city in the Kenora District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada

Dryden is Ontario's smallest incorporated city (population 7617), located 140km (90 mi) east of Kenora on the Trans-Canada Highway in northern Ontario.


Dryden, located on the north shore of Wabigoon Lake, was established in 1895 as the site of an experimental farm and named for a minister of government of the era. At the time, access to the community was primarily by rail. From 1910-2008, the city's primary industry was paper manufacturing; the local population reached a peak of just under 8200 people before the mill closed.

An oversize Maximillian the Moose stands at the centre of town at the visitor’s centre.

Dryden and Kenora are the only incorporated Ontario cities to use the Central time zone (GMT-6), due to their location: geographically closer to Winnipeg than to southern Ontario.

Get inEdit

By carEdit

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By trainEdit

  • Via Rail. Service on The Canadian at Richan station, 25 km north of Dryden.

By planeEdit

Get aroundEdit

  • George's Taxi, +1 807 223-6565.
  • Enterprise (+1 807 223-4004) and National (+1 807 223-4477) offer hire cars.


Max the moose towers 18 feet
  • 1 Dryden & District Museum, 15 Van Horne Avenue (at King Street), +1 807 223-4671. Museum in historic Hamble House with over ten thousand artefacts, including “Old Copper Culture“ cold-hammered tools dating back 4,000 years. History of Dryden and surrounding area, including “The Dryden Buck“, an Ontario-record whitetail deer shot by a poacher in 2003. By donation.


  • 1 Aaron Provincial Park. On east end of Thunder Lake, 26 km (16 mi) east of Dryden on Hwy 11.    
  • 2 Dryden Recreational Complex, 84 Whyte Ave, +1 807 223-1425. Indoor pool with waterslide, municipal fitness centre.
  • 3 Dryden Ski Club, +1 807 937-4265. Ski hill, equipment rental and lessons. $35/day (downhill), $8/day (cross-country).
  • 4 Eagle's Landing, 400 Sandy Beach Rd, +1 807 223-3433. Nine-hole golf course, banquet facility.
  • Hunting, fishing and windsurfing are popular locally; in winter, try snowmobiling, ice fishing, dogsledding and skiing.
  • 5 Blue Lake Provincial Park, Blue Lake Road, +1 807 227-2601. Hiking trails, camping, interpretive centre.    
  • Sandy Beach Park, Sandy Beach Road. Playground, large sand beach, soccer field and baseball diamond, walking trails and picnic area.
  • Theatre 17. Amateur community theatre group.


  • Moosefest. late June-early July. Summer festival, includes Canada Day weekend.
  • Dryden Winter Festival. Mid-February, on long weekend. Activities. Ice fishing derby.







  • 5 Hide Away Motel, 700 Government St, +1 807 223-5329, fax: +1 807 223-5519. Breakfast included, Internet, 32" HDTV with Netflix and Apple TV, fridge/microwave, kitchenettes in some rooms. $80+.
  • 6 Trans Canada Motel & Restaurant (The TC), 149 Third St (at Trans-Canada 17), +1 807 223-2251, fax: +1 807 223-6915. Sixteen-room motel, homestyle restaurant and catering.

Bed and breakfastEdit

  • 7 Pilot's Landing Bed & Breakfast, 110 Claybanks Rd., +1 807 223-6928. On Wabigoon Lake near water aerodrome, two rooms with private entrance and en suite bath.

Camps and caravan parksEdit


Go nextEdit

Routes through Dryden
WinnipegKenora ← JCT   N  W    E  → JCT   NThunder BaySault Ste Marie

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