Dryden is a community surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the boreal forest, freshwater lakes and spectacular vistas. The town has a strong economic base, with a large retail and service sector to serve residents and visitors. Situated midway between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, the city is secluded yet well connected by highway, rail, and air. Inside the city limits you'll find all the conveniences for a growing family or business- a full service airport, modern communication network, newly expanded health care centre, first class educational facilities and an excellent selection of residential properties. All of this is within walking distance of the unspoiled, rugged beauty of a pristine wilderness.
Tourism and recreation facilities abound in Dryden. The city is known for fishing and hunting opportunities, but it offers so much more. It is home to a first class recreational complex, fully equipped with swimming pool and waterslide, therapeutic warm pool, fitness and aerobics rooms, squash and racquetball courts, a cardio-fitness centre and two indoor ice surfaces. Around the city you'll find a waterfront golf course, a curling club with leagues for all ages, and beaches and parks galore. Nearby Aaron Provincial Park provides recreational opportunities for the whole family, from camping, fishing, boating and canoeing in the summer, to cross country skiing in the winter. Dryden offers a wide selections of accommodations for visitors with more than 400 hotel rooms and a great choice of rental cabins, RV parks and campgrounds. In the summer you can enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, soccer, baseball, basketball, skateboarding, and golf. In the winter there is curling, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, skating and hockey. All four seasons offer a full range of activities in our Wildness City.
Cultural and community amenities flourish in Dryden. The lush natural surroundings provide a sumptuous backdrop for the many events that the city hosts each year. The Dryden and District Museum offer a unique perspective of local history and growth, including a feature display of the 18 point Ontario Record Trophy Whitetail Deer. The Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre is home to the Dryden Entertainment Series that presents a variety of performances in a 500-seat auditorium. The Centre has the reputation of being an architectural achievement in comfort, lighting, acoustics and sightlines. Neighbouring First Nations communities are host to annual Pow Wows, which display colourful and lively celebrations reflective of local Aboriginal culture. Other community amenities include the Dryden Regional Health Centre, seniors housing complex and long term care facility, local fire and police services, airport and community centre with convention facilities. Dryden, Ontario's leading small city, is an active, balanced community. It will continue to offer businesses and families a quality lifestyle that blends a progressive outlook with practical and accessible work and play opportunities.
Every season offers great choices- curling, snowmobiling and hockey; hiking and canoeing; golf, soccer, biking, sking and snowboarding; hunting and fishing. Dryden is an active community with more than 200 clubs and organizations.
As the regional shopping hub, Dryden has a strong retail sector with everything from major national and international retailers to unique local boutiques.
Public access to the internet is available at the city's award winning library.