Nopiming, an Ojibwe word, means “entrance to the wilderness;” a portal into the Canadian Shield, characterized by the same Boreal forest and ancient granite as its neighbors, Atikaki and Woodland Caribou Provincial Parks. Nopiming is designated as a “natural” park however, as opposed to a “wilderness,” and is thus far more accessible. From the towns of Bissett and Lac du Bonnet you can drive right into the park and up to the 4 campgrounds. You can also stay at the 3 lodges and dozens of backcountry campsites. The downside is this means that 62% of Nopiming’s 350,000 acres (142,000 ha) are used for resource extraction. The more canoeists use the park and rally for its preservation, though, the more hope it has for protection. Paddling opportunities abound, and for some the accessibility makes Nopiming the perfect destination: great for shorter trips, with families, or as a place to paddle out from Woodland Caribou Park.