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Temagami Destination

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.

Orange sky over silhouettes of bright forests and lakesSunset 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.

Lake with fog covered forest and gray blue skyIsland-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.

Closeup of white pine barkThe 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.

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Two girls hugging a red pine trunkA 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

Old white church with bell tower, all with red decorations, behind some crowded deciduous treesBear 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.

Blue lake with forest in the background and a conifer in the foreground, all under a blue sky

The lake seems to have all types of habitat. Species include lake trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, pike, whitefish, perch and burbot.

The village

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.

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Two people look through stationary binoculars at a view of lakes and forests when the sun is low in the skyCaribou Mountain Overlook

The Temagami region still has several historic fire towers, including the one above the village of Temagami on Caribou Mountain.

Three people watch from a tower high above the trees.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.

A painting of green hills, blue lakes and an imposing red structure among some large rocky slopes.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.

Finlayson Point

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.

Double image: the first photo of the beautiful, bright interior of the cabin and the second photo is of the brown exterior of the cabin right on the water.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.

A clear lake with a series of docks, with a forest in the background on a blue sky dayFinlayson 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.

Consider staying at Finlayson Point Provincial Park in Temagami for your next hike to Northern Ontario!