Paddling

Paddling

The 19th century Scottish explorer, writer, and philanthropist John MacGregor once wrote about the diversity of a canoe because it “can be paddled or sailed, or hauled, or carried over land or water.” MacGregor knew a good thing when he saw one, and recreational canoeing and kayaking has only been growing in popularity since MacGregor first paddled on a camping trip to Canada and the U.S. in 1858.

From the rugged Ottawa, Mattawa, and French Rivers to the mighty Moose, Northeastern Ontario is a veritable playground for paddlers of all levels of experience. Whether you prefer to skim across a surface as smooth as glass on your stand-up paddleboard, or ride the whitewater of some backcountry rapids, Northeastern Ontario is your natural choice.

All you have to decide is where you want to go. Think about your accommodations. Do you want an overnight camping trip? A series of day trips? For your next BIG adventure, see below for just a sample of Northeastern Ontario destinations.

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Mattawa River Resort

Travelers who love the great outdoors will delight in a vacation at the Mattawa River Resort. Located in the heart...

Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System

Voyager Multi Use Trail System (VMUTS) provides maps and maintains a variety of trail riding. As a multi use trail...

Bay Lee Mac Camp

Bay Lee Mac cottages are nestled among the trees of the Temagami Provincial Forest and are surrounded by the ecologically...

Avalon Eco Resort

Avalon Eco Resort is an Off-Grid-Resort offering 6 rustic but cozy lakefront housekeeping cabins and campsites for tenting. We are...

Mattawa Adventure Camp

We are a year round camp located in up North in the beautiful town of Mattawa Ontario. We are situated...

Les Suites des Presidents’ Suites

Vacation rental homes and glamping on Lake Temiskaming. Our historical award winning homes are the perfect venue for your vacations,...

Saenchiur Flechey Resort

Peaceful, charming, and set against the backdrop of the Northern Ontario’s boreal forest, Saenchiur Flechey is a family owned business...

Mattawa River Cottage

Located on the historic Mattawa River, The Mattawa River Cottage is a private waterfront property overlooking the Ottawa River, nestled...

Rockgarden Terrace Resort

The Rockgarden Terrace is located in the heart of Manitoulin Island on the west side of Lake Mindemoya – family...

Cochrane Air Services Limited

Situated at Cochrane, Ontario, Cochrane Air Services has been providing remote fishing and hunting vacations for over 40 years. We...

North River Outfitters

North River Outfitters offers fully guided fishing/ice fishing, small game, black bear, whitetail deer, waterfowl and wolf hunts. ATV/snowmobile tours...

City of Temiskaming Shores

The City of Temiskaming Shores (formerly the Town of Haileybury, New Liskeard and the Township of Dymond), one of the...

Booth Landing Camping & Cottages

Booth Landing is a rustic and tranquil vacation destination that offers both cottage and camping experience. Located just 30 km...

Great Escape Cabins

Surrounded by Crown Land, Great Escape Cabins is a northern cabin and campground resort, in the beautiful French River. Located...

Mowat Landing Cottages

Mowat Landing Cottages is located at the road’s end, on the banks of the Montreal River, in beautiful Northern Ontario....

Camp Conewango

Camp Conewango is a resort on the north shore of Lake Talon with a seasonal campground that is perfect for...

Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre

The Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre opened its doors to the public in the spring of 2013. The brand-new property...

Town of Blind River

Blind River is a stunning community located on the world-renowned North Channel. It is a unique community with the benefit...

Sid Turcotte Park

Sid Turcotte Park near North Bay and Area in Mattawa. Operates March to October.

Wikwemikong Tourism

Wikwemikong Tourism, on Manitoulin Island and in Killarney, Ontario, offers authentic Indigenous experiences that reflect the cultural lifestyles and traditions...

Beautiful Log Cottage

Beautiful Log Cottage – 3 Bedroom (inc Sleep Cabin); Sleeps 6 Adults; Beach, Private, Lovely! A wonderful beach front, southern...

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge is a high-quality wilderness lodge that offers a place to connect with others, eat home-cooked meals...

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort is a 4 seasons resort located just outside of the town of Elk Lake. Our 10...

Killarney Mountain Lodge and Conference Centre

As the sun sets, the warm glow of pink granite radiates off of the water. In the distance, sparkling white...

Bear’s Den Lodge

We are a family friendly and family owned operation with over 35 years of experience. Bear’s Den Lodge is located...

