Wawa Kayaking and Canoeing | Outdoorsman Motel

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Looking for a fun and adventurous way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Wawa Ontario? Look no further than kayaking or canoeing! With stunning lakes, winding rivers, and picturesque waterfalls, Wawa is the destination for all skill levels. And there’s no better motel to stay at during your stay than the Outdoorsman Motel in Wawa. Our motel is kayaker and canoeist friendly, with all the amenities you would ever need while you paddle the shores of Wawa’s lakes, rivers and coastlines.

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Motel Amenities for Kayakers and Canoe Enthusiasts

  • Large free private parking lot for trucks and trailers.
  • Parking lot is well-light with video surveillance.
  • High speed internet and free WiFi
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezers
  • Complimentary BBQ units and utensils in the barbeque area
Whether you’re looking to cruise along at your own pace or take on more challenging routes, you’ll find plenty of amazing kayaking and canoeing opportunities in this scenic Canadian Ontario, town. And, if you need kayaking trail maps or directions, ask us at our motel front desk.

Located adjacent to the Superior Coastline and surrounded by a myriad of beautiful lakes and rivers, Wawa is Algoma’s destination for wilderness canoe and sea kayaking adventures. Even if you’re a beginner kayaker, there are plenty of scenic routes that offer gentle water and beautiful views. For more experienced kayakers, there are also more challenging routes for those seeking adventure.

Whatever your kayaking or canoeing needs, Wawa has something to offer everyone. So what are you waiting for? Book your kayaking or canoeing motel stay today and tour the stunning landscapes of Wawa!

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Favourite Paddling Routes

Anjigami River Canoe Route

This paddling route is located in the heart of the stunning Algoma region, an area known for its majestic lakes, winding rivers, and beautiful waterfalls. This picturesque route takes kayakers and canoeists past breathtaking landscapes and offers plenty of opportunities to experience remote areas along the river’s banks. Whether you’re a beginner kayaker or an experienced adventurer, Anjigami River Canoe Route has something to offer everyone.


Dog (University) River Canoe Route

The Dog River is excellent for wilderness paddling and canoeing enthusiasts, as it offers a white water experience similar to Pukaskwa National Park . Its standout feature is Denison Falls, which is situated approximately 5 km from Lake Superior. it is a remote location with beautiful scenery–a perfect getaway for only the most experienced springtime paddlers.


Lake Superior Park Coast

There is more flexibility in trip planning on the Superior Coast south of Wawa and one to five day trip options are possible. Although less remote than Pukaskwa, this coast offers spectacular scenery from rocky headlands to sandy beaches with sand dune topography. The Park abounds with rounded pebble beaches and there are a number of very significant native sites including Devil’s Chair, Devils Warehouse and the Pictographs at Agawa Rock. Be aware that there are special rules that apply to Park visitors even if you paddle.

Dog Lake to Lake Superior

This 3 – 5 day paddle follows the Dog, Manitowik, and Whitefish Lakes then the Michipicoten River to Lake Superior. It is part of the historical link in the trade/transportation route from Lake Superior to James Bay. In addition to great wildlife viewing, you can find pictographs on Dog Lake. Also visit the abandoned Hudson Bay Post adjacent to Buck’s Marina on the Michipicoten River.

Fenton/Treeby Lake:

Located just south of Wawa in Lake Superior Park, this 16 km paddle through 6 lakes makes a good day trip or relaxed overnight trip for novice canoeists. It’s a good sample of Boreal fringe forest. And, Treeby Lake with pine covered islands is quite scenic as well.


Sand River Canoe Route

This 5 day trip covers 56 km from Sand Lake to Lake Superior, all within Lake Superior Provincial Park. With an elevation drop of 185 m, stretches of fast water, boulder rapids and two spectacular waterfalls, this paddle is a must do for wilderness paddlers and those who sea kayak.

Michipicoten Island

Michipicoten Island is as often shrouded by fog as it is by mystery, legend and superstition. Guarded by legendary and mystical 60 foot tall giants, the island floats in Lake Superior about 60 km west from Wawa. Plan on a week to circumnavigate with your kayak.


Michipicoten River:

The mighty Michipicoten forms part of Canada’s historical fur trade route tracing from the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading post near Lake Superior to James Bay. If you have 3 weeks, paddle north and east following the Michipicoten/Missinabie to James Bay. Alternatively, you may follow overnight or half day tours down river finishing at Lake Superior. Sights include Silver Falls and historic Hudson Bay Trading Post.

Magpie River

A day trip suitable for novice paddlers (depending upon water levels), the Magpie River experience includes Wawa’s famous treeless area. This unique landscape is reminiscent of the Arctic Circle. Be sure to make a lunch stop at Bathtub Falls.

Obatanga Park Canoe Route

Obatanga Park is located on Hwy. 17, about 55 km north of Wawa. This 3 day to 5 day canoe route begins at Hammer Lake, just north of the Park and extends through the University, Obatanga, Knife, Crayfish and West Kabenung Lakes finishing just south of the Park. The route is very picturesque with rocky shores, occasional sandy beach and tall pine covered hills.

