Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

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Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Welcome to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, home to Canada’s iconic boreal forest wildlife, including Woodland Caribou, Moose, Black Bear, Grey Wolves, Lynx, Beaver, Lake Trout, Walleye and Pike.

With over 2,000 kms of canoe routes and 1,500 campsites, yet less than 1,000 visitors each year, solitude is guaranteed.

Red Lake Outfitters


Introduce yourself to 2,000 kilometres of Canadian boreal wilderness, lakes, and rivers in the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Relax and enjoy the solitude and serene environment home to many animals like caribou, lake trout, and northern pike. Discover something new each time you visit.

Ontario Parks: Woodland Caribou

What You’ll Like :

  • This wilderness park is a paddler’s paradise offering almost 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes on a myriad of rivers and lakes.
  • Enjoy solitude and commune with nature; Woodland Caribou sees fewer than 1,000 paddlers per season. This undisturbed boreal forest is home to one of the largest groups of woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay.
  • Two major river systems – the Gammon and Bloodvein flow through the park; Bloodvein River is designated as a Canadian Heritage River
  • Excellent fishing for walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout and areas with Smallmouth Bass and muskellunge
  • This area is valued by local First Nations people who call this home and who honour the area with stories and teachings. Pictographs (rock paintings) are located throughout the park and must be treated with respect
  • Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is a partner in the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project. Five First Nations and the Ontario and Manitoba governments are seeking World Heritage Site status for a linked network of protected areas. For more information visit www.pimachiowinaki.org
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Woodland Caribou is home to the bird species of the boreal forest. Keen birders will be able to check off many species on their life list that are common to the region. Visitors can observe Great Gray Owls that reside in the park, birds of pray such as bald eagles and various species of hawks, waterfowl and numerous nesting songbirds. Many more species are observed during their spring and fall migrations.


Powerboats are associated with the remote lodges and outpost camp areas and are primarily found in and along the Gammon and Bloodvein river systems. The rest of the park is almost solely traveled by canoe or kayak.


Up to 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes over a myriad of connected waterways provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the most natural setting and to challenge your skills and senses.

Please contact the park if you need assistance planning your canoe adventure.


Woodland Caribou is renowned for its fishing. The most sought after species are walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. Smallmouth Bass are found in some northern lakes of the park and muskellunge are found in one lake in the southwest.

Many of the private outposts and lodges in the parks are dedicated to fishing.


Woodland Caribou’s many secluded beaches and plenty of deep drop-offs from bedrock shorelines offer great swimming opportunities.



By |2017-06-05T11:09:48-04:00June 5th, 2017|Destinations, Stories, Stories and Destinations|4 Comments


  1. TD Bauer September 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I live about six hours south of the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Quetico Provincial Park. Sadly I don’t get there to often, but always thoroughly enjoy myself when I can. One thing that sticks out in my mind is the people that I always see in the BWCA… Little more quiet in the Quetico. Never has a day gone by for me in the BWCA or Quetico where I haven’t see other canoe campers.

    Woodland Caribou Provincial Park sounds fantastic to me just from the lack of traffic it gets. I need to get there. I would love to enjoy that kind of wilderness solitude. Wish I would have looked into it long ago.

    I have a trip planned this next year for the BWCA with a buddy of mine I grew up with in Boy Scouts. We’re both in early 40s now. He’s never been on a canoe tripping wilderness camp trip before, and I am looking forward to showing him a pleasant time. We were looking at six or seven days in the BWCA mostly base camping, splitting that time on up only six lakes, camping on two. But I think I’m going to push for us going to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.

    I watched the vids you and Joe both made on your trip earlier in 2017, as well as your sit down chat with Red Lake Outfitters. I’ve already pulled some information of their website.


  2. Mark Vilbert October 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I watch Joe Robinet a lot and saw the one the 2 of you did Dec 23rd. You are very articulate in the way you talked about the practicality of bushcraft. I am at a point in my life where I have some time. I teach an on-line course for a university and own a small business (justjeepsters.com). I keep telling my wide we are going to move in the middle of nowhere but … I am in MO and right by the Mississippi River. I have a 23 foot war eagle boat and we load our camp gear and spend the night on a fascinating sand bar. I have a Big Horn Cabelas outfitter tent with a wood stove and plan to use it here soon as well. I want to come up there some day and canoe the wilderness

  3. Vicki January 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Shawn, just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your videos. Very informative, you spend a lot of time with your photography and in the end make it more enjoyable, have watched all your videos and learned a lot. Love to see Joe and Doug with you also. A lot of fun. Keep going and I will keep watching. Thanks again

  4. Paul Hiebert June 24, 2018 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Cant get enough of your videos Shawn. You are the best ! Keep it up. You’ve got me dreaming of making my way out to Onatrio from BC for a canoe trip in the great Borials of Northern Ontario. I wish I could get that top picture of you in your canoe with that gorgeous scenery on a 3 x 6 canvas to hang over my fireplace. Love everything you do bro 🙂

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