Agnew Lake Lodge

Agnew Lake Lodge offers year-round accommodations and recreational packages. This winter we have new snowmachine trails, guided tours, ice fishing,...

Gore Bay Overnight Apartment Hotel

McLAUGHLIN BLOCK GORE BAY OVERNIGHT APARTMENT HOTEL 705 282 3196 OPEN ALL YEAR Gore Bay Manitoulin Hotel has five completely...

Town of Smooth Rock Falls

Smooth Rock falls is a four-season recreation destination made even more welcoming by the hospitality of its friendly people. Home...

Two Rivers Motel

Two Rivers Motel is located in Papineau-Cameron, Mattawa Ontario. Travelers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Mattawa...

Big Moose Camp Resort

Big Moose Camp is a family owned and operated four season resort on Lake Nosbonsing, near North Bay. A place...

WildExodus Travel

WildExodus is a hospitality and premier outdoor adventure tour provider in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. Experience the Boreal forest with a...

Lazy Rock RV Park & Campground

Jon & Charisma here, and we would love to welcome you to Lazy Rock RV Park & Campground. We offer...

Municipality of French River

Blessed with incredible natural beauty, French River offers endless adventures and attractions – breathtaking cruises, white quartzite mountains and numerous...

Municipality of Callander

Located 15 kilometers south of North Bay, Callander’s lush trails and parks, sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets provide a perfect...

Sportsman’s Inn Resort & Marina

Perched atop the pebbled shores of the North Channel, the Sportsman’s Inn is surrounded by the glistening waters and windswept...

Bay Wolf Camp

Bay Wolf Camp is located on the shore of West Shining Tree Lake in the hamlet of Shining Tree. Our...

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground is located on the Wolseley River flowing into the beautiful French River. We offer tenting...

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

More than your average hotel, Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa has all of the amenities you could desire, including comfortable...

Mattawa River Resort

Travelers who love the great outdoors will ...

6251 Highway 17
Mattawa, ON

Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System

Voyager Multi Use Trail System (VMUTS) provides ...

790 John Street
Mattawa, ON

Bay Lee Mac Camp

Bay Lee Mac cottages are nestled among the trees ...

112 Bay Lee Mac Rd, HWY 11 N
Latchford, ON

Avalon Eco Resort

Avalon Eco Resort is an Off-Grid-Resort offering ...

476 Hwy 637
Killarney, ON

Mattawa Adventure Camp

We are a year round camp located in up North in ...

4601 Highway 17E
Mattawa, ON

Les Suites des Presidents’ Suites

Vacation rental homes and glamping on Lake ...

620 Lakeshore Road
Haileybury, ON

Saenchiur Flechey Resort

Peaceful, charming, and set against the backdrop ...

513 Lemieux Road
Monetville, ON

Mattawa River Cottage

Located on the historic Mattawa River, The ...

Water Street
Mattawa, ON

Rockgarden Terrace Resort

The Rockgarden Terrace is located in the heart of ...

1358 Monument Road
Mindemoya, ON

Cochrane Air Services Limited

Situated at Cochrane, Ontario, Cochrane Air ...

Box 1893
Cochrane, ON

North River Outfitters

North River Outfitters offers fully guided ...

9083 Hwy 63
Redbridge, ON

City of Temiskaming Shores

The City of Temiskaming Shores (formerly the Town ...

325 Farr Drive
Haileybury, ON

Booth Landing Camping & Cottages

Booth Landing is a rustic and tranquil vacation ...

437 Golf Course Road
Powassan, ON

Great Escape Cabins

Surrounded by Crown Land, Great Escape Cabins is ...

884A Hwy 607
Alban, ON

Mowat Landing Cottages

Mowat Landing Cottages is located at the road’s ...

L9, C5, Barr Twp, Mowat Landing Road
Haileybury, ON

Camp Conewango

Camp Conewango is a resort on the north shore of ...

1875 Songis Road
Redbridge, ON

Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre

The Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre ...

66 Meredith Street East
Little Current, ON

Town of Blind River

Blind River is a stunning community located on ...

11 Hudson Street
Blind River, ON

Sid Turcotte Park

Sid Turcotte Park near North Bay and Area in ...

750 Mattawan Street
Mattawa-Bonfield, ON

Wikwemikong Tourism

Wikwemikong Tourism, on Manitoulin Island and in ...

2098 Wikwemikong Way
Wikwemikong, ON, ON

Beautiful Log Cottage

Beautiful Log Cottage - 3 Bedroom (inc Sleep ...

