Eco-Experiences in Ontario

With over 250,000 lakes there is no shortage of water to explore. Canoeing and kayaking are available at almost every major waterway or lake, and most of the major guide companies will teach you about protecting the environment they use every day.

In Temagami you can learn how to make a canvas-covered cedar strip canoe and hike among the old growth pine trees. Learn about Project Peregrine, an initiative to protect the world’s fastest bird, the Peregrine Falcon, which was almost wiped out from the pesticide DDT. Hike the backcountry of Temagami and reach Ontario’s highest point: Ishpatina Ridge, located 693 metres above sea level. Windsurf or kiteboard the windy lakes that surround the area and stay in a rustic lakeside lodge.

Go to Wabakimi Wilderness Park for a lesson in fire ecology and go on a guided canoe tour on well-travelled waterways to look for beautiful woodland caribou. Or cycle tour around natural Manitoulin Island (perhaps after paddling out to it first), visiting lighthouses, parks and waterfalls. Rest at night in quaint waterfront cottages.

For those who really want to get away from it all, and learn about the environment, visit Algonquin Park, and paddle through the smooth lakes and rivers, looking for the great Canadian moose. Take a wilderness survival course and really feel independent in nature as you learn how to travel responsibly in the wilderness.

For something completely different, try a night in a yurt as you either bike, cross-country ski, kayak or hike in the Minaki region of Northwestern Ontario. There is nothing quite like spending a night in an electricity-free wooden lodging, with an old-fashioned wood-burning stove, a skylight, and a wood-burning sauna to relax your weary muscles. Sit out on the deck after trekking through the woods, breathe the crisp boreal forest air, and wait for the stars to come out and light up the sky.

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