Espanola Ontario's "Paper Town"
Espanola has an interesting history that dates back to the establishment of Spanish colonies in America. Apparently local Ojibwe traded with southern tribes and returned with a Spanish woman who had been abducted. She must have taught others to speak her language because French voyageurs that first entered the region were amazed to hear some natives speaking Spanish. Thus the Spanish River was named after this remarkable woman.
Espanola offers visitor services such as the Recreation Complex, golf, motels, restaurants and shopping. Campsites and resorts provide retreats amongst breathtaking scenery and all of the lakes are crystal clear and clean. Lang Lake lies between Whitefish Falls and Espanola to the east of Hwy 6. It is a particularly extensive waterway offering excellent fishing. Rugged granite outcrops, beautiful forests and pockets of sandy beaches make this one of the most diverse regions in the North. The Spanish River has superb fishing; a boat launch is located north of the bridge off Old Webbwood Rd.
Clear Lake Beach is located on Hwy 6 South. The Al Secord Fitness Trail and boardwalk connects the beach and park to the town. Hikers, cyclists and ATV riders may use the abandoned Algoma Eastern Railway corridor through rugged wilderness all the way to Little Current. Visitors may view impressive artwork in the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre on Anderson Lake Road.
Three self-guided Silviculture Trails let visitors see tree harvesting and planting sites, observe wildlife and have the opportunity to pick berries. Wild blueberries ripen by late July to early August. The sign-posted trails are located north of the bridge on Old Webbwood Road and Jacklin Road.