Here's all the links to information about outfitters, lodging, events, permits, licenses, and resources we can find. We'll continually add to and update this.
Wabakimi Provincial Park -- Backcountry camping permits -- Go to "Backcountry Reservations"
(Other provincial parks bordering Wabakimi need Crown Land permits. (i.e. Albany, Brightsands, Kopka etc. See Below)
PERMITS & LICENCES
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
To Buy online
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.
Via Train info (Currently running two days a week in both directions (Mondays & Thursdays).
The community of Armstrong is 134 miles ( 213 km) north of Thunder Bay/Hwy 17; taking 3 to 3/12 hours on Hwy 527. Local outfitters and lodging are available:
-Mattice Lake Outfitters & Wabakimi Air-- float plane services, lodging, road shuttle, permits. Don and Annette Elliot. email@example.com (800) 411-0334
-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
-Clem Quenville, Armstrong -- shuttles, safe parking, SPOT gps rental & canoes. firstname.lastname@example.org
(807) 372-1346 (cell)
VIA Rail - viarail.ca
Other Armstrong Area Lodging and Resources
McKenzie Lake Inn
Bear Paw Lodge (on Caribou Lake)
Gail's Grill & Bakery
Two Gas stations; one in town and other on the Whitesand Nation reservation
One local grocery store
Savant Lake/West Side of Wabakimi
Savant Lake businesses/Canoeing.com
Four Winds Motor Hotel in Savant Lake. 807-584-2223 (under new ownership); talk to John to see if a road shuttle is available.) There's a grocery store across the street.
Rusty Myers Fly-In Outposts, contact for float plane, possible shuttle, lodging or other services. They have base just South of Savant Lake.
North Albany Fishing Lodge. Located just off Hwy 599. Call to confirm safe parking. You can enter to Pashkokogan lake at this location or nearby. Overnight lodging may be available.
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+1 807-584-2223
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.