Algonquin Provincial Park: Canoe Lake to Sunbeam Lake Loop (4 days / 38 km)

Sailing in Algonquin Sun Beam Lake

This is one of Algonquin Provincial Park's classic loops. Starting and ending in Canoe Lake, this loop is the perfect trip for beginners looking for a challenge or an intermediate looking for a 'tune up' trip to get ready for further adventures. It is a combination of small and medium-sized lakes, short and long portages, and incredible wildlife sighting opportunities. Even though this is a great beginner trip, it has no shortages of challenges to face, but always with great rewards.

This report will cover a beginner level pace, however I will add notes for those who are looking for a greater challenge.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Canoe Lake Access Point #5

Ending Point: Canoe Lake Access Point #5

Total Distance: 39 km

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: This route is in the southwest part of Algonquin Provincial Park, leaving from Canoe Lake just off of Highway 60.

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

Maps: The Adventure Map Algonquin 1: Corridor North

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

Permits & Reservations

Permits: Reservations can be made through the Ontario Parks reservation portal. Reserving a campsite on the lake (online or by phone) means one of the sites on that lake is reserved for you. You may not reserve a specific site. First come, first served. Permits can be printed at home or downloaded to your device or at Access Point #5.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: For this loop, you can use Algonquin Outfitters or Algonquin Bound. The Portage Outpost (previously The Portage Store, now operated by Algonquin Outfitters) is right on Canoe Lake.

Shuttles: No shuttle is needed as this route starts and ends at the same place...

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