Wabakimi Provincial Park
Photo by Ontario Tourism (2012)

Paddle Wabakimi Provincial Park

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A world-class kayaking and canoeing destination, Wabakimi Provincial Park is larger than the province of Prince Edward Island, making it the world’s biggest wilderness canoe reserve. The park consists of more than 2,000 km of lake and river travel. Some of the park’s most popular water trails include the Allanwater, Flindt, Pikitirgushi, and Ogoki Rivers. Many of these rivers offer some opportunities for whitewater kayaking, however, for less-experienced paddlers, most of these obstacles can be avoided with a little portaging.

While located in a fairly remote region, Wabakimi offers more than just kayaking opportunities. This dense area of boreal forest located on the Canadian Shield is home to woodland caribou, moose, eagles and wolves, providing great wildlife viewing opportunities as well as excellent fishing in an undisturbed setting.

Amenities: Roofed accommodations; campsites; canoeing outfitters; hunting; fishing.

How to get there: Part of Wabakimi’s appeal is just how secluded this location is. You can paddle into Wabakimi through a number of waterways, which include Caribou Lake and Little Caribou Lake. To get to Little Caribou Lake and Caribou Lake, take Highway 527 north from Thunder Bay until it turns slightly and becomes King Street. From there, take Caribou Lake Road, which will lead you to the water.

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