Thu. Feb 29th, 2024
Top 3 Paddling Destinations in Ontario's Sunset Country

Have you ever paddled in the silence of the boreal forest at dawn? Did you watch the sun rise over a network of lakes on the Canadian Shield?

Whether you prefer canoe, kayak, or SUP, Sunset Country is a paddler’s paradise.

Before we count the 3 best paddling destinations in Sunset Country…

What type of trip suits your field vision?

Do you prefer to take it easy? Remote lodges and resorts make excellent bases for day trips of paddling and fishing.

Are you new to the backcountry or want support? A qualified outfitter can help you plan the best route, make sure someone is watching for your return, and provide your paddling group with all the equipment they’ll need.

Ready to have a hard time on your own? Plan carefully and stay safe. Sunset Country is truly a great wilderness.

What wild destination awakens the adventurer in you?

Quetico Provincial Park

You’ll find Quetico Provincial Park two hours west of Thunder Bay. It is the Canadian half of a huge protected natural area that straddles the Ontario-Minnesota border.

canoe on the shore at sunset

Quetico gains international recognition for its more than 2,000 lakes and 460,000 hectares of remote wilderness areas. The park is famous for its rugged beauty. Visitors delight in its towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine and fir forests, and picturesque rivers and lakes.

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Backcountry fishing in Quetico

Paddlers share the park with lots of wildlife. If you’re lucky, you can canoe past a moose grazing on pond lilies, see an eagle soaring overhead, or hear the distant howl of a wolf.

This world-famous paddling destination excites visitors, whether they stay for two days, two weeks or two months.

Do you want help planning your trip?

Wabakimi Provincial Park

Wabakimi is the second largest provincial park in Ontario and embodies the breadth, diversity and mystery of nature.

Wabakimi paddler

This park is located at the end of the highway (Highway 527), near the town of Armstrong. With over 2,000 km of lake and river trails (including some great whitewater), Wabakimi has a little corner of paradise for everyone.

Accommodations and resorts with flights out of the country are an ideal base for a truly legendary fishing trip.

Two people fishing at sunset with fog rising from the lake and the boreal forest in the background

The park is accessible by canoe, seaplane or rail service, and offers nearly 500 backcountry campsites.


Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.

Do you want to practice world-class nature canoeing? Woodland Caribou will fulfill your dreams of solace amidst the beauty of nature.

Camping in the countryside

Located near the town of Red Lake, Woodland Caribou is the third largest wildlife park in Ontario.

The park’s network of interconnected waterways carves the ancient and eroded Canadian Shield, and the park’s 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes provide endless routing possibilities.

starry night in Woodland Caribou PPIt may be Sunset Country, but the starlight here isn’t bad either…

True to its name, the park is the habitat of the Woodland Caribou, and if you’re a lucky and leisurely traveler, you may just catch a glimpse of one of these majestic animals.

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Can’t decide which park to explore?

Visit all three and challenge yourself with the Northwest Wilderness Quest!

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Weighing your options?

The Sunset Country Guide + Map has everything you need to plan your vacation to Northwestern Ontario, Canada. It comes complete with accommodations, attractions, events, and a poster-sized fold-out map to help you plan your perfect getaway.

Ontario Parks would like to thank corporate partners like Sunset Country for their support.