Algonquin Provincial Park: Cedar Lake to Carl Wilson Lake Loop (2 days / 31 km)

A tourist watching the sunset in Wilson Lake

This two day loop is a moderately challenging loop that, nonetheless, can be done as an overnight if you’re so inclined. It starts and ends at the Brent Access Point (#27) on Cedar Lake and heads northwest through a series of smaller lakes up to Carl Wilson Lake. Coming back you can retrace your steps or make a loop by heading north on Carl Wilson and cutting back by way of some small lakes and steep portages. Carl Wilson is a great destination and this route is worthwhile for anyone looking to get some solitude within a day’s travel of an access point and who doesn’t mind a bit of work.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Brent (Cedar Lake, Access Point #27)

Ending Point: Brent (Cedar Lake, Access Point #27)

Total Distance: 31 km

Elevation Gain: Varied. The highest point on the loop is about 120m above the starting elevation on Cedar Lake. Biggest portage climb is 54 meters over 760 meters, Ironwood Lake to Bug Lake.

Duration: 1 nights / 2 days (would be good as a 2 night trip too)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: This route is located in Algonquin Provincial Park and begins at access point # 27 (Brent/Cedar Lake). This access point is on the north side of the park and is accessible from Highway 17.

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

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Algonquin Park Canoe Routes (digital) – The paper copy can be purchased at Algonquin Outfitters

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 and can be reserved through the Ontario Parks reservation portal.

Permits: The Park is now allowing trippers to print their ...

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