A Quest for Adventure – Journey to Chatterton Falls

Canoe to a magical place that not many can go. This adventure challenges you to paddle and portage deep into Quetico’s wilderness to a series of spectacular and majestic waterfalls. Strong wilderness canoe and camping skills are needed.

Your adventure begins at Voyageur Island Lodge where you’ll review your remote backcountry canoe trip route, Leave No Trace principles and get fully outfitted. Upon return to the lodge, shower, unwind in the sauna, share a “fur traders feast” and a memorable Teepee and campfire experience.

9 days, 8 nights

2 nights lodge,
6 nights backcountry canoe & camping

Rating: Challenging, Self Guided

From CAD $1,400/adult

From May to September

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There IS such a thing as a perfect adventure canoe trip. Challenging portages to peaceful sunsets and sunrises, the opportunity to view wildlife, waterfalls, create smiles and memories that last a lifetime. Quetico continue to amaze and Voyageur Wilderness helped me find it!
- Michael L

Itinerary and Highlights

Trip Highlights
  • Journey to the spectacular Chatterton Falls, Split Rock and Snake Falls, part of the renowned “Falls Chain” route
  • Become stronger and more fit as you paddle and portage deep into Quetico’s wilderness
  • Watch for incredible wildlife – moose, river otters, bald eagles, loons and more
  • Feel the freedom of jumping into crystal clear water from a high rock cliff
  • See the stars like never before – try dark sky photography
  • Unplug, slow down and discover your natural rhythm
Day 1 – At the Lodge

Arrive at Nym Lake access point for your early afternoon water shuttle to Voyageur Island. After a tour of the lodge and island, you’ll have some free time to relax before the Spirit of Quetico walk. Learn about the paddlers from the past – the Indigenous people and the French-Canadian Voyageurs and why Quetico is considered so sacred.

Get geared up, select your meals and go over the challenging route for your canoe trip. Be introduced to best practices for backcountry canoe camping (Leave No Trace). Enjoy a delicious dinner in the dining room. Sleep in comfort in your cozy lodge room or cabin.

Day 2 – Campsite: Pickerel Narrows

Eat a hearty breakfast before packing up your canoe for your self-guided adventure.

After a short paddle on Nym Lake, you’ll arrive at the 800 m long portage trail – the first of many. Portage to Batchewaung Lake. Load up your canoe and paddle 5 km to an easy access lunch site. Paddle 4 kms to your first campsite on Pickerel Narrows.

Day 3 – Campsite: Upper Sturgeon Lake

After breaking camp, paddle 7 km to Pine Portage Bay and an easy portage into Dore Lake (540 m). Enjoy a delicious lunch before paddling to Deux Rivieres Portage. Travel over land for 690 m into Twin Lakes. Paddle 1 km to the mouth of Deux Rivieres, a historic waterway. Paddle 2 kms to your campsite on Upper Sturgeon Lake.

Day 4 & 5 – Campsite: Russell Lake near Chatterton Falls

Break camp and paddle 4 km to the entry channel of Russell Lake then paddle 2 km to the south east campsites near Chatterton Falls.

Congratulations! You have succeeded in your Quest for Adventure to reach the Falls Chain. Explore the incredible Chatterton, Split Rock and Snake waterfalls. Take lots of photos of these majestic and powerful falls deep in the Quetico wilderness.

Day 6 – Campsite: Lonely Lake

Pack up at dawn and enjoy a spectacular sunrise paddle to Sturgeon Narrows (5 km). Continue on Sturgeon Lake with short portages and creek travel into Lonely Lake. Set up camp.

Day 7 – Campsite: Jesse Lake

This is a full day of wilderness paddling and portaging. Travel 1 km on Lonely Lake to portage (75 m) into Walter Lake. Paddle 2.5 km to portage (50 m) into Elizabeth Lake. After a short paddle, portage (800 m) into Jesse. Paddle 1 km to your easy access campsite.