Pukaskwa River Canoe Route

The Pukaskwa is a classic northern wilderness white water river, running south of the Canadian Shield into the remote and rugged nature in the north shore of Lake Superior. It offers solitude, challenging white water and spectacular scenery. This is a spring river route a trip for experienced white water paddlers only.


Lake Superior Provincial Park Coastline

There is more flexibility in trip planning on the Superior Coast south of Wawa and one to five day trip options are possible. Although less remote than Pukaskwa, this coast offers spectacular scenery from rocky headlands to sandy beaches with sand dune topography. The Park abounds with rounded pebble beaches and there are a number of very significant native locations including Devil’s Chair, Devils Warehouse and the Pictographs at Agawa Rock. Be aware that there are special rules that apply to Park visitors.

Our staff, at the Outdoorsman Motel, are here for you when you are ready to visit beautiful Wawa, Ontario, Canada. Contact us by phone or online anytime.Contact us to reserve your room: 1-705-856-4000

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Read Our Kayak Guests’ Comments about the Outdoorsman Motel

  • This quiet, clean, pet friendly motel in Wawa is one of the best spots we've stayed while traveling the TransCanada. There's a park with a playground directly across the street as well as a grocery store + several restaurants in walking distance. Owners are very kind and accommodating, they obviously love what they do. A note for my fellow vegan/lactose intolerant travellers: they had both Silk Oat and almond milk out for coffee service in the morning. What a thoughtful touch! We will be back again and again. Highly recommend.

    thumb Meagan
    September 30, 2022

    We are driving from Ottawa to Vancouver with lots of overnight stays in chain hotels. This stay was by far the best. Clean, comfortable and friendly. Highly recommend. Only minor criticism was that as we had to leave very early, coffee was not available. Pot in the room would have been icing on the cake.

    thumb Carolyn Holyome
    June 30, 2022

    Clean, quiet, lovely furnishings, super friendly owners, everything you desire in a romantic get-away or stay for the night as you pass through. 100% recommend it. Gorgeous scenery. Best place to go ice fishing. Small town close community feel. I felt safe and happy after my thirteen hour drive. THANK YOU for having us

    thumb Jayne Irwin
    March 30, 2022
  • Love this place ❤️. Its warm and cozy. The new owners welcome you like family. The outdoorsy and country theme is inviting. Brand new everything from the rugs to the unique lamps. Took a day long motorbike ride with friends and and were happy to rest at this little gem. They even provided free shammys to wipe our bikes down. The new owners are delightful and helpful if you need anything. The rooms have a full size fridge and freezer to store anything you may pick up across the street at the local grocery store. There is also a beer store and restaurants less than a block away. Outside there are new barbecues and also lawn chairs for you to enjoy the fresh air. Last but not least , fresh delicious coffee and just baked cookies offered in the morning. We will most definitely be staying again.

    thumb Janine Benwell
    June 30, 2022

    Highly recommend the Outdoorsman Motel! Very clean room, large bright bathroom, full size fridge, quiet, and comfortable beds! Lyne and Ray, the owners, go above and beyond to meet your needs!

    thumb Cory Kutchaw
    July 30, 2022

    This is a little gem in Wawa. The beds are super comfortable, you can tell the bathroom was redone recently and it looks great. The rooms are adorable. One suggestion I would make is to put a chain on the door to the rooms for little escape artists like my son (4yrs) , he was able to open the door freely so for the nighttime we put the table infront of the door to avoid him getting out. The room was impeccably clean, I swear not a spec of dust anywhere. Will definitely stay here again if we need to stay the night in Wawa. The cookies and coffee in the lobby are a cute touch for the morning. I'd also like to add that the staff are very friendly!

    thumb Abby Tourout
    August 30, 2022
  • If you find this motel on your trip you are very lucky. The room is extremely clean. Every corner is spotless, the kitchen the toilet the beds and furniture everything is nice and clean. My wife and I with a lovely Shiba inu We spent a night here. Definitely recommend this motel for anyone looking for a place to stay in Wawa

    thumb Hongchi Li
    September 30, 2022

    Tbh don’t have enough words or new for this place ! On our way home we stopped for a night and it was the best decision ! Never came across such cute / beautiful / clean motel before and the couple is super nice !!!!! Echo each comment of how wonderful this motel is ! Kudos to the team !!!! Ps- loved the room decor …. Cottage feels and super cozy

    thumb Nids3084 K
    September 30, 2022

    Stayed at the outdoorsman, last minute, after a long drive across northern Ontario. The place has been totally renovated with super cute, cabin decor, and was immaculately clean. I travel a lot for work and the bathroom, was probably one of the best I've seen. It had a huge, new bathtub, which is near impossible to find anywhere else. They are normally so small and gross at most places, but not here. But most importantly, again... It was so clean. The owners were also super nice. We came to ask for some ice and he handed us crystal glasses to mix a drink. Fresh cookies in the morning was also a nice touch. Would definitely recommend.

    thumb Ash s
    July 30, 2022
  • I came in late and the owner waited up for me and even helped park my big moving van for me. It was so nice and the decor allows you to feel at the cabin. Loved the seated shower stall. Very clean. No complaints at all.

