For those seeking an adventure brought by Mother Nature, look no further than Chapleau. With ample wildlife, numerous camping sites, fishing spots and more, the best nature has to offer is here.
Located in the Sudbury District, Chapleau sits in the beautiful Northeast Ontario region. Though Timmins, Sudbury and Sault St. Marie are all relatively nearby, they’re also all more than a two hour drive. The remoteness of Chapleau only contributes to its nature beauty.
With approximately 2500 locals, Chapleau is better known for being home to the world’s largest wildlife preserve, or, as its known, the Gateway to the Largest Crown Game Preserve worldwide.
The Chapleau Crown Game Preserve spans over 700,000 hectares, or over 2 million acres. Home to a wide variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, black bears, moose and other birds, fish and animals, the Preserve is the place to see wildlife. The moose population within the Preserve alone outnumbers the Chapleau citizens, while the black bear population is almost equal to the population.
In 1885, Hudson’s Bay Trading Company opened an outpost in the area when the Canadian Pacific Railway built a line serving the area; the area developed into a true community. Hunting nor trapping are allowed in the Preserve, but visitors are welcome to soak in all that nature has to offer. For everything from fishing trips to solitary retreats, visitors come back year after year.
Being relatively far north, the summer days are especially long, and the sun shines for a majority of the year. At its peak, the daylight hours clock in from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., providing great opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, canoeing, photo touring and more. Though the days are shorter in the winter, skiing, sledding and other winter activities are also readily available. Also known for great fishing, Chapleau is an area that any outdoor enthusiast should visit.
The waters of the Chapleau River and nearby lakes are home to some of the best fishing in Canada. Try your hand at reeling in walleye, northern pike, perch, trout and more. We’ve hosted thousands of guests since 1957 and you’ll see for yourself why our guests come back year after year. If you’re looking for hunting, black bear and moose are also popular in the area. With the river on one side at the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve on the other, hunters will be able to explore the densest concentration of black bears in the world. See why our success rate is one of the best for yourself!
Our location is in the far north with 1000’s of miles of ATV trails that start at Sault Ste Marie and go right past our driveway. For those who bring or ride their bikes to the lodge. You can enjoy Ontario wildlife as we are next to the world’s biggest game preserve.
We have an in-ground pool, Sauna, an alcohol licensed dining room, high speed Internet connection in the main lodge and canoes for the whole family to enjoy. We have a small tackle shop, with gas, snacks and other products you may have forgotten. No one remains a stranger for long!
Get the remote wilderness experience with the convenience of driving in. Fish during the day in one of our many lakes — bring your own boat and try them all. Looking for a trophy? Cast off in Big Pine Lake as its a designated catch and release area. Recharge in the evenings in our comfortable cabins, complete with a large deck with unparalleled lake views.
Kanipahow Wilderness Resort is a resort type setting catering to fishing, hunting and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The resort is located right next to the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve (world’s largest game preserve). Offering fully equipped modern housekeeping cottages including hydro, washroom facilities, linen, heat & air, along with a fully serviced camp ground for RV’s, tents and trailers.
Restore yourself at your own secluded cottage on Dog Lake. 120 miles of accessible shoreline, dotted with our cabins, mean that you won’t be interrupted by other guests. Check in at our lodge in Missanabie & take a boat to your own private accommodations. Fully equipped & furnished, running water and gas grills are available. Bring your own small generator to experience all the comforts of home. Fish for walleye, trout, perch, whitefish and more. With how remote you are, your supplies & rentals are readily available. See the northern wilderness for yourself, and you’ll know why people love coming back to nature year after year.
Dog Lake boasts top class fishing for walleye, northern pike, perch, trout and more — experience it for yourself at Northern Walleye Lodge! West of Missinabie Provincial Park, north of Chapleau, you’ll enjoy our amazing fishing at the main lake, and brook trout fishing in nearby streams and portage lakes! We also offer big game hunting for moose and black bear; moose hunts are in WMU 32, while two bear management areas accessible add up to over 330 square miles of potential.