Dear Wabakimi paddlers,
We need your help to improve our Wabakimi Canoe Routes Guidebook and our canoe route planning maps.
Please document your 2022 Wabakimi routes as best you can, using our new Trip Journal Form, which we hope is easy to use.
The PDF version can be downloaded, printed and taken with you for notetaking and also contains helpful trip-planning information. The Word version is for entering your trip information once you return to "civilization" and can be sent to us as information for map/route improvements.
Here's our initial priority suggested route list. Considerations are the Wabadowgang Noopming (Armstrong) forest routes for conservation reasons, and west side Caribou Forest routes. We're still reviewing Guidebook routes to see which are not covered by the Park's portage maintenance program. Click here for Expedition Committee Updates.
Please drop us a note about your trip plans to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Jean Blaisdell, Expedition Committee Chair
Vision & Objective
Our Vision for the Wabakimi Area is that it will be “an exceptional destination for wilderness recreation activities for the benefit of present and future generations of visitors”. One of our objectives is to “produce printed and electric literature, maps and other materials to help visitors’ safety plan and execute self-propelled recreational activities..."
Wabakimi Canoe Routes Guide --
by Laurence Mills, Wabakimi paddler and map maker
Our Wabakimi Canoe Routes guidebook is the first comprehensive guidebook for the Wabakimi Area. The Guide's primary purpose is to help you choose your route in this enormous area. You'll still need detailed route maps. Laurence Mills, an experienced Wabakimi paddler and map maker is our lead author using his experience and our collective knowledge to describe a variety of routes within the park and surrounding Crown Lands.
Self-Guided Reconnaissance Expeditions
If you plan to take a trip into Wabakimi or adjacent Crown Lands in 2021, you can help Laurence and FOW document and confirm guidebook routes. Please note this is a self-guided trip and is not yet an “official” FOW sponsored trip.
First, we need you to document your trip by filling out our new Trip Journal Form. It requests that you assess portages and document the current status of the route. We would like as much detail as you have time to provide.
Second, we need photos from your trip. Hopefully, you can capture important features like waterfalls, cliffs and rapids. We also want photos of people and wildlife.
Third, if you’re willing and able, some portages may need improvement. Please note, you can only use hand saws within the provincial park boundaries.
Finally, we would like a summary of your trip for our newsletter and our Trip Report Forum.
We need to know what you are doing. Mary Jean Blaisdell (FOW Board member, (email@example.com) chairs our Expedition Committee. Also we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
What FOW can do:
We may have trip reports we can share or specific knowledge. If you need a folded planning map and any route maps necessary for your trip, let us know. (Most folks have our planning or route maps, if you don't....) We're happy to share any information we’re able to gather specific to your route plan. Participants will be recognized and we'll share narrative trip reports (assuming that's OK with everyone).
Below is a list of potential routes. However, any route is fair game because it could be included in a future issue of the Wabakimi Canoe Route guidebook. This is a listing for discussion purposes. There are numerous options and variations on these routes.
-Allanwater River, with many options
-Boiling Sand River
-Pashkokogan/Rockliff Lake loop
-Little Caribou/Berg/Whitewater loop
Armstrong Forest Routes:
-Little Caribou to McKinley Road
-Caribou/Linklater Lake loop
-Big Lake/Big River east to Gort Lake
-Vale Creek route (Dave’s route guide is included in his trip report)