Calm waters in the Quetico
Credit: Wildnerdpix
Ontario’s quintessential wilderness park was created more than 100 years ago and has since provided inspiration for renowned conservationists such as Aldo Leopold, Eric Morse, Sigurd Olson and Bill Mason. Quetico has it all— big-time waterfalls, stands of old-growth pine, massive chunks of granite decorated with ancient pictographs, and hundreds of paddle-worthy lakes. And it’s even wilder now than when it was formed.

What to do: If you have the time, do what Ernest Oberholtzer, one of the park’s creators, did not long after Quetico’s conception: a one-month journey from one end of the park to the other. If you only have a week, then paddle to Oberholtzer’s favourite lake—Poohbah. To reach it, start at Beaverhouse Lake in the northwest corner of the park, and then paddle along a chain of lakes and down the Maligne River. Canoe Canada Outfitters (canoecanada.com) rents canoes in Atikokan, Ontario
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