Quetico Provincial Park – Ontario

Quetico Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s finest wilderness canoeing parks. It has over 1.8 million acres of protected land. Thousands of interconnected lakes, rivers, and streams are here.  The Park truly offers a lifetime of canoe tripping opportunities. Furthermore, the Park shares its southern border with Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Canadian Park features rugged beauty. Towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine, and spruce forests dominate. Picturesque rivers and lakes, fishing and incredible wildlife viewing are found here. And, along with the BWCA, the park  offers the best wilderness canoeing in the world. And Quetico Park fishing is outstanding.


Gaining Access to Quetico Park Canada through the BWCA

Exploring Quetico Park

The Park includes over 2000 unofficial, unimproved wilderness campsites. These campsites exist throughout more than 600 lakes. Canoeists require permit reservations (must be carried on canoeist at all times) and in-season may only enter the Park via six Ranger Stations, or visit our permits page to get started.   The Park issues permits on a first-come, first-serve quota system.

Also, one of the main entrances into Quetico is the Prairie Portage Canadian Ranger Station. Prairie Portage is reachable directly from our dock at Williams and Hall.  Check with us for business hours for the Ranger Station.

Just like the BWCA, non burnable, disposable food and beverage containers are not allowed. Insect repellent, medicine, and personal toiletry containers are permitted.

Do I Need A Passport To Enter Quetico Provincial Park?

Though Park is in Canada, you do NOT need a passport for canoeing here. However, you will need an entry permit. And, you may need a fishing license. But, you do not need a passport to paddle into the park and back out in to the United States.

Canoeing Quetico Park

Five hundred fifty maintained portages link hundreds of lakes and rivers. These portages average 400 meters and provide a wide range of canoeing opportunities from one day to several weeks. There are many historic sites.  These sites are left by natives, settlers and voyageurs who used these waters for fur trading. You can travel some areas of the park more easily than others. Also, portages and campsites do not have marking signs.  It is a true wilderness canoeing experience.

Fishing Quetico Park BWCA

The Park’s many lakes and rivers support an exceptional fishery of walleye, Lake Trout, Northern Pike, and Smallmouth Bass.

To maintain the health of Quetico’s lakes, Ontario fishing regulations require the use of artificial bait. Also, you must use barbless hooks within Quetico Provincial Park. Barbless hooks will cut down on fish mortality rates.

In addition, you can not use live or dead organic bait in the Park (examples include: leeches, worms, and salted minnows). Rubber or biodegradable baits will help keep out invasive aquatic species and diseases. Check out our bait store at Williams and Hall for a great assortment of these styles of bait.

Do I Need A Fishing Licenses For Quetico Park?

The quick answer is YES! Depending on where you plan on fishing and the type of fishing you plan on doing will depend on what kind of license you’ll need.

But if you plan on fishing in Quetico Provincial Park you’ll need a license. Williams and Hall can help set that up for you. Or, if you would like to buy your outdoors card and license you can visit the Ontario wildlife Licensing Service.

We can get you to Quetico Park. Just book your  Canoe Adventure today!

At Williams and Hall, we want your Boundary Water experience to be one you’ll always remember. If you need help planning your BWCA/ Quetico Park trip we can help. From make route suggestions, and help with gear, to securing permits we have you covered. Call us at 218-365-5837contact us or click here today and start this year’s, Boundary Waters Adventure!