In an area largely built with the help of canoes, paddling is an integral part of the culture in Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario. Home to iconic paddling destinations such as Quetico, Wabikimi and Woodland Caribou, Thunder Bay is the gateway to the region and its 150,000 lakes, rivers and streams.

Urban paddling

You don't have to go far to find great paddling. On any summer day you are sure to see kayaks and stand up paddle boards in Boulevard Lake and in the harbour. Kayaking on local rivers is also a popular activity. Try the McIntyre or the Kaministiquia (the Mac or the Kam) rivers.

Read more about urban paddling in Thunder Bay.

Canoe history

Learn more about the connection between the area and the canoe at Fort William Historical Park. Here you can speak directly with the canoe builder and see how birch bark canoes were constructed in 1816. After you're done listening, it's time for some hands-on experience as you climb into a traditional canoe and go for a paddle in the Kaministiquia River - the original fur trade route.

Northwest Ontario adventures

The Northwest Ontario region is known around the world as a paddler's paradise. Tens of thousands of lakes and rivers that wind through pristine wilderness invite you to have an experience like no other.

Visit Northwest Ontario to discover the paddling opportunities in the area.

Watch the film: The Canoe

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