Nakina was established in 1923 as a station railway yard on the National Transcontinental Railway between Grant and Armstrong. Today, Nakina is a small northern town known for mineral exploration and a gateway to some of the best remote fishing in Canada. The village is located on Highway 58, approximately 60 km of Geraldton and is home to about 500 residents.

One interesting fact about this town is that during World War Two, a radar base was located on the edge of town. The radar base was used to watch for potential attacks on the strategically important Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Many northern fly-in lodges fly out of Nakina and offer excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike, whitefish, brook trout and lake trout.

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