Downtown Atikokan Walking Tour
Starting at the Museum (1) Walk across the bridge to visit Atikokan Historical Park at Legion Point (2)
Leave the Historical Park the way you came, then walk down Main Street, Atikokan, which is part of the Trans-Canada Trail. Pass the post office and turn left, then right to stay on Main Street. Cross O’Brien St. on the North side of Main are a historic diamond drill (3), a replica of the White Otter Castle (4) and a little further down the street a historic iron ore car and a mural (5) created by the students of Atikokan High School.
On the next block, you will come to The Iron Mine, a dining a recreation complex (built by the United Steelworkers, it was originally known as Union Hall), and a feature display of a P&H Bucket Shovel (6).
Cross the street to visit the mine pit mural (7) one of several of the original creations of artist and teacher Heather Schmutzer that grace downtown.
Make a right turn on Mackenzie Ave. then turn left (to the south) on Clark Street to reach the Atikokan Hotel (10), Atikokan’s oldest commercial establishment. Across Front Street you will see the cement pad (11) all that is left of the CN Station, once Atikokan’s hub.
Head back along Clark Street. On your left is the first school in Atikokan (12). Proceed to Main Street and turn right.
Continue along Main Street (East) to visit a Gardner-Denver drill set (13). On the other side of Home Hardware, at the corner of Main and Gorrie Street, is the first student created mural (14).
Continue east to see the iron ore rock (15) midway down the block, and then at the end of the street, another original mural (16) created by Heather Schmutzer, around the corner on O’Brien Street.
Head back down to the Centennial Museum for the final mural (1)
Museum Hours : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday