Algonquin Provincial Park: Source Lake Loop (5 days / 24 km)

This is a great beginner trip off Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park. This loop was the first trip with only just the two of us. This route never takes you far from Highway 60 and the Canisbay Campground, which helps relieve any fears related to a backcountry trip. However, it did also have a remoteness feel to the wilderness we passed through, which assisted in building our confidence camping on our own. We loved this loop, and even through we had 14 hours of rain on our rest day, we would not have changed a thing!

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Algonquin Park Access #7 Source Lake

Ending Point: Algonquin Park Access #7 Source Lake

Total Distance: Total 24 km. (Paddling 14.7 km, Portages 9.1 km)

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: The Source Lake Loop begins at the Source Lake (Access Point 7) parking lot, right off of Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park.

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

Maps & Resources

Map: Adventure Map – Algonquin Canoe Lake works and you can see canoe routes on the Algonquin Park Digital 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. Canisbay Lake).

Camping Permits: Camping permits can be picked up from West Gate before starting your canoe trip. You can also pay for a parking permit at this time.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We rented a Swift Prospector 16’, 42lbs Canoe in candy apple red from Algonquin Outfitters along with paddles for both of us and a lifejacket for Jess. By arranging the canoe rental in advance, we were able to have the canoe dropped off and waiting...

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