Algonquin Provincial Park

Canoe and Kayak Magazine – 5 Favorite Lakes in Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park straddles the transition zone between the northern boreal forest and the southern deciduous forest, making for a very unique and diversified landscape. It’s home to over 750 miles of rivers and more than 1500 lakes spread out across 2,955 square miles of the Canadian Shield- seeing every water body in the park would take a lifetime. If you don’t have a lifetime to spend in the park, consider visiting these ones first. As with many things in life, you may find that while the lakes are worthy destinations on their own, the journey into them can be the highlight [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:42:55-05:00January 10th, 2017|Algonquin Provincial Park|0 Comments

Nipissing River, Algonquin Park

The Nipissing River is located in the north end of the park, flowing almost 100 kilometres from the headwaters just outside the west border of the park, northeast of Kearney, to Cedar Lake.  It's a drop and pool river, meandering slowly through a varied landscape, dropping down a series of waterfalls and dams throughout its length. The headwater section, typically accessed from Big Bob Lake, is slow, shallow and often overgrown with alders, making travel in some sections particularly difficult late in the paddling season.  Below Grass Lake, the river continues to meander, but it's deeper and the [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:43:28-05:00January 9th, 2017|Algonquin Provincial Park|1 Comment

Solo Algonquin Park Canoe Trip to Burnt Island Lake

I embarked on a single night, two day, 60 kilometre canoe trip to Burnt Island Lake via Canoe Lake. I visited 17 lakes, ponds and creeks, saw dozens of loons, a mother beaver and her kit at close quarters, and witnessed a spectacular sunset and sunrise. Setting out from Canoe Lake early in the afternoon of August 14, I was a little dismayed at the number of people milling about and preparing for trips of their own. I worried that I would not find solitude on this trip - in fact, I somewhat expected not to considering the facts that it [...]

Algonquin Park Canoe Routes – Smoke – Bonnechere – Cache – Smoke Lake Loop

I recommend this route to the more adventurous, or for those seeking the road less travelled in an otherwise busy area of the park. The chain of small lakes between Cache Lake and Bonnechere Lake are not well known and it is common not see another person while portaging and paddling through them. They can be accessed easily from Cache Lake, but I prefer to add them to a loop that starts at Smoke Lake and passes through Bonnechere.   Pick up your permit at Canoe Lake and head directly across the highway to Access #6, Smoke Lake [...]

Why Do I Canoe Trip Solo?

It’s 6:00 am and I lie awake, staring up through the roof of my fly-less tent at a billion twinkling stars, watching them slowly fade as the eastern sky erupts in the subtle colors of a September sunrise. The haunting cry of a loon breaks the morning stillness, echoing off the rock cliffs that line the shoreline. The call is answered; not by another loon, but by a huge bull moose that grunts repeatedly as he pushes his way through the shoreline alders in search of a mate. I get up and wander down to the water’s edge, perching on [...]

Little Trout Lake, Algonquin Park – Solo Canoe Trip

My May 24 trip to Little Trout Lake was about as good as a short spring canoe trip gets.  I visited 5 beautiful lakes, which I pretty much had to myself, the scenery was spectacular, the weather was nice, the wildlife was cooperative and the solitude was a welcome respite from the crowds of the long weekend. Because it was late May, the black flies were out in full force.  There's no doubt that biting insects make any wilderness adventure less enjoyable, but if you go prepared, they're manageable.  Besides, they cut back on crowds immensely, so if there are [...]

By |2017-01-08T19:11:03-05:00June 3rd, 2016|Algonquin Provincial Park|0 Comments

Algonquin Park Solo Canoe Trip Spring 2016 – Magnetawan Lake

This 6 day adventure would prove to be my longest, most difficult and most rewarding solo canoe trip in Algonquin Park to date.  Challenging weather, long days, beautiful scenery, great fishing and abundant wildlife were highlights of the trip. Click the link below for a pdf copy of the ebook, Algonquin Park Solo Canoe Trip Spring 2016 Magnetawan Lake Trip Report or Read it here. My Self Reliant Adventure at Magnetawan Lake in Algonquin Park Table of Contents Chapter 1 Introduction................................................................................................. 3 Chapter 2 Day 1: Magnetawan Lake to Grassy Bay........................................................ 5 Chapter 3 Day 2: Grassy Bay to Catfish Lake?............................................................. 13 [...]

Solo Canoe Trip to Little Trout Lake in Algonquin Park

After cutting my spring canoe fishing trip short by a day due to high winds and a changed route, I immediately booked another two day solo trip to Little Trout Lake in Algonquin Park for May 24th, the day after the long weekend.  The weather was variable - hot and sunny with strong winds in the afternoon on day 1 and a mix of sun and cloud and warm with scattered showers on day 2.  What was not variable were the other consistent clouds - clouds of black flies hovering around my head. But, I expected abundant bugs, and also [...]

By |2017-05-25T18:46:00-04:00May 30th, 2016|Algonquin Park Trips, Algonquin Provincial Park|0 Comments
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