Interior/Backcountry Camping Permits are required for any person to occupy an interior (or backcountry) campsite within an operational provincial park such as Wabakimi Provincial Park. These permits may be purchased from the park office in Thunder Bay or from any area licensed permit issuers. Fees vary by park and by a visitor's age and place of permanent residency.
In Northern Ontario, residents of Canada may camp free of charge on Crown land for up to 21 days at any one site, except where posted otherwise. Non-residents of Canada 18 years of age or older must purchase a Crown Land Camping Permit to camp in non-operational provincial parks and conservation reserves or on Crown land that is not a regulated (green) zone or under some other similar restriction. Some Crown lands may have restricted travel zones for forest fire prevention, officially closed forest access roads and areas posted with signs to prohibit all or certain kinds of travel.
Crown Land Camping Permits may be purchased from area licence issuers or from any ServiceOntario office. Some exemptions may apply. For example, non-residents who use a camping unit rented from a commercial outfitter in Ontario (i.e., equipment used for the purpose of outdoor accommodation such as a tent) or who own real property in Ontario are not required to purchase a permit. Members of, or persons in charge of, a charitable or not-for profit organization may be eligible for exemption by applying in writing to the appropriate MNRF District Manager well in advance.
Only Wabakimi needs registration from Ontario Parks. If you are camping in the other area non-operating parks (Albany, Brightsand, Kopka), conservation reserves or on crown land you would need to purchase a crown land camping permit:
Buy a camping permit
Non-residents who need a permit can buy one online or through participating ServiceOntario centres and authorized licence issuers in Northern Ontario.
The cost is $9.35 + tax ($10.57) per person, per night
Step 1: Sign in with your ONe-key ID.
Step 2: If you do not have a ONe-key ID, create a Natural Resources Registry profile:
You must be able to show your permit to an officer if requested.
Every person who engages in recreational or sport fishing in Ontario must possess a valid fishing licence as well as an Ontario Outdoors Card. Fishing regulations go into effect January 1 of each year and are subject to updates. Anglers should check the current Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, especially the licence options available for Canadian non-residents and international non-residents and the exemptions to the regulations for the fisheries management zone(s) in which they plan to fish.
Non-resident anglers 18 years of age or older are required to obtain a non-resident Outdoors Card in order to purchase any Ontario hunting or fishing licence other than the one-day fishing licence. The non-resident Outdoors Card allows anglers and hunters to purchase Ontario fishing and hunting licences using the internet or the automated phone system. In order to improve service to both resident and non-resident hunters and anglers, an automated licensing system has been developed for more than 2,000 private provincial licence issuers. For more information, visit the Outdoors Card Centre website.
Any non-resident 18 years of age or older who camps on Crown land in Northwestern Ontario must follow Conservation Fishing Licence limits in the following Fishing Divisions: 20, 21, 22, 22A, 24, 30, 31, 33 & 34 (except for the Border Waters Area). A Conservation Fishing Licence is a reduced catch and possession limit licence that is designed for anglers who wish to live-release the majority of fish caught. The eight-day non-resident Conservation Fishing Licence is valid for eight consecutive calendar days. A calendar day is a 24-hour period starting at midnight.
Non-residents under 18 years of age may fish without a licence if accompanied by an adult who has a valid fishing licence. Any fish kept are part of the catch and possession limit of the person who holds the licence. Optionally, non-residents under 18 years of age may purchase a licence to catch and possess their own limits.
For non-resident groups of at least five children under the age of 18 years of age, there is a special licence for members of an organized camp. This licence is available from any ServiceOntario office.
Here are some important links used to prepare for The Wabakimi Project canoe trips that will also be of value to paddlers planning to visit Northwestern Ontario on their own. Suggestions for the inclusion of links to other sites are welcome!
