Surrounded by sparkling waters and covered in towering pine trees, Finlayson Point Provincial Park is located just south of the village of Temagami.
Sharing a shoreline with the Lake Temagami Skyline Preserve, a protected ring of pine forest surrounding the lake, Finlayson Point gives visitors access to Temagami, a treasured part of Ontario that many travelers only see while heading north or south. the highway.
Finlayson Point is just off Highway 11, the northern portion of the Trans-Canada Highway, but seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of most people’s daily lives.
Sunset over Finlayson Point and Lake Temagami
The “tip” juts out of Lake Temagami, only 47 hectares in size, but appears larger on the inside as it opens onto the large lake.
Lake Temagami: the great lake
Lake Temagami is the center of the region. This huge, extensive lake is 45 km from north to south and 35 km from east to west and is formed by long, narrow, spur-like arms from its center. Its surface covers more than 20,000 hectares and in its deepest part, there are more than 100 m to the bottom. More than 1,200 islands dot its surface and the length of its coastline has been estimated at 5,000 km.
Island-studded Lake Temagami from the High Rock Island Overlook
All of this splendor is surrounded by the Lake Temagami Skyline Reserve, a unique protected forest belt surrounding the lake and containing the towering eastern red and white pines that give the lake its distinctive appearance. Several islands in the lake are covered by a protected ancient pine forest.
The ancient eastern white pine has thick bark to protect it from forest fires
Temagami Island, the largest in the lake, has one of the largest ancient forests, where you can walk along trails that pass under ancient pine trees.
A red pine tree along the ancient forest trails of Temagami Island
The trails are a short boat or paddle ride from the Lake Temagami access road, which extends 18 km from Highway 11 to the center of the lake. There you will find a municipal boat launching area, docks and parking (fee).
Bear Island Church
Bear Island is in the center of the lake and is home to the Temagami First Nation. The ancestors of this First Nation were the first to walk the portages and paddle the waters here, after the glaciers melted and before the forests grew.
There are also cabins and lodges on the lake’s many islands.
The expansive waterways of Lake Temagami, dotted with islands and surrounded by pine forests, are picturesque spots for boating, canoeing and kayaking in northern Ontario.
Boating and fishing
The Finlayson Point boat dock has docks, a boat launch, a fish cleaning table, and canoe racks for boaters and anglers who want to take advantage of the park’s location on beautiful, fish-filled Lake Temagami.
The lake seems to have all types of habitat. Species include lake trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, pike, whitefish, perch and burbot.
The town of Temagami hugs the shores of the northeast arm of Lake Temagami. The town was founded in 1903 when the railroad was built to the north and a steam line began supplying lodges, cabins and canoe camps on the lake.
Keewaydin, the oldest youth canoe camp in the world, moved from New England to an island in the lake in 1898, after a canoe trip through the region.
History, art and culture.
Temagami quickly became a thriving center of activity for fishermen, canoeists and mine hunters, as well as Lands and Forests canoe rangers. The old portages also continued, attentive to the telltale smoke of the forest fires. The Temagami Canoe Company, a supplier of cedar canvas canoes for rangers and canoe campers, was established in 1929.
Caribou Mountain Overlook
The Temagami region still has several historic fire towers, including the one above the village of Temagami on Caribou Mountain.
Caribou Mountain Fire Tower
This tower was recently rebuilt and offers exceptional views of the town, lake and ancient pine trees of the White Bear Forest Conservation Reserve. White Bear Forest has a network of hiking trails that make one of the region’s ancient pine forests very accessible.
Visit the village the third weekend in July and attend the Temagami Canoe Festival (a celebration of the canoe) and the Deepwater Music Festival, both on the Temagami Village waterfront.
The historic city of Cobalt.
Visit the historic silver mining town of Cobalt, 45 minutes north of Temagami. The mining heritage of this town has made it a National Historic Site. It was once the richest silver mining region in the world.
Franklin Carmichael, A Northern Silver Mine, cobalt, c.1930
The mining museum, historic buildings, and a tour of the historic Colonial Silver Mine are worthwhile stops. Members of the Group of Seven, including AY Jackson and Franklin Carmichael, painted the early 20th century mining town, capturing the austere industrial landscape.
Your base of operations
Finlayson Point Provincial Park is a fantastic base for exploring the beauty and history of Temagami. The campground has 117 camping areas, 41 of them electric and 15 for recreational vehicles.
Also an option: The Temagami Lake Cabin is a beautiful accommodation available in the park, located on the north shore of the lake with great views inside and out, and just steps from the main comfort station.
Temagami Cabin in Finlayson Point Provincial Park
The park’s boat dock includes a boat launch and long loading docks. If you would like to moor your boat during your stay, you can rent a mooring and park it during your stay.
Finlayson Point Boat Basin
The park features a full-size comfort station with flushing toilets, showers and laundry facilities, and a mini comfort station with showers and flushing toilets. There are also two bathroom buildings with flushing toilets.