Algonquin Provincial Park: Squirrel Rapids to Barron Canyon and High Falls Loop (4 days / 38 km)

amazing rock of Algonquin Barron Canyon Squirrels

The Barron Canyon is a stunning paddle along the East side of Algonquin Provincial Park. The canyon offers magnificent views paddling in both directions. 

This trip report starts and ends at the Squirrel Rapids parking lot in the northeastern part of Algonquin Provincial Park. It goes through westward Barron Canyon, makes a loop toward High Falls, and then goes through Barron Canyon once again and to Squirrel Rapids. We also added a hike along the High Falls Trail at the end of the trip.

Trip Completed: October 2020


Starting Point: Squirrel Rapids 

Ending Point: Squirrel Rapids 

Total Distance: 37.5 km

Number of Days: 4

Number of Portages: 18 (7.5 km)

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate 

Location: This route is located in the northeast corner of Algonquin Provincial Park.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabewaki.

Maps and Resources

Maps: The Adventure Map: Barron Canyon 

Interactive Route Map: Click here to view and edit this route using the Canoe Route Planner

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: The reservation system is based on the lake you want to camp on. You will reserve a spot on the lake, not a specific campsite. Campsites are first come first serve once you arrive at your reserved lake.

Permits: Reservations can be made through the Ontario Parks website. Reservations should be done well ahead of time as this can be a popular route especially in the summer and on weekends. We used the Squirrel Rapids Parking Lot. There is no specific Squirrel Rapids access point on the Ontario Parks Reservation website. We ended up choosing the Achray Access Point to make the reservations. You then need to have your permits printed and left on the dash of your car in the parking lot. 

Outfitters & Shuttles 

Outfitter: We used the Portage Store...

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