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PostPosted: July 4th, 2018, 12:05 pm 
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I'm looking for ideas for a one day canoe trip in the Algonquin &/or Froste Center areas. We do a lot of canoeing in Haliburton cottage country, but are looking to see something a little more pristine. We will be driving in from a cottage near Dorset so access points near Hwy 60 will probably be most convenient. Other than that, our main requirement is the need to avoid a shuttle since we aren't Ontario residents and will only have one vehicle. Our party consists of 2 physically fit but over 50 adults and a teenager. We are experienced day paddlers, but not ready to take on overnight tripping. Easy portages such as Canoe to Joe Lake are quite welcome, but not long or challenging ones. Hoping for nice scenery, good wildlife, waterfalls, etc. If there are hiking side trips worth exploring or even a portage worth the hike without a canoe that would also be fun. (I've hiked the portage from Kimball to Rockaway in Haliburton many times)

Examples of out and back canoe day trips we've done previously and really liked: Canoe to Little Joe, Herb to Knife, Herb to Gun. We also did Algonquin outfitters to Ragged falls, but it felt too much like cottage country.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions


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PostPosted: July 4th, 2018, 1:37 pm 
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Just got back from 4 days on Little Margaret Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Just south of the Frost Centre.
Seem to be some decent loops in the area. Not sure about day use fees. Beautiful area (all the bugs and record breaking heat included)


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PostPosted: July 5th, 2018, 7:10 am 
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Opeongo would keep you busy for a day. Lake of Two Rivers to Rock Lake if you would do a short portage. Rock leads into several other lakes, also with short portages. There's a 3 km. portage into Louisa from Rock if you want to include a hike. Smoke Lake takes you to Porcupine, I think, with a dam to by-pass. On the west side, Rain Lake takes you into a chain of lakes, but the ports get a bit longer.


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PostPosted: July 9th, 2018, 9:27 pm 
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In the Frost, Wren Lake to Black Lake is scenic and not too hard. Also, Bentshoe to Crane Lakes, Poker Lake and back to Bentshoe is a nice loop if the water levels are ok.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 8:09 am 
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I have a feeling there are some good short little day-trippable loops in the Frost Centre/Haliburton Highlands but I haven't done any of them personally. In Algonquin, though it's on the long side you could loop Smoke-Ragged-Claude-Smoke in a day. Or Cache-Head-Head Creek-Madawaska River-Cache. Or perhaps Rock-Pen-Night-Galeairy-Rock. Rock Lake has the pictographs to see, though they're quite faint, and you could work in a hike to the lookout on the Booth's Rock Trail. But note that Smoke, Rock, Cache and LoTR do have cottages on them (as does Galeairy but not the small part of it that you would traverse on the last loop I suggested).

If you're not looking for a loop specifically, an out-and-back paddle on the Madawaska westward from LoTR, or Costello Creek southward from Lake Opeongo, could be nice for wildlife watching. Or for that matter you could shell out for a water taxi up Opeongo to Hailstorm Creek which is supposed to be great wildlife watching, and paddle that.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 9:19 am 
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Blue transparent water and old growth forest at Clear lake at Frost...

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Clear Lake is noted for its incredibly clear waters where one can view depths of more than 30ft on a calm day. Old growth Hemlock and Pine trees can be found throughout the Clear Lake Conservation Reserve. The river between Nunikani and Big Hawk Lake is very scenic. Blackcat Lake is ‘Meromictic’ and provincially rare (see write up on conservation reserve). There is also a one of a kind, full size log chute at the dam from Big Hawk Lake with picnic area, walking path and interpretive pavilion.


https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/routes.php

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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 9:14 pm 
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BTW - no day use fees for Frost Centre


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2018, 9:20 pm 
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Thanks to all. Got some new ideas


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