Canada’s boreal forest region stretches from the edge of the Yukon in the north, across the length and breadth of the country to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ecologically rich and diverse, the boreal forest ecosystem captures the imagination with its towering trees, glistening lakes, and breathtaking landscapes.
It can be difficult to choose where to start exploring such a vast landscape. But for travelers looking for a quintessential boreal experience, Nagagamisis is hard to beat.
Here are 5 reasons why this hidden gem is worth a tour!
1. Relax at Lake Nagagamisis
In believes, “Nagagamisa” means “lake with fine sandy shores,” and a trip to the water’s edge shows how the park earned its name. Here, visitors can find ample space for picnics, including shaded spots, a full-size beach volleyball court, and a place to play horseshoes.
Do you want to get in the water? The park has a buoyed area in the lake, perfect for family swimming!
At 15 km long, Lake Nagagamisis has many shorelines to explore! Boaters and paddling enthusiasts can also explore the waterways of Nagagamisis, including Park Lake, without motorboats, along the southeastern edge of the park.
The park is equipped with a boat launch and rents motor boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and SUPs for visitors who do not have their own equipment.
Nagagamisis is one of 70 parks participating in the ParkSmart program. Visitors can borrow a personal flotation device (PFD) for free during their visit.
2. Fantastic fishing
Nagagamisis is a fisherman’s dream! Lines cast on Nagagamisis and Park lakes can bring in walleye, pike, lake whitefish and yellow perch.
The park not only offers a shack for cleaning fish, but also has a fish smoker for cooking the day’s catch.
3. Sunsets, stars and more!
Nagamisis is located on the outskirts of sunset country, but that doesn’t make the sunsets any less great! The lakefront offers unobstructed views of spectacular sunsets.
But after dark is when the real show begins.
Due to the park’s remote location, the dark night skies make it the perfect place for stargazing, watching a meteor show, or even viewing the Northern Lights.
4. Bird watching and beyond
A Black-throated Green Warbler singing a tune in the boreal forest
The boreal forest is home to hundreds of animal species, including more than 100 varieties of songbirds. Visitors to Nagagamisis enjoy the songs of visiting birds and can often spot the forest’s larger residents such as moose, while the elusive caribou are a much rarer sight.
In July and August, families looking to explore the area’s flora and fauna can pick up a Discovery activity book at the Exploration Station. Discovery staff equip visitors with materials and knowledge to help them explore the park and observe plants and animals.
To get an idea of the incredible diversity this area is home to, check out our story about Nagagamisis camper Edith, who spent last summer photographing local birds.
5. Off the grid… light
There is no better time than summer to get away from it all, disconnect and recharge. If the idea of rustic camping sounds appealing to you, but you’d still like to be able to take a hot shower, Nagagamisis Provincial Park is the place for you!
Get all the benefits of being immersed in nature, while having access to some amenities like comfort stations and a park store.
Are you planning a visit?
Tucked away just over two hours north of Wawa and Lake Superior, or four hours northwest of Timmins, Nagagamisis Provincial Park is a great way to explore and appreciate Ontario’s boreal landscape.
Nagagamisis is open for reservations until September 24, 2023.