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Adventures in Northeastern Ontario

Discover the essence of Ontario’s Canoe Culture

If you envision a red canoe travelling serenely across a sparkling cobalt blue lake surrounded by old growth forests and rugged Canadian Shield, then you’re thinking of Temagami.

This easily accessible region is known for its prominent canoe culture dating back to the 1830’s with the permanent settlement of the Temagami First Nations. The area is home to Keewaydin, the world’s oldest canoe-tripping camp and the Temagami Canoe Company, creators of cedar-canvas canoes (established in 1928).

The Temagami region has the most extensive network of canoe routes in Ontario, with some of best wilderness paddling found in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park.

Experience the landscapes and culture that inspired Grey Owl, the Englishman (Archie Belaney) who adopted a First Nations persona, to became a well-known conservationist and author.

For an incredible Canadian Heritage river experience, paddle the French River or Mattawa River, where First Nations, French and English explorers, fur traders and voyageurs travelled through ancient Canadian Shield.

Killarney Provincial Park is a mecca for canoe enthusiasts and hikers alike. This enchanted area with bright white quartzite hills, wind-swept pines and red granite shorelines inspired Canada’s most famous painters, The Group of Seven, so much, they pushed to have it made into a Park.


While you’re here…
For a panoramic view, climb the 100’ high Temagami Fire Tower on the top of Caribou Mountain.  Take a guided hike in the White Bear Old Growth Forest in Temagami. See the Grey Owl plaque in Finlayson Provincial Park.

Be sure to visit the French River Visitor Centre to learn the story of Canada’s first Heritage River. Get authentic Canadiana souvenirs at the French River Trading Post.

While in Mattawa Voyageur Country, be sure to visit the Canadian Ecology Centre, the Museum and go for a voyageur canoe tour in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

While in Killarney, eat freshly caught pickerel at Hubert’s Fish and Chips.


Getting there:
If headed to Temagami or Mattawa, fly into North Bay airport. If travelling to Killarney or the French River, fly into Sudbury airport. Rent a car and drive to your favourite paddling destination. Alternatively, you can drive from the Toronto airport to any of these destinations.


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