The Wunnummin Lake Airport is a public airport operated by the Government of Ontario. It is located two nautical miles (3.7 kilometres or 2.3 miles) south of the First Nations community of Wunnummin Lake in Ontario, Canada. The Wunnummin Lake is one of the two sites (the other being Kingfisher Lake) where the community of the Big Beaver House were relocated after fire razed their old settlements.
The airport mostly serves domestic flights and is considered as a small airport with light air traffic. It is currently served by Wasaya Airlines, with flights going to and from Angling Lake and Kingfisher Lake. The airport also receives flights Summer Beaver. Wunnummin Lake Airport resides at an elevation of 819 feet or 250 metres above mean sea level, and has a gravel surfaced runway designated 16/34, with length of 3,511 feet or 1,070 metres.
What to see & do
The Wunnummin Lake First Nation is an Oji-Cree First Nation located 360 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout in Ontario, Canada. It is registered with a population of 565 (2007 figures). The Wunnummin Lake community can be accessed primarily through air transportation, however during certain seasons travellers may use the winter trails, winter road system, or waterways.
The Wunnummin Lake is called “Wanaman-zaaga'igan”, which means “Vermillion Lake”, in reference to the vermillion-coloured clay about the lake. Legend says that the “Crane manidoo” used to hunt for food found the “Big Beaver” that lived on the Pipestone River. He then chased the “Big Beaver” and its baby to the site. When the “Crane manidoo” caught up with the legendary creature and its spawn, he killed the baby beaver and put it aside in the site with foliage, letting its blood spill from its wound. The blood from the baby beaver is believed to have seeped into the ground, staining the clay underneath the lake to a rich reddish-brownish-orange colour.
Tourism in the conventional sense of the word is not present here, but for travellers who itch to explore the area, tourism in the Wunnummin Lake First Nations community is a different adventure altogether. The lack of settlement calls for setting up camps and bonfires, while the lack of restaurants and other comforts call for creativity – especially in gathering food. Further, the natural environment of the community is filled with wildlife and vegetation that cannot be seen in urban areas, which is perfect if after some 'back-to-your-roots' hunt. Activities that can be enjoyed here include fishing, hunting, and trapping. A major attraction here is the Broken Beaver Dam.
How to get around Wunnummin Lake
The relatively small community of Wunnummin Lake can be explored by foot. There are no established bus networks here, nor does the place have car rental services. Should travellers wish to have private means of transport, they may bring their own vehicles (e.g. cars, bikes, ATVs, etc.).
How to get there
The Wunnummin Lake Airport connects the First Nations community of Wunnummin Lake to Kingfisher Lake and Angling Lake. Services are provided regularly by Wasaya Airlines.
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