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Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario
Wabakimi provincial park, Ontario
Where Sky Meets Water: Ontario's paddle-perfect Wabakimi Provincial Park (courtesy, Ontario Tourism)

Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park and Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are the continent's best-known canoe destinations. Yet, a mere 200 miles north of Quetico lies a swath of boreal forest that is bigger than Quetico and the Boundary Waters combined—and it's far wilder. At 2.3-million-acre Wabakimi, you can fish for forearm-sized walleye and northern pike, camp on padded moss and lichens, and watch the moose in the willows and the bald eagles gliding the thermals overhead. Better yet, Armstrong, Ontario-based Wabakimi Outfitters (807-767-2022; has negotiated a deal with the local Thomas Cook (807-597-6606) and Northwest Airlines for paddlers flying into Thunder Bay, Ontario, and onward to Wabakimi. Let them know you're headed there to canoe and fish, and reduced fares are yours!

Read More: Wild, Watery Adventure North of the Border (Outside Online)

Published: 21 Sep 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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