Algonquin Provincial Park: Kiosk Loop (9 days / 80 km)

Beautiful Lakes of Algonquin Kiosk Loop

My friend Ben and I were looking for a longer trip this year. Previously, the longest trip either of us had done was 5 days, and we were itching for more time in the backcountry. We decided on the Kiosk Loop, running counter-clockwise, over a leisurely 8 nights. We both knew we could do it in less, but liked the idea of 3-5 hours of work per day and relaxing afternoons. We figured late July would offer good weather, reduced bugs, and avoid the larger crowds of the first two weeks of August (the park’s busiest). While we suffered persistent strong winds for the duration of the trip, conditions were otherwise very good.

We paddled over 23 distinct lakes, rivers and creeks. The strong winds on Kioshkokwi, Manitou and North Tea lakes made some tough times and sketchy paddling conditions, including the closest I’ve ever been to becoming windbound during a trip. Portaging distance (assuming single carries) was about 14km over an 80+km trip. A highly encouraged route for intermediate trippers looking to boost their skills with longer-duration trips.

Trip Completed: July 2022

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Access Point #29 – Kioshkokwi Lake

Ending Point: Access Point #29 – Kioshkokwi Lake

Total Distance: 80 km

Duration: 9 Days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: This route is located in Algonquin Provincial Park. The put in is accessed from HWY 630, which starts between North Bay and Mattawa and ends at Kioshkokwi Lake, in the northeast corner of the park.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki and Huron/Wendat Peoples.

Maps & Resources

Map: Official Canoe Routes Map of Algonquin Park

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. Reservations can be made through Ontario Parks. Campsites on th...

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