Northern Ontario Resource Trail

The remote Northern Ontario Resource Trail

The Northern Ontario Resource Trail is a gravel road located in the Canadian province of Ontario. The road is 236.9 km (147.2 mi) long and travels north from Pickle Lake to the northern shore of Windigo Lake, in the northernmost community in the province which has year-round highway access.

The road was built in 1966. The first 3 km (south) are paved, but the rest are gravel. It links several winter roads and ice roads. This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. Although this road is well-maintained year-round, it is extremely lightly travelled, and is in a very remote section of the province. It is recommended to fill up on gasoline and supplies, and check weather conditions before travelling down this road, since there are no gas stations or any other services on the Northern Ontario Resource Trail north of Pickle Lake. A spare tire is also a good idea, as it may be several hours (at least) for assistance to arrive.Cellular phones are useless in this area, since there are no nearby cell phone relay towers in the wilderness. Caution must be used while driving as well, as there are some steep grades on the route. Although the speed limit is 80 km/h (50 mph), there are many sections where such a speed can not be maintained. When driving, take care with the moose. More than 700 of the animals are struck each year in the province.
Pic: Frank Hochstenbach


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