ABOUT THE SLATE ISLANDS
GOING TO THE SLATE ISLANDS
Tel: +1 807-824-3353
PLANNING A TRIP TO THE SLATE ISLANDS
Things to Know on the Slate Islands:
- Non-Canadian visitors must purchase a crown land camping permit
- Use existing campsites, do not create any new campsites
- Due to changing weather and risk of a delayed return, visitors should pack extra food and bring shelter
- Please leave no trace—pack out what you pack in, follow backcountry camping etiquette.
- The caribou are a threatened species, do not feed them and avoid disturbing them
- Please respect the caribou; do not bring pets into the park
- There are no washroom or administrative facilities in the park
- Non-Canadian and Canadian visitors must have permits to fish in the park
Things to Do on the Slate Islands:
- Visit the 10 m (33 ft.) tall shatter cone, at the McGreevy Harbour
- Visit the Slate Islands Lighthouse & Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence **
- Kayak across the gorgeous island chain
- Wildlife viewing for caribou and other wildlife—keep your distance from the caribou
- Go fishing for Lake Trout from the mighty Lake Superior
- Experience the incredible dark skies on the islands—camp under the stars and stargaze away!
- Visit the copper mine at Lambton Cove
** Before visiting the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper residence, please notify: Bob Bryson at +1 807-823-0101.
- MNDM Field Trip Map
- Ontario Parks Campsite Map
- Ontario Parks Asset Management Plan
ABOUT THE CARIBOU & ISLAND WILDLIFE
The Slate Islands are home to a beautiful herd of boreal woodland caribou that migrated via ice bridge, back in 1907. The caribou, while calm and passive around humans, are still shy by nature, but do still make the odd appearances for lucky visitors.
Since coming to the islands, the caribou have been relatively predator-free for more than a century. On average, there have been an estimated 100 caribou on the islands, but the population does vary and has spiked as high as 600!
The Slates also maintain a healthy population of wildlife—there are snowshoe hare, beavers, foxes and birds/shorebirds (herring gulls and great blue heron)—over 50 species of wildlife and 250 species of unique plant life!
HISTORY OF THE SLATES & THE GIANT SHATTER CONE