Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park


Location: Mattawa, Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Natural Environment
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Length/Size: 6,301.2 acres

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Named for the 17th-century explorer, this Mattawa River park east of North Bay celebrates the voyageurs who tackled portages and rapids here. See a replica birchbark freighter in the heritage centre, shoot the rapids or hike to lookouts for panoramic views of the valley. Trails also impart native and natural history.

Camping
Two campgrounds with 215 campsites are set in shady poplar and red and white pine woods. Toilets and showers are conveniently located.

Group Camping - There are six group camping sites. Site A accommodates 40 people, Site B, 30 people, Site C, 150 people, Site D, 60 people, Site E, 40 people, and the field site accommodates 250 people. There are water and toilets on all sites, and the beaches and comfort stations are within a ten to fifteen minute walk. Reservations can be made by calling the park clerk at (705) 744-2276.

Picnics and Day Use
A day-use area at Moore Lake features a large sandy beach and a playground.
Electric Sites - 106
Visitor Centre
Exhibits in the Voyageur Heritage Centre give a sense of the rugged life of the voyageur.
Barrier Free Access
Visitor Centre, Park Store, showers, flush toilets
Park Store
The Park Store stocks groceries, ice, camping necessities and souvenirs.
Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - Yes
Play Area - Yes
Boat Launch - Yes
French Language Services - Yes
Rentals - Canoes, trailer storage
Off-Season - Gated

Hiking
Etienne Trail 2.5-9 km (1-6 hours) moderate to strenuous
Each of three separate loops highlights a theme of geology, history or nature.

Kag Trail 2.5 km (1 hour) strenuous
This trail climbs several steep grades through a red pine forest to lookouts. Twelve interpretive stops explore the relationship between native people and the landscape.

Wabashkiki Trail 1km (1hour) moderate
A boardwalk and platform above a marsh on this short trail are the best places in the park to view wildlife.

Education
Staff offer natural heritage and ecology education programs on site and a voyageur canoe tour.

Fishing
Walleye, northern pike, bass, herring, catfish and perch are among the fish you might catch in the lakes of Samuel de Champlain. The cool, deep waters of Long Lake support a brook trout fishery, but you will more likely tussle with a rock bass.

Canoeing
Mattawa River 64 km (2-3 days) 11 portages, Class C
This river has a strong current but little white water.

Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife includes moose, wolves, bear and white-tailed deer and more than 200 species of birds and waterfowl such as loons, common mergansers, black ducks and wood ducks.

Boating
Motorboats are prohibited on Long Lake, the source of the park's drinking water. Moore Lake is restricted to boats of 10hp or less.

There is a boat launch and docking facilities.

Boaters can also access Mattawa River where motorboats are permitted.

Swimming
Sand dunes and a pebble beach slope into water that is deep in spots. Change facilities and a buoyed area make this park ideal for a family swim.

Winter Activities
The park is great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Other - The Canadian Ecology Centre offers education programs.

For more information:
Samuel de Champlain
Box 147
Mattawa, Ontario
P0H 1V0
705-744-2276