Quetico Provincial Park: Bentpine Creek Loop (6 days, 100 km)

Mind blowing view of Quetico Brentpine Creek Loop

Quetico Provincial Park is well known to contain some of the best backcountry camping in Ontario. Located approximately 2 hours west of Thunder Bay, the park is a bit of a journey to reach, especially from southwestern Ontario, but well worth the payoff. Considered by some paddlers as the “holy grail” of backcountry paddling, the park has it all. Secluded lakes with no cottages or boats, low traffic, easy access, well-maintained portages, beautiful campsites, excellent fishing, abundant wildlife, and fascinating relics from the past. The list goes on and on.

This route was featured in Kevin Callan’s book “Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario”, and felt very well-paced and thought out. Large lakes dominate the first half of the trip, travelling eastward with the prevailing winds, followed by smaller lakes heading back west against the prevailing winds. 

My paddling partner Danny and I had been talking about visiting Quetico for a few years, and now that we had friends who had just moved to Thunder Bay, we finally had an excuse to make the trip North. We visited in mid-late September, right at the start of the off-season, and were rewarded with cooler temps, no bugs, and almost no other people to be seen.

Trip Completed: September 2022

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Beaverhouse Lake

Ending Point: Beaverhouse Lake

Total Distance: 100 km (Kevin Callan’s book says this route is 65 km, but I mapped it at 100 km)

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate. Knowledge of portaging and navigation is a must. Campsites and portages are not marked, and at times can be difficult to find.

Location

Northwest Quetico Provincial Park. The nearest town to the put-in is Atikokan, ON.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki (source). 

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario - Kevin Callan

Maps: Adventure Maps - Quetico Provincial Park and Are...

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