With 4,000 rivers and lakes to splash about in, Canada's gateway province is watersports heaven
Plunge through class III and IV rapids, then soak up the history of Algonquin portage routes and colonial pioneer journeys along this historic waterway.
Take a 3-5 day journey down the oldest continuously operated canal in North America, a Unesco-listed engineering marvel that tamed Ontario’s once-malarial wetlands in 1832.
Keep an eye out for moose while taking a summer dip at Algonquin – as big, easily accessible and wildlife-rich as it is lake-studded, with some 2,000 campsites to get changed in.
Walk alongside foaming class VI rapids at the Niagara White Water Walk, take the antique Aero Car to gaze into the Niagara Whirlpool, or board a Maid of the Mist boat to feel the spray from this colossal cataract.
Explore more than 20 wrecks in one of the world’s best freshwater dive sites, or take a glass-bottomed boat tour to the quirky rock stacks of Flowerpot Island.
The largest of the Great Lakes is a current and tide-free joy for sea kayakers – choose anything from a lodge-based weekend foray to a fully-equipped traverse of the north shore.
A tangled network of lakes, once ploughed by fur traders, beckons canoeists in search of middle-of-nowhere adventure.
Have a classic Canadian wilderness adventure in this vast eastern panhandle of Lake Huron – with 30,000 islands to choose from, there’s nearly 100 for every day of the year…
Take a lazy paddle – or walk along the river bank – through First Nations and settler history on the Grand River, only an hour west of Toronto.
Fringing Lake Superior and harbouring pristine boreal forest, Pukaskwa also hosts a healthy number of bears. Inland lakes and the foaming White River make for top drawer paddling trips.
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