Western Ontario stretches from Lake Superior north to Hudson Bay, far from Ontario’s populated center amid the Great Lakes. The landscape here is dominated by the Canadian Shield—a swath of the earth’s bedrock that was left exposed and gouged by the glaciers 10,000 years ago. The trees that have managed to take root start out thick and tall in Quetico Provincial Park, along the U.S. border, and by Opasquia Provincial Park in the far North, they have diminished to Arctic sizes. Besides these two parks, there are the Woodland Caribou and Wabakimi wildernesses, waterways such as La Verendrye, and countless Rivers & Streams in the Crown Lands that offer paddling for the most adventurous canoe trippers. The farther north you go, the harder it is to reach the parks—with several more accessible by seaplane than by car—but the reward is a wilderness that feels all your own.