Temagami is located in North Eastern Ontario, about 100 kilometers North of North Bay. Known for its rich history and unique environmental features, Temagami has become a destination known the world over. Containing 50% of all remaining old-growth pine forests, this endangered ecosystem needs our protection now more than ever.
Lake Temagami takes its name from Te-mee-ay-gaming, which means “deep water by the shore” in the language of the traditional inhabitants of this land, the Anishnabai people, who have been living in this area for at least 6 000 years.
In 1901, in an attempt to protect on of Eastern North America’s largest pine forests for future logging, the Temagami Forest Reserve was established. Two years later, this Forest Reserve was enlarged to 5,900 square miles, larger than today’s Algonquin Park. The entire shoreline of Lake Temagami was protected by this Forest Reserve and development was prohibited on the mainland. The result was that most of the cottage development on Lake Temagami has been restricted to the islands with the exception of the Town of Temagami and a small number of support businesses which are located on the mainland. For over 100 years, Temagami has been home to the legendary canoe camps that have introduced thousands of young people to the art of canoeing. Today, the town of Temagami lies at the extreme East end of the Northeast Arm of Lake Temagami, and is home to about 1000 year round residents.
Temagami is renowned for its rugged terrain and includes the largest remaining roadless wilderness in Ontario at this latitude. It is also the largest wilderness area in close proximity to Southern Ontario and the Northeastern United States. The region is environmentally unique and recognized the world over due to the fact that it contains the largest remaining tracts of old-growth Red and White Pine forests in the world. Three of the ten highest points in Ontario, including the highest point, Ishpatina Ridge, are located in Temagami. There are many ecological features in Temagami that are unique to the province of Ontario. Since Temagami is located in the transition zone between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest to the South and the Boreal forest to the North, the region hosts a unique complement of species related to both ecotypes. Temagami is also home to many unique and endangered species such as the aurora trout and eastern cougar.
CPAWS OV works closely with local organizations and first nations communities to help maintain the environmental integrity of Temagami and the surrounding wilderness.
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