This was an awesome route that traversed super varied terrain: everything from massive lakes to winding rivers, no long portages. All without another soul in sight. If you don’t mind long days of paddling this route, which is accessed from the south end of Algonquin Park, is a perfect long weekend route.
Trip Completed: July 2020
Starting Point: Lake Opeongo
Ending Point: Lake Opeongo
Total Distance: 93km
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Location: Lake Opeongo is right in the middle of Algonquin Provincial Park and is accessed from the south of the park. The launch point is a 3.5 hour drive from Toronto.
Traditional Territory: This route in Algonquin Provincial Park is located on the traditional territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabewaki (source).
Maps & Resources
Map: There are a few maps that cover this route. We used a map that covered the whole park. The Adventure Map Algonquin 1 - Corridor North.
Interactive Route Map: Click here to view and edit the route using the Canoe Route Planner
Permits & Reservations
Permits and Campsite Reservations: When you book your trip to Algonquin you will need permits for multi-day backcountry access. When you purchase your permits you will also need to reserve your campsites using the online booking system.
Outfitters & Shuttles
Lake Opeongo is a major launch point and Algonquin Outfitters has a location right at launch, which is the easiest option for rentals. If Algonquin Outfitters doesn’t have availability, then the Portage Store (and several other operators) located on Canoe Lake can also arrange a pickup and dropoff for a fee. Make sure to book Kevlar canoes: with the long portages, the lighter weight will be worth the higher cost.
Day 1: Lake Opeongo Docks to Big Crow Lake (28 km)
This route starts off with a massive day. Once launching...
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