About 140km inland from Wawa, Little Chapleau (chap-loh) is the gateway to the world's largest crown game preserve, with nearly 1 million hectares of land: hunting is strictly prohibited. For information, check out www.chapleau.ca/en, or stop by the town's Centennial Museum & Information Centre. Critters you might encounter include bald eagles, beavers, lynx, black bears, moose and more.
The Missinaibi River flows over 750km northeast from its source at Missinaibi Lake, 80km northwest of Chapleau, to James Bay, running through Missinaibi Provincial Park, a 500km-long park in Chapleau Crown Game Preserve en route. Several outfits offer canoe rental and tours along the river, including MHO Adventures.