Mississagi River: Spanish Chutes to Aubrey Falls (8 days / 152 km)

Water coming toward Mississaigi River

As one of Northeastern Ontario’s lesser travelled routes, this is the perfect trip for intermediate to advanced paddlers looking to escape the crowds. Due to slightly more difficult access, there is a good chance of not seeing very many paddlers. There is a great combination of large and small lakes, whitewater and narrow river sections.

Trip Completed: August 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Spanish Chutes

Ending Point: Aubrey Falls

Total Distance: 152 km

Duration: 8 days (recommend planning for 8-10 days)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location

This route is located in Mississagi River Provincial Park just northwest of Sudbury and slightly more west of the Spanish River, as it shares the same headwaters. There are multiple starting points to choose from, depending on how long you want your trip and how much big lake paddling you want to do.

Maps & Resources

Map: The Adventure Map - Mississagi River Provincial Park. Topo maps: 041O08, 041O01, 041O02

Campsite Reservations: All sites first come first serve. Plan with that in mind due to the distance between some sites. May not be likely someone is at your desired site but be sure to plan a backup.

Permits: No permits are required due to it being a non-operating park.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitters: We did not use an outfitter but there are a couple in the area. I have heard good things about Northern Skies Resort (formally Kegos Camp) and Missinaibi Headwaters. Reach out to as many outfitters as you can because some are no longer doing any shuttling.

Shuttle: A fairly lengthy shuttle down logging roads is needed for this trip. Luckily we had family drive us so we did not have to arrange for an outfitter to the shuttle.

Trip Report

Day 0: Driving to the Trailhead

After a lengthy drive from Barrie to Aubrey Falls, to drop our car off at the take-out, then have family shuttle us to the put-in, we were on the road by 4:30 am. After the 6.5-h...

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