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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 Water Shutdown Schedule

We are closing gradually for the season. The water will be shut off in the following order.

September 4, 2014-  Rock & Log Comfort Station & Day Use

September 11, 2014- Chippewa, Ojibwa Comfort Stations, Water Towers, & Trailer Dump/Fill

Dawson Trail Campground Update August 20, 2014
Due to a lightning strike and electrical issues at the water treatment plant, the Dawson Trail Campground is under a boil water advisory.

Interior Update August 20, 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. Downed trees may be encountered along portages in these areas of the park. Crews have visited many areas and are working on clean up. Darkwater River is now passable.

It is possible that the storm may have downed trees in areas of the park that aren't listed above and campers are encouraged to report them. 

Water levels, while lower than earlier in the season, are still high and some 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

  • 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.
  • Paddling the Falls Chain north of Cache Bay should be done with tremendous caution whether you are paddling with the current or upstream against the current. 

Quetico Provincial Park (Ontario) and the Superior National Forest (Minnesota) were both set aside as protected areas in 1909, creating one of the largest contiguous protected land masses across international borders on the continent. The first Quetico-Superior plaque was erected at Prairie Portage, which lies on the international border, in 1984 to celebrate Quetico-Superior's 75th anniversary. A second plaque (pictured above) was obtained in 2009 in honour of Quetico-Superior's 100th anniversary and now stands at the Cache Bay Ranger Station, which is also located along the international border.

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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