Neys Provincial ParkVisiting Attractions Neys Provincial Park
Neys Provincial Park is located along Ontario Highway 17, 45 km east of Terrace Bay and 26 km west of Marathon. It sits on the rugged coast of the Coldwell Peninsula which extends out from the north shore of Lake Superior—a picturesque landscape. The granite rock in the park was shaped by glaciers and erosion into the fantastic shapes you see today, as well as along the shores where the crashing waves carved and hollowed the bedrock.
You can hike along the coastal trails to discover all the sub-arctic plants that are able to survive in Neys thanks to the unique climate, courtesy of Lake Superior. Neys is all home to an elusive group of Woodland Caribou and other northern wildlife. For all novice or experienced paddlers alike, we recommend taking a cruise along the pristine Lake Superior shoreline to enjoy the park from a unique perspective.
Neys is not only a quite park, but also one with a lively and colourful history! In the 1920s, Group of Seven painter, Lawren Harris visited the peninsula and immortalized the landscape in his famous painting, “Pic Island,” which you can visit and see the actual island for yourself!
During World War II, this remote peninsula also temporarily became a German Prisoner-of-War (POW) camp, designated “Camp 100.” On display at the visitor centre is a model replica of the former POW camp. With a brisk hike you can visit the remains of camp itself and experience an important part of Canadian/World history.
If you are interested in learning more about the POW camps in Neys and across Canada, check out the documentary “The Enemy Within” by Filmmaker Eva Colmers, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. The documentary looks at German POWs from World War II who were housed in the 25 POW camps across Canada.
T: (807) 229-1624 (from May to September) or (807) 825-3403 (from October to April)
W: Ontario Parks – Neys