Algonquin Provincial Park: Cedar Lake to Francis Lake (6 days / 55 km)

Experience a 450 million-year-old meteorite crater and Algonquin Park’s tallest waterfall, in one remote backcountry canoe trip. In this trip report, you will follow along our journey from Cedar Lake down the Petawawa River to Francis Lake and back. We paddled down rapids, through lakes with excellent fishing and literally walked across a lake. Join us on our adventure!

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Algonquin Park Cedar Lake, Access #27

Ending Point: Algonquin Park Cedar Lake, Access #27

Total Distance: Total 54.7 km. Breakdown: Paddling 46.3 km, Portages 8.4km

Elevation Gain: Mostly flat, total variance = low of 268 m to high of 316 m

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: This route takes place in the northern part of Algonquin Provincial Park, starting and ending at Brent Campground.

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

Maps & Resources

Map: Jeff’s Maps, Algonquin – Version 5

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

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Reservations are required for the lake you wish to camp on. Campsites on that lake are first come first served.

Permits: The Park is now allowing canoe trippers to print their permits at home. Permits may still be picked up at the office serving the access point (in this case, the Brent office). You may also need to check in about parking your vehicle.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We rented a Swift Prospector 16’, 42lb Canoe in candy apple red from Algonquin Outfitters. By arranging the canoe rental in advance, we were able to pick up the canoe the night before we set off from the Brent Lake Campground.

Algonquin Outfitters Location: 

Located at Access Point #27 Cedar Lakec/o Algonquin Outfitters1035 Algonquin ...

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