TEMAGAMI by Francis Boyes
In north-eastern Ontario there is a land of deep waters, vast forests and
high cliffs called Temagami. It's a captivating landscape that boasts over
2000 kilometers of canoe routes in Ontario's heartland.
Canoeists have been drawn to Temagami for over a century to paddle its
crystal clear waters, to hike trails and portages first traveled centuries
ago, and to marvel at towering forests of ancient white and red pine.
Today, Temagami's canoed waters are protected within a mixture of
provincial parks, conservation reserves and crown land. Wilder and less
traveled than more southerly canoe destinations, Temagami appeals to
paddlers seeking a premier backcountry experience within a half day's
travel of Toronto.
Temagami's interconnected lakes and streams provide flatwater paddling
options from simple overnights to canoe trips of 2 weeks duration or
longer. Time worn portages connect the myriad of small lakes, and kayakers
will enjoy the multitude of bays and islands to explore on Temagami's
Those paddlers who favour rivers also have a tremendous variety from which
to choose. The Makobe and Temagami rivers offer the challenge of technical
rapids. The Lady Evelyn river features dramatic scenery and numerous
waterfalls. The Obabika river provides a gentle float, while the Sturgeon
river offers an extended whitewater trip in a remote setting.
Whatever your taste, whatever your skill and experience, you should begin
your Temagami adventure by contacting a professional canoe trip outfitter. Why?
It's important to support the local economy of the region you visit. There
are several outfitting companies located in Temagami that offer rentals,
sales, route consultation, shuttles, meals and lodging. These companies
work hard to protect and maintain the canoe country you'll be enjoying.
They deserve your support.
Second, local outfitters offer many wonderful lodge-based trips that you
can't duplicate on your own. These trips feature the convenience of
complete outfitting, the added safety of a certified leader, plus exciting
Novice canoeists can benefit from trips that feature skills instruction in
paddling and navigation. More experienced canoeists will enjoy one of many
themed trips that explore facets of Temagami's cultural and natural
history. Either way, lodge-based canoe trips offer great value and service.
How to get there: The town of Temagami is located about 450 kilometers
north of Toronto on Highway 11. Drive time is about 4.5 hours. Train and
bus service is also available from Toronto through Ontario Northland. Air
service is available from Toronto to North Bay through Air Ontario.
Detailed travel information can be had through one of Temagami's local