Air access to Wabakimi Provincial
Canoeists planning a trip to the park may arrange
for direct floatplane transportation. There are a number of outfitters
offering floatplane services located in the Wabakimi area, many
of whom offer accommodations and other services.
Aircraft Landing Authority: Aircraft Landing
Permits are required and are available by contacting the Armstrong
Resource Development Corporation (see page 2 for contact information).
The permit fee is $65.00. The permit is valid for use in other Ontario
Provincial Parks which permit aircraft landings, and can be transferred
between aircraft. A permit covers the open water season
(May - October).
Road access to waterways leading
into Wabakimi Provincial Park:
Caribou Lake Road via the Armstrong Road (Highway
527); approximately 12 km gravel road from the town of Armstrong
to Little Caribou Lake and Caribou Lake.
Camp 702 Road east of Savant Lake to the Flindt River System.
Graham Road extending north from the Trans-Canada Highway
(#17), accesses the Brightsand River system (which adjoins the Allanwater
River system) at three locations . The Graham Road/ Highway 17 junction
is located northwest of the town of Upsala.
Three waterway provincial parks
adjoin Wabakimi Park:
the Brightsand River on Wabakimi's southwest
the Kopka River on the southeast corner and
the Albany River at the extreme north end of the park.
All three offer excellent canoeing opportunities,
and can be used to build on a Wabakimi trip. More
about connecting and other canoeing parks in the region...
Rail access to waterways leading
into Wabakimi Provincial Park:
VIA Rail offers
passenger service as well as the transport of tripping equipment
and canoes (max. 18 ft. length) along the Canadian National Railway
line (at the south end of the park). Contact VIA Rail Canada or
area canoe outfitters to get the latest on train schedules and procedures.
Passengers and equipment/canoes can be dropped off or picked up
at certain points between Armstrong and Savant Lake, including Collins
or Allanwater Bridge. Canoes will be accepted on board only if there
is sufficient space in the baggage car. VIA trains currently offer
service from Armstrong westbound and eastbound three days per week.
A park map suitable for trip planning purposes is
available from Wabakimi area outfitters
for $6.00 + taxes. Due to scale, the map does not provide portage
For trip planning purposes, the following 1:250,000 scale
maps are sufficient:
Armstrong 52-I (southeast
part of the park)
Miminiska Lake 52-P (northeast
part of the park)
Sioux Lookout 52-J (western
Where can you get topographic
maps of Wabakimi and region?
The summers of Wabakimi are hot and dry. The average
July daily temperature is 18.4C (65.1F). By contrast, the winters
in the Armstrong area are cold and clear with an average temperature
in January of -20.4C (-4.7F).
The prime canoeing season is normally from mid-May until mid-September.
Early and late season canoeists may experience widely variable weather,
from summer-like conditions to snow showers, with afternoon temperatures
typically less than 15C (60F). Fly-in fishing or hunting opportunities
usually extend from approximately mid-May until mid-October, with
ice usually occurring on the lakes shortly before and after these
Check the latest
weather forecast for the Wabakimi area here
Visitors to Wabakimi must be fully prepared for independent
wilderness travel. Emergency assistance may be available only by
attracting aircraft in the area. Make sure that you include in your
pack a complete first aid kit in the event of a mishap. Whitewater
canoeing skills are necessary on some routes.
Canoe Route Caution:
Wabakimi Park is a big area. Not all canoe routes
are maintained and some areas receive less frequent maintenance
than others. Note that maps and park information may be wrong for
a variety of reasons. Campsites and portages are not signed. Natural
circumstances may have changed the configuration of waterways, landscape
features and portage routes. There are no signs showing the location
of portages in the park, and trail conditions may vary considerably.
On some routes and portages, navigation can require skill with map
and compass. Canoeists travel these water routes and follow the
route descriptions at their own risk. Additional information on
waterway and portage conditions can be obtained from outfitters
in the Wabakimi area.
Canoe Trip Itinerary:
Prepare and leave a comprehensive 'trip plan' with
a family member, a friend or your outfitter. The plan should be
a blueprint for action should you need to be contacted or to respond
to an emergency. Your trip plan should include your intended route,
departure and completion dates, put-in and take-out sites, and the
names of everyone in your party. In addition, the plan should have
a description (colour/ make) of your canoes, tents, vehicles and
vehicle locations. Where possible, review your agenda with someone
who has previously travelled in Wabakimi or with your outfitter.
In the event of an emergency, the trip plan information can be forwarded
to the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Armstrong (phone
Wild fires play an integral role in the life cycle
of the Boreal forest. Wabakimi Provincial Park has a wilderness
wild fire management philosophy. You may be travelling in areas
where wild fires are not suppressed. Your safety and well being
may depend upon your ability to assess potential respiratory or
visual problems associated with thick smoke, ash and haze, as well
as your selection of travel routes to avoid narrow waterways and
portages near fires. Check with the Ministry of Natural Resources
office or your outfitter regarding the status of wild fires in the
park and the fire weather indices. Consider wild fire contingencies
during the planning of your trip.
A common source of forest fires is campers leaving
cooking fires that are not fully extinguished. Drown your fires
thoroughly, stir the ashes and drown it again to ensure it is dead
Although the park's lake and stream water are of excellent
quality, all drinking and tooth brushing water should be filtered,
boiled for at least 5 minutes, or treated with purification tablets
or iodine to be rendered safe.
Never dive into waters you have not checked for underwater
obstacles. Because most waters in Wabakimi Park are light brown
in colour, rocks that are not obvious from above may lie hidden
just below the surface.
Severe summer thunderstorms are common in Wabakimi,
with lightning and strong winds being a particular hazard. In an
approaching storm, get off the water and avoid prominent exposures
and tall trees.
***Snow and Wind Damage Update