The Towns and Cities
of Northern Ontario
Dryden Ontario in Sunset Country
a gold mining region, Dryden lies on Highway 17 between Kenora
The Dryden area was part of the
Ojibwa nation and it is believed that the Bending Lake/Turtle River
area was a meeting place for aboriginal peoples for trade and
cultural exchange and there is still evidence of ancient occupancy
there in the form of pictographs, artifacts and burial grounds.
The railway provided access and
because of the woodland, timber concessions were granted. A
sawmill, a hotel, and several small general stores were established
within months of the arrival of the first settlers. By 1905
Gold Rock (a neighbouring mining town)
was in serious decline, and Dryden became the commercial centre for
the area. Dryden has had continued steady growth in its
commercial sector, and with the development of the highway Dryden
was now at the centre of
Construction of a new mill began in
1910 and since that time, it has undergone many facelifts and has
now evolved into a world-class facility.
steady increase in traffic on the
along with Dryden's
geographical position between
resulted in a very large
commercial center serving the tourist trade. Fishing and hunting
lodges abound in the area along with many outfitters that will
ensure a pleasant and memorable holiday.
also has an interesting
history. In the mid
1990ís this park was closed due to budgetary constraints and the
pursued the possibility of
operating the park ensuring that the park remains open.
Since the Park's reopening in 1997, the park has experienced
an increase in users. The
park now boasts top quality customer service and a dedication by all
involved. Dryden prides
- a clean, peaceful family campground.