Wilderness Region, Ontario, Canada is the most rugged, remote and largest region in the north of Ontario, Canada measuring over 390,000+ square kilometres. A large part of the region remains untouched covered in lakes, rivers, boreal forest and precambrian rock from the Canadian Shield.
Many of the towns, villages and cities of today in the region were once gold mining towns, fur trading posts, pioneer outposts and First Nation villages. The story of these humble beginnings are best told in the 35+ museums and historical sites located throughout the northeast region.
The largest city in the Wilderness Region is the community of Timmins, Ontario, Canada. It, in many ways, acts as a base for government, education and commercial services for the smaller towns and villages.
Some of the smaller tourism and adventure towns, and villages in the region include Kapuskasing, Moosonee, Kirkland Lake, Iroquois Falls, Hearst, Cochrane and the area of Temiskaming Shores. Throughout the northern edges of the region the remote villages are only accessed by rail, floatplane, bush plane, regional airlines and/or boat.
Many communities provide some level of services and amenities important to travelers like accommodations (motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, cottages, resorts, wilderness lodges, fly-in camps, campgrounds) and tours, guides, charters, attractions, outfitters, restaurants, bank (or ATM), grocery stores, gas stations and transportation services.
The wilderness parks attract many visitors to the area for adventure in both summer and winter. Some of the more popular parks include the Esker Lakes Provincial Park (Kirkland Lake), Kettle Lakes Provincial Park (Iroquois Falls) and the Greenwater Provincial Park (Cochrane).
During the summer months the more popular activities enjoyed in the Wilderness Region include golfing, ATVing, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting, hunting, wildlife sightings, camping, motorcycle touring, RVing, hiking, boating, water skiing, hunting and fishing for walleye, bass, trout, salmon and northern pike.
During the winter months, temperatures drop and the snow falls, creating a winter landscape ideal for activities including downhill skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, xc skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and dog sledding.