Family ran and operated for over 40 years


Temagami’s diversity is what keeps many outdoor enthusiasts coming back year after year. The protected status of the Temagami Forest ensures a unique opportunity to enjoy unspoiled wilderness.

Temagami (Ojibway for ‘deep water’) offers almost limitless opportunities, both water and dry land experiences for nature lovers. Located on the Canadian Shield, the region consists predominantly of evergreens. However, birch, maple, poplar, and tamarack also grow in patches. Rock outcrops accent the coniferous dominated landscape exemplifying Temagami’s rugged beauty.

Fishing is undeniably Temagami’s biggest ‘lure’. Fishermen come from all over the United States and Canada to fish the lake’s crystal waters. Spring angling is always a Temagami highlight year after year for most anglers but don’t count out the incredible summer and fall fishing let alone the winter lunkers of last year.

Come and try to catch one of Lake Temagami’s trophy fish: Lake Trout, Walleye, Pickerel, Small Mouth Bass, Pike, and Whitefish all call Lake Temagami home. Our staff will be happy to suggest some prime fishing spots, some of which are only minutes off the shores of Tamar Island.

Hikers and naturalists will enjoy Temagami’s vast protected wilderness. Due to the secluded location of Tamar, wildlife sighting opportunities are numerous.
Photographers will appreciate the region’s striking rugged beauty and diverse wildlife. Bird watching is quite good with over 60 species being present during the summer season. Old growth forest and its rare undergrowth offer precious photo opportunities of Northern Ontario’s unspoiled wilderness.

Often described as Ontario’s finest canoe country, Temagami’s fame does not come unwarranted. The region boasts 8000 kilometers of interconnecting canoe routes (remnants of first settlers trade routes and portages). The region was once home to the legendary paddler and conservationist, Grey Owl. All paddlers will enjoy Lake Temagami’s more than 1300 islands which offer plenty of opportunity for


Back in the 1950’s Tom Rice had a friend he worked at the Hamilton spectator. Tom was invited to go to his friend’s old cabin on an island in the North East arm of Lake Temagami.  He instantly fell in love with the island & the cabin which he ended up buying for only a couple hundred dollars. 

Even though it was a long trek from Hamilton to Temagami seeing that there were only dirt roads north of Barrie at the time.  What was even more surprising to Mr. Rice is that his wife Anne and her family loved it as well, so much so that the cabin got a bit small for all the families. 

In 1982-3 Tom and Anne Rice decided to sell the island to their in-laws and they looked for a cottage of their own for 2 years. They visited and contemplated buying at least a half dozen cottages within the 2 years, but nothing seemed quite right.

Finally in the fall of 1985 a real estate agent in Temagami called Tom and Anne to say there was an old fishing camp for sale in the south arm of Lake Temagami and they immediately answered with a “no thank you” Tom and Anne weren’t looking to run a business in the North.

The real estate agent insisted that they look at the property in the fall of 1985.  So, Tom, his son Bruce and his partner went to see the fishing camp. 

It needed a lot of work, but they were sold! A week later Tamar was bought for the intention of having a 3-parcel private cottage compound for 3 families who would share the almost 8-acre island.

Unexpectedly, calls continued to come in from longtime customers of the fishing camp who wanted to return so they decided that they would continue to run the fishing camp and the rest is history.

Ironically, Tamar was owned in the 60’s by a man named Charlie Rice (no known relation to Tom Rice) and the name TAMAR comes from the first letter of his nieces and nephews’ names.



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11 Lakeshore Drive, Temagami
+1 416-766-1455


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Temagami Petro Canada & Restaurant
6692 Highway 11 N, Temagami,
+1 705-569-3310