When executed safely, your first backcountry trip forges lifelong memories, opening an immersive getaway into nature.
But the leap from car camping to backcountry requires preparation and learning. New paddlers and hikers can find themselves in serious trouble if they overestimate their skills or choose a too-challenging route.
Here are some recommended trips for backcountry beginners:
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Gary Fiedler is a Minnesota-based photographer about to undertake a 365-day journey in Quetico Provincial Park. In this post, Gary shares his passion for Quetico and his underlying motivations for this journey of a lifetime.
On June 21, 2018, I will embark on a 365-day solo canoe and winter camping adventure of a lifetime in Quetico Provincial Park.
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“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.”
— James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum
Through the stories of five paddlers across Ontario, “THE CANOE” underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections.
Continue reading Canadian canoe culture
If you like to paddle and you haven’t been out yet this year, we know you’re itching to get out on the water.
This month’s FREE digital download features two paddling pals, making the most of a beautiful day on Lake Huron at Inverhuron Provincial Park.
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How do you get through the winter months?
We spend our days dreaming of pristine lakes and paddling adventures. Throughout 2018, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic. This month features a dreamy shot of backcountry paddling at Obabika River Provincial Park.
We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.
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Do you dream of paddling the vast wilderness of Northwestern Ontario, gliding past moose, caribou and wolves? Can you hear the gentle sound of your paddle smoothly caressing endless lakes and rivers, drops of water slowly tumbling off the tip of your blade? Does the scent of pine and spruce forests invite fond memories of past backcountry canoe trips and inspire dreams of future adventures?
Just picture it. This is the Northwest Wilderness Quest.
Continue reading Are you ready for the Northwest Wilderness Quest?
The Missinaibi River is one of the longest and most famous canoe routes in the Hudson Bay watershed – 500 km of whitewater river, from the Arctic watershed divide down to James Bay.
This summer, our Northeastern Resource Stewardship Crew traveled 185 km of that river working to maintain Missinaibi Provincial Park‘s backcountry.
Check out this video of their travels:
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Today’s post comes from Bob Elliott, Superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A few staff from Lake Superior Provincial Park went for a paddle across Mijinemungshing Lake (Mijin for short) and through the Mirimoki Wetlands to Mirimoki Lake.
Continue reading A day on the water…
Happy National Paddling Week! This week’s parks all boast stellar paddling opportunities, whether you prefer a kayak adventure on Lake Superior or quiet paddleboat through the pond.
Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, June 16):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 17-19
Wooden canoes and paddles are closely linked to Ontarians’ collective sense of history. For centuries, rivers and lakes were the railways of their time: traversing our waterways by canoe was how Indigenous people and early European settlers explored this vast country.
Ontario is known as the “canoe capital” of the world for good reason. Our endless lake and river routes run from the far north of the province to the U.S. border.
Continue reading Wooden canoe- and paddle-making in Ontario