paddler at Temagami

Canadian canoe culture

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.”

— James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum

Through the stories of five paddlers across Ontario, “THE CANOE” underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections.

Discover the different ways Ontarians have connected to our natural environment, each other and themselves through paddling.

Watch the full documentary here.

Is there anything more Canadian than paddling?

“Ontario” is a Haudenosaunee word meaning “land of shining waters.” With over 400,000 lakes, countless rivers and heritage waterways in Ontario, we are connected by and to water, and the canoe is a symbol of that relationship.

Paddling is good for our health

Health benefits of paddling

These health benefits — both physical and mental — will have you reaching for your paddle!

Paddling in parks

Ontario Parks features endless paddling opportunities. Explore a marsh, meander down a river, or plan a whitewater adventure!

Over 75 parks rent canoes, kayaks and SUPs, making your paddle planning even easier!

Need some suggestions?

Challenge yourself

Northwest Quest
Wabakimi Provincial Park

Do you dream of paddling the vast wilderness of Northwestern Ontario, gliding past moose, caribou and wolves? Wabakimi, Woodland Caribou and Quetico Provincial Parks await.

Take the Northwest Wilderness Quest!

Discover Ontario’s pristine wilderness

Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park

Whether you’re planning a scenic day trip or a rugged backcountry adventure, Northeastern Ontario is a paddler’s playground.

Fall in love with these five life-changing paddling destinations.

Paddle the painted landscape

Barron River paddler
Algonquin Provincial Park

Paddling in Ontario’s wilderness inspires creativity, and offers an immediate artistic connection. Why not canoe through landscapes that have inspired the work of the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson and other contemporary artists.

Experience Algonquin, Killarney, Neys, Bon Echo and more!

Reconnect with family

family canoeing

Paddling teaches core values, skills and love of nature, and is best shared with your most loved ones.

Find a park near your loved ones.

Wherever you choose to launch your canoe, share your adventures with us on social media (hashtag #PaddleON)!