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Our newest campus is in Red Lake (June 2011), the third stop in the western leg of our campus journey.

 This article is part of a series entitled “Know Your Regional Campuses” (KYRC) - Red Lake Campus … an opportunity to become more familiar with our regional campuses, some of the people who work there, and the unique communities in which they reside, along with a little history of the area.

Red Lake sunrise photo

Sunrise in downtown Red Lake.

“Norseman Float Plane Capital of the World”

Red Lake is famous as the “Norseman float plane capital of the world.” They host a Norseman float plane festival every summer to celebrate Canada’s iconic bush plane, which began its history in the area during the mid 1920’s. You can’t miss the iconic yellow Norseman plane, memorialized at the Norseman Heritage Park located at the water’s edge in the centre of downtown.

Norseman float plane photo - Red Lake

Norseman float plane photo - Red Lake


Red Lake’s Booming Economy (fuelled by Gold)

Red Lake, a gold mining town, is located at the north end of highway 105, north east of Kenora and north west of Dryden, beyond Ear Falls, and next door to Balmertown and Cochenour. There is high activity in Red Lake area these days, as evidenced by my total inability to secure accommodation there. All motel rooms in town and in surrounding communities even an hour away were fully booked!

the view approaching Red Lake

A sunset view approaching Red Lake

Goldcorp mine photo - Red Lake

One of a number of gold mines in the Red Lake district


Red Lake is home to a variety of shopping and restaurants, including Tim Hortons which is located next to the Super 8 hotel.

 new hotel construction in Red Lake

New Super 8 hotel - Red Lake

Tim Hortons construction - Red Lake

Tim Horton’s, right next door to SUPER 8


Students from as far away as Morocco!

I met a student there who moved to Red Lake with her husband from Morocco (to work at the mine). Another mature student I talked to had worked in one of the local mines before injuring his back, so he was coming back to school for retraining. At all of our campuses, we are clearly serving the educational needs of students of all ages and even diverse cultural backgrounds.

student from Morocco photo - Red Lake campus

Hind - a student originally from Morocco
taking Business - Accounting

mature student photo - Red Lake campus

Denise - student & grandmother - Native Child & Family Services program


Red Lake Campus student photo

Business Fundamentals

student photo

Business - Human Resources

Campus Profile in the Community

I talked to one white-bearded old timer, (who looked like he would make a great Santa Claus) who was pumping gas at the corner gas bar, said he has very happy for the college presence in the community (he was a retired high school teacher), but was concerned that not enough people in the community were aware of our new campus and what we had to offer. He also told me some of the history of the former owner of the lodge on which the campus is now situated. The lodge was renovated (to perfection) by an American, who inherited patent dues from the powder recipe used in JELL-O. Today, new owners are enjoying the space, including the College who gets to enjoy the whole basement with the lake view all across the whole side of the building. 

Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre

The area history is showcased magnificently at the new Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre … a must see that includes the area’s history of mining, aviation, medical, education, fur trade and Indigenous people. Admission is a bargain at $3 for adults, and is open year round. Check out their website at

Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre photo

Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre has quite an extensive Norval Morriseau art collection. Morriseau (born in Beardmore) spent a number of years painting in Red Lake.

Aboriginal display - Red Lake Museum

Aboriginal ceremonial drum display


diesel engine generator photo - Red Lake - Regional Heritage Centre

HUGE 32 ton, 6-cylinder diesel engine generator - used at the former Madsen Mine as an emergency backup power source.

diesel power generator photo - Red Lake Museum

Now this behemoth engine can be seen at the entrance to the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre


Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre photo

Central Aboriginal display with huge b&w historical photos overhead around the room

history of dentistry photo

The tools of the trade of dentistry & other professions


photo - Wabagoon River

A spectacular view of the Wabagoon River, early on in the drive to Red Lake.