feet over 12 miles to the floor of the Canyon. As you exit the Canyon at Mile 116, you will pass through the 50 foot wide gap of the awesome north portal, where the rail line hugs the overhanging west wall and the Agawa River carves its way past the foot of the sheer east wall. You will also cross the transcontinental lines of Canadian Pacific Railway at Franz – Mile 195 and Canadian National Railway at Oba – Mile 245. Between Franz and Oba, at Mile 210 and 212, you will cross over the floating bridges of Squaw and Hoodoo Bay, on gigantic Oba Lake. These bridges are supported by pilings driven deep into the bottomless northern muskeg.
On your arrival in the community of Hearst, you find the town a mixture of old and new. All visitors can experience a truly enjoyable French Canadian atmosphere complemented by quality dining and accommodations.
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These activities are just a few that we offer, we have many more tourism attraction such as sky competitions, hockey tournament, Hearst Hog, Heritage Sawmill etc… Hearst is a place you will definitely enjoy, if you ever pass by, stop at our tourism center to have more information.
A bientot 🙂
Miss Teen Hearst world 2013