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    Hi,

    First week of september my partner and I had planned an 8 day trip into Algonquin. Unfortunately I broke my collarbone last week and we decided that it would be wise to change our plans instead of trying to portage into the park only to find out that the injury actually hasn't healed enough yet...
    Having canceled our reservations I'm now lookng at how to best spend our time in Canada and it would be nice if a bit of canoeing could still be part of the program. I feel that just paddling wouldn't hurt. It's the carrying heavy stuff on my shoulders and into remote places would be too much.
    Having looked at the maps it seems that even a day trip in Algonquin would involve portages.

    Does anyone have tips on where we could go looking for a day trip without portages (or only easy ones where it would be doable to carry the canoe between us) anywhere east of Thunder Bay? And of course there'd need to be an outfitter to rent a canoe from . We have three weeks to spend between flying in on Toronto and out from Montreal, so lots of time to get around.
    I've heard that Nova Scotia also is a good place to visit.


    Thanks!

    Erik.

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    If you want a day trip without portages then the simple thing to do would be to go to Lake Opeongo; its a really big lake with lots of bays to get lost in. Hire from the outfitters right there

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    How could I have missed that one. Lake Opeongo indeed looks like good option.

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    Opeongo is a notoriously unpredictable lake - it's big & with the prevailing cross-winds in can get dangerous really quickly. You won't have your usual strength on the paddle with that injury, and the problem is that sometimes, on that water, you can suddenly need all the 'engine power' you can find. As another, and imo safer choice, can I suggest a paddle along Wicksteed Lake in the Temagami/Marten River area? It's only about 1/2 day's drive north of Algonquin, and it's Crown Land, so no booking or anything (and no fees) - just park & go. You can park right at the southern tip of the Lake, so no carrying at all, and it is a lovely place to tour around (with great fishing!) There are good outfitters in Temagami (immediately north of Marten River) as well. I've paddled it a couple of times in recent years, and have blogged it on here - this is the one where I had just picked up my (then) new boat in New Liskeard - I paddled the River on that trip, but you can skip that part & just start at the Lake if you want (coz starting on the River means a short carry at the Lake). http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ys-In-Paradise

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8r View Post
    Opeongo is a notoriously unpredictable lake - it's big & with the prevailing cross-winds in can get dangerous really quickly. You won't have your usual strength on the paddle with that injury, and the problem is that sometimes, on that water, you can suddenly need all the 'engine power' you can find. As another, and imo safer choice, can I suggest a paddle along Wicksteed Lake in the Temagami/Marten River area? It's only about 1/2 day's drive north of Algonquin, and it's Crown Land, so no booking or anything (and no fees) - just park & go. You can park right at the southern tip of the Lake, so no carrying at all, and it is a lovely place to tour around (with great fishing!) There are good outfitters in Temagami (immediately north of Marten River) as well. I've paddled it a couple of times in recent years, and have blogged it on here - this is the one where I had just picked up my (then) new boat in New Liskeard - I paddled the River on that trip, but you can skip that part & just start at the Lake if you want (coz starting on the River means a short carry at the Lake). http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ys-In-Paradise

    Thanks for your advice. I think you are right about not wanting to fight a big lake shortly after my recovery if the wind starts blowing.

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    Hi Erik, My suggestion for a very scenic paddle is to visit Killarney Provincial Park. It's located at the north end of Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) about 1/2 hour south of Sudbury and about 3 hours north of Toronto. The park has many, many inland lakes, but there is also the scenic shoreline of Georgian Bay...great for either a canoe or a kayak. I've used the services of Killarney Outfitters. They can rent you everything you need. Here is their linki:
    http://www.killarneyoutfitters.com/
    Another option for paddling Georgian Bay is Massasauga Provincial Park (about a 2 hour drive north of Toronto), where you can rent canoes for day paddles. Here is a link: http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/themassasauga
    And another spot to rent canoes/kayaks at the south end of Georgian Bay is at the Swift Outdoor Centre. Here is that link: http://www.swiftoutside.com/georgian-bay
    These are just a few that come to mind. For sheer beauty and spectacular scenery I'd recommend the Killarney area as my first choice.

    Here's a short video I produced highlighting some paddling in Killarney a few years back:


    ...if the above does not play, check out the YouTube link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-888WFSdnQ

    Hope some of that helps
    -Wayne

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