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.
Driving to Access PointCampsite on Woods LakeFire Tower on Ishpatina RidgeTop of Ishpatina RidgeView from Ishpatina RidgeClear water on Sunnywater LakeRain on Florence LakeCampsite on Lady Evelyn RiverLeaving Florence LakeFlorence LakeSunset on Florence LakeStorm Clouds on Florence LakePortage into Whitepine LakeWhite Rock Rapids
Florence Lake CampsiteFlorence Creek to Bluesucker LakePortage into Bluesucker LakePaul LakePaul Lake
Starting Point: Gervais Landing
Ending Point: Gervais Landing
Total Distance: 97 km
Duration: 7 Days
Trip Completed: July 2020
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
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.
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