Backcountry Paddling and Hiking in Ontario Parks

Start planning your backcountry adventure today!

Explore the wild lands and waters of Ontario Parks’ backcountry with an unparalleled paddling or hiking adventure. Whether you are an avid adventurer or new to backcountry tripping, Ontario Parks has the experience you are looking for.

Backcountry travel requires some specialized skills and safety is of the utmost importance. Park staff and local outffitters/adventure companies offer exceptional planning and outfitting services for guided or unguided trips.

If you don't want to camp for all or any of your backcountry adventure, you can stay in rustic comfort at unique lodges or cabins and do day paddling or hiking trips.

To find out more about services for each park, click on the Park name below.   








About Trish Manning

Trish Manning is an adventure travel writer and the content coordinator for Ontario Outdoor Adventures. She is an avid outdoor person who loves to hike, paddle, SUP, snowshoe, cross-country ski and explore Ontario's great outdoors with her golden retriever, Daisy.

Recommended Articles

Fall Animal Viewing in Ontario

Find out where to see these majestic creatures.

20 Fall Views Away from the Crowds

Embrace adventure—it’ll be worth it.

Fall Outdoor Adventures in Ontario

6 ways to enjoy the best of the season.

9 of the Most Beautiful Fall Destinations

And they’re all in Ontario.

Natural Highs

7 magnificent mountains in Ontario to climb, hike, ride, ski and more.

Crown Land Camping

What it is and where you can camp in Ontario.

16 Perfect Fall Hikes in Ontario

Add these trails to your bucket list.

Where to See Ontario's Coolest Wildlife

Get expert tips on how to spot these iconic species.

Insider’s Guide to Sleeping Giant

Everything you need to plan a trip to this iconic provincial park.

11 Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Landscapes

Don't miss the splendours of Northern Ontario

Love Wildlife?

Must see parks and attractions for animal-lovers.

Take Your Dog on Vacation

Find the best pet-friendly trip ideas in Ontario.

Incredible Swimming in Ontario

12 best destinations to take a summer dip.

Agawa Falls Trail

Hike to Agawa Canyon's deepest secret.

How wilderness art can enrich your life

Read Rob Mullen's story about the Missinaibi

Go Foraging in Ontario

Learn the basics of how to harvest wild edibles found across the province.

Hike The Best Trails

Discover your next great adventure.

Feel the rush

Must-do mountain biking trails in Ontario.

2023 Triathalons

Swim, cycle and run your way to triathlete status at these Ontario events.

Winter Wonderland Fun

The best winter activities in Ontario.