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 it’s 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.