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Canoeing & Kayaking

Temagami is canoe country. And we think it’s the best in Ontario, Canada for canoe tripping. Look at a map. You see more lakes and rivers in Temagami than land --the most interconnecting canoe route system in North America. In Temagami you canoe trip (and portage) without retracing your ‘steps,’ be it 2 days or 2 months. Kayaking is ideal on the big lakes. Stars, pure water, old growth pines, a canoe; it doesn’t get any better, or more Canadian. Call us for your ideal canoe route or kayak trip.

BEAT THE BUGS BOYS!
As soon as we have open water, until May 24 weekend.
From $95 pp/day for complete outfitting. Includes canoe or kayak, homemade trip food, route consult.
For groups of high spirited and adventurous men who strive to be the first on the water with buddies. Seize the awakening spring. Paddle like an explorer. Revive yourself with Temagami’s beautiful ruggedness. Celebrate around the campfire with lots of laughs and good food. Expect high water levels, cold water and NO BUGS!

EXPLORER'S SPECIAL: BEST CANOE ROUTES
Open water season. Options for pre/post trip lodging, sauna, & meals with local & wild foods.
$95 pp/day complete outfitting. Self-guided package includes canoe/kayak, trip food, route consult.
Leave your day job behind and explore what makes Temagami tick: ancient pine forests, waterfalls, mountain hikes, fast rivers, secluded lakes and native pictographs. You tell us the number of days, your trip dreams and experience. From Smoothwater you can depend on a detailed route plan, excellent equipment and acclaimed homemade campfire cuisine. Be it a waterfall massage, watching fish jump or meandering down a river, you'll be touched by Temagami's spirit forever.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER CANOE TRIP
July 21-25, 2014 August 18-22, 2014
$601.00 pp 4 night/5 day trip with pre/post trip lodging, gear, food, instruction, guides.
This unique, guided canoe trip is designed for special pre-teen mother- daughter bonding. Learn paddling and camping skills and how to be a great s'mores chef. Swim in Temagami's clean waters, hike in our famous forests, and discover wilderness secrets. Watch your daughter explore and play, while she watches the girl in you do the same. Both of you will find inner strength, portaging a canoe and sleeping comfortably in a tent. Strengthen bonds that will warm you in the teenage years ahead.

BEST TEMAGAMI HIKING VISTAS
You choose according to season, desire, and ability.
Price variable - depends what you need.
A few hours or a few days long, let us advise you of how to access the best and most beautiful vistas of Temagami. Including Caribou Mountain, Ishpatina Ridge, Maple Mountain, Beaver Mountain, Devil's Rock, Devil Mountain, Cliff lake and more! Most have fascinating stories behind them and magical lore. Get there by hiking, snowshoeing, or canoe tripping. Smoothwater can offer you directions, guides, maps, gear, wild edible details, lodgings, refreshment --you name it.

TEMAGAMI TREE HUGGER WEEKEND
Forest tours by appointment, year-round.
From $350 pp. Includes 2 nights/6 meals, guide, equipment
Imagine walking beside a creature over 300 years and upwards of 60 feet. These ancient red and white pine are the largest remaining stands in North America --trees that have witnessed 300 years of history. Join us in this guided canoe and hike into a wild forest that will change you forever. In the autumn catch the fall colours of golden birch and red maple that also compose these forests. In winter, book a snowshoe tour. Whatever season, you will come out a different person.

ANCIENT FOREST HIKING
Self-catered or ask about pre-scheduled day trips.
Price variable with meal and lodging packages at Smoothwater.
Temagami is famous for the great contiguous stands of ancient eastern red and white pine forests. Some forests are accessible by canoe, by foot or by plane. Either way, all are spectacular and a real inspiration for the artist's spirit. Let us help you plan your adventure, according to your own schedule. The forests we recommend are: The White Bear, Temagami Island, Obabika, Cliff Lake, Beaver Mountain, High Rock, and several of the trails on the Ottawa Temiskaming Highland system.

WEDDINGS BY THE LAKE
Subject to availability.
Negotiable.
If you are searching for a stunning venue (whatever the season), and have a small group (under 50 people), the Smoothwater lodge is exceptional. We'll work with you on your style and theme, from decorations, to menu, creating the occasion you dream of to honour this significant, memorable day. We are flexible to your needs and look forward to speaking with you further. Contact us for photos.

 

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A peaceful section of paddling on a Temagami river.

THE LITTLE BLACK FLY SONG & CARTOON
Always the blackfly no matter where you go, in north Ontar-i-ar-i-o. Song written (in 1949) and sung by Wade Hemsworth, animated by Christopher Hinton, with vocal backups by the McGarrigle Sisters. Click it!
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