Wawa is close to the magnificent and majestic Lake Superior! We recommend the near by Superior Adventures who can provide kayaks, canoes, instruction, and guides.
Located adjacent to the Superior Coastline and surrounded by a myriad of beautiful lakes and rivers, Wawa is Algoma’s destination for wilderness canoe and sea kayaking adventures.
Interior Rivers and Lakes
Anjigami River Canoe Route
This 70 km, 5 day trip begins at Mijinemungshing Lake in Lake Superior Park and follows a succession of lakes and rivers northward to the Michipicoten River then west to Lake Superior. The route follows a logger’s spring drive route of the 1920’s. Note that only portages in Lake Superior Provincial Park are maintained.
Dog (University) River Canoe Route
The Dog (University) River offers a wilderness white water canoe trip similar to the Pukaskwa. It’s piece de resistance is Denison Falls, located about 5 km from Lake Superior. Another favourite of Bill Mason, the river is remote and the scenery spectacular. This is a spring river route, a trip for experienced white water paddlers only.
Dog Lake to Lake Superior
This 3 – 5 day trip follows the Dog, Manitowik, and Whitefish Lakes then the Michipicoten River to Lake Superior. It is part of the historical link in the trade/transportation route from Lake Superior to James Bay. In addition to great wildlife viewing, you can find pictographs on Dog Lake. Also visit the abandoned Hudson Bay Post adjacent to Buck’s Marina on the Michipicoten River.
Located just south of Wawa in Lake Superior Park, this 16 km loop through 6 lakes makes a good day trip or relaxed overnight trip for novice canoeists. It’s a good sample of Boreal fringe forest. Treeby Lake with pine covered islands is quite scenic.
A day trip suitable for novice paddlers (depending upon water levels), the Magpie River experience includes Wawa’s famous treeless area. This unique landscape is reminiscent of the Arctic Circle. Be sure to make a lunch stop at Bathtub Falls.
Michipicoten Island is as often shrouded by fog as it is by mystery, legend and superstition. Guarded by legendary and mystical 60 foot tall giants, the island floats in Lake Superior about 60 km west from Wawa. Plan on a week to circumnavigate.
The mighty Michipicoten forms part of Canada’s historical fur trade route tracing from the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading post near Lake Superior to James Bay. If you have 3 weeks, paddle north and east following the Michipicoten/Missinabie to James Bay. Alternatively, you may follow overnight or half day tours down river finishing at Lake Superior. Sights include Silver Falls and historic Hudson Bay Trading Post.
Obatanga Park Canoe Route
Obatanga Park is located on Hwy. 17, about 55 km north of Wawa. This 3 day to 5 day canoe route begins at Hammer Lake, just north of the Park and extends through the University, Obatanga, Knife, Crayfish and West Kabenung Lakes finishing just south of the Park. The route is very picturesque with rocky shores, occasional sandy beaches and tall pine covered hills.
Pukaskwa River Canoe Route
The Pukaskwa is a classic wilderness white water river, running south of the Canadian Shield into the remote and rugged north shore of Lake Superior. A favourite of Bill Mason, it offers solitude, challenging white water and spectacular scenery. This is a spring river route a trip for experienced white water paddlers only.
Sand River Canoe Route
This 5 day trip covers 56 km from Sand Lake to Lake Superior, all within Lake Superior Provincial Park. With an elevation drop of 185 m, stretches of fast water, boulder rapids and two spectacular waterfalls, this route is a must do for wilderness paddlers.
Lake Superior Coastline
Lake Superior Park Coast
There is more flexibility in trip planning on the Superior Coast south of Wawa and one to five day trip options are possible. Although less remote than Pukaskwa, this coast offers spectacular scenery from rocky headlands to sandy beaches with sand dune topography. The Park abounds with rounded pebble beaches and there are a number of very significant native sites including Devil’s Chair, Devils Warehouse and the Pictographs at Agawa Rock. Be aware that there are special rules that apply to Park visitors.