Woodland Caribou

Adventures in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Go paddling where nature still rules. Journey deep into Canada’s remote boreal landscape for a chance to see an elusive woodland caribou.

Located in the heart of Northwestern Ontario’s boreal forest, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is one of the top backcountry canoeing destinations in Ontario. Feel the ancient spirits as you travel along unspoiled wilderness routes that were once integral to Canada’s First Nations people.

Home to one of the largest herds of woodland caribou found south of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, the highlight of any trip is the quest to see one of these remarkable mammals in their natural setting.

In keeping with the wilderness appeal of the park, navigation aids such as portage and campsite markers are nowhere to be found. In their place, paddlers can rely on traditional axe blazes to mark the way. Don’t worry though, with over 1000 established campsites, most lakes within the park offer gorgeous camping locations, usually nestled into stands of black spruce and jackpine.

For those looking for a unique paddling adventure, leave the crowds behind and experience all that Woodland Caribou Provincial Park has to offer.

Try this:
Paddle and portage, with professional guides, through some of Canada’s most remote wilderness and fish rich waters. This ultimate backcountry adventure begins with an exciting flight on a De Havilland Beaver aircraft deep into the heart of the boreal forest. For the next 14 days, you will develop your canoeing and wilderness tripping skill set while learning about the fire born ecology of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. The trip ends at one of the largest pictograph site in North America.

Paddle down the Bloodvein River, a Canadian Heritage River, to experience a powerful Aboriginal cultural landscape and one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Reconnect with the earth through the ancient Aboriginal pictographs, unspoiled wilderness and spectacular whitewater rapids and waterfalls. This very special area, Pimachiowin Aki, Ojibwe for “the land that gives life”, is currently under consideration for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the rare dual designation of being both a natural and culture heritage site.

While you are here:
Once in Red Lake, take time to visit the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. A historical Museum offering multi-media displays and exhibits on Aboriginal History, Gold Mining, the Fur Trade and much more.

If you’re looking for a quick adventure, water tours of historic Red Lake are available. These three-hour tours include exploring the many islands and back channels of the lake as well as a stop off at an old Hudson Bay Post site.

Getting there:
Fly into Thunder Bay International Airport. It is a short flight to Red Lake, which is the gateway to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Bearskin Lake Air Service offers multiple flights daily.


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