|Dryden is the smallest community in the entire province of Ontario to be designated as a city with a mere population of just 8,195 stretching over 125.7 square kilometers and is located on the Trans Canada highway midway between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dryden is where the rugged beauty of northwestern Ontario meets the bright lights of City life and is the transportation, business and service hub for the surrounding area.
The area of Dryden was actually a part of the Ojibwe nation that covered an intensive area from Lake Huron in the east to Lake of the Woods west and beyond. To this day, the evidence of ancient occupancy is still available here in the form of pictographs, artifacts and burial grounds and may even be considered as the area?s prehistoric centre.
Relatively undiscovered, Dryden sits along the Wabigoon Chain of Lakes an internationally renowned fishing and hunting ground but Dryden was founded on Gold. Back in the late 1800?s people from far-off cities flocked to the area in search of their fortune. Gold Rock is now silent but left behind is a remarkable collection of turn-of-the-century buildings including mills, head frames, bunkhouses, cookeries, cabins and hidden by the forest, a graveyard of miner who never left.
Dryden is known for its diverse culture and outdoor adventures. Its beautiful parks, hiking trails and sandy beaches provide a wonderful opportunity for boating, swimming, windsurfing, biking and fishing. In the colder months, our pine filled forests provide skiers, boarders, snowmobilers and outdoor adventurists with miles to discover.
The City of Dryden is strategically located in the heart of Canada on the heavily travelled Trans Canada Highway midway between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario - North of the United States border at Fort Frances, Ontario and South of the 51 parallel. Dryden truly is the essence of the Canadian wilderness experience and is accessible by road, rail and air.