Escape the bright lights of the city and experience the true brilliance of the night sky. Hey, you may even witness the northern lights on a cool night, or hear the cry of a loon at dawn. Northeastern Ontario has the power to re-connect you to the things that really matter.
We’ve compiled a sort of bucket list, to get you started on your next outdoors expedition. Experiences range from a relaxing recharge vacation, to healthy doses of adrenalin for the adventurous at heart. A legendary adventure awaits you:
1. Camp on Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin is the largest freshwater island in the world, resting on the northern part of Lake Huron. Cross over to “island time” by boat from the village of Tobermory via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry, or by traveling the along the shores of Georgian Bay and crossing via Little Current bridge.
A visit to Manitoulin Island isn’t complete without a swim under Kagawong’s Bridal Veil Falls or a hike on the Cup and Saucer Trail. Even learn about the vibrant local Anishnawbek culture on a guided tour with Great Spirit Circle Trail. When the days are done, stay at a cottage resort, private campground or Misery Bay Provincial Park (Don’t let the name fool you, it’s anything but miserable).
2. Tame Temagami Waters
Temagami stays true to the Ojibwe meaning of its name “deep waters”. Temagami’s deep winding rivers, sheltering white pines, and crystal blue waters provide the perfect display of Canadian wilderness. Explore the historic river system by canoe, along the 8,000 kilometers of canoe routes. The deep waters also provide shelter to elusive lake trout, pike, musky and walleye species, making fishing exciting again.
To some, Temagami is a place of vacation, somewhere to hike, rent a houseboat, and go fishing. To others, Temagami is respite for the soul. Rest easy at one of the many cottage resorts, private camp grounds, or Finlayson Provincial Park.
3. A New Way to Experience Killarney
Have you ever wanted to go camping, but you’re not sure if sleeping on the ground is for you? Test the proverbial ‘camping waters’ by staying in the warmth and comfort of your own yurt. Enjoy Killarney Provincial Park in all four seasons.
You’ll be free to canoe, kayak and hike to your heart’s content. Exploring Killarney Provincial Park only exposes you to more of the iconic mountainous wilderness and sapphire lakes. The granite hillsides and wispy pines of Killarney once inspired the Group of Seven’s A.Y Jackson to paint, why not enjoy the view as he once did? Camp sites are available for tenting and RVs and lodges are located in the town of Killarney.
4. Go Full Glam
Experience the act of ‘Glamping’. What is Glamping you ask? It’s a fusion of glamour and camping. The trend was originally started in Europe, and has taken the world by storm. Now, this signature experience can be found just outside of Timmins, ON.
Wild Exodus near Wawaitin Falls offers luxurious 4-star tent accommodations, and an all-inclusive vacation with meals and guided tours. There is no limit to what you can do, either. Go fishing, ATVing, canoeing, kayaking, and at day’s end enjoy the rest and relaxation of having absolutely nothing to worry about. No tent to pitch, no mattress to blow up, and no wood to chop. Roughing it has never been so glamorous!
Find out if you’ve got what it takes, on some of the northern-most river systems in Ontario, with the help of highly trained guides – of course. Camp in the Canadian backwoods. Learn canoeing, kayaking, rafting and wilderness survival on an expedition north. Water bodies you’ll explore include the Missinaibi, Abitibi, Mattagami and Moose Rivers.