Day 8 – Return to Lodge

Awake early and enjoy breakfast at your campsite. Pack up your camp and paddle 1 km to portage (730 m) into Maria Lake. Paddle 1 km on Maria to portage (310 m) into Pickerel Narrows Bay. Paddle 7.5 km on Batchewaung Lake to Batch Portage (800 m) and return to Nym Lake.

Upon arrival at Voyageur Island Lodge in mid-afternoon, we’ll help you unload the canoe and unpack your gear. Get cleaned up in the showerhouse. Relax in the wood-fired sauna and take a dip in the lake before a delectable “Fur-trader’s feast” in the dining room. Share tales of your adventures in a special farewell teepee and campfire experience.

Day 9 – Departure

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before your departure (prior to 10am) by water shuttle to the Nym Lake access parking lot.

Inclusions

Voyageur Wilderness Lodge Experience
  • 2 nights accommodation at Voyageur Island Lodge
  • Meals (2 hearty breakfasts and 2 locally sourced dinners: 1 dinner & 1 Fur-traders Feast)
  • Experiences: One-on-one collaboration with experts on routes, points of interest and level of challenge, lakefront sauna, farewell campfire and teepee experience
  • Return water shuttle between Voyageur Island Lodge and Nym Lake/ Batchewaung Park Access
Quetico Backcountry Outfitted Canoe Trip
  • Professional orientation, trip planning
  • Customized trip route with points of interest, Quetico adventure “must-see” all outlined on the Quetico map
  • 8 days of complete Elite outfitting: Kevlar canoe & all paddling equipment; all camping equipment; backcountry meals & snacks
  • Quetico Park campsite permits

Package Pricing

$1,400 + tax per adult

All prices are per person and in Canadian dollars, taxes are extra.

Conditions apply: This package requires a minimum of 2 adults, minimum 2 adults and 1 youth to apply Youth & Children rates, prices subject to change.

Note: US pricing is available and will be based on exchange rate at time of purchase. Please contact us for information and pricing on options.

Options Available

Extra fee applies

  • Guide for canoe trip
  • Fishing Package including fishing license
  • Additional days/nights for outfitting for canoe trip
  • Additional days/nights at Lodge or Cabin rentals
  • Satellite phone or Spot Tracking
  • Group rates available – minimum 10+ people

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Canoe Rating System

Challenging (7+ day canoe trips, serious portaging)

  • 7+ days paddling with 8 to 10 easy to difficult portages
  • 6+ nights at different campsites
  • Suitable for good to excellent fitness levels
  • Suitable for intermediate to advanced canoe tripping skill level
  • Great for avid adventurers, families with teenage children, couples and small groups

Demanding (5 to 7+ day canoe trips, moderate portaging)

  • 5 to 7 days paddling with 2 to 7 easy/moderate portages
  • 4 to 6 nights at different campsites
  • Extended: add extra nights at a base campsite
  • Suitable for average to good fitness levels
  • Suitable for intermediate to advanced canoe tripping skill level
  • Great for avid adventurers, families with teenage children, couples and small groups

Classic (2 to 4+ day canoe trips, easy portaging)

  • 2 to 4 days paddling with 1 to 2 easy portages
  • 1 to 3+ nights at easy access campsite(s)
  • Extended: add extra nights at base campsite
  • Suitable for most fitness levels
  • Suitable for all canoe tripping skill levels (no experience to advanced)
  • Great for families with young children, multi-generations and new canoe trippers

Easy (day canoe outings)

  • Day canoe outings from lodge/cabin
  • Suitable for most fitness levels
  • Suitable for all canoeing skill levels (no experience to advanced)

Note: All trips can be customized to meet your needs. Don’t know what level you’re at? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get/reserve a Quetico Park permit?

As Voyageur Wilderness is an official issuer of Quetico Park permits, we can reserve and issue park permits on your behalf at Voyageur Island Lodge at no additional cost.

How do I get to the trip?

All adventures are based out of Voyageur Island Lodge on Nym Lake, near Atikokan, Ontario, Canada. A boat transfer is provided from the Nym Lake Access Parking Lot.

