Atikokan, Ontario is known as the "Canoeing Capital of Canada". The town is located along scenic Highway 11/17 in the southeast region of Sunset Country. Atikokan is a starting point for those canoeing famous Quetico Provincial Wilderness Park, which is just south of the community. Quetico is one of North America's best places to enjoy wilderness canoeing; there are no motorboats allowed on the many lakes within the park. There are many canoe outfitters in the area that can help you plan your paddling trip in the wilderness park. If you're looking for a fully guided and outfitted trip or just a partially outfitted canoe trip, you'll be sure to find a quality outfitter in Atikokan. But there's much more to do in Atikokan than canoeing. You can stay at a drive in resort on one of the many area lakes, or perhaps fly in to a remote outpost lake and go fishing. Why not make your trip to Atikokan a learning experience! You can visit the Walleye Fish Hatchery; see the Centennial Museum, the Native Friendship Center, Pioneer Center or mining attractions. View ancient native rock art at the Pictograph Gallery or better yet, set out on your own to view rock art along the many lakeshores near town. The beautiful remote, White Otter/Turtle River Wilderness Area is just north of Atikokan.
Paddle-in, Paddle-out trips
These canoe trips are where you would start canoeing or kayaking at a starting point and then your paddling adventure ends at the same location. Your outfitter will arrange for your transportation to and from the starting point. The trips can be guided or unguided, partially or fully outfitted.
Fly-in, Paddle-out trips
You'll be flown out to a remote lake or river system and you paddle back out. The trips can be guided or unguided, partially or fully outfitted. For those that want a bit more comfort, some packages will also offer to fly you and your canoe into a cabin.
Can't find a package or route to suit you? Many of the canoe outfitters will customize a canoe trip to suit your needs.
When you're not paddling, enjoy fishing, viewing ancient pictographs, wildlife such as moose, bear, eagles and sitting back in the evening relaxing and watching the sun set. The fishing is great in the Atikokan area. The main species of fish are walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and lake trout. You may also find muskie in some lakes.