Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls
Quaint Resort Communities on Lake of the Woods
About Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls
Located on Highway 71, the landmark Sioux Narrows Bridge (above) marks the site of a mid-18th century battle between an Ojibwa-Cree alliance and the Sioux nation. It was reconstructed in 2007, and commemorates that historic event. Sioux Narrows was also named in honour of that battle.
In 2001, the township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls was formed after the formerly incorporated Township of Sioux Narrows and the community of Nestor Falls amalgamated. The 2011 Census reported the township’s population as 720 residents, although cottagers and tourists boost that figure during the spring-summer months.
Sioux Narrows is located on on Highway 71, along the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods, between Whitefish Bay and Regina Bay. This small resort community has about 350 permanent residents, but that number increases substantially during the summer months when cottagers and summer residents from Ontario, Manitoba, and the United States arrive in the area. Although mining and forestry have historic significance in Sioux Narrows, tourism is the primary industry now; many resorts can be found here. Seasonal and year-round services include the Iron & Clay coffee shop, Big John’s Bar & Grill, The Neighbourhood Eatery, Gill’s Trading Post, Swenson Marina and Bait, Bridge Apparel, the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre, and an LCBO outlet. The Narrows Gift Shop, Lazy Loon, Copperfin Credit Union, Sioux Narrows Motel, Mayer’s Ace Hardware & Building Centre, Sioux Narrows Post Office, Sioux Narrows Public library, and the Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls 50+ Centre round out the list of area amenities. Sioux Narrows is also home to the nine-hole, par-35 White Moose Golf Course, one of the few golf facilities offering clubhouse access by boat.
Nestor Falls (population: 290) is also located along Highway 71 at Sabaskong Bay, Lake of the Woods. Situated midway between Kenora and the nearby town of Fort Frances, Nestor Falls’ proximity to a natural waterfall made it attractive for logging companies in the early 20th century to use the waterway to transport logs via Lake of the Woods. In addition to forestry, hospitality, tourism and mining are key economic drivers in this Northwestern Ontario community. Tourists, residents, visitors and cottagers enjoy the area’s many lakes including Kakagi (Crow) Lake, Kakabikitchiwan Lake, Lake of the Woods, Pinus (Big Pine) Lake, Rowan Lake, and Caliper Lake. Fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming, water skiing and paddle boarding are among the recreational pursuits that Nestor Falls is known for.
Seasonal and year-round services include The Bear’s Den Restaurant, The Log Tavern, Green’s Barbeque Bar, Lecuyer’s Canada Lodge, Nestor Falls Motel, Dalseg’s Fine Foods, Nestor Falls Marine, Falls Hardware, Heliar’s Resort, and Hanson’s Lodges and Arrowhead Resort & Hotel.
Kakagi Lake, also known as Crow Lake, is a fairly large (24 kilometres or 15 miles long, and up to 13.5 kilometres/8.4 miles wide) body of water, located just north of Nestor Falls. The lake depth varies from an average of 20.7 metres (68 feet) to a maximum depth of 54.9 metres (180 feet). Kakagi offers many islands to explore including Gold Point, Mink, and Bear-Beaver, and feeds into Lake of the Woods through a series of smaller lakes and portages. Highly regarded amongst anglers as a favourite lake trout fishing area, Kakagi Lake is also home to several commercial fishing lodges and resorts. Private cabins can be found mostly on Young’s Bay, which was named in honour of Clyde Young, founder of Crow Lake Camp. During winter months, Kakagi is a popular recreational spot for snowmobilers and outdoor winter enthusiasts.
Real Estate Values (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020)
Source: MLS for Waterfront – Road access and water access (includes freehold, condo and tenants-in-common sales)
– Road access, vacant land: 7 sales, on Lake of the Woods in Sioux Narrows;
from $138,000 to $219,000. Average sale: $152,900.00.
– Water access, cottages: 10 sales, on Lake of the Woods and Kakagi Lake;
from $75,000 to $675,000. Average sale: $254,490.00.
– Road access, cottages and homes: 17 sales, Lake of the Woods and South Narrow Lake; from $169,900 to $1,115,000. Average sale: $378,523.53.
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Sioux Narrows, Ontario
Location S819 Gun Lake
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