By Car: We are easily accessible by automobile. From Thunder Bay, it is a 2-hour drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway then a short drive down a gravel road to the Nym Lake Access Parking Lot where you will leave your vehicle. You will be shuttled to Voyageur Island Lodge on a pontoon boat.

By Plane:  The nearest gateway city is Thunder Bay, which is serviced by Air Canada; United Airlines; Porter Airlines and West Jet Airlines. Voyageur Wilderness is happy to help you arrange for an airport pick up and shuttle. Please contact us for details.

What is a backcountry canoe trip?

Quetico Provincial Park is an internationally recognized wilderness paddling destination. It has an extensive system of canoe-portage routes that allow for a mix of short, easy or extended challenging trips. The backcountry campsites have no facilities, services or signs on campsites and portages.

Voyageur Wilderness makes its easy and fun to experience a backcountry canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park. For over 60 years, we have been providing full canoe outfitting services from Voyageur Island Lodge on Nym Lake. We will teach you best practices for backcountry canoeing and camping and will provide you with all the gear, equipment and meals you need for a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Voyageur Wilderness has an excellent rapport with Quetico Provincial Park and was instrumental in helping Quetico’s wilderness receive its special “sensitive area designation:” and complete mechanical motorized ban. We are leaders in responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

Can you provide more details about Voyageur Island Lodge?

Voyageur Island Lodge, full of rustic charm, is truly a special place where you’ll be immersed in the timeless wonder of the Canadian wilds. It’s located on an easily accessible 2-hectare island on Nym Lake, just 500-metres from 460,000 hectares of protected wilderness of Quetico Provincial Park. Find out more about the lodge accommodation, meals, amenities and pet friendly rules.

For over 60 years, the Lodge has been a gathering place for people wanting to enrich their knowledge of the natural environment and experience the beauty of Quetico Park.

Owned and operated by the Savoie family, they integrate responsible tourism practices in all components of its operations. This approach is based on their Métis and French-Canadian voyageur heritage and the wisdom of their elders. They were “taught” certain fundamental concepts and shown respect of “Mother Earth”, self, family and community.

They are devoted to keeping ecological integrity at the lodge and in all aspects of visitors’ travel through Quetico Provincial Park. They truly believe that humans are not the masters of nature, but rather a small strand that is part of the large web of life. They lead by example, cultivate hope and inspire others to appreciate the connection to each other and the Earth.

Is Internet and cell phone service available?

Cell phone service is available at the lodge, however, due to its remote location, internet service is not available.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, all adventures are dog friendly.

What experience and level of fitness do I need?

To help you choose your adventure, we’ve rated canoe trip route levels from EASY (no experience to advanced) to CHALLENGING (intermediate to advanced). Canoe adventures and trip routes can be customized to match your skills, experience and fitness level.

Use our canoe rating system to see if the trip is right for you. Don’t know what level you’re at? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

What are the backcountry meals like?

Voyageur Wilderness guarantees well-balanced and nutritious meals of fresh and freeze-dried trail foods for your backcountry adventure. We’ll provide you with meal menu options, discuss choices, including any special dietary needs and ensure your food, cook kit and essentials are packed up for your trip.

What is the weather like in Quetico?

It’s always important to consider weather conditions when trip planning.  For example May and September tend to be cooler than June, July and August.  Please check the Welcome to Quetico Provincial Park (ontarioparks.com) or for daily weather forecasts and more info on weather conditions visit www.weatheroffice.gc.ca .  Feel free to contact us for our insight into weather and park travel conditions.

What environmental considerations are there for travel within Quetico?

The protection of Quetico Provincial Park is essential and is guided by rules and regulations that all visitors must adhere to. Leave No Trace 7 principles including: Pack it in-Pack it out and How To Dispose of Waste Properly form part of the wilderness ethical travel to ensure Quetico’s protected for generations to come! We can help you with Park Travel Regulations and Trip Planning or visit Welcome to Quetico Provincial Park.

What about safety and emergencies?

Trip plan, preparedness, skills, equipment and common sense are tools to keep you safe and healthy. Other emergency tools such as Satellite phones and Emergency Locators are available to rent.