Welcome to Ontario’s “Canyon Country…”
Situated between the Wolfe River and Coldwater Creek, Dorion is your typical Highway 11 dot-on-the-map. There are some scattered houses and an abandoned motel, but nowhere really to turn off the highway, at least that I have seen in my drives for work along the road.
Dorion is home to Canada’s largest wildlife mural – but not in the local gallery, or the town hall, or the café, but ….drumroll… at the Esso station. The station is painted on all three sides, with moose, fish, and wolf representing Dorion’s place in “Canyon Country”.
As well, the station features a recreation of an Aboriginal sculpture known as the Indian Head. (Both are pictured here.) This sculpture is a recreation of Indian Head, a rock formation found in nearby Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park. This is pure Highway 11 – random things in a completely random place.
Dorion is in the middle of what is called “Canyon Country” as Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park is approximately 12 kilometres north of the ‘town’. Nearby Eagle Canyon is a private park that has built Canada’s longest suspension bridge over the Ouimet Canyon – 600 feet across and more than 200 in height.
Dorion is also home to a bottled water works, Ontario’s largest fish culture station, the Trillium Motel, a bait shop, and a bible camp.
Pearl wasn’t on the map. In Pearl you can find the Rocksville Amethyst Shop, some animal statues (which are small by Highway 11 standards), and a few bush side-streets.