campers on shoreline at sunset

Top 3 paddling destinations in Ontario’s Sunset Country

Ever paddled through the hush of the boreal forest at dawn? Watched the sun rise over a network of Canadian Shield lakes?

Whether you prefer canoe, kayak or SUP, Sunset Country is a paddler’s paradise.

Before we count down Sunset Country’s top 3 paddling destinations…

What sort of trip suits your backcountry vision?

Prefer to take it easy? Remote lodges and resorts make terrific bases for paddling and fishing day trips.

New to backcountry or want some support? A qualified outfitter can help you plan the best route, ensure someone is looking out for your return, and supply your paddling group with all the equipment you’ll need.

Ready to rough it on your own? Plan carefully and stay safe. Sunset Country is true big wilderness —

Which wilderness destination fires up your inner adventurer?

Quetico Provincial Park

You’ll find Quetico Provincial Park two hours west of Thunder Bay. It’s the Canadian half of a huge protected wilderness that straddles the Ontario-Minnesota border.

canoe on shore at sunset

Quetico wins international acclaim for its 2,000+ lakes and 460,000 ha of remote wilderness. The park is renowned for its rugged beauty. Visitors delight in its towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine and spruce forests, and picturesque rivers and lakes.

Backcountry fishing at Quetico

Paddlers share the park with plenty of wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might canoe past a moose grazing on pond lilies, spot an eagle soaring overhead, or hear the far-off howl of a wolf.

This world-famous paddling destination thrills visitors, whether they stay two days, two weeks, or two months.

Want help planning your trip?

Wabakimi Provincial Park

Wabakimi is the second largest provincial park in Ontario, and embodies the breadth, diversity, and mystery of wilderness.

Wabakimi paddler

This park is located at the end of the road (Highway 527), near the Town of Armstrong. With over 2,000 km of lake and river routes (including some excellent whitewater), Wabakimi has a little corner of paradise for everyone.

Fly-in backcountry lodges and resorts make a great base for a truly legendary fishing trip.

Two people fishing at sunset with mist rising off the lake and boreal forest in the background

The park is accessible by canoe, float plane or rail service, and offers nearly 500 backcountry campsites.


Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.

Craving some world-class wilderness canoeing? Woodland Caribou will fulfill your dreams of solace amid nature’s beauty.

Backcountry campsite

Located near the Town of Red Lake, Woodland Caribou is the third largest wilderness park in Ontario.

The park’s network of interconnected waterways carve the ancient and weathered Canadian Shield, and the park’s 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes provide endless route possibilities.

starry night at Woodland Caribou PP
It may be Sunset Country, but the starlight here’s not too shabby either…

True to its name, the park is Woodland Caribou habitat, and if you are a lucky and quiet traveller, you just might catch a glimpse of one of these majestic animals.


Can’t decide which park to explore?

Visit all three and challenge yourself with the Northwest Wilderness Quest!

Northwest Quest

Weighing your options?

The Sunset Country Guide + Map has everything you need to plan your vacation to Northwest Ontario, Canada. It comes complete with accommodations, attractions, events, and a poster-sized pull-out map to help you plan your perfect getaway.

Ontario Parks would like to thank corporate partners like Sunset Country for their support.