Quetico Provincial Park comprises 1.2 million acres on the other side of the Canadian border from the BWCAW. There are many similarities between the two areas, as both are managed for their wilderness character first and foremost, but there are also some significant differences.
Canoeists require permit reservations and may only enter the Quetico via six Ranger Stations which serve 21 specific entry points. It is possible to drive to three of these Ranger Stations: Dawson Trail, Atikokan, Lac La Croix. One must portage and paddle to Beaverhouse, and paddle or take a tow from an outfitter to Cache Bay or Prairie Portage. Drive-in camping is available only at the Dawson Trail campground; yurt camping is available in this campground.
Quetico sees far fewer visitors every year than the BWCAW does. While the BWCAW regularly sees visitor numbers above 250,000, Quetico only allows 1/10th of the number of groups to enter per day as the BWCAW does.
Group size may not exceed 9 members. Containers of fuel, insect repellent, medicines, personal toilet articles, and other items that are not food or beverage are the only cans or bottles that may be brought into Quetico. It is an offence to possess non-burnable and non-reusable food or beverage containers. Mechanized devices such as power saws, generators, ice augers, or portage wheels are prohibited. It is furthermore illegal to damage live trees and other plants.
New fishing regulations came into effect on 1 January 2008. These regulations state that only barbless hooks and artificial bait are permitted in the Park. “This means that no live or dead organic bait can be used in the park, including but not limited to leeches, worms, and salted minnows.” Barbed hooks may be in a tackle box but must not be on the fishing line. Barbed hooks must be pinched before being attached to a fishing line.
Campsites and portages
The park includes more than 2,000 unofficial, unimproved wilderness campsites spread throughout more than 600 lakes.
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