This loop is a bucket-list trip for Ontario paddlers in terms of must-see beauty. On the first half of the trip, paddlers on this route travel up the Chiniguchi River to Chiniguchi Lake through the world’s largest remaining stand of old-growth red pine, Killarney-like cliffs of white quartzite and the picturesque “Paradise Lagoon”. The route also offers fantastic campsites, beaches, day-hikes to lofty vistas, a purportedly haunted cabin, and one of the muddiest portages in southern Ontario to earn your backcountry stripes and bragging rights.
Bring a keen eye and some good photography equipment on this one. You’ll need it!
Trip Completed: August 2022
Starting Point: The trip starts and ends at the MNR Matagamasi Public Boat Launch on Matagamasi Lake. Take Kukagami Lake Road off of Highway 17 east of Sudbury to Matagamasi Lake Road. Parking is free but at the owners risk. This parking area can get busy and full on weekends and in the summer. If paddlers want safer and supervised parking, they can arrange a parking and shuttle service with The Sportman’s Lodge on Kukagami Lake for a moderate fee. (Sportsman's Lodge)
Ending Point: As it is a circuit route, the trip ends again at the MNR Matagamasi Public Boat Launch on Matagamasi Lake. Paddlers can opt to go in either direction on this loop with no real advantage or disadvantage. It would be advised to avoid travelling the Chiniguchi River and Wolf Lake areas on weekends as these areas can get extremely busy.
Total Distance: 63 km
Duration: The trip can be done comfortably in 4 days, however more are recommended to do day hikes and exploration of the area.
Difficulty: Experienced Novice. This is an excellent route for novice canoe trippers looking for a challenge.
This route has paddlers travelling through the Wolf Lake Old Growth Forest Reserve, Chiniguchi Waterway Provincial Park and Crown Land.
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