French River Canoe Routes

French River

Discovery Routes


The French River is renowned for its many islands, narrows, wind-swept pines and rock formations. Flowing from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay there are countless opportunities for paddlers. A historic route built on both the fur trade and logging, the French River can have challenging points for even experienced paddlers. The route maintains its importance today by being a touted recreational trip, with secluded beaches, cottages and hunt camps dotting the shore. While the lower section is the most common entry point for paddlers, the upper section offers a more wilderness experience, with less boat traffic.

Access points are located at Wolseley Bay and Dokis First Nations.

Published in 2021: French River Provincial Park paddling map available in North Bay at Lefebvre’s Source for Adventure.

Management Ontario Parks
Length 110 km
Activities Paddling
Difficulty Moderate to Hard

For More Information

French River Provincial Park

(705) 857-1630 summer
(705)287-2900 winter

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.