Missinaibi River

The Missinaibi and Michipicoten Rivers form a continuous link from Lake Superior, near Wawa Ontario, to James Bay at Moosonee. This river cannot be anything less than a majestic and spiritual experience. Indeed, though I have paddled far and wide and in some extremely remote areas, nothing has surpassed the adventures and peace that I have found here. From sitting awestruck in my canoe at dawn starring into the eyes of a nearby Lynx peacefully sitting and eyeing me from the bank a few feet away, to watching a wolf on the back of a moose in the middle of the river savagely attempting to inflict the killing bite on its victim, this river has always humbled me.

Located in Northern Ontario, running from Missinaibi Provincial Park north of Chapleau to Mattice on Highway 11 and then northeast to Moosonee and James Bay, it is a provincial water park along most of its length. Our trips normally start and end with a train ride. We take VIA Rail train from Foleyet to Peterbell to start our river journey, and ride the Ontario Northland train Little Bear, from Moosonee to Cochrane to end the journey. It is a true wilderness river and some white water and canoe tripping experience is an asset.

We will complete our trip in two sections, the Upper and Lower sections devided by Mattice on Highway 11. You can join us for one or both sections. This is a remote wilderness experience without the expense or logistical difficulty associated with the Far North.


Upper Missinaibi River (Peterbell to Mattice) - 10 days

Cost: $1,800 plus taxes

Lower Missinaibi River (Mattice to Moosonee) - 12 days

Cost: $2,160 plus taxes

Complete trip (Peterbell to Moosonee) - 22 days

Cost: $3,660 plus taxes (save by booking for the entire trip)

Missinaibi River Map

Missinaibi River Photo Gallery

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