Northwest Wilderness Quest. Ontario Parks

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Ontario Parks has launched a challenge and contest for people who dig canoeing and camping. This contest is for people who use words like ‘Bear Off’ and ‘Back Ferry’ during outdoor pursuits. If you are ‘Au Courant’ the tagline as part of the Ontario Parks promo, ‘Come and explore Ontario’s Northwest!’ is meant for you. There’s lots of time to complete the Quest. You have four years.

OntarioParksNWQuest1In order to qualify for ‘Northwest Ontario Wilderness Quest’ contest, persons must camp in the interior of each of three provincial parks; Quetico, Wabakimi and Woodland Caribou, for a minimum of 3 consecutive nights per park over a four year period.

‘The Ontario Parks Northwest Wilderness Quest’ is open to legal residents of the fifty United States (including the District of Columbia) and legal residents of all Canadian Provinces (excluding Quebec) and territories who are at least twenty-one years of age at the time of their initial participation in The Promotion.’

The Quest begins on May 1 2016 at 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and ends on October 15 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

There are some outstanding prizes being offered as a means to encourage folks in the camping and canoeing community to traverse deep into the interior of three northwestern Ontario parks.

Quetico Provincial Park is a vast wilderness park encompassing 475,782 hectares/1.17 million acres of rugged Canadian Shield with abundant lakes, streams and rivers. Located within a transitional zone between the vast Boreal Forest to the north and the mixed forests of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region to the south, by nature of its geography, Quetico is rich in both natural and cultural history. Known primarily as a wilderness canoeing destination, Quetico provides beautiful and tranquil experiences for paddlers of all ages and abilities.

Wabakimi Provincial Park, located at the end of the road (Highway 527) in Northwestern Ontario is a vast region of lakes, interconnecting rivers and streams that are the dream of canoeists looking for challenge and solitude. Wabakimi Provincial Park is the second largest provincial park in the Province of Ontario (892,061 hectares/2.2 million acres) and embodies the breadth, diversity and mystery of wilderness. The park is accessible by canoe, float plane or rail service and offers nearly 500 backcountry campsites throughout the park. For those seeking a more comfortable retreat, there are several lodge and outpost camp operators within the park mix opportunities for quality wilderness accommodations with backcountry experiences.

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is over 486,000 hectares/1.2 million acres in size and the third largest wilderness park in Ontario. Located within the Boreal Forest landscape, wildfire has been a major architect of the forests mosaic. Paddlers will pass through every stage of the fire succession; from the black and soot of recent burns to the sudden and colourful abundance of new growth and the return of mature stands of Jack pine and spruce with forest floors carpeted in bright green moss and white lichen. Most waterways in the park feed into the headwaters of two large river systems; the Gammon and Bloodvein Rivers.

The Bloodvein River is designated as a Canadian Heritage River and possesses outstanding natural and cultural values as well as exceptional recreational opportunities. These historic water trails flow westward from the rugged shield rock of Woodland Caribou, gaining speed as they traverse the adjacent Atikaki Wilderness Park in Manitoba to eventually empty into Lake Winnipeg.

OntarioParksNWQuestpicForward Ferry. The Grand Prize is a 17 foot specially designed Kevlar canoe from Souris River Canoes, called the Quetico 17.

Prizes are also being offered to the second through fifth randomly drawn contest entries, of handcrafted paddles from XY Company Hand Crafted Paddles.

To learn about &/or register for the Northwest Wilderness Quest promotion, visit http://ontarioparks.com