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

  • Extremely friendly staff! Lovely spot to stay. We stopped here for one night on our way through the town and decided to stay here over the other spots in town and we are SO happy we did! The rooms were spotless and clean. You could smell the cleanness of the room. The bathroom looked brand-new and just renovated. There was wifi, tv, fridge, microwave, table and a queen bed in the room. Very comfortable room and gave a lovely "home" feeling. We received free coffee in the morning and fresh baked cookies! The staff were very genuine, kind and friendly. Definitely will stay here again if we pass by again! Definitely recommend!

    Emily Rogers Avatar Emily Rogers
    May 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.

    Lee Mac Avatar Lee Mac
    July 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.

    Camilo M. Avatar Camilo M.
    September 30, 2022
  • I have been to dozens of motels across Canada, but this motel is by far the best!! Not 5 stars but 10 stars!! Ray and Lynn, together with their staff, are great people. Ray and Lynn make you feel almost like your family from the first moment. The rooms are beautiful, everywhere is clean, everything is working, WiFi is amazing, they even invite you for a coffee and cookies in the morning! This motel is better than many 4 star hotels!! I have been here twice and will come again. Thanks Ray and Lynn you are the best!!!!

    Peter Antal Avatar Peter Antal
    September 30, 2022

    Excellent motel! Our room was comfortable, clean, and updated and the kitchenette was really convenient The staff were very friendly and we enjoyed the fresh cookies and coffee! Wish we could have stayed more than one night!

    Sarah V Avatar Sarah V
    July 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.

    Derek Vaillant Avatar Derek Vaillant
    September 30, 2022
  • We were traveling cross-country to relocate and needed a stop in Wawa along our route. Becuase we were traveling with pets, our choices were limited and some of the places -- even national chains -- were run down and it was evident that NOBODY who worked at them cared about their guests or their business. Our expectation were quite low when we arrived at the Outdoorsman Motel in Wawa, but were surprised and delighted. It is charming and the owners have clearly gone out of their way to create a clean, inviting experience for their guests. Lots of little touches that show they care deeply about the role a good motel plays for a weary traveller. We loved that they had all of the take-out menus from local restaurants in the room and offered us some extra towels and cloths becuase they knew we were traveling with pets. Highly recommended.

    Robert Rose Avatar Robert Rose
    May 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!!

    David Franke Avatar David Franke
    October 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.

    Kelly Bray Avatar Kelly Bray
    June 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.

    Greg Gale Avatar Greg Gale
    May 30, 2022

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

    Nadia Tymoshuk Avatar 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!

    M Lamothe Avatar M Lamothe
    September 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.

    Aubs Ow Avatar Aubs Ow
    August 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!

    Cory Kutchaw Avatar Cory Kutchaw
    July 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.

    Sandy Brodie Avatar Sandy Brodie
    June 30, 2022
  • The best place to stay in this beautiful part of Canada! The rooms were spotless and very comfortable! So cozy! The cleanest motel! Excellent service. Everything was perfect right down to the fresh baked cookies! Thanks so much to Ray and Lyne for your hospitality! Ray and I enjoyed our stay there. It was such a pleasure to meet you both. Looking forward to another stay and visit. Highly recommend this motel!! Five star! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Sharon Fowler Avatar Sharon Fowler
    September 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.

    Janine Benwell Avatar Janine Benwell
    June 30, 2022

    Was pleasantly surprised when I opened the door to the room. No smells, very very clean, beds comfortable, full size fridge in room, chairs outside of room to sit on after a long day riding the motorcycle. The staff are amazing, a fresh pot of coffee was brewed when we showed up to warm up. Nice fresh cookies in the morning. Strongly suggest anybody to stay here

    Jason Brown Avatar Jason Brown
    August 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

    Nids3084 K Avatar Nids3084 K
    September 30, 2022

    Such a great location and very accommodating staff! Room was super clean, and rustic! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee for Breakfast at the office.

    R M Avatar R M
    October 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.

    Pat Daum Avatar Pat Daum
    July 30, 2022
  • Clean, newly renovated, well lit parking lot, welcoming, quiet. Will stay again on the return trip and would highly recommend.

    Kathryn Hogan Avatar Kathryn Hogan
    October 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.

    Phil Costa Avatar Phil Costa
    September 30, 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

    S G Avatar S G
    June 30, 2022
  • What a little gem of a place to stay! The room was impeccably clean, and loved the cabin feel. Staff is super friendly. We had to leave early so missed out on coffee and cookies. Would definitely stay here again!

    Tony Carriere Avatar Tony Carriere
    August 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!

    Abby Tourout Avatar Abby Tourout
    August 30, 2022

    FABULOUS! A hidden gem. We had to stay in Wawa unexpectedly due to road closures and were so pleasantly surprised with this place. Our room was clean, quiet, and cozy with an adorable cabin feel. Nice big fridge, new bathroom fixtures and everything worked great. The staff were kind and helpful. Bonus points for the warm cookies in the morning!

    Chris Brooker Avatar Chris Brooker
    May 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.

    Tamara O'Connor Avatar Tamara O'Connor
    August 30, 2022

    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.

    Meagan Avatar Meagan
    September 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.

    katherine allman Avatar katherine allman
    August 30, 2022

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