updated on: February 13, 2017
Tour Northeastern Ontario's Premier Paddling Destinations
Discover yourself on crystal clear waters, surrounded by wilderness in its purest form.
Do you hear that? It’s the wind tousling the branches of an old pine, and the paddle breaking through calm water. It’s a BIG paddling adventure, and it’s in Northeastern Ontario.
Imagine, paddling ancient canoe routes the Anishinaabekwe and French Voyageurs did so long ago. Discover yourself on crystal clear waters, surrounded by wilderness in its purest form. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime, reaching locations only accessible to the adventurous at heart. Whether you're exploring a nearby Ontario Park, or setting out on your own, this list of outfitters and accomodations is sure to start you off on the right track.
Local Outfitter: Temagami Outfitting Company
Provincial Parks Nearby: Finlayson Point Provincial Park, Lady Evelyn - Smoothwater Provincial Park, Obabika Lake Provincial Park, Solace Provincial Park
What To Expect: Over 1,200 islands, and red/white pine old- growth forest. The water is deep, and winding. There are many impromptu campsites scattered along shorelines.
Local Outfitter: Killarney Outfitters
Provincial Park Nearby: Killarney Provincial Park
Where To Stay: Killarney Mountain Lodge
What To Expect: White quartz sandstone rock faces, windswept pines and crystal blue waters. The open water of Georgian Bay can be unpredictable, so bring overnight gear just in case. Philip Edward Island is a popular stop and embodies the Georgian Bay coast.
Local Outfitter: Howling Wolf Expeditions
Provincial Park Nearby: Renee Brunelle Provincial Park, Little Abitibi Provincial Park
Where To Stay: Best Western Swan Castle Inn
What To Expect: Expect little traffic, and fluctuating water levels due to hydro dams further up river. New Post Falls is a popular destination along the river.
Local Outfitter: D & L Home & Cottage, Timmins Adventure Tours
Provincial Park Nearby: Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
Where To Stay: WildExodus
What To Expect: Old-growth boreal forest, and scenic shorelines perfect for camping. There are minimal portages, and the river winds through many small towns.
Local Outfitter: Hartley Bay Marina
Provincial Park Nearby: French River Provincial Park
Where To Stay: Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge
What To Expect: It offers miles of twisting shoreline, picturesque islands and hidden back bays steeped in a rich voyageur history.
Local Outfitter: Algonquin North Wilderness Outfitter
Provincial Park Nearby: Samuel De Champlain Provincial Park
Where To Stay: Canadian Ecology Centre
What To Expect: The Mattawa River is long, and winding. Follow an original voyageur route, from North Bay to Mattawa, and experience all the region has to offer.