Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, Mattawa

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Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is a provincial park in Ontario, Canada.The park spans both sides of the Mattawa River. It has an area of 25.5km2 and is about west of Mattawa, Ontario, Canada. It is administered by Ontario Parks, which classifies it as a natural environment park.This park is popular in the summer with campers, providing many recreational activities such as canoeing, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, and other family activities. The visitors centre houses the Voyageur Heritage Centre, which highlights the historic importance of the Mattawa River to the fur trade through interactive exhibits. The park is also home to the Canadian Ecology Centre, an outdoor education centre, which provides educational programs on sustainable forestry.The park is named after Samuel de Champlain, one of the first French explorers of Canada of the 17th century.
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  • Great trails, we started at red pine loop, wonderful views of the gorge, trail easy to moderate, easy to follow, good parking. Lots of mushrooms, go for it . Then did shorter wabashkiki trail, said...  more »
  • Went here for school and stayed at the lodges, they were spacious and the beds very comfortable. The park had a nice river flowing through it which you can lazy around and ride a tube down. The cafe.....  more »
  • Beautiful park with lots of great site options. The lake has beach areas that are great spots to relax and swim for all ages. Make sure you bring a tube or something to float drown the river! Lots of great hiking and boating options throughout the park. We camped there with our 9 month old last weekend and loved every second. Compared to a lot of parks Samuel De Champlain is relatively quiet and the stars are INCREDIBLE on a clear night. All the staff we encountered we friendly and helpful.
  • We had a great time here. They don't advertise it, but the highlight was taking a lazy river/light Rapids trip down the river that bisects the park. Do yourself a favour and bring some tubes or a small raft along and enjoy the ride! Be sure to come early enough in the summer to catch the water levels high enough to shoot the Rapids. We also took in a voyageur canoe ride which the kids enjoyed and had some nice history. We will be back.

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