Missinaibi River: Brunswick Lake to Mattice (4 days / 100 km)

Amazing blue wate in Missinaibi Brunswick Lake to Mattice

I realize the Missinaibi River is a very unconventional destination for such a short canoe trip. In 2017 I paddled the entire length of the river (a total of more than 500 km), but we'd had to skip over a detour to the beautiful Brunswick Lake. So when my friend suggested we make a quick canoe trip to the Missinaibi and start at Brunswick Lake, I was definitely keen.

This route begins at the southwest corner of Brunswick Lake, almost 100 km south of the town of Mattice and Highway 11. From there, the route goes north through the rest of the lake and then travels down the Brunswick River until meeting up with the Missinaibi River. Next, the route passes through a 70 km stretch of the Missinaibi and features a handful of rapids, a few portages and some beautiful campsites.

Although an unconventional canoe trip, we had a ton of fun, saw a ton of wildlife and no other people. We'd actually budgeted 6 days for the route, but finished the route in four days instead.

Trip Completed: June 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Brunswick Lake Access Point

Ending Point: Mattice

Total Distance:

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: This route takes place in a section of Missinaibi River Provincial Park south of Highway 11. The nearest community is Mattice (which sits on the shores of the Missinaibi River), however, the nearest town is Kapuskasing (about an hour to the east).

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Moose Cree, Cree, Anishinabewaki and Michif Piyii (Métis) (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Missinaibi: Journey to the Northern Sky by Hap Wilson

Map: Chrismar Adventure Map - Missinaibi River 1: Missinaibi Lake to Mattice

Route Map: Click here to view and customize the route map using the interactive Canoe Route Planner.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: If you’re going to be camping your first night on Missina...

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