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Wabakimi Provincial Park

WHY† WABAKIMI?

Have you ever yearned for a canoe trip where you arenít going to bump into fellow canoeists on every other portage? Or felt the need to explore more remote regions untouched by the modern world? Thatís Wabakimi: Where you can actually feel what it was like to be an early explorer or voyageur; where you can see the dramatic scenery of the Canadian Shield; and experience the natural state of a boreal forest. The discovery of rare pictographs, ancient campsites and recovered artifacts suggest that earlier peoples have lived in Wabakimi for 7000 years.

The Wabakimi region is a pristine wilderness, remote, relatively unknown and very much underutilized, yet easily accessible. It is truly a canoe tripping paradise. Wabakimi Provincial Park is actually the core of the worldís largest wilderness canoeing area. The whole region is well over 20,000 square miles - larger than Connecticut and Massachusetts combined. Wabakimi itself is situated in the centre of several other parks and waterways: The Albany River to the north that runs all the way to Hudson Bay; The challenging Kopka River to the south; and the scenic Brightsands River that joins Wabakimi at its southwest corner. Many other rivers also thread their way through the region including the Flindt, Allanwater, Ogoki, Misehkow, Palisades and Pikitigushi Rivers. Linking thousands of lakes, they provide an endless variety of canoe routes.




HOW TO GET THERE

The town of Armstrong is the main staging point for most trips into the Wabakimi region. It lies at the northern termination of highway 527, a two and a half hour drive north from Thunder Bay and Lake Superior.

From there you can enter the Park by canoe, train or float plane. The main line of the Canadian National Railway skirts the south end of the park and VIA Rail provides passenger service three times a week in each direction. Most trips in Wabakimi will use a combination of these.

Taking the train to the selected put-in point is certainly the best choice for most of us as itís less expensive than flying in and quicker than paddling in. The baggage car typically has plenty of room for canoes and gear. Our choice has always been to take the train in and paddle out to the bridge on Little Caribou Lake (5 km from Armstrong). This allows access from the CN rail line to the nine or so river or lake entries to Wabakimi, the Kopka River to the south and even the downstream end of Brightsands Park to the west. The main river entry routes into the centre of Wabakimi are the Allanwater River and the Flindt River.

For quicker access, a fly-in or fly-out can be arranged for any of the interior routes. Several of the local outfitters, located off highway 527, south of the town of Armstrong, provide float plane services.


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