So I am planning a canoe trip for this fall

Cheap excuse to use a picture I know I have It isn't even spring yet. Well, not really. But if I want to contemplate any of Ontario's provincial parks, you have to go now because you must reserve five months in advance. It'll likely be four days, two people. I'd like to visit at least one lake I've never been. My paddling partner's pretty easy going about where we go, but the usual qualifications about scenery, non-suicidal exertion apply.

Cheap excuse to use a picture I know I have It isn’t even spring yet. Well, not really. But if I want to contemplate any of Ontario’s provincial parks, you have to go now because you must reserve five months in advance. It’ll likely be four days, two people. I’d like to visit at least one lake I’ve never been. My paddling partner’s pretty easy going about where we go, but the usual qualifications about scenery, non-suicidal exertion apply.Some other considerations:

  • don’t fish
  • paddle about 6-7 km/h
  • can generally stand 5 to 6 hours travelling time daily
  • take portages in a single pass
  • not fussy about their length
  • would prefer to do more paddling than portaging
  • will do sub level one rapids only (swifts basically)
  • starting out from Ottawa
  • early mornings are okay

Where to go? I had contemplated:

  • George Lake to Three Narrows and back via David Lake in Killarney
  • A loop out from Anima-Nippissing Lake in Temagami
  • La Verendrye – never been there at all

Any paddlers reading this? Any suggestions?

2 Comments

  1. The Obabika loop from Lake Temagami through diamond lake is really nice. Not sure how you manage the single pass portage, but most of the portages are pretty short so you don’t lose a lot of time doing two…

  2. Have you done the Barron Canyon loop yet? If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth it. Also, Opalescent and Cork are two beautiful lakes, especially in the fall. Spending a day at High Falls is always nice.

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