492A Moosehead Road, Box 250
Mattawa, ON

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge

Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge is a ...

1 Commanda Island
French River, ON

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

Elk Lake Wilderness Resort is a 4 seasons resort ...

590 Highway 65
Elk Lake, ON

Killarney Mountain Lodge and Conference Centre

As the sun sets, the warm glow of pink granite ...

3 Commissioner Street
Killarney, ON

Bear’s Den Lodge

We are a family friendly and family owned ...

2870 J Hartley Bay Road
Alban, ON

Agnew Lake Lodge

Agnew Lake Lodge offers year-round accommodations ...

847 Agnew Lake Road
Webbwood, ON

Gore Bay Overnight Apartment Hotel

McLAUGHLIN BLOCK GORE BAY OVERNIGHT APARTMENT ...

59 Meredith Street
Gore Bay, Manitoulin, ON

Town of Smooth Rock Falls

Smooth Rock falls is a four-season recreation ...

Smooth Rock Falls, ON

Two Rivers Motel

Two Rivers Motel is located in Papineau-Cameron, ...

4801 HWY 17 W
Papineau-Cameron, ON

Big Moose Camp Resort

Big Moose Camp is a family owned and operated ...

581 Big Moose Road
Corbeil, ON

WildExodus Travel

WildExodus is a hospitality and premier outdoor ...

7001 Dalton Road
Wawaitin Falls, Timmins, ON

Lazy Rock RV Park & Campground

Jon & Charisma here, and we would love to ...

28 Taggart Lake Road
Mattawa, ON

Municipality of French River

Blessed with incredible natural beauty, French ...

44 Christophe Street
Noelville, ON

Municipality of Callander

Located 15 kilometers south of North Bay, ...

280 Main Street. North
Callander and South Shore, ON

Sportsman’s Inn Resort & Marina

Perched atop the pebbled shores of the North ...

37 Channel Street
Killarney, ON

Bay Wolf Camp

Bay Wolf Camp is located on the shore of West ...

104 Lakeshore road
Shining Tree, ON

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground

Fish Tale Cabins & Campground is located on ...

2597 Wolseley Bay Road
Noelville, ON

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

More than your average hotel, Cedar Meadows ...

1000 Norman Street
Timmins, ON

The Canoe | Canadian Canoe Culture

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.” – James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

The film underscores the strength of the canoe and the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a true reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.

Where to Go

Cochrane

In the land of the black spruce and rivers that flow into James Bay, the Cochrane area offers some thrilling paddling adventures.

French River

Paddle the route of Indigenous peoples, French and English explorers, the fur traders and the voyageurs. Centuries of history await you on the French, Canada’s first designated Canadian Heritage River.

Killarney

Killarney is like a painter’s palette with its white quartzite hills, green pines, red granite shorelines, and emerald waters.

Manitoulin Island / North Shore

The North Shore is one of the most scenic places to kayak in Ontario. It’s the perfect location when you combine paddling with island hopping.

Mattawa

If you’ve always wanted to be a voyageur and travel in the BIG footsteps of some Canadian legends, the Mattawa River is a good place to start.

Moosonee/Moose Factory

For the sea kayaker, Moosonee is the gateway to the north and a launching point for farther destinations, be it across the Moose River to Moose Factory, or up the west coast of James Bay.

 

North Bay

Situated between Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, and straddling both the Ottawa River watershed to the east and the Great Lakes Basin to the west, paddlers can take off from North Bay in just about any direction—a great place to start your Ottawa, Mattawa, and French River trips!

Sudbury

It’s no secret that Sudbury is home to 330 lakes, but the “blue lagoon” may be one secret well worth exploring. A seemingly bottomless lagoon surrounded by steep granite and quartz walls make for a paddler’s delight.

Temagami

For canoeing enthusiasts, the word “Temagami” inspires visions of lakes, rivers, and white and red pine, with plenty of access points for an unforgettable paddling adventure.

Temiskaming Shores

Temiskaming Shores offers great canoe access westward to Maple Mountain in the heart of the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Park wilderness area. And whether it’s seen from the top looking down or from your canoe or kayak looking up, the view of the Devil’s Rock cliff is absolutely striking for its sheer height.

Timmins

Timmins is a great place to start your canoe or kayak overnight or day trips. The famous Mattagami River is a natural choice, as is a route from Gogama to Smooth Rock Falls through Timmins.