|Elevation||693 m (2,274 ft)|
|Prominence||394 m (1,293 ft)|
|Range||Canadian Shield, unnamed range|
|Topo map||NTS 041P07|
The Ishpatina Ridge is the highest point of land in the Canadian province of Ontario, at an estimated 693 m (2,274 ft) above sea level. Ishpatina Ridge rises approximately 300 m (984 ft) above the immediate area.
The ridge lies in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park. Because of its remote location, Ishpatina Ridge is not very accessible; the closest major highway, Highway 560, is more than 30 km away, and roads and trails in the remote area are difficult to travel in poor weather. The most popular approach routes to Ishpatina are by canoe and/or float plane, although some individuals have walked to the ridge from the nearest road. The nearest community to the ridge is Gowganda.
The name "Ishpatina" comes from an Ojibwe language word ishpadinaa, meaning "high place/ridge". The city of Ishpeming, Michigan, in Marquette County, and Spadina Avenue in Toronto, Ontario derive their names from the same word.
Although the Ishpatina Ridge is considered the highest point in Ontario, at least one other geographic feature, Maple Mountain has greater prominence, 37 m (121 ft) higher than Ishpatina Ridge's rise over Scarecrow Lake.
An abandoned firetower, often referred to as the Ellis Tower, is still standing on the highest section of the Ridge.
Located between Tower Peak and the North Peak, the Ishpatina Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in Ontario. The elevation of Tower Peak is 2274 feet, the bottom of the Canyon is at 1750 feet and the North Peak at 2250 feet above sea level.
- Trip reports with route descriptions to the 3 main peaks along the Ishpatina Ridge
- Documents conflicting estimates of the elevation of Ishpatina Ridge
- Links with descriptions to many Ishpatina Ridge travel reports and photos
- Map Link
- Individual report on Ishpatina ridge with photos
- The Ellis firetower on Ishpatina Ridge
- Friends of Temagami