Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial ParkThe Canadian counterpart to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), is the Quetico Provincial Park. The wilderness area, know for its beautiful lakes and superb fishing, has 2200 backcountry campsites accessible through six entry points. The park encompasses 1,180,000-acres of wilderness without development of any kind. No motors and no firearms are allowed.

Quetico is near the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, an exposed 1000-mile expanse of ancient Precambrian rock, some of which is among the oldest exposed rock in the world. The park consists of a large number of "young" lakes (only tens of thousands of years old) contained by this ancient bedrock. Due to its proximity to the Laurentian Divide, the park can be considered to be in the headwaters of the Hudson Bay watershed. The southern part of the park is drained by the Basswood River, the central and eastern parts of the park by the Maligne River, and the northern part of the park by the Quetico River. All of these rivers flow into the Namakan River west of the park, which then flows into the Rainy River, Winnipeg River, Nelson River and finally into Hudson Bay. This helps to make it, along with the adjacent Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most popular canoe area in the world.

Ely, MInnesota, can be the starting point for a trip into the Quetico, either by canoe or plane.