Canadian Quetico Outfitters
“The Early Years 1955 – 1998”
Roger Thew originally worked at the Atikokan iron / ore mine and founded Canadian Quetico Outfitters in 1955. Under his stewardship Canadian Quetico Outfitters into a full time business that served numerous Quetico paddlers. Besides canoe outfitting, Canadian Quetico Outfitters also had a full service gas bar that offered vehicle repairs, rental cabins, a small restaurant as well as a seasonal liquor store. Here is an interesting newspaper article outlining a Quetico canoe trip that Roger took in the early years of Quetico.
Roger was well known locally and was active in the Atikokan community. Due to declining health, Roger eventually sold the business to Doug & Ruth Chapman in 1998.
To this day there still a few Quetico regulars that still refer to the outfitting shop as “Roger’s old place”.
“Doug & Ruth Chapman 1998 – Present”
Doug Chapman owns and operates Canadian Quetico Outfitters. Doug’s natural ability to connect with people and deliver exceptional guests experiences has allowed him to expand the business to where it is today. The “Paddle the Dream” philosophy is based on over delivering on guests expectations and putting their valuable vacation time first. This is why Canadian Quetico Outfitters has numerous repeat customers; with some having made over 30 trips into Quetico.
Ruth Chapman formerly ran the Nor’ West Outdoor center in Thunder Bay that offered visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities including orienteering, hiking, wilderness skills, no trace camping, rock and ice climbing, snow shoeing, sledding, snowboarding, quinze construction, and cave exploration. Ruth continues to contribute to the canoe outfitting operation.
Doug has initiated a new shuttle route into south-eastern Quetico. The Saganaga lake shuttle is unique to Canadian Quetico Outfitters and will allow our guests affordable access to a part of the park that few have ever paddled. The shuttle access will allow our US guests the opportunity to eliminate the need for a RABC Permit ($30 / person) and save up to 50% on boat rentals.
“Expanding on our Success”
Brian Wraight will be joining Canadian Quetico Outfitters this season. He brings with him a strong paddling background, a desire to build on the “Paddle the Dream” philosophy and a passion for spoiling our guests. He is a Paddle Canada canoeing instructor who loves sharing his passion for paddling and wild places with his students. He also studied Wildlife and Fisheries Management in college and speaks french.
Brian is also very fond of organizing the logistics of canoe travel and has led multiple groups down several of Canada’s finest rivers. Quebec’s Dumoine River; the Petawawa river; the powerful Moisie River on Quebec’s wild north shore; the Snake river in the Yukon, The Mountain River NWT and most recently the mighty Nananni in Canada’s North West Territories. He has also organized and led numerous flat water trips to Woodland Caribou Park, Algonquin Park, Killarney Park and has spent lots of time in “The Quetico” which he considers as his home.
Brian: “I have my dad to thank for sharing his deep love and respect of the natural world.”