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ou are more likely to run into canoeists and guides at Temagami Outfitting than probably anywhere else in Temagami, except maybe Sharp Rock Portage. Temagami Outfitting's waterfront oasis, replete with cappuccino-bar-cum-watering-hole, gear store, bed and breakfast, and outfitting service and the essential wall-mounted canoe-routes map is the de facto canoeists' town square.

Temagami Outfitting, formerly Lady Evelyn Outfitting, is the only outfitter with its main base in the village of Temagami. There has been a Temagami Outfitting on the waterfront off and on since about 1926. (It was founded by Arthur Stevens, the justice of the peace that issued Archie Belaney, who became Grey Owl, with his marriage license in 1910.)

WEBSITE: Temagami Outfitting 

Full outfitting

Partial outfitting

Guiding service

Canoe & kayak rental

Gear & clothing store

Route consultation

Shuttle

Espresso bar

Pub

Bed & breakfast

Today it is operated by Dean Pearson. Pearson has been paddling the area since 1971, and was one of the first staff at Langskib, the canoe-trip camp in Sharp Rock Inlet, after it was purchased by Dave Knudsen that year.

"They say if you drink the water in Lake Temagami it becomes a part of you." says Dean. "It was true for us."

Temagami Outfitting offers partial and full outfitting services. Its shuttle service is popular with outfitting and non-outfitting customers, because it is strategically based between the four most popular put-ins Mine Road, Temagami waterfront, Sandy Inlet, Mowat's 

Landing.  Its bed and breakfast is particularly handy for fly-ins catching early-morning flights at the bush-plane base next door. 

Everything in the village is within walking distance:  restaurants, art gallery, stores, Temagami Canoe Company. And the train station. European guests come by train, sometimes by surprise. "At any moment four separate German couples can arrive on the train," says Dean. "They don't call or e-mail, just show up." 

Mingling among canoeists in Temagami Outfitting's lounge, catching up on gossip, serving drinks on the waterside deck, dispensing route tips, setting departure and pickup schedules, you'll find Dean Pearson, the maven of Temagami. 

WEBSITE: Temagami Outfitting 

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