This elevated viewing platform shows the view of the bay from the Sleeping Giant looking west to the city of Thunder Bay. This pano contains hyperlink "hotspots" to last years summer solstice WWP event from Mt Mckay
as well as to the 2005 "Best Of" WWP event for the winter solstice.
. The Thunder Bay Lookout provides a breathtaking panorama of the rugged Northwestern Ontario landscape.
Some notes about Sibley Provincial Park from the government website:
is located approximately 40
kilometers east of the city of Thunder Bay
(population 109,016 in 2001). The Fort William First
Nation borders the city of Thunder Bay to the south.
The community of Pass Lake abuts the northern park
boundary. Silver Islet, a predominately seasonal
community on Lake Superior, is a park neighbour to
the southwest. Nearby communities to the east on
the Trans-Canada Highway (11/17), include Dorion,
Red Rock and Nipigon.
Thunder Bay is the largest urban centre in
Northwestern Ontario. The city lies at the Canadian
Lakehead on Lake Superior and is strategically
situated at the geographical centre (east-west) of
Canada. As a regional centre for industry, shopping,
services, recreation and educational opportunities,
the city has transportation services by both major
Canadian railway systems as well as highway
connections west to Winnipeg, east to Sault Ste.
Marie and Toronto, and south to Minneapolis and
Access to the park may also be gained from Lake
Superior. Silver Islet has a Government of Canada
wharf that is available to mariners. The park’s
sheltered bays and inlets provide important harbours
of refuge and mooring opportunities.
With the discovery of silver ore in 1868, mining
development began in the Silver Islet area. Families
arrived and by 1872, the community was well
established. The mine closed in 1885 after a total
production of $3,250,000.00. The miners and their
families dispersed. Residents of Port Arthur and Fort
William (now Thunder Bay) began to purchase the
homes of the former miners at Silver Islet to use as
summer camps as early as 1896. Silver Islet is now a
thriving seasonal community. A federal dock with
tenure under a Licence of Occupation is located
adjacent to the Silver Islet store.
The Marie Louise Lake Campground, located on the shores of Marie Louise Lake on the southern-end of the Sibley Peninsula, is comprised of 200 sites, 85 of which offer electrical hook-ups.
All sites have a fire-pit and picnic table and a number of campsites have direct access to Marie Louise Lake. Water taps, vault toilets and additional vehicle parking areas are interspersed throughout the campground. There are two comfort stations (barrier-free access) with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities and a firewood and ice concession.
The two group camping areas can accommodate large parties while also providing barrier-free access. The campground is also equipped with a visitors’ centre, park store, outdoor amphitheater and campfire theatre. Additional facilities include the park administrative office, maintenance buildings, staff quarters and an Ontario Ranger Camp.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is open year round.
From January to March, the park offers winter
activities such as the Sibley Ski Tour, the Winter
Open House and the Silver Dog Sled Race, as well
as cross-country skiing on 50 kilometres of groomed
cross-country ski trails. These snow trails represent
a combination of the Burma and Pickerel Lake hiking
trails, a small portion of the Wildlife Habitat Nature
trail, and old tertiary roads and secondary roads,
such as the Marie Louise Lake Scenic Driver, that
are left unplowed for the winter. The trails range in
length and difficulty from a beginner to intermediate
10 kilometre loop east of Marie Louise Lake to the
more challenging 30 kilometre Burma – Pickerel loop
trail found north of the lake. All of the trails are
maintained and groomed through a partnership with
the Thunder Bay Nordic Trails Association. The
trailhead is in the Marie Louise Lake Campground,
where the visitors’ center is used for warming.
Formal opportunities for scenic viewing are provided
at the Thunder Bay Lookout, which has a
cantilevered viewing platform (as seen above in this WWP event).Informal viewing opportunities are provided at the terminus of the Chest Trail, the Head Trail, the Top of the Giant Trail, at Tee Harbour, Middlebrun Bay, and Lehtinen’s
Bay, Joeboy Lake Lookout on the Piney Woods
Nature Trail, and Nanabosho Lookout off of the
Talus Lake Trail. The wetlands around Sibley Creek,the mineral lick just north of the Sea Lion trailhead,
the Wildlife Habitat Nature Trail and the Gardner
Lake trail all provide wildlife viewing opportunities.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is within the
boundaries of lands covered under the Robinson-
Superior 1850 Treaty. The Fort William First Nation
(Reserve #52) is located adjacent to the City of
Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is part
of the traditional use area of this First Nation. There
are no land claims regarding Sleeping Giant
Provincial Park at this time.