Larder Lake

Unlike Kirkland Lake, there is actually a Larder Lake in Larder Lake. Larder Lake is a former mining town about 10 kilometres west of Virginiatown on Highway 66 (not Highway 11 – detour still in effect), and 20 kilometres from the Québec border.

Larder Lake was first settled in 1906 after the silver boom in Cobalt pushed people further north in search of more mineral deposits. Gold was found in the Larder Lake area, creating a boomtown in the bush.

Larder Lake Ontario fish

Larder Lake’s entry in the “some big weird thing” contest: a big fish

I’ve been to Larder twice but never really gathered much intel. There are some camping and picnic areas, a beach, and a 30 slip marina. Larder Lake also has an LCBO, a service station, a public library, a post office, a motel, and a restaurant.  Unlike its largely anglophone neighbour Kirkland Lake, approximately 40 percent of Larder Lake residents are francophone.

Ashley emailed to let me know that there is the Raven Beach Campground run by the town, and the most northerly skill hill in Ontario (along with Timmins‘ Kamiskotia.) He also advised that, on the way to Larder Lake from Kirkland lake there is Fork Lake Resort, that has a campground, cabins and a beach strop. But here’s the most important part: apparently, there is a really good restaurant where they serve the most excellent pie in the area – just make sure to call ahead to make sure they’re open

Help add to this page – email at info (at) highway11 (dot) ca, or post your thoughts below.

3 thoughts on “Larder Lake

  1. A great little town to live in and visit. BTW the some big weird thing is a trout, and he has a name… I just don’t remember what it is right now.

  2. Larder also has a grocery store on its main street. Fork Lake Resort and its restaurant have been closed for quite some time.
    Great fishing in the area – Lake Trout, Pike and Pickerel.
    Pearl Beach, on Larder Lake, between Larder and Virginiatown is the perfect northern beach – private and sandy.
    Nice town to visit.

  3. Parents immigrated from Holland to Larder Lake in 1949. Moved to Kirkland Lake in 1953. Then off to Toronto. Still make some business trips to the area and it never seems to change very much.Love it.

Everyone has a story to tell. Share yours.

Your email address will not be published.