Few places can boast the magnificent scenery and unspoiled wilderness. Northwest Ontario's is home to many amazing wilderness parks.

Kakabeka Falls

 Known as Niagara of the North, Kakabeka Falls drops 40 metres over rock cliffs and some of the oldest fossils in the world. Check out the view from platforms and trails along the gorge or trace voyageur routes around the falls in this history-rich park. Features walking and nature trails in summer and groomed cross-country ski trails in winter.

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

 Lake Superior has always been referred to as an inland sea and once you see it for yourself, you'll understand why. The Big Lake is famous for its furious storms but can also be as smooth as glass. The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area is one of the largest protected areas of fresh water in the world.

Ouimet Canyon

 Ouimet Canyon features panoramic views of a 150-metre-wide gorge and sheer cliffs that drop 100 metres straight down to the canyon floor. A trail and boardwalk connect two lookout platforms with spectacular views of the canyon. Arctic plants, usually found 1,000 km north, survive in the unique environment at the bottom of the canyon.


 Pukaskwa National Park's exceptional beauty is revealed in its vistas of Lake Superior and in the rugged, ancient landscape of the Canadian Shield and northern forest. The spirit of the wilderness envelopes those who explore this special place. The only wilderness national park in Ontario, Pukaskwa protects 1878 square kilometres of an ecosystem that features boreal forest and Lake Superior shoreline.


 Quetico Provincial Park is a paddler's paradise. Come for a breath-taking eco-tour of Canadian wildlife and forestry preserve or fish for smallmouth bass. Visit ancient pictographs near Atikokan. A world-famous destination for backcountry canoeing with over 2,000 lakes in rugged wilderness. Great family camping at the Dawson Trail Campground with facilities for all types of camping, equipment and 35km of hiking trails.

Sleeping Giant

 On the southern tip of this rugged peninsula near Thunder Bay lies the legendary Sleeping Giant. Venture deep into its boreal forests to experience the backcountry or follow its rugged trails to the top of the giant for unbeatable views of Lake Superior. Look for deer, moose and other large mammals in the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park's vast forests and lowlands. Whether you are hiking along lush green paths or gliding over snowy trails, the beauty of this park will leave you spellbound. The park has more than 100km of trails, nature walks, group campfires, boating, fishing and cycling. There are more than 240 camp sites at Sleeping Giant.


 Wabikimi Provincial Park is a world-class wilderness canoeing destination, including over 2,000 km of lake and river routes and some excellent whitewater. The park features a pristine wilderness with opportunities for wildlife viewing as well as sport fishing and hunting. There is also excellent Walleye and Northern Pike fishing, and several fly-in backcountry lodges and resorts. Situated on the traditional lands of several First Nation and Aboriginal communities, the park has a long and storied cultural history.

Woodland Caribou

 Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is a paddler's paradise offering almost 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes. It also features excellent fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and areas with Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge. Enjoy Solitude and commune with nature; Woodland Caribou sees fewer than 1,000 paddlers per season and is home to one of the largest groups of woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay.

Visit Ontario Parks for more information on the above and the many other wilderness parks in the region.

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