Algonquin Provincial Park: Barron Canyon – Achray Campground to Squirrel Rapids (4 days / 24 km)

Arguably one of the most beautiful areas in Algonquin Provincial Park, the Barron Canyon route offers paddlers a scenic experience away from the larger crowds found in the Southern section of the Park. With picturesque waterfalls and imposing cliffs hundreds of feet high in some places, the Barron Canyon route embodies what makes Algonquin the world-renowned canoeing destination it is. 

While the paddling would not be considered difficult by the average canoe tripper, the portaging on the route can be challenging. With a number of portages in quick succession of each other, many will find this route to be physically demanding. Nevertheless, the route is most definitely worth the effort for those willing to put the work in.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Achray Campground 

Ending Point: Squirrel Rapid Parking Lot 

Total Distance: 24 km

Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights 

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: This route is located in eastern Algonquin Provincial Park, the nearest town being Petawawa.

Traditional Territory: This route in Algonquin Provincial Park is located on the traditional territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario by Kevin Callan

Map: Official Algonquin Park Canoe Routes Map

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

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: As the Barron Canyon route is within Algonquin Provincial Park, permits are required for camping. Permits can be reserved through the Ontario Parks Reservation System and should be done so in advance to ensure availability. Permits are not reserved for specific campsites and are instead done by general areas (i.e. lakes, sections of the river, etc). 

Outfitters & Shuttles

In order to do the Barron Canyon route, two different options exist:

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