Algonquin Provincial Park: Canoe Lake to Burnt Island Lake (3 days / 38 km)

Burnt Island Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Algonquin Provincial Park and a classic basecamp from which to explore the many surrounding lakes. The route conveniently begins at Canoe Lake off of Highway 60 and requires paddlers to make three portages before ultimately reaching Burnt Island Lake. 

The route is well traversed and suitable for novices, with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and stargaze. 

Trip Completed: June - July 2019 

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Canoe Lake (Access Point #5)

Ending Point: Canoe Lake (Access Point #5)

Total Distance: 38 km

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: The route to Burnt Island Lake begins at the Canoe Lake parking lot off of Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park. 

Traditional Territory: Canoe Lake and Burnt Island Lake are located on the traditional territory of the Algonquin and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Clark Geomatics Algonquin Park-Highway 60 Corridor Map

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

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsite reservations are required through the Ontario Parks Reservation Portal. Reservations are for a campsite on A specific lake, not a specific campsite (i.e. Canoe Lake).

Camping Permits: Camping permits must be picked up from Canoe Lake Access Point before starting your canoe trip.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We rented gear from the Portage Store located at the Canoe Lake Access point. Specifically, we rented kevlar canoes, paddles, life jackets, and a canoe barrel. 

As this trip is a loop, no shuttle was necessary for this trip. 

Trip Report

Day 1: Canoe Lake to Burnt Island Lake (12 km)

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