Algonquin Provincial Park: Tim River to Magnetawan Lake (4 days / 66 km)

This four-day almost loop is a moderately challenging route that shows off quite a bit of what the Park has to offer. Starting with the twists and turns of the Tim River, moving on to a string of smaller to mid-sized lakes and ending on the lake that Ralph Bice called his favourite in the Park, this route is worthwhile for anyone looking to experience the different sides of Algonquin and who doesn't mind a bit of work.

Trip Completed: July 2018

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Tim River Access Point (Access Point #2)

Ending Point: Magnetawan Lake Access Point (Access Point #3)

Total Distance: 66 km

Elevation Gain: Varied. Biggest portage climb is 47 meters over 1.3 km, Rain Lake to Casey Lake.

Duration: 4 Days.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: This route is located in Algonquin Provincial Park and begins at access point # 2 (Tim River). Both starting and ending access points (Tim River and Magnetawan) are on the western border of the Park, east of Kearney and Highway 11.

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

Maps & Resources

Map: You can use the Friends of Algonquin Canoe Routes Map (there is an online and a paper version available for purchase)

Canoe Route Planner: Click here to open the route map in the interactive 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.

Permits: The Park is now allowing trippers to print their permits at home. Permits may still be picked up at the office serving the access point (in this case, the Kearney office).

Outfitters & Shuttles

We did not use an outfitter for this trip. There are two outfitters in Kearney, Algonquin Basecamp and Canoe Algonquin. I have used Canoe Algonquin for a boat renta...

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