Algonquin Provincial Park: Tim River to Longbow Lake (2 days / 32 km)

The Tim River to Longbow Lake Canoe route is a remarkable backcountry camping adventure, beginning at Algonquin Access Point #2. You start and end your loop at the well-maintained parking lot, and canoe launch at Tim River. Along Longbow Lake, the beautiful, deep forest campsites will provide you all the serenity and nature you have come out to find. 

Tim River’s canoe route is considered to have an easy to moderate level difficulty, especially depending on water levels and the time of year. The water on Tim River lowers and raises over the season, exposing beaver dams you may need to get out of the canoe to pass.

This trip report starts on Tim River, with a brief paddle on Tim Lake (and a 120m portage) and then back to more of the Tim River. Then it crosses Rosebary Lake to the campsites at Longbow Lake.

Trip Completed: August 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Tim River Parking Lot

Ending Point: Tim River Parking Lot 

Total Distance: 32 km

Duration: 2 days + 2 rest days (4 total)

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: This route is located on the west side of Algonquin Provincial Park, beginning at Access Point # 2, just north of Kearny, Ontario.

Traditional Territory: This route in Algonquin Provincial Park is located on the traditional territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: Official Canoe Routes Map of Algonquin Park - can also be purchased at Algonquin Outfitters

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsite reservations are required through the Ontario Parks reservation portal. Reservations are for a campsite on a specific lake, not a specific campsite (i.e. Longbow Lake).

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: We used the Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville to pick up our equipment. We owned our backpacking gear, but still required a (2 person) canoe - we got the Algonquin Swift canoe, paddles (2 sets), 2 ...

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