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ABOUT THE SLATE ISLANDS

The Slate Islands Provincial Park is our crowning jewel on the waters of Lake Superior—11 km (6.8 miles) south of Terrace Bay, off the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior.
The Slates are an island chain with a storied history of logging, mining, and early indigenous settlements—home to a resilient herd of woodland caribou and sheltering one of the world’s largest shatter cone!
Are dark skies on your bucket list? The Slates are a perfect spot to stargaze, with the milky way and northern lights visible during the right time of year.
Experience one of the most incredible journeys in Northern Ontario—make the once in a lifetime trip to the Slates!

 

GOING TO THE SLATE ISLANDS

The easiest way to reach the Slate Islands Provincial Park is via charter boat.
Meet your local charter boat operators:
Bluebird Charter Boat | Schreiber, ON
Web: www.bluebirdcharterboat.com
Email: info@bluebirdcharterboat.com
Tel: +1 807-824-3353
Discovery Charters | Rossport, ON
Web: www.discoverycharters.ca
Email: discoverypb@yahoo.ca
Tel: +1 807-824-3323
Evan’s Fishing Edge | Terrace Bay, ON
Web: www.evansfishingedge.com
Email: evansfishingedge@gmail.com
Tel: +1 807-633-0762
For a list of all local operators/outfitters, please visit: terracebay.ca/thingstodo

 

Notice to Sea Kayakers:
Lake Superior is a mini sea, making the journey to the Slate Islands one of the best sea kayaking experiences in Canada.
However, it is very important—due to the changing weather conditions on the Lake Superior—that you have back-up transportation available in an emergency.

 

 

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.

 

Additional Planning Resources:
  • 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

The Slate Islands are believed to have formed almost 1 billion years ago when a 3 km-wide (1.9 miles) meteorite struck the area creating a 32 km (19 miles) wide impact zone. The impact uplifted a large portion of the land that later formed the Slate Islands. With the sudden and massive release of energy—like those from the meteorite or even nuclear explosions—the shock waves gave way to a very large shatter cone on the islands.
Reaching up to 10 meters (33 ft.) high, the Slate Island’s shatter cone is one of the largest in the world!

 

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