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Canoeing Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario
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Canoe Portage in Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario
A canoe portage in Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario (courtesy, Ontario Tourism)

6. Canoeing Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario
Only after the dripping canoes are strapped to the float plane and you rise above the water will you begin to understand the extent of wilderness they call Wabakimi Provincial Park. Encompassing 2.2 million acres in northwestern Ontario, Wabakimi is twice the size of beloved canoeing routes Quetico and Minnesota's Boundary Waters combined. A web of cerulean waterways snake through the carpet of trees, fringing the horizon with a capillary system befitting the Jolly Green Giant. There are no roads, no houses, no boats, no humans, no signs of civilization. Thus the reason you need a reputable guide like Bruce Hyer, owner of Wabakimi WildWaters Canoe Outfitters, to navigate you through this web of blue. Spend your day in quietude, following beavers and mink down the rivers, spotting moose and bear on the shoreline, and peering up at the bald eagles flying overhead. You'll cook sweet-tasting walleye on the grill, sleep on a velvety rug of moss, and watch the Milky Way light up the night sky. Price of guided trips average $300 per day per person, including pick-up at Thunder Bay Airport, all gear, food, and float plane tickets.

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Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at farandaway@comcast.net.

Published: 29 Jun 2009 | Last Updated: 18 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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