Wabakimi and Beyond
Canoeing, Camping & Fishing
Crown Land Camping
Crown Land Camping Regulations
MNRF Crown Land Use Policy Atlas
MNRF Forest Plans
Ministry of Northern Development & Mines (MNDM)
Natural Resources Canada
Google Maps (Canada)
ACME Mapper 2.0
Global Forest Change
Souris River Canoes - sourisriver.com
Northstar Canoes - northstarcanoes.com
Grey Owl Paddles - greyowlpaddles.com
Eureka Tents - eurekatent.com
Ostrom Outdoors - Canoe packs & harnesses
Freeze-dried Food Suppliers
Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. (Mountain House) - mountainhouse.com
Augason Farms - augasonfarms.com
Barry Farm (Dried)
Thunder Bay Retail Suppliers
Wilderness Supply Company Ltd. (canoe, camping equipment) - wildernesssupply.com
Chaltrek Geological Supplies Inc. - www.chaltrek.com
Gear Up for Outdoors Ltd. - gear-up.com
Take A Hike - takeahike.ca
Minnesota North Shore
Stone Harbor Wilderness Store,
Sawtooth Outfitters, Tofte
(canoe rentral, equipment)
Wilderness Canoe Symposium (WC) - wcsymposium.com
Canoecopia - rutabaga.com/canoecopia
Quiet Water Symposium (QWS) - quietwatersymposium.org
Adventure Guide Armchair Series - advguide.com
Nova Craft Guest Speaker Series - londonspaddleshop.com
Far North Symposium - mncanoe.org
Outdoor Adventure Expo - outdooradventureexpo.com
Toronto Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show - outdooradventureshow.ca
Ottawa Outdoor Adventure Show - ottawaoutdoors.ca
Canadian Canoe Routes (CCR) - myccr.com
-Canoeing.com - canoeing.com
Song of the Paddle - songofthepaddle.co.uk
Paddling.net - paddling.net
Outdoor Adventure Canada - outdooradventurecanada.com
Ottertooth.com - ottertooth.com
Quiet Journey - quietjourney.com
Wabakimi Forum - BWCA.com
Ramlin Boy (aka True North) blog - albinger.me/2016/04/10/wabakimis-top-six-places-to-see
Charlotte and John's Travels - charandjohntravels.com
Conservancy Efforts & Events
The Great Wilderness Cleanup - wildernesscleanup.com
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - vanaqua.org/cleanup
Earth Day Canada - earthday.ca
National Wildlife Week - nationalwildlifeweek.ca
Leave No Trace Canada - leavenotrace.ca
National Canoe Day - nationalcanoeday.net
World Environment Day - unep.org/wed/2010/english
Visiting Northwestern Ontario
Via Train info (Currently running two days a week in both directions (Mondays & Thursdays).
-Mattice Lake Outfitters -- float plane services, lodging, road shuttle, permits. email@example.com (800) 411-0334
-Clem Quenville, Armstrong -- shuttles, safe parking, SPOT gps rental & canoes. firstname.lastname@example.org
(807) 372-1346 (cell)
-Wabakimi Canoe Outfitters and Ecolodge.
B & B lodging, partial or full outfitting, parking, trip planning and information, maps, permits, shuttles, floatplane services,and fly-in outposts. Bruce@Wabakimi.com
(Updated info on Armstrong area lodging needed)
Chateau North Motel, (807) 583-2000 (new phone #, questionable if they're still open)
McKenzie Lake Inn
Bear Paw Lodge (on Caribou Lake)
E & J Restaurant (Closed for in-person, possible they still have take-out)
Gail's Grill & Bakery
Savant Lake/West Side of Wabakimi
Savant Lake businesses/Canoeing.com
Four Winds Motor Hotel, 807-584-2223 (call Dennis for shuttle information)
Rusty Myers Fly-In Outposts, contact for float plane or other services.
Ontario Ministry of Tourism - ontariotravel.net/outdoor
North of Superior Tourist Association (NOSTA) - northofsuperior.org
Sunset Country - ontariossunsetcountry.ca
City of Thunder Bay Tourism - visitthunderbay.com
Thunder Bay Newswatch - tbnewswatch.com
Armstrong Resources & Development Corporation (ARDC) - wabakimi.on.ca
Commercial Passenger Service
Air Canada (Jazz) - aircanada.com
WestJet - westjet.com
Porter - flyporter.com
VIA Rail - viarail.ca
Highway Directions, Road Conditions & Road Maps
NWO Road Map - mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/map/images/pdf/northont/sheets/Map13.pdf
NWO Road Construction Reports - mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/construction_reports-northwestern.shtml
Google Maps (Canada) - google.ca/maps
MapQuest - mapquest.com
Environment Canada - weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html
The Weather Network - theweathernetwork.com
Northern Lights - swpc.noaa.gov/products/
Weather Radar - Superior West - weatheroffice.gc.ca/radar/index_e.html?id=XNI
Environment Canada Real-Time Hydrometric Data - wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map/...
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Water Levels - opg.com/powering-ontario/our-generation/hydro/river-system-data
Forest Fire Information
Current Forest Fire Situation - mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/AFFM/2ColumnSubPage/268862.html
Current Forest Fire Situation Map - forest.lrc.gov.on.ca/AFFM/fire/interactivemap/firemap_English.htm
Crossing the Canada - U.S.A. International Border
Canada Border Services Agency - cbsa.gc.ca
U.S. Customs & Border Protection - cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel
Foreign Currency Exchange Rates
Bank of Canada - bank-banque-canada.ca/en/rates/exchange.html