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PostPosted: November 28th, 2023, 12:48 pm 
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Hello,

Thanks for letting me join this website. I used it a bit a number of years ago, but haven’t even visited it since then. My bad!

Anyway, I’d welcome a discussion with any website members regarding trip planning for 2024.

My wife and I are planning a 5-7 day backcountry canoe trip after Labour Day weekend in September 2024. Post September long weekend is our favourite time of year to backcountry camp because most people with school aged children or people in post-secondary school are usually back at home or school.

We’re currently considering returning to Quetico for the third time because we’re planning to head to Winnipeg to visit friends after this trip.

However, I’d love to return to The Shoals Provincial Park area. We car camped there once in the summer of ‘94 and have fond memories of the area.

We live in Cambridge, Ontario.

We will both be 51 years old the time of this trip.

We have no kids or pets.

With the exception of two years, we have completed an annual backcountry canoe trip every year for the last 25 years.

We’ve paddled: Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Massassauga, Frontenac, Algonquin, French River, Killarney, Temagami area, Lake Superior, Quetico and Bon Echo (day trip).

Our current canoe is a very well used Swift Keewaydin 16’.

We have zero whitewater experience and are not interested in learning any by ourselves on such a trip.

We would require either a loop trip or an out and back trip, as we’d only have the one vehicle.

I typically use 4km/hr for our paddling and portaging time then add on 20 minutes per portage for putting in and out.

We’re typically off our site by 0900 and prefer to be back on a site around 1400 to enjoy the new site.

We will be travelling with our new 25’ travel trailer, which we will leave parked somewhere reasonably safe while we’re in the backcountry. Over the years we’ve found excellent trailer storage solutions for Temagami and Quetico.

Meanwhile, I will be starting to review all of our maps and books to see what I can come up with.

Appreciate any help for this non-tech savvy wannabe.

Cheers,
Ted


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2023, 10:01 am 
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Guess not


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2023, 11:05 am 
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Oh ye of little faith:

I realize no one has answered directly but have you looked at the following thread:
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 04#p447159

Give that a whirl it might answer a number of questions you posed. I might suggest the Savant Lake area (on page 3) as that would get you most of the way to Winnipeg.

Cheers,
MEh (the stern half)


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2023, 12:37 pm 
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M Eh wrote:
Oh ye of little faith:

I realize no one has answered directly but have you looked at the following thread:
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 04#p447159

Give that a whirl it might answer a number of questions you posed. I might suggest the Savant Lake area (on page 3) as that would get you most of the way to Winnipeg.

Cheers,
MEh (the stern half)


Hey MEh, thank for taking the to reply!
I have read through that thread. Unfortunately I’ve missed any reference to the Savant Lake area. I’m unfamiliar with it.

Ted


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2023, 3:48 pm 
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Yes, have faith. I will suggest Turtle River Provincial Park as an alternative to Quetico since, it is also very near to Atikokan where you will still have access to numerous outfitting companies.

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PostPosted: February 27th, 2024, 8:39 am 
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MattedfredWheel wrote:
Hello,

Thanks for letting me join this website. I used it a bit a number of years ago, but haven’t even visited it since then. My bad!

Anyway, I’d welcome a discussion with any website members regarding trip planning for 2024.

My wife and I are planning a 5-7 day backcountry canoe trip after Labour Day weekend in September 2024. Post September long weekend is our favourite time of year to backcountry camp because most people with school aged children or people in post-secondary school are usually back at home or school.

We’re currently considering returning to Quetico for the third time because we’re planning to head to Winnipeg to visit friends after this trip.

However, I’d love to return to The Shoals Provincial Park area. We car camped there once in the summer of ‘94 and have fond memories of the area.

We live in Cambridge, Ontario.

We will both be 51 years old the time of this trip.

We have no kids or pets.

With the exception of two years, we have completed an annual backcountry canoe trip every year for the last 25 years.

We’ve paddled: Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Massassauga, Frontenac, Algonquin, French River, Killarney, Temagami area, Lake Superior, Quetico and Bon Echo (day trip).

Our current canoe is a very well used Swift Keewaydin 16’.

We have zero whitewater experience and are not interested in learning any by ourselves on such a trip.

We would require either a loop trip or an out and back trip, as we’d only have the one vehicle.

I typically use 4km/hr for our paddling and portaging time then add on 20 minutes per portage for putting in and out.

We’re typically off our site by 0900 and prefer to be back on a site around 1400 to enjoy the new site.

We will be travelling with our new 25’ travel trailer, which we will leave parked somewhere reasonably safe while we’re in the backcountry. Over the years we’ve found excellent trailer storage solutions for Temagami and Quetico.

Meanwhile, I will be starting to review all of our maps and books to see what I can come up with.

Appreciate any help for this non-tech savvy wannabe.

Cheers,
Ted


I am also interested in this route. Please tell me more about it


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2024, 6:04 pm 
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Not quite as far west as Quetico or Savant Lake, but on the way out west nonetheless, I highly recommend the area north of Elliot Lake. There are gorgeous lakes in that area and you could stretch a trip out to a week in the area. There are a few doozy portages, but they are worth the effort to get to those lakes. I was last in the area a few years ago and did a solo trip there (I, too, am in my early 50s.)

One route you might consider is:

Start at Flack Lake (there is a lodge there that can take care of your car for a marginal fee). The entire route does not require booking or fees unless you stay on Flack Lake which you probably wouldn't as it is your entry lake.

the route would look like:

Flack Lake> Bruce Lake>Olympus Lake>Astonish Lake>Ezma Lake>Swamp Lake>Upper Mace Lake>Lillypad Lake> Lower Mace Lake>Pathfinder Lake>Claim Lake>Dunlop Lake>Ten Mile Lake>Dollyberry Lake>Bobowash Lake>Samreid Lake>Flack Lake

The loop would take a week and is portage intense, but beautiful and not overly used. Kevin Callan has it in his Lost Routes book. I did the northern portion and have posted a report in my blog :

https://www.canoedaddy.com/home/trip-re ... -lake-loop

PM me if you are interested and have more specific questions.

Steve

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PostPosted: February 28th, 2024, 8:40 am 
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There are so many wilderness tripping options between Cambridge and Winnipeg that the problem isn't where to go, it's which one to pick...Besides the provincial parks you've already listed, there's Mississagi PP and area (near Elliot lake, which was mentioned above), Turtle River-White Otter PP and area (NW of Atikokan, also mentioned above) Eagle-Dogtooth PP between Dryden and Kenora, La Verendrye PP west of Thunder Bay, Whiteshell PP just over the Manitoba border. Too many trips, not enough time.

If you're interested in the White Otter area, this is a good resource: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestor ... e_Book.pdf

Routes in and near Eagle-Dogtooth are described here: https://www.kenora.ca/en/visit-play/paddle-sports.aspx

Also check out the Path of the Paddle organization which mantains their route between Thunder Bay and Manitoba, including all of La Verendrye PP, and portions of Quetico, Turtle River-White Otter and Eagle-Dogtooth: https://www.pathofthepaddleassociation.com/


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PostPosted: Yesterday, 6:00 am 
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Thanks for all of the tips!
I will review all of them.


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