GeoTours Northern Ontario

Welcome to GeoTours Northern Ontario! Rugged Canadian Shield landscapes and a rich mining heritage define much of Northern Ontario. GeoTours dig into the geological stories that explain how Northern Ontario’s well known geological features came to be. We visit lakes and waterfalls, cliffs and canyons, mines and museums.

We present stories from the Sudbury area, where a meteorite impact 1.85 billion years ago resulted in rich nickel-copper ore deposits that have made the Greater Sudbury area world famous. We also explore fascinating geological sites from Thunder Bay to Parry Sound and Killarney to Timmins. Join us on this GeoTour of Northern Ontario!

Who are we?

Geoscientists from Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada, Ontario Geological Survey, Dynamic Earth science centre and Laurentian University have created GeoTours Northern Ontario. By telling the intriguing stories of Northern Ontario’s geology, we want to inspire you to visit these remarkable places. For resident or visitor alike, we hope you come to know better this remarkable landscape, its often astounding geological origins and its vibrant mining history and economy.

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Take A GeoTourEach richly illustrated GeoTour highlights geological sites of interest in or near various communities across Northern Ontario.  We invite you to read the virtual tours, print them out or save the PDFs on your tablet, then visit the sites to see them for yourself.

Greater Sudbury
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A.Y. Jackson Lookout A.Y. Jackson Lookout

High Falls and Greater Sudbury’s famous meteorite crater

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Copper Cliff

A driving tour of Greater Sudbury’s mining industry

PDF icon Copper Cliff GeoTour
Copper Cliff Smelter Superstack

Metals from minerals, managing environmental impacts and historic mining

PDF icon Copper Cliff Smelter Superstack GeoTour
Discovery Site of Sudbury Mining Camp

Birthplace of a world famous mining district

PDF icon Discovery Site of Sudbury Mining Camp GeoTour
Dynamic Earth

Ancient seafloor, meteorite-blasted rock, ice age sculpture and Greater Sudbury’s smelter

PDF icon Dynamic Earth GeoTour
Jane Goodall Reclamation Trail Jane Goodall Reclamation Trail

Healing Greater Sudbury’s Landscape

PDF icon Jane Goodall Reclamation Trail
Science North

Canadian Shield rock with stories of ancient meteorite impact, faulting and glacial sculpting

PDF icon Science North GeoTour
Northern Ontario
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French River Provincial Park

A historic waterway through Canadian Shield gneiss

PDF icon French River Provincial Park GeoTour
mining sculpture Heritage Silver Trail, Cobalt

Road tour of a historic silver mining camp

PDF icon Heritage Silver Trail, Cobalt GeoTour

Famous Canadian Shield white mountains and pink shores

PDF icon Killarney GeoTour
Lake Superior Provincial Park

On the geological shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake

PDF icon Lake Superior Provincial Park GeoTour
Mining Heritage Tour, Kirkland Lake

A century of mining the “Mile of Gold”

PDF icon Mining Heritage Tour, Kirkland Lake GeoTour

Palisades and red rocks on Lake Superior’s dramatic northwest shore

PDF icon Nipigon GeoTour
Parry Sound

Canadian Shield and glacier-sculpted gneiss in cottage country

PDF icon Parry Sound GeoTour
Temiskaming Shores

Flat farmland, diamonds and a rift valley

PDF icon Temiskaming Shores GeoTour
Thunder Bay

Geology of the Lakehead region

PDF icon Thunder Bay GeoTour

Canada’s greatest goldfields!

PDF icon Timmins GeoTour