The name Wanapitei (pronounced wawna - puh - TAY) comes from the Anishnabai name Wanapiteiping, which means "oblong body of water, full to overflowing." Steeped in aboriginal tradition, as well as with a more contemporary history of conflict, Wanapitei is an excellent place to learn on the land and engage in a sense of place.
You can learn more about Camp Wanapitei at their website.
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Participants travelling from Peterborough travel by bus to the site. For those who choose to drive to Wanapitei, be certain to print and bring the detailed directions below with you. We strongly suggest you plan you trip to arrive before dusk (approximately 7:30pm in late September).
- Travel north on Highway 11 to Temagami. (one hour north of North Bay)
- 10 km north of the town of Temagami, turn left (west) onto the Red Squirrel Road.
- Check your travel odometer so that you can follow our directions below: Mileage signs are placed along the way to assure you that you are on the right track.
- At 11.8 km keep left at fork.
- At 22.4 km you will pass a gravel pit/Red Squirrel Lake camp ground.
- At 27 km you will come to a V in the road, stay to the left.
- At 28.9 km turn left at Wanapitei sign. Immediately you will come to a ‘T’ junction.
- There are two options for parking and walking into camp. The Camp Office is located 1 km from each parking area:
a) Jackpine Trail: From ‘T’ junction go left. Follow road for 500m to parking area. The
entrance of the Jackpine Trail is on the south side of parking area. Follow the Trail 600m
into camp. The trail can be muddy and buggy if the season is wet.
b) Beach Trail: From ‘T’ junction go right. Take first left. Follow this very rutted road for ½ km
until you reach the parking area. The entrance of the Beach Trail is located at the end of the
parking area. Follow trail, keep right at fork, 400m to beach. Turn left at beach and walk
600m to site.
Both parking lots are public. However we do suggest you use the Jackpine. Wanapitei is not
responsible for vehicles or contents left in these lots.
The camp office is located at the end of both trails.
Note: The Red Squirrel Road is a logging road which is irregularly graded. Please be very
cautious when driving, the traffic (especially logging trucks) can be very heavy at times.
The road to the Beach Trail is very rugged, we cannot emphasize this enough. Drive at your own risk. All roads that lead to the camp