The Spanish River is a beautiful river west of Sudbury with two branches: east and west. The west branch features stunning forests on ancient bedrock, exciting white water, and beautiful campsites. A scenic train ride brings you to your input along the river where you’ll enjoy class 1-3 white water that has been traveled by first nations for thousands of years. This river has clearly marked and well-traveled portages with plenty of wildlife to watch for.
Trip Completed: September 2020
Starting Point: Sinker Creek
Ending Point: Agnew Lake
Total Distance: ~130km
Duration: 5 days
Location: This route takes place in Spanish River Provincial Park and moves south toward Agnew Lake. The nearest town is Sudbury.
Traditional Territory: This route takes place in the traditional territory of the Mississauga, Anishinabewaki and Michif Piyii (Métis) (source).
Maps & Resources
Map: Chrismar Adventure Map - Spanish River
Interactive Route Map: Click here to view and edit this route using the Canoe Route Planner
Permits & Reservations
Campsite Reservations: No campsite reservations are needed.
Permits: You must book an interior camping permit. You go do so through the Ontario Parks Reservation System (select "Backcountry Reservation" on the far right).
Outfitters & Shuttles
The put-in is a train stop called Sinker on the VIA Rail Line. You can take the train with your canoe and gear to the put-in.
Angew Lake Lodge provides parking at the endpoint and a shuttle service for a fee, however I did not use their shuttle service.
Day 1: Sinker Creek to Upper Athlone Rapids (22 km)
Trip began with a rainy morning train ride to Sinker Creek. This quickly connects to the Spanish River.
Within 1 km you’ll encounter a small rapid and swift followed by the much bigger Hook Ra...
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