Ready for the ultimate autumn adventure? Nestled in the Mattawa Valley, Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is a true nature lover’s paradise.

This park, located on the historic Mattawa River fur trade route, has hiking trails that wind through lush forests and offer panoramic views of the Mattawa River.

In the fall, the landscape transforms into an “outstanding” tapestry of red, orange, and gold, according to Ontario Parks.

Water lovers will find paradise in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, with excellent opportunities for exploration by canoe.

As you dip your paddle into the waters of the Mattawa River, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to an era of fur traders and explorers.

And let’s not forget the Mattawa River Provincial Park and Canoe Route, which passes through the heart of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

This stretch of river not only offers challenging rapids but also treats adventurers to the breathtaking Parreseux Falls.

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Because this secret waterfall is only accessible by canoe, it’s a reward that you have to work for, but it’s absolutely worth it!

Moore Lake and the upriver section of the Amable du Fond River are where you’ll spot wild animals in their natural habitat.

The motor-free Long Lake lets you paddle alongside towering cliffs and nothing but the sounds of nature all around you.

When you’re ready to do some hiking, you will have tons of incredible options.

The Kag Trail, with its steep climbs, takes you through towering Red Pine forests and past the picturesque Gem Lake.

The Wabashkiki Trail offers a more leisurely stroll through a marsh teeming with wildlife.

For those interested in forestry, the Forestry Research Trail winds through active research plots.

And when you’re ready to cool off, the crystal-clear waters of Moore Lake are the perfect spot to unwind on a warm day.

So, pack your adventure bag, friends. This is an excursion worth taking this fall!

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

When: Open until October 10th, 2023
Where: 6905 ON-17 E, Mattawa