Frequently Asked Questions

The park is home to many different species, like moose, wolves, woodland caribou, beavers, lynx, black bears, pine martens, wolverines, bald eagles, owls, river otters, osprey, a variety of waterfowl.
Of course! We stock a complete selection of maps for navigating the park. We’d also be happy to mark them with campsite locations, points of interest, portages, and any other information you’d like. You can order them online here or feel free to call our shop at 807-727-9797 and we’d be happy to send them out to you.
Yes—we offer complete outfitting packages that include everything you’ll need for your trip. Show up at our doorstep with just your clothes and personal items, and we’ll take care of it from there!
Yes—we can provide you with delicious and nutritious backcountry meals that are lightweight and easy to prepare. See our Menu Choices webpage for more info.

If you’d prefer fresh food on the first or second day of your trip, we can do the shopping for you and have fresh steaks, chicken, eggs, bacon, fruits, and vegetables waiting for you upon your arrival. Simply contact us before you arrive and it will be packed up and waiting for you at our base!

No—WCPP is a wilderness-class park in a remote location. Cell phone service ends just on the outskirts of the town of Red Lake. We use satellite phones to communicate in the park that are available for rent.
Yes—we can provide you with foam blocks and cam buckle straps to secure the canoe to your vehicle.
Yes—we’re the only outfitter in the region that offers guided backcountry trips into the park over the entire paddling season. For more information, please visit our Guide Services page.
Typically, blueberries and raspberries can be harvested around the middle of July. Cranberries, too!
This depends on the spring conditions, but typically the end of May to early June is when black-flies hatch, lasting until the end of June or early July.
We start selling our gear on October 15. For a complete list of what’s available, please visit our Shop webpage for more info. To reserve a canoe or any other equipment, please contact us.
The town of Red Lake, Ontario serves as the gateway community to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Red Lake is located 170 Km north of the Trans Canada Highway by taking Hwy 105 until you arrive in town. There are 4 road access entry points for the park: Johnson Lake (33 km), Onnie Lake (45 km), Leano Lake (70 km), and Lund Lake (75 km). Air access to the park is also permitted and is a great way to experience the park.
Yes—dogs are permitted in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Regulations state that all dogs must be leashed while on portages and that noise (barking) does not interfere with other guests.
Yes—the maximum group size per campsite in the park is 9 people.
Yes—we offer secure parking either at our base or at the air base if you are flying in.
The park offers some of the best fishing in Ontario. The three main species of fish found within the park are walleye, lake trout, and northern pike. With fewer than 700 paddlers per year accessing the lakes of the park, you can expect non-stop fishing action. May and June provide the best fishing of the year.
Yes—you can leave items like wallets, passports, laptops, or extra clothing and baggage in a secured room in our outfitting shop. This is the same area where we store parked vehicle keys.
Yes—for a small fee, you can clean up in our shower room at our base. We also have clothing washing and drying machines.
Since WCPP is designated as a wilderness provincial park, there are no designated campsites with pit privies or toilets. Follow best practices by disposing human waste in a shallow pit that’s at least 30 metres from any body of water or stream.
Yes—it is highly recommended to take precautions when dealing with black bears (the only bear found in the park). These precautions include keeping a clean campsite at night and packing food away in air tight containers, such as canoe pack barrels. Note that, because of the park’s remote location and low number of visitors, the bears are not used to humans. Avoid contact, and ask us for additional safety information. By following precautions and safety measures, bears likely won’t be a bother.
It’s possible, but it’s not recommended for most vehicles. There are four vehicle access points to WCPP. These entry points are accessed by taking either the Suffel Lake Forest access road or the Pine Ridge Forest access road from Red Lake. Both access roads have limited maintenance and can be rough. On average, the trip from Red Lake takes between 1 to 2 hours. 4-wheel drive trucks and SUVs with high ground clearance are strongly advised when travelling these roads. Please note that local tow trucks will not travel these roads, so any remote break down can be very expensive. Alternatively, we offer shuttle services for both put-in or take-out to all access points of the park.
The Red Lake region has a population of fewer than 5,000. A town of that size has mostly essential services and shopping, such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and liquor stores. Red Lake Outfitters also has a retail store with all the canoeing and camping gear you’ll need. If you plan on spending time in town, other attractions include a brand new heritage centre, the most northerly 18 hole golf course in Ontario, and an impressive rock and mineral display in the municipal office.
Yes—in the past, we’ve had clients fly dogs into the park at no extra charge. However, dogs have very sensitive hearing, so we recommend that you place provided ear protection over your dog’s ears.
Yes—We’re dog owners too and love to see you bring that special family member along for the trip. Also note that the Super 8 hotel in the town of Red Lake is a pet-friendly hotel.
On average, the portages in WCPP are 100 metres in length. The park is famous for narrow, interconnected lakes that provide a truly personalized adventure.
when you’re ready to book, please call us and set your arrangements. We operate on a “first come, first served” basis, and our schedule can quickly fill up during the busy parts of the paddling and fishing seasons.

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