Photograph of a woman portaging a canoe in the park and through the city streets
Quetico Foundation Challenges Paddlers and Nature Enthusiasts to “Portage, Snap and Share” to Raise Awareness and Funding for Quetico, the Iconic Wilderness Class Park

Amid the ongoing global pandemic, Quetico Foundation is encouraging all paddlers and nature enthusiasts to participate in the first annual #QueticoPortageChallenge in support of ongoing stewardship.

To participate in the challenge, choose a Quetico portage route and complete that same distance closer to home. Snap a photo or record a video, and share it through social media using #QueticoPortageChallenge with a challenge to others to show their support.

“This ongoing pandemic reminds us of the human need to connect with wilderness,” said Chris Dobson, Executive Chair. “This challenge is an opportunity to take action and protect the solitude of Quetico’s undisturbed natural setting.”

Quetico Provincial Park was created in 1913 through passage of the Provincial Parks Act. Quetico Provincial Park is a large wilderness park in Northwestern Ontario, at nearly 5000 square kilometres. Quetico includes around 1400 kilometres of canoe routes, 587 portages, 2000 campsites, and over 500 lakes. A protected wilderness area of this size is both extraordinary and rare.

This challenge empowers everyone to make an impact and support Quetico Foundation in its mission to protect Quetico’s wilderness. Donations will help with continued research in the park, the biology internship program, Shan Walshe Memorial Bursary and John B. Ridley Research Library.

The challenge is supported by The Happy Camper, Backcountry Custom Canoes, Chilly Moose, and numerous local and regional organizations. A list of sponsors, and other information about the challenge, can be found at


Contact Information:
Luiza Moczarski, Communication Chair
Quetico Foundation

Quetico Foundation
In 1949, the Canadian Quetico-Superior Committee was established by Canada’s Governor-General, the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, and together with its US counterpart, promoted the protection and stewardship of this large international wilderness area.

In 1954, the Committee evolved into the Quetico Foundation, under a provincial charter led by John B. Ridley. Its mandate is to “assist in every way possible – and particularly through education, research, and promotion, protection of the great wilderness and historical values and development of the recreational usage of the section of northwestern Ontario… commonly known as Quetico.” Each year, the foundation support research in the park, the biology internship program, Shan Walshe Memorial Bursary, and John B. Ridley Research Library. For more information about Quetico Foundation follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@QueticoFoundation), or visit