Paddle along Lake Superior and its rugged forests while camping near Wawa.
On the shores of Wawa Lake—and just a short drive to Lake Superior—the town of Wawa is an exciting destination for canoe trips, forest views, and local history. Hike through Lake Superior Provincial Park for its scenic coastline. Visit Agawa Rock Pictographs at the park where red ochre designs mark a stunning site of First Nation history. North of Wawa, Pukaskwa National Park offers a range of tent campsites. Enjoy beaches and trails through the park and its coniferous forests. Hunting and fishing in Nimoosh Provincial Park adds additional excitement for hunters and anglers alike. Then enjoy nearby wilderness camping for an immersive natural experience, or explore RV parks and campsites closer to Wawa for amenities like running water, RV hookups, and wifi.
Explore the rugged beauty of Lake Superior while hiking, boating, and camping along this provincial park’s coastline. The lake is especially popular for canoeing and trout fishing, as well. Discover the famous Agawa Rock Pictographs—they offer rare insight into early local history. However, the pictographs are only accessible between May and September on days when the lake is calm. A wide array of camping is also available within the park, including 200 backcountry sites as well as accessible tent and RV campgrounds.
Enjoy tent camping in the front and backcountry or glamping in the wilderness of Pukaskwa National Park. Hike through spruce and pine forests to Pukawskwa’s suspension bridge, or explore the park from the water with coastal paddling routes on Lake Superior. Then, discover the park’s sandy beaches and forest trails to learn more about the Anishinaabe First Nations, who are local to the area. Lucky campers may also catch a glimpse of wildlife, including black bears, moose, and loons.
Travel 30 kilometres west of Wawa to Nimoosh Provincial Park, where Lake Superior shorelines meet bedrock formations and coniferous forests. Rugged backcountry camping sites and pit toilets are available inside the park as well as opportunities for fishing, hunting, and adrenaline-filled whitewater paddling. The Nimoosh River connects the waterways of Obatanga Provincial Park to the Great Lakes, making it a key spot for canoe trips, as well.
The most popular months for camping in Wawa are May to September, when warmer weather around 18–21°C and long evenings make it comfortable to linger outdoors. Blackflies peak in June, and some mosquitoes follow through July and August, so stock up on bug spray for summer backcountry adventures. Stunning fall colours in Lake Superior Provincial Park are best seen in September, and may remain until early October if the weather is warm. Fog and snowstorms can arrive unexpectedly in fall and spring, so campers should check local highway and weather alerts. Winter months are much colder, ranging from -4° to -8°C from December to February.