TEMAGAMI WILDERNESS ADVENTURE – The Obabika Loop – One of many spectacular routes to choose from
Your wilderness canoe tripping journey will offer new and enriching challenges. It’s all fun and worth the effort. Explore new campsites, jump from a forty foot cliff’s edge into cool lake waters, and hike beneath the towering 300 year old red and white pines of the Old Growth Forest. Each day is rewarded with beautiful views from campsites located on points, islands and sandy beaches. Clear night skies will reveal the Milky Way and the possibility of northern lights and falling stars. Swim, fish, or relax with a good book. Cook delicious dinners over open fires, share stories of the day’s adventures and form lasting bonds with fellow travelers.
DAY 1: Arrive at the Temagami Outfitting Company on Temagami’s waterfront. We will be happy to help consult with you on your canoe trip before you head out and ensure that you have the best in canoes and gear that we have to offer. Take the opportunity to purchase some of our top of the line gear as well as maps and Ontario Park’s permits (if needed) for your trip. Following your shop visit we will shuttle canoes and gear with your choice of barge or van and trailer to a put in point on the outermost edge of Temagami’s backcountry. With canoes in the water, you will begin your journey on the pristine lake and river routes developed by the native Anishinawbeg people thousands of years ago. Make camp, cook over an open fire, and spend your first night sleeping beneath the stars.
DAY 2: Continue your adventure, paddling to the ancient pictographs left on rock faces on Diamond Lake that jut out of the deep lake waters. There will be time to stop for a swim and daring leap from a forty foot cliff’s edge into sparkling lake waters before making your way to a remote island campsite. Spend the night sharing stories around the campfire.
DAY 3: Portage from Diamond Lake to Wakimika Lake via Pencil Lake and you will see evidence of how the region’s land was carved and etched by receding glaciers over 11,000 years ago. Camp and enjoy an evening’s bonfire on a sandy beach of Lake Wakimika.
DAY 4: A short lake paddle will take you to the winding waters of Wakimika River. Watch for wildlife through this area as you make your way to Obabika Lake. Spend the afternoon hiking the towering old growth pine forests on the Obabika Trails.
DAY 5: On your last day we will paddle down Obabika Lake and portage into the northwest arm of Lake Temagami. Have lunch on Temagami First Nation’s Bear Island located in the “hub” of Lake Temagami. The barge will pick you up for the return up the Northeast Arm back to the Temagami Outfitting Company. After you return all your gear please take a moment to share your stories about your Temagami adventure with us! We’ll look forward to seeing you again next year!