    thumb Lee Mac
    July 30, 2022

    Super comfy and clean rooms. Full size fridge and huge high def TV! Was amazing by everything, definitely would stay again. Thanks!

    thumb Nadia Tymoshuk
    October 30, 2022

    This is a great place to stay. The owners are friendly and totally on the ball. We had asked for extra bedding when we had called to book ahead and... boom... there it was in the room. They have coffee and cookies in the morning. We didn't really feel comfortable backing our trailer between some truck and the owner jumped right in and backed it up for us. Will stay again!

    thumb M Lamothe
    September 30, 2022
  • My corworker and I stayed at the Outdoorsman for one night earlier in September. We really enjoyed out experience! The room was very clean, equipped with a large fridge and microwave. it is conveniently located right in Wawa, walking distance from the downtown. Ray was very helpful and friendly and was able to share more information about the area.

    thumb Camilo M.
    September 30, 2022

    Had a wonderful stay. The owners are very friendly and gave me some great advice on local things to do and see. The room was beautifully renovated and very clean. We really appreciated the full size fridge and freezer plus microwave. The parking lot was well lit and in good shape. Also the morning cookies and coffee are delicious.

    thumb David Jennings
    September 30, 2022

    Barhroom was new, bright, and very clean. Fridge in room was convenient. Queen bed was clean and comfortable. The Canadians stick headboard was very charming. We would stay again.

    thumb S G
    May 30, 2022
  • Great place. Everything is clean and updated. Nice amenities including refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker in some rooms, grills. Ample parking with a few spots for vehicles with trailers. Reasonable prices and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

    thumb Pat Daum
    July 30, 2022

    Best place to stay in Wawa! They have the most amazing bathrooms and the service is incredible! Staying here is always a highlight of our trip!!

    thumb David Franke
    October 30, 2022

    Good clean rooms, comfortable bed, friendly staff, excellent value. Minor annoyances were: coffee supplies didn't include cream, shower didn't work well, would have liked extra pillows.

    thumb Greg Gale
    May 30, 2022
  • Amazing stay with hosts Ray and Lynn. Definitely the best hotel in Wawa. The rooms character and cleanliness makes you feel like you are at home.

    thumb Derek Vaillant
    September 30, 2022

    Stoped here after our long drive from Toronto. It’s just the place you need, clean and comfortable!! Also very nice people and amazing service!!!

    thumb Kira Stevens
    November 9, 2022

    Great place ! I came in late and very accommodating. No issues with dogs and no outrageous pet fees. Great rooms and very clean. Loved it full fridge with freezer. Great gem! Highly recommend . Very kind people

    thumb S G
    June 30, 2022
  • Great place for our family of four. The room was really clean and the bathroom looked brand new. Staff and owners very friendly and accommodating. Best part, the motel is right next to a playground so entertaining our 2 year old was easy. I would stay here again.

    thumb Aubs Ow
    August 30, 2022

    I was dreading the thought of looking for a room in Wawa on a Sunday night but we were too tired to keep driving. I chose this Motel after reading so many positive reviews. It is gem! Don't let the rustic appearance of the rooms fool you. The decor is not old and musty, it's beautiful and comfortable. Our room was very clean and had an updated bathroom. We would certainly stay there again.

    thumb Sandy Brodie
    June 30, 2022

    I enjoyed my stay at the Outdoorsman Motel. The room was clean .The bed was comfortable. The staff were very professional and friendly. I will definitely stay here again.

    thumb Kelly Bray
    June 30, 2022
  • This place is amazing. Lyne and Ray are great Hosts. Newly renovated by far the nicest place in Wawa. Clean well maintained and organized. I would definitely stay here again. This place deserves more then a 5 Star rating. Keep up the great job.

    thumb Phil Costa
    September 30, 2022

    What a wonderful little motel. Rooms are beautiful, make you feel like you’re in a cabin. Very clean, SUPER friendly staff, coffee and fresh baked cookies in the morning. Credit card NOT required!

    thumb Katie Brown
    April 30, 2022

    Clean, newly renovated, well lit parking lot, welcoming, quiet. Will stay again on the return trip and would highly recommend.

    thumb Kathryn Hogan
    October 30, 2022
  • Love this place! Super clean, comfy and the staff are very nice. We arrived late and they were sure to make accommodation for us upon arrival. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone who comes through town. Added bonus there’s fresh cookies and coffee in the morning.

    thumb katherine allman
    August 30, 2022

    Ray greated us and was very friendly. Our room was fresh smelling, very clean and had everything we needed. Cute decor. We are doing the Lake Superior Circle tour on our motorcycle and have stayed in various places along the way. We would definitely recommend The Outdoorsman. Also close enough to places to walk to eat if you don't want to ride your bike to dine.

    thumb Tamara O'Connor
    August 30, 2022

    We stayed overnight on a road trip. Great place to stay! Super clean and friendly. You can tell the owners take immaculate care of the property. Highly recommended!

    thumb Nancy Smetaniuk
    September 30, 2022

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