Temagami Fire Tower

Climb the Temagami's Fire Tower on Caribou Mountain...  A natural high!

Aerial view of Caribou Mountain.On August 9, 1998 the newly restored Temagami Fire Tower was opened and dedicated to the Ministry of Natural Resources' Forest Rangers.  The aerial view shows the two viewing platforms, one with a replica of the cupola on top of the tower, for those that don't like heights.  There is also an Interpretive Centre located close to the parking lot, which houses information about the Forest Rangers.

The original tower was erected just a few metres to the east of the present site on Caribou Mountain in 1910.  It was built of square timber design and was 45 feet high.  In the late 1930's this tower was demolished and a new 85 foot light steel tower erected.  Due to rusting, this tower was demolished and sent over the side of the cliff face in 1961.  Temagami Fire Tower in the sunrise.With the old 85 foot tower removed, a 100 foot high steel tower was erected the same year by seven Forest Rangers.  There were nine towers in the area manned by Forest Rangers with field glasses, a detailed map and an alidade and azimuth, to pinpoint the exact location of a fire.  The Temagami Fire Tower was last used 25 years ago to spot fires and for the past 47 years has been a part of Temagami's skyline, greeting the sunrise each morning (pictured above).

Climb Temagami's Restored Fire Tower

The Restored Caribou Mountain Fire Tower.Climb the Temagami Tower for a breathtaking panoramic view such as the rangers would have seen.  The 100 foot high tower stands on the summit of Caribou Mountain, 400 feet above the town and 1300 feet above sea level.  It is the highest point on Yonge Street, otherwise known as Highway 11.  The cupola, at the top, commands a 360 degree view in excess of 40 kilometers.  From the cupola the fire tower on top of Maple Mountain can be seen on a clear day.  Admission to the Caribou Mountain visitor area is $2, which helps to fund continued improvements to the area.  Children under 7 years old have free admission.

Temagami Fire Tower winter scene.The first 'virtual tour' I designed, originally for the Municipality of Temagami website, showcases the Caribou Mountain project, a collection of trails, viewing platforms, and the restored Fire Tower that crowns Caribou Mountain.  The tour takes you through a series of interactive photos that creates an adventure all will enjoy.  For a bit of fun, continue to the Temagami Fire Tower Virtual Tour.

For more on Ontario's Fire Towers, and a list of towers still standing, please visit Clayton Self's Ontario Fire Towers page.