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The Ultimate Paddler's Bucket List: 10 Things to Try Before You Die

The Ultimate Paddler's Bucket List: 10 Things to Try Before You Die

The best paddling experiences in the world

How many can you check off?

Paddling connects us intimately with the land, the water, each other, and ourselves. The adventures we have while paddling are unique in how we experience the Canadian Canoe Culture and the natural wonders of the wilderness. In Northern Ontario you have seemingly endless options to explore our cultural routes, serene routes, and exhilarating routes. We've rounded up some of the best to suit your personal sense of adventure. 

Pick your adventure now and #PaddleON

What are you looking to do on your paddling trip?


This is the ultimate wilderness escape. Start your custom backcountry canoe trip from deep in the wilds, after being dropped off on a remote lake or river by a floatplane. Enjoy awesome fishing, wildlife viewing, stargazing, and the Aurora Borealis.



Canoes, gear, and paddlers—all aboard! Hop on the Via Trail at Armstrong Station and take an epic journey into the boreal forest of Wabakimi Provincial Park, accessible only by train, plane, or paddle. Or, board the Polar Bear Express in Cochrane, then unload at Moose River Crossing to begin your adventure on the Moose River to the historic Cree settlements of Moosonee and Moose Factory.

Killarney Provincial Park is a rugged, mountainous wilderness of sapphire lakes, jack pine, and majestic vistas to hike to. Or visit the Temagami Region, which has incredible backcountry paddling and hiking in old growth forests.    

Retrace the route of the fur voyageurs on guided adventure along the north shore of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake. Fur trade life comes alive at the incredible Fort William Historical Park.

Discover Ontario’s rich and diverse Indigenous history and culture with a guided tour. Experience a deep connection to the land and water through their traditions, knowledge, and stories.

Simply put, kids are happy in nature. They quickly forget about screens and video games. They'll make new friends to paddle and swim with, and you'll see non-stop smiles. Take a guided trip or stay at an ecolodge.

Take your zen to a new level. Instead of doing your yoga in a studio, paddle into the wilderness and experience the powerful energy of doing your practice on an ancient rocky shore. Be inspired on a paddling photography workshop. Discover a new sense of zen on a combination adventure.



Looking for a challenge? Feel the rush as you test your paddling skills on our whitewater rivers.

Not everyone goes canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding to escape the clock—sometimes they try to beat it. Challenge yourself at a paddling race, or celebrate paddling at a festival.



Want to experience nature but not rough it? Go glamping and get the best of both worlds. Enjoy exciting paddling, hiking, or wildlife viewing during the day, but sleep in comfort in a well-appointed, pre-pitched platform tent, teepee, or yurt.

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