Map: largest canoe areas of North America


This area is a collection of contiguous protected and semi-protected areas on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border in Ontario and Minnesota. The BWCA, in Minnesota, is the largest lakeland wilderness in the U.S., and the country's most heavily used wilderness. Quetico is Canada's second most popular canoeing area, after Algonquin Park.

Area State/Prov Components
Superior Minnesota

Superior National Forest

Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) - a federal wilderness 

Voyageur National Park

Quetico Ontario Quetico Wilderness Provincial Park

Algonquin Park

Ontario's oldest provincial park, famed for its wolves, is located on 7,725 square kilometres of southern Ontario's mixed forest. The park figures show it has 1,600 kilometres of canoe routes. Though the park is not fully protected, it does contain protected areas. It's popularity, heavily driven by its proximity to Toronto and its history of recreational canoeing (park founded in 1893), makes reservations on the main canoe routes a necessity in the summer. If you're going for solitude and wildness try farther north. If you don't have the time, this is still a great canoe area, especially if you get off the beaten path.

Friends of Algonquin Park Page

An excellent Web site.

Canoes Routes of Algonquin Provincial Park Map (PDF)

The most complete canoes route map is viewable online in PDF format.


Temagami holds the highest point in Ontario and sits on the edge of the mixed deciduous and boreal forests, contributing to what may be the most diverse landscape of the meccas. It is the least protected of the meccas, so it has been the focus of ongoing environmental controversy. Located farther from a major metropolitan area, it is less visited, providing canoeists with more solitude. At its core is a collection of parks and conservation areas. The largest and best known is Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Provincial Park. Indepth

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