Killarney Provincial Park: Widgawa Lodge to Nellie Lake (3 days / 28 km)

Trip Report - Widgawa Lodge to Nellie Lake

The Nellie Lake Route is a flatwater paddling route located in the Northern section of Killarney Provincial Park. The access point is found just outside the official park boundary at Widgawa Lodge in Whitefish Falls, ON. The lodge has their own launching fees so be sure to contact them ahead of time to make the necessary arrangements. They also allow onsite camping which is a great option considering the lengthy drive (most people) have just getting there.

This is a challenging canoe route with long, steep, rocky portage trails and almost guaranteed headwinds in one direction or another. The route is not suitable for novice canoe trippers. It's suitable for paddlers who enjoy the feeling of isolation in a remote area and is a must for anyone interested in following in the footsteps of the Group of Seven.

Trip Completed: September 2022

Trip Summary

Location: Killarney Provincial Park

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on Anishinabewaki and Mississauga traditional territory (source).

Maps and Resources

Guidebook: Top 50 Canoe Routes of Canada by Kevin Callan.

Map: Unlostify; Killarney.

Route Planner: Click here to view and modify this route in the interactive Route Planner.

Permits and Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Reservations must be made through Ontario Parks reservation system.

Permits: Permits can be picked up at the Widgawa Lodge.

Other fees: Widgawa Lodge charges their own launching fee.

Know Before You Go

Season: The best time of year to visit this area is (in my opinion) during Fall colours. Alternatively, I would recommend going when the weather is warm to take advantage of swimming in the gorgeous, clear water.

Cell Reception: None at the lodge and none along the route.

Water: There is easy access to drinking water.

Wildlife: Given the remoteness of the area, wildlife sightings are a definite possibility. There are black bears in the area as well as elk, moose and ...

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