Finlayson Point is surrounded by Lake Temagami, and this location is the park’s key feature. The lake has hundreds of islands and bays, towering cliffs, and a shoreline ringed with huge ancient pine. The campground offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors.
The campground sits on a well treed peninsula on Lake Temagami’s Northeast Arm. Campsites are secluded, with some next to the lake, and all a short walk to the beach on one of the park’s many pleasant roads. The campground is designed to accommodate all types of camping equipment, from tents, to trailers and RVs.
Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of the park’s two sandy beaches with warm, shallow waters to relax the day away. Or if you prefer to be more active, Lake Temagami is a canoeist, boater and angler’s delight with both deep, cold water and shallow, warm water fish species ready to grab your line! If hiking interests you, the nearby Caribou Mountain/White Bear Forest Conservation Reserve offers several trails, a scenic view and a fire tower to climb.
The park features a historical plaque commemorating Grey Owl. Archie Belaney, a young Englishman, came to Temagami in the early 1900s, learning backcountry skills from the local Ojibwe people, the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. They called him Grey Owl, and after a career as a forest ranger he began to portray himself as an “Indian”, becoming a world-famous speaker and advocate for conservation and the environment. After his death in the 1930s, his true identity was discovered.
The Temagami and nearby Temiskaming Shores regions have a wealth of history. As well as the historic fire tower location on Caribou Mountain, Temagami has a historic and refurbished train station in the centre of town and the native community of Bear Island in the centre of Lake Temagami has the unique St. Ursala’s church and the site of a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
The historic town of Cobalt, 45 minutes north of the park, is a national historic site, and was an important mining centre in the first half of the 20th century and was one of the richest mining areas in the world at the time. The Cobalt Mining Museum is one of many attractions in the area. Many other attractions are found in the communities north of Cobalt.
The trails of the Caribou Mountain/White Bear Forest Conservation Reserve offer the hiker, canoeist and the adventurer the opportunity to travel through a portion of Ontario’s forest that over time has changed very little.
Old Fire Ranger Trail: Accessed from the fire tower, this advanced trail was used by the fire rangers to get from the Caribou Lake portage to the fire tower. The trail is approximately 400 m and takes about 15 minutes to walk.
Red Fox Trail: This challenging trail which varies from an intermediate to an advanced level is approximately 6.5 km in length and can be hiked in about three hours.
Beaver Trail: This intermediate trail passes through rocky terrain and steep hills. This 3 km trail that takes you through the heart of the “old growth” forest can be hiked in one and a half hours.
Otter Trail: This intermediate trail offers a great look at the old growth while walking along the shores of Pecours Bay and Cassels Lake. This 4.5 km hike will take approximately two hours.
White Bear Trail: Ranked as beginner, this trail offers quick access to a large stand of old growth pine a short distance from the fire tower. The trail is 3 km in length and takes about two hours to hike.
Peregrine Trail: This intermediate trail travels along the shores of Cassels Lake and back through the heart of the forest. This hike is about 5 km in length and takes about two and a half hours to walk.
Caribou Trail: This family trail can be traveled by people of all ages. This 2.5 km hike travels along the shores of both Caribou and Pingue Lakes and will take approximately one hour to walk.
Launch your canoe and paddle on one of Ontario’s finest lakes - Lake Temagami. If the wide Northeast Arm is too windy, there are hundreds of small lakes easily accessible from Highway 11 or one of the many gravel roads in the area. Most of the lakes in the Temagami region, and there are more than 2,000 of them, are interconnected by portages, creating a 2,400 km network of routes.
There are two natural sand beaches recommended for swimming. Both of these beaches are marked with buoys and have gradual drop-offs. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.
Power boats are allowed on Lake Temagami and many of the nearby lakes.
As it is such a large lake, with many diverse aquatic habitats, Lake Temagami is a popular angling spot for a wide variety of sport fish including Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch.
Campers enjoy cycling on park roads.
Finlayson Point Provincial Park and the surrounding landscape provide many different habitats for birds. Warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls and ducks nest in the surrounding forests each year. Watch and listen for them as they look for food, feed their chicks and defend their territories from rivals.
Finlayson Point is surrounded by Lake Temagami and this location is the park’s key feature. The lake has hundreds of islands and bays, towering cliffs, and a shoreline ringed with huge ancient pines. The campground offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors with comfort stations providing showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets.
Paddle your way around the lake in rental canoes or kayaks, with free personal floatation devices (PFDs) rentals! Or explore the park and nearby community of Temagami on a rental bicycle.
Stop by the park store for souvenirs, nature books and outdoor clothing. For the four legged campers, Finlayson Point offers a pet-friendly swimming area.
Other amenities include a boat launch, boat docking, picnic shelter, playground and day-use area.
The campground contains two comfort stations, complete with hot water, showers, flush toilets (all barrier-free), and laundry facilities.
The park offers flush toilets in its comfort stations.
Available at all comfort stations and the park office.
The park has two day-use areas. Two small, sheltered beaches are found at the northeast corner of the park. The boat basin, with launch, docks, playground, picnic tables and picnic shelter (available to rent) are located at the northwest corner. Both day-use areas lie on the park’s north shore of Lake Temagami.
The park offers laundry facilities in its comfort stations.
Finlayson Point has a boat basin with docking facilities, along with a boat launch and fish cleaning area. Mooring fees apply when using the docking facilities.
Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available for rent.
The store features clothing items, souvenirs, maps, ice, firewood, books and rentals. Groceries are available in the Town of Temagami, 1 km north of the park on Highway 11.
French-speaking staff is available to assist you.
The park’s picnic shelter is available to rent for family gatherings, events and picnics. The shelter is located near the boat launch and boat basin.
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