The Immensity of Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada is one of the most pristine wilderness areas left in North America. Many adjectives come to mind when describing this scenic wonder.

Pristine, wild, beautiful, remote, rugged are just a few terms that come to mind. When I think of this land of lakes, trees and granite rocks the word that comes to mind is immense.

During an eight day adventure travel trip to Lake Kawnippi, which is the epicenter of Quetico, only a handful of people were encountered. Heading north on the south end of Kawnippi we passed 9 paddlers in 3 canoes heading south. After we passed them we would not talk to a single human being for four days.

On our way back we passed a young couple on their way out to Kawnippi. In between our sightings of people we caught several meals of fresh fish including walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike. We heard the forlorn cry of the loon and paddled with several pairs that ignored us while they fished close by. We also saw bald eagles, osprey, and a family of river otters. The northern lights appear one night and flicker over the starry sky.

Lake Kawnippi is an enormous lake that stretches over ten miles long from the south end to the north end. Our goal was to camp near the far northern end. It is not only a ten mile paddle on the lake, but it is also necessary to paddle twenty miles up the Falls chain, which is a series of portages around waterfalls. It takes at least two days to get to Kawnippi no matter which way the paddler enters the park. The trek is far from easy as there are 9 portages including two that are close to a half mile long.

The benefit of the tough trip is solitude. It is hard to believe that we nearly have this ten mile long wonder all to ourselves. This lake is just one lake of many in Quetico and the deep blue water, and dark green norway pines, and the granite cliffs seem to extend forever. In the middle of this wide expanse is one canoe as it slowly makes its way to the northern end of Lake Kawnippi.

Quetico is a true wilderness experience, especially for those who adventure into the interior. Spending time on a vast lake with hardly anyone else around and knowing there are hundreds of lakes in close proximity also with very few people is a truly humbling experience. One realizes how immense the Canadian and Quetico wilderness really is.

Bio – Ted Nelson writes for as the Chicago Adventure Travel Examiner. He has been adventure traveling since he was 10 years old following around his dad. He has gone hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing all over the Chicago area, America, and the world. Feel free to contact me at with any comments or suggestions or you can follow him on twitter.

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5 Adventure Day Trips in Florida

You know… Florida isn’t all beaches and hurricanes. For the outdoor adventurer living in or traveling to Florida (about as far away from the mountains as you can get), Florida can offer some great activities that will keep that adventure spirit alive. In today’s post we’ll look at the Top 5 Adventure Day Trips in Florida.

Ranked in no particular order:

1. Canoe The Suwannee River
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You are probably already familiar with the famous Stephen Foster song, Old Folks at Home, that was written about the Suwannee River… well, the river is as majestic as the song makes it out to be. The Suwannee is 266 miles long and stands out from it’s unique black water – you can’t see an inch below the water surface. The Suwannee offers river canoeing, kayaking and float trips. It’s a beautiful river lined with oak trees and the occasional sandy beach, perfect for an afternoon picnic.

2. Diving in Key West
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Key West is highly underrated as an adventure destination. If you have only time for a day trip and you’re in the area, hit up Key West for some scuba diving. The water is crystal clear and there are plenty of reefs loaded with marine life to swim with. Plus – the water is warm! If you don’t have a scuba license, you can always snorkel.

3. Air Boat in the Everglades
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The Everglades is located in south Florida, just west of Miami. Part of the area is designated as a National Park – where you can enjoy scenic biking and hiking trails. But to get the best view of the Everglades you need to be on a boat in the swamp areas. Here you can see the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee … all by air boat. The boats are loud and fast; they skim right over the swamps because they don’t have a submerge propeller.

4. Hike the Ocala National Forest
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The Ocala National Forest is located smack dab in the middle of Florida. It’s 607 square miles of prime forest, fresh water springs and wildlife (black bears, deer, alligators, wild boar). There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in the forest – perfect for an adventure day trip in Florida. Just watch out for snakes!

5. Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay
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Tampa Bay is located in west Florida, right on the Gulf of Mexico. This is prime real estate for deep sea fishing. You can hook up with a captain and charter an offshore boat for 4-6 hours. You are guaranteed to catch fish – grouper, snapper, sea bass. The thrill of reeling in a big fish is an adventure you’ll never forget.

Is there an adventure day trip in Florida that you think we missed? Post a comment and let us know.