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Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial Park, one of the first parks established in Ontario, is a wilderness sanctum of international acclaim. Encompassing 469 456 hectares of lakes and rivers carving the Canadian Shield, the park is revered by paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts who desire the tranquility and challenges of a true wilderness experience. 

French River Rapids by Paul Kane courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum (©ROM)

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Dawson Trail Campground Update July 28, 2014
Due to a lightning strike at the water treatment plant, the Dawson Trail Campground is under a boil water advisory.

Interior Update July 28,2014
On the night of July 21st, 2014 parts of Quetico Provincial Park were impacted by a storm event. Ontario Parks staff conducted an aerial survey of Quetico Provincial Park on July 22 and July 23. Small areas of blowdown have been observed on the following lakes: Sturgeon, Minn, Wicksteed, and Darkwater. Blowdown has also been observed along the Darkwater River.

Although no major areas of blowdown were observed, travellers should expect the occasional freshly fallen tree on portages.

Water levels, while lower than earlier in the season, are still high and many areas of the park have hazardous conditions.  Please use extra caution and always wear a life jacket. Stay within the limits of your skills. Park staff advise the following:

  • The Quetico River is hazardous for travel in either direction.
  • The Maligne River is not suitable for upstream travel.
  • Travel in the Poet Chain  (Split Rock Falls Area) is hazardous and for experienced paddlers only. Use all portages to reduce the risk of being caught in dangerous conditions.
  • Travel around Snake Falls between Keats Lake and Shelley Lake is not recommended. Please use the 'Have a Smoke' portage to stay clear of this hazard.
  • Anyone travelling near Basswood Falls and other falls along the Basswood River need to use the portages as conditions are not suitable for running rapids.
  • The Falls Chain north of Cache Bay should only be travelled in the downstream direction by expert paddlers.

Wet weather is creating changing conditions on the Beaverhouse and Stanton Bay roads; vehicles offering higher ground clearance and good traction are recommended for travel on these roads. 

What is the Q100 Stewardship Project 
 The Q100 Stewardship Project was launched in celebration of the Centennial anniversary of Quetico Provincial Park and its American counterpart, Superior National Forest

The project celebrates outfitters and businesses who promote best service and environmental practices to Quetico Park visitors.

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Become a member of the Q100 Stewardship Project today and enjoy the many unique learning, networking and marketing opportunities.

Join us in 2014 as a Partner or as a Supporter and show your commitment to the future of Quetico Provincial Park.

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