Algonquin Provincial Park: Wendigo Lake to Radiant Lake (5 days / 37 km)

A Global Pandemic means changed wedding & honeymoon plans… we searched and searched for cute cabins or local glamping options but couldn’t find anything that felt like “us”. That’s how we ended up doing a “radiant” backcountry honeymoon in Algonquin Provincial Park. It was mostly the name of the lake that inspired our decision, but we also had a bit more time than we usually do for a trip and so decided to go further North and tackle a longer route.

Our trip to Radiant Lake was a 5-day in and out trip with a one-night stop at North Depot on the way in and a one-night stop at Clamshell Lake on the way back. As is often the case in Algonquin in August, the weather was a mixed bag with rolling storms and full-on rain on our return. Though the paddle wasn’t particularly difficult the MANY portages made for an interesting challenge. 

Trip Completed: August 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Access Point 25, Wendigo Lake. There is parking available on-site however limited. Had to pick up permits at Cedar Lake – Brent Access Point. 

Ending Point: Access Point 25, Wendigo Lake

Total Distance: Approximately 37 km total through 6 lakes & one river

Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate (lots of portages)

Location: This route is located in northern Algonquin Provincial Park.

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

Maps & Resources

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: 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. Clamshell Lake)...

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