Path of the Paddle – Iinoo Oowan Trail: Kenora to Big Whiteshell Park (9 days / 176 km)

This historic canoe route has been a travel route of the Anishinaabe people of Treaty #3 since time immemorial as well as a key travel corridor for voyageurs. It is now followed by adventurers paddling between Kenora and Whiteshell Provincial Park. It follows the Winnipeg River north to Boundary Island on the Ontario-Manitoba border then southwest through Whiteshell Provincial Park. 

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Keewatin Urban Portage (147 Path of the Paddle Map)

Ending Point: Big Whiteshell Park Campground

Total Distance: 176 km

Duration: 9 days

Difficulty: Intermediate


Kenora, ON and Whiteshell Provincial Park, MB

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Lake Superior to Manitoba by Canoe - Hap Wilson

Map: Path of the Paddle Association

NTS Maps - 52E15 Keewatin, 52L02 Whitedog Lake, 52L03 Crowduck Lake (includes Wabaseemoong FN), 52L04 Jessica Lake

Camping Permits: There are no camping permits or campsite reservations, but doing a check online for water levels on the Winnipeg River, especially the Hydroelectric Dam near White Dog is recommended.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We did not sure outfitters or a shuttle for this route, however you will need to coordinate a shuttle or do a self-shuttle between Kenora and Big Whiteshell Campground. The drive between the two locations is 1 h 45 min.

Trip Report

Day 1: Keewatin to Fiddler's Island (11.6 km)

We put into the Winnipeg River at the Path of the Paddle trailhead in Keewatin. This is the primary public access point for those wanting to travel on the Winnipeg River from Keewatin so is busy with boaters launching for both pleasure and business. Daily public parking is available here but for longer time periods, it is recommended to check with the City of Kenora about long-term parking. (In past years, long-term parking has been available at either of the municipal skating arenas).

We paddled along the northwest side of Wass'say'Gaa'Boo (Tunnel Isl...

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