Algonquin Provincial Park: Smoke Lake to Phipps Lake (4 days / 40 km)

My middle daughter had been wanting to go on a canoe trip with me since my first trip in 2021, after I didn't make it happen in 2022, by spring 2023 she was all over me to make sure I booked something for us. As is usual for me, I waffled over possible routes for months - to the point it was getting later into the summer and we still had no plan. I debated many routes, including starting at the Magnetawan access and heading down the Petawawa and circling back via Ralph Bice but decided (I think rightfully so in the end) to take on something a bit “easier”. I settled on heading out of Smoke Lake and ended up booking a night each on Ragged, Phipps and Big Porcupine; so it was basically an out and back trip. I figured this would be moderately challenging for an 11 year old while hopefully finishing with her wanting more. 

This was also a unique trip for me, in that it was my first non-solo trip. And I couldn’t have asked for better company. Even if we never do get out again together (though I think we will, she’s a great tripping partner), I’m so thankful we got to spend such quality time together in the wilderness.    

Trip Completed: August 2023

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Smoke Lake Access Point 6

Ending Point: Smoke Lake Access Point 6

Total Distance: 40 km (Jeff’s Map), 43.4 km total paddled (Google)

Total Portage Distance: 2.41 km

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin), Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ (source)

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: A Paddler’s Guide to Algonquin Park, Kevin Callan; 3rd edition

Maps: Jeff’s Maps, Algonquin, Adventure Map Algonquin 3 Corridor South, Official Canoe Routes Map of Algonquin Park

Canoe Route Planner: Click here to view and edit this route in the interactive canoe route planner


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