Pack your kayak, sneakers, fishing rod, and camping gear, and spend a few days exploring the small, wooded group of islands that make up Slate Islands Provincial Park. Located at the northern tip of Lake Superior, this unmanaged natural area owned by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources boasts picturesque landscapes and the world’s densest caribou population.
From the mainland town of Terrace Bay, Ontario, it’s an 8-mile open water crossing (by kayak or by ferry) on Lake Superior to reach the islands. Once you’re there, set up camp by the deserted cabin sites scattered among the islands—you’ll find open areas to pitch tents, along with fire pits and outhouses.
During the day, troll for lake trout while paddling around Slates’ interior bays and inlets and scout for woodland caribou. Hikers visiting Patterson Island—the Slates’ biggest island at 12 square miles—can tour the spiderweb network of caribou trails that lead deep into the forest interior.
WATCH VIDEO: Writer Gustave Axelson catches more than a little glimpse of caribou in this short clip.
MAPS AND PERMIT: Request a map when you call the park office (807-825-3403) to purchase your required Crown Land Camping Permit ($10/night Canadian).
-Mapped by Gustave Axelson