Missinaibi Headwaters: “Rail-to-Rail”

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16 days (13 on river);


This was our Explorer’s Club Expedition in 2013 and has quickly become a classic! Extended to 16 days (14 days on trip), we’ll have time to really appreciate the magic of this beautiful place. We will take the train to and from Sudbury, and walk “from Rail to Rail” along the headwaters of the historic and magnificent Missinaibi River!  Truly an adventure of a lifetime!

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This trip begins on the CP rail line out of downtown Sudbury.  7 hours later, we will be dropped off at the side of the tracks, in the middle of the wilderness, with no one around, and a blanket of untouched snow stretching before us.  We will explore/ travel the Little Missinaibi River over the Height of Land, to its connection with Lake Missinaibi.  There we will hook up with the historic Missinaibi River, and travel the first 30kms of its length, around rapids, through swamps and overland, until we reach the CN rail and our ticket back to Sudbury.  This trip travels a section of the most important historical link between Lake Superior to the south and James Bay to the north!

Note: If you are unfamiliar with “traditional winter camping” as we practice it, and for more general information about all of our guided trips, head to this page.

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Feb 23 – Mar 10, 2018


16 days, which includes a night in Sudbury, and travel on the train to and from Sudbury.


101 km


The height of land between the Lake Superior and James Bay watersheds – the headwaters of the Missinaibi River!


This is one of our most strenuous expeditions to date. Winter camping experience and a high level of physical fitness will be necessary to enjoy this expedition.

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Travel bloggers The PlanetD joined us on the Missinaibi in 2014 and produced this short video, which is a great representation of life on the winter trail!

Laurentian University produced a documentary-length video of our 2013 Missinaibi Headwaters expedition.

1 review for Missinaibi Headwaters: “Rail-to-Rail”

  1. Harold

    What a fantastic way to see the beauty that the North can offer.

    I have been privileged enough to trip with LOTN on 5 different occasions, and each time was special in its own way. From the first time I stepped out onto the ice of George Lake in Killarney, surrounded by the La Cloche Mountains, I was hooked, and I came back for more each year.

    Although this trip will probably my last with Dave and Kie, I encourage anyone curious about this type of outdoor adventure not to hesitate and look into one of the trips offered by Lure of the North. You won’t be disappointed.

    Thanks Guys

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