Lady Evelyn - Smoothwater Wilderness Park
Established in 1983, this Ontario Park is nothing less than spectacular. Making
up the centerpiece of the Temagami wilderness area, the Park offers ancient
hiking trails and top of the line canoeing routes. The old growth red and white
pine forests are world-renowned, and the Ishpatina Ridge lays claim to being the
highest point in Ontario.
Be forewarned - the ruggedness of the Park's terrain is not to be taken lightly.
Backcountry skills and experience in white-water canoeing are definite
This spectacular wilderness park encompasses rugged
topography, clear lakes and rushing rivers. Numerous waterfalls are found
along the Lady Evelyn River. The most impressive is Helen Falls which
drops more than 25 metres. Many outstanding landforms are represented in
this section of the Canadian Shield. Here, the Precambrian bedrock rises
to a dome, forming the highest point in Ontario - Ishpatina Ridge. At the
boundary between the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence and the Boreal forests,
the park has a wide range of vegetation types. The area is well known for
its old growth white and red pine ecosystems.
Wildlife species such as bear and moose are plentiful in
the area. The many deep lakes and fast-flowing streams are ideal for lake
and brook trout.
Park Facilities and Activities
The particular ruggedness of the park's terrain must not be taken lightly.
Visitors should be backcountry veterans and well-experienced in
white-water canoeing and other wilderness skills.
Northwest of Temagami. Road access from the north via Elk Lake. From the
east, water access is from Mowat Landing on the Montreal River. Water
access from the east is also possible through access points on Lake
Temagami. Air access via floatplane can be arranged from Elk Lake, Sudbury
or Temagami. All private aircraft require a landing permit from Ontario
Parks at (705) 569-3205.
For more information:
Finlayson Point Provincial Park
P.O. Box 38
Temagami, ON, P0H 2H0
Phone: (705) 569-3205