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Elliot Lake
An Adventure on an ATV Excursion

Well I have to confess I have never been on an ATV before so this was to be a special treat and so here are some photos from my day...

The previous evening I met Alan Stewart from Scotland who is a long term resident of Elliot Lake

The start of the day was down at the local tourist offiice where I met all the friendly staff

And this is the Maria the head of the tourist operation :-)

You can see they are into adventure!

This is an old map of the area

And this is me trying my helmet on :-)

The first picture is the grader that maintains the trails and the other are the ATV's we'll be using

And this is where we ended up on the first part of the outing. I confess I was gripping on rather hard so didn't have the courage to reach for my camera on the way up but it was a spectacular ride

And there are hiking trails along this route as well

Superb views over Elliot Lake

And that's me on the bike getting some instruction on the next dangerous part through mountainous lakes... well just a deepish puddle to be honest :-)

Decision being taken on which way to go :-)

And you can what some of the trail is like :-)

This was part of the trail that was washed out earlier in the year taking several beaver dams in the process

We joked about how neat the beavers left their logs behind and the other picture shows more of the devastation

Some of the ski slopes can be seen in the left photo and on the right some new ATV vehicles

The one on the left can carry your canoe

This is where you can get all your sporting goods

And then it was time to get a wee refreshment :-)

The chef is on the left :-)

And then it was time to head home :-)

So as a general overview there are some 1200km of trails where you can ATV, snow mobile over, ski over, hike over, etc. All of those trails are maintained by the community and there are guides available to take you around and give you lessons where you need them.

There are four full day routes that take you in a giant loop around Elliot Lake and you can pick up an ATV at the hotel and go straight onto the trails. I might add that the trails will also pass MacDonalds and Tim Hortons so you can also pick up a snack on the way if you wish. There is also superb hunting and fishing and these routes will take you into the outback where you can canoe, see bears and other wild life or even go on an historic tour or just out for a picnic.  The locals can advise which routes are best for novice and experienced travellers alike. You can even fly into Elliot Lake and let the charter company take your luggage to the hotel while you ATV in.

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