Temagami: Sturgeon – Lady Evelyn – Solace Loop (7 days / 97 km)

It doesn’t go on, it goes up!  There is no better way to describe our first ever backcountry canoe trip in Temagami than with that sentence.  It seemed like every portage had a boulder garden, swamp, creek or mud pit to cross, all while climbing up a seemingly never-ending slope. Mix in a scalding heat wave and the blood thirsty bugs of early July, and you have yourselves an unbelievable 7-day adventure.  Despite the adversity, we fell in love with the rugged wilderness of the Temagami region and can’t wait to return again soon.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Gervais Landing

Ending Point: Gervais Landing

Total Distance: 97 km

Duration: 7 Days

Difficulty: Advanced

Trip Completed: July 2020

Location

This route passes through Sturgeon River Provincial Park, Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and Solace Provincial Park in the Temagami Cluster, directly north of Sudbury.

Tradition Territory: This route in Temagami is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki, Cree and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: Jeff’s Map for Temagami Version 1 (no longer available) and The Ottertooth Map (Interactive Digital Map)

Campsite Permits: Permits are required. On the Ontario Parks Reservation System, go to the far right and click "Backcountry Registration" and then select "Temagami Cluster". Purchase a permit for the nights you will be in a specific provincial park. Once in the park, campsites are first-come-first-serve.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Canoe rental from Algonquin Portage just off Highway 17 near Petawawa.  There were no canoe rental locations near our access point close to our route so we picked up on the way.  Some outfitters we considered that were in Temagami were “Smoothwater Outfitters and Lodge” and “Temagami Outfitting Co.”.  There is also Lakeland Airways if you would like to fly in and paddle out....

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