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About La Ronge and Area

For more than fifty years, La Ronge has been famous far and wide for our beautiful lake and great outdoor experience. In summer, our lakes and rivers are still the focus of a great outdoor experience, whether fishing, canoeing, boating, camping or sightseeing. Winter, with its frozen lakes and spectacular snow and ice scenery, offers an unmatched cross-country skiing experience, as well as ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing opportunities.

We are a major destination area, long on clean air and wide open space, short on noise and pollution. If you like an active holiday, choose camping, fishing, boating, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, houseboating, or wildlife watching. For a less strenuous vacation, visit some of our scenic and historic attractions such as Otter Rapids, Nistowiak Falls, the Stanley Mission Church, the Churchill River pictographs or the Nipikamew Sand Cliffs.

La Ronge: How we got our name.

The quest for beaver led to the westward thrust of exploration in pre-settlement times and many of the place names reflect this preoccupation.

La Ronge, a growing northern settlement that thrives on the tourists that come to catch the prize lake trout, is situated on the west shore of the lake in far northern Saskatchewan from which it took it's name.

Two theories exist regarding the name La Ronge and the beaver figures in both of these. The first is that the name is derived from the French verb (to gnaw). Thus, it has been maintained by some that the name was given the lake by voyageurs who discovered evidences of beaver cuttings in the La Ronge area.

The alternative suggestion is that the lake's numerous deep-cut inlets and bays appeared to have been gnawed into the shoreline by some gigantic animal, perhaps a "kitchi-Amik", or "Great Beaver".

Borrowed from:
What's in a Name: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Place Names (E.T. Russell)

Area Activities

Heading North? Get packed for relaxation. Northern Saskatchewan is filled with everything you need to unwind, largely because it isn't filled up with a lot of stuff!

The lands and waters of the La Ronge area are still very much pristine. Venture only a few minutes outside of the community, and you could easily be a hundred kilometres into the wilderness.

Looking for something to do? Check out our activity links for suggestions.

Lac La Ronge & Area / Provincial Park

The largest provincial park in Saskatchewan, almost one-third of the park is water - boasting more than 100 freshwater lakes. Lac La Ronge is 64 km (40 miles) across and is home to more than 1,000 islands.

Travel by boat or air to the breathtaking Nistowiak Falls, which plunge 12 metres through a narrow gorge into the Churchill River. Drive north of Missinipe for an awesome view of Otter Rapids. Stand on the bridge and watch the powerful Churchill River crash and tumble under your feet. During the summer months, kayakers and canoeists challenge themselves against these rapids.

On the north shore of the Churchill River at Stanley Mission, a simple log church stands like a sentinel in the wilderness. This simple structure is Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the oldest building in Saskatchewan and part of the Stanley Mission Provincial Historic Site. To visit the site, drive 52 kms north on Hwy #102, then east on Hwy #915. Access is by boat only.

So much of the park is water that houseboating is a popular and natural way to explore at your own leisure. Campground accommodation in the park vary from large to small campgrounds, and serviced or unserviced sites.

A network of hiking trails and nature walks let you journey through untamed wilderness. Your whole family will enjoy the 1.5 km nature walk at Nemeiben Campground, while the more adventurous may want to tackle the 15 km Nut Point Trail. In winter, enjoy day or night cross-country skiing at Nut Point campground, the national quality Don Allen trails, or some of the area's 60 k's of groomed and ungroomed trails.

Outfitters give you a choice of boat and motor rentals, canoe rentals, guided fishing, aerial sight-seeing and fly-in fishing. La Ronge is a service centre for northeast Saskatchewan, where you will find a complete range of services.

Explore the unique heritage, lifestyles and crafts of northern peoples at the Mistasinihk Place Interpretive Centre on La Ronge Avenue. The Centre also showcases local art and interesting architecture. The on-site Saskatchewan Environmental Resource Management office has maps, canoe route guides, and visitor information. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For complete information on services, attractions and events in the area, visit the Tourist Information Centre at the entrance to town in Air Ronge, just south of La Ronge on Hwy #2. Open from the May long weekend to Labour Day, or call (306) 425-5311. Year-round information is available at La Ronge Town Office on Hildebrand Street, or call (306) 425-3055.