Massasauga Provincial Park: Three Legged Lake to Spider Bay (4 days / 35 km)

Georgian Bay has a well-deserved reputation for beauty. With a distinctive look characterized by rocky lichen-covered islands, shallow turquoise shoals, and windswept pine trees, the massive body of water attracts visitors from throughout Ontario, and beyond. Georgian Bay's huge scale (making up, as it does, a large portion of Lake Huron's surface area) gives it a warranted distinction as an inland sea. The Spider Bay Route in Massasauga Provincial Park is an excellent way to experience the majesty of the region by way of canoe, as the route gives the paddler an intimate view of the beauty of Georgian Bay.

The grandeur of Georgian Bay is a double-edged sword, however, as heavy winds and large waves can make paddling on the large body of water a dangerous affair in certain conditions. Likewise, navigating through the maze of islands and inlets that characterize the area takes both skill and patience.

Trip Completed: September 2019

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Three Legged Lake

Ending Point: Three Legged Lake

Total Distance: 35 km

Duration: 3 Nights, 4 Days

Difficulty: Beginner 


This route is located in Massasauga Provincial Park, near Parry Sound.

Tradition Territory: This route in Massasauga Provincial Park is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki and Mississauga (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario by Kevin Callan

Map: Unlostify Massasauga Camping Map

Camping Permits: As the Spider Bay route is within Massasauga Provincial Park, permits are required for camping. Permits can be reserved online though the Ontario Parks Reservation System or by phone, and should be done so in advance to ensure availability.

Outfitters & Shuttles

As the Spider Bay route detailed here is a loop (with the put-in and takeout being the same point) a shuttle is not needed. For boat and equipment rentals, check out White Squall Outdoor Store.

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