For those alert and attuned to their surroundings , the wildlife viewing opportunities are tremendous.
From the littlest of creatures to the majestic moose and from every lake, stream, portage and campsite, pairs of eyes are watching each paddler who ventures forth. Moose are more frequently sighted than caribou due to their greater numbers and wider habitat range. They are easily detected in areas of burn where woody bluffs are plentiful, and in shallow water where they feed on aquatic vegetation from mid to late summer.
Smaller mammals commonly sighted, heard, and, in some cases, detected by smell alone are black bears, wolves, foxes, pine martens, beavers, muskrats, river otters, minks, and an occasional fisher or wolverine. Signs of their passage mark the land everywhere.
Bald Eagles are common throughout the park, providing ample opportunities to photograph this magnificent bird of prey. Osprey, several species of hawks, owls, waterfowl, and many other birds will keep you digging through your bird guidebooks.
One of the rewards of visiting the park is the possibility of viewing Woodland Caribou in their natural habitat. A habitat that supports one of the largest herds south of the Hudson Bay Lowlands.
– From The Official Park Map
Canoeing may be the main attraction to the park, but it could easily be the fishing.
The lakes and rivers within the park are teeming with tasty walleye, northern pike, and lake trout. In fact, the fishing is so good, you could eat fish for each meal of your trip.
The rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield provides clean deep waters for these fish species to grow in abundance. With fewer than 1000 annual visitors to the park, these fish see virtually no pressure and respond to an anglers bait without any apprehension. The fishing opportunities in the park are truly world-class!
For more information on fishing in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, please review these documents: