15 Largest Continental Lakes in Canada

North America has hundreds of lakes, and Canada possesses the majority of the world’s largest and most noteworthy lakes; the largest lake in the world is “Lake Superior,” the surface of which is used to rank the greatest continental lakes in Canada. Several of Canada’s greatest lakes are located on the border with the United States, and some of them share the surface area with the United States.

15. Dubawnt

Dubawnt Lake is located in the Nunavut region at a height of 236 meters. The Dubawnt River is the major inflow and outflow, and it includes numerous ice-covered islands.

Province/Territory: Nunavut

Area (km²): 3,833

14. Lake of the Woods

The Lake of Woods is located in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, with 14% of its surface in the United States. The lake has several small islands. It is 110 meters long, 95 kilometers broad, and 10.6 meters deep. The principal inflows are the Rainy River, Shoal Lake, and Kakagi Lake, while the main outflow is the Winnipeg River.

Province/Territory: Ontario

Area (km²): 4,350

13. Manitoba

The lake is 248 meters above sea level, 225 kilometers long, 45 kilometers broad, and up to 7 meters deep. The lake is located in southern Manitoba, with its major outflow being the Fairford River and its primary intake being the Waterhern River, Whitemud River.

Province/Territory: Manitoba

Area (km²): 4,706

12. Nipigon

The lake is entirely in Canada and is 116 kilometers long, 80 kilometers broad, and 165 meters deep, with an elevation of 320 meters. Nipigon Lake is sometimes known as the Sixth Great Lake.

Province/Territory: Ontario

Area (km²):4,843

11. Nettilling

Nettilling, the biggest lake on Baffin Island, is 113 kilometers long and 132 meters deep.

Province/Territory: Nunavut

Area (km²): 5,066

10. Winnipegosis

Waterhen River is the primary outflow from Winnipegosis Lake, which is 245 kilometers long, 51 kilometers broad, and 18 meters deep at its deepest point at a height of 254 meters.

Province/Territory: Manitoba

Area (km²): 5,403

9. Reindeer Lake

Reindeer Lake has a height of 227 meters, a maximum length of 233 kilometers, and a depth of 337 meters. It is the province of Saskatchewan’s second-largest lake.


Area (km²): 6,330

6. Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg is the biggest lake in Manitoba, measuring 425 kilometers long and only 36 meters deep in certain parts, at a height of 217 meters, and with a volume of 283 cubic kilometers.

Province/Territory: Manitoba

Area (km²):23,553

5. Erie

Lake Erie is 388 kilometers long and 92 kilometers wide, with half of it in Canada and half in the United States. Lake Erie is 64 meters deep and 173.3 meters high.

Province/Territory: Ontario

Area (km²): 25,719

4. Great Slave Lake

Great Slave Lake is the deepest lake in North America, measuring 480 kilometers in length and 614 meters in depth. It is the tenth-largest lake in the world and the fourth in Canada.

Province/Territory: NWT (Northwest Territories)

Area (km²): 28,930

3. Great Bear Lake

At an elevation of 156 meters, the lake is the seventh biggest in the world, measuring 320 kilometers in length and 175 kilometers in breadth, with a depth of 413 meters at its lowest point. Great Bear Lake is the largest lake wholly inside the country of Canada; Superior and Huron lakes are not totally within the country and are shared with the United States for the most part.

Province/Territory: NWT (Northwest Territories)

Area (km²): 31,080

2. Huron

Huron Lake, at a height of 176 meters, can store 3,540 cubic kilometers of water. It is 332 kilometers long and 295 km broad, with a maximum depth of about 229 meters and a total length of 6,159 km including islands. The lake was discovered halfway between Canada and the United States.

Province/Territory: Ontario

Area (km²): 59,600

1. Superior

Superior is the biggest continental lake in Canada and the world, with a surface size of 82,414 square kilometers. It is 616 kilometers long, 257 kilometers broad, and 406 feet deep. The lake is located in both Canada and the United States, and while having just 28,749 square kilometers of surface area in Canada, it is fed by nearly 200 rivers.

Province/Territory: Ontario

Area (km²): 82,414

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