Top Six Parks for Canoe Fishing in Northern Ontario

Paddling in wilderness areas, fishing from a canoe, then returning to camp to enjoy a meal of fish in the wild is a special experience.

If such a trip seems pleasant to you, take a look at our recommendations for the best backcountry fishing destinations in our northern parks.

Northwestern Ontario

Quetico Provincial Park

For over 100 years, Quetico Provincial Park has housed a vast interconnected network of crystal clear lakes and rivers. This park is full of walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass and northern pike. In some cases, all of these species are found in the same stream.

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If you love to fish for lake trout, Quetico Park is one of the best places to catch one. Maybe you will put your line in the water in the hope of capturing a monstrous smallmouth bass. There is at least one lurking in the waters of Quetico Parkā€¦

However, if you do catch one, it would be a good opportunity to release it. Don’t forget to take a photo! Otherwise, we won’t believe you!

Wabakimi Provincial Park

Are you looking for small walleyes? This park includes With more than 2000 km of course on lakes and rivers which are full of walleye, northern pike, lake trout and ciscos. Fishermen can access Wabakimi Park by bush aircraft, by train and using roadside access points.

After a great day of fishing, cook your catch and set up camp on one of the secluded beaches in Wabakimi Park. You will be surrounded by crystal clear water and superb boreal wilderness. For lovers of strong emotions, take your canoe and go in search of white waterways. If you want to take big catches, relax on the shore and go on an adventure on the white water, this place is for you!

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the chance to observe other wild species when you are fishing for lake trout, walleye and northern pike. True to its name, the park is home to the woodland caribou. If you are a silent and lucky traveler, you might spot this majestic animal.

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In addition, if you want to take on a challenge, there is a lake in the southwest part of Woodland Caribou Park which is home to voracious muskellunge. Make sure to keep your fingers in the boat!

Northeastern Ontario

Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park

Are you a seasoned paddler who thirsts for a real adventure? Stop at Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Park!

Take a thrilling route through the rapids to fish in whitewater pools where you will find brook trout, or head to the lakes where trout abound. During your excursion, you can admire the landscape, which includes old white pines, a boreal forest and many peaks, including the highest point in Ontario, the Ishpatina range.

In addition, this park features six magnificent waterfalls very close to the camping areas. At Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Park, the adventures are as exciting on the water as on land.

Solace Provincial Park

In the heart of Temagami, the Solace park, which means comfort in English, lives up to its name. When you approach it by air, you are surrounded by calm water, a pretty jack pine forest and lots (lots) of trout.

In Solace Park, there are easy and difficult routes. The chain of lakes contains brook trout and lake trout. No matter where you are in the park, your spring fishing adventure will certainly be a great success!

Mississagi Provincial Park

If you want to escape for a while, Mississagi Park promises to be one of the most relaxing calm water experiences in the region.

Just west of Sudbury, this park has secluded beaches, scenic trails and lots of brook trout. As no motor is allowed in the park, it is the ideal place for a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

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Do you want to be even further away? In Mississagi Park, there are also small lakes filled with brook trout. These lakes are only accessible by hiking trails.

Are you ready to take out your fishing gear?

Before you go, be sure to familiarize yourself with the current Ontario fishing regulations, get your fishing license, and think about how to make your trip as green as possible by doing eco fishing.

In addition, some of these parks have specific fishing regulations that specify the type of bait and hook you can use. Be sure to check the park website before setting off on your adventure!

Come take a trip to one of our northern parks; you will not be disappointed! The parks all have picturesque scenery, spectacular wilderness and, of course, an abundance of fish. All the elements are there to allow you to make the expedition of a lifetime!

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