The Escape Route – Algonquin Park July 30-Aug 18 2012

Ahhh. It’s almost time to make our escape. The dogs of work and responsibility are nipping at our heels but I can almost taste the sweetness of freedom.  Here is our escape route:

Put-in at Kioshkokwi L.  P775

Maple Creek  P190, P90, P630, P805, P130

Maple L.  P170

Erables L.  P660, P90, P695

Skuce L.  P450

Little Nadine L.  P955

Little Osler L.  P700

Osler L.  P1830

Nadine L.  P1410

Nipissing River  P850, P1930

Remona L.  P480

Whiskeyjack L.  P25

Robinson L. P1310

Burntroot L.  P75, P40

Longer L.  P300

Big Trout L.  P105, P730

Otterslide Creek  P265, P390, P250

Otterslide L.

Little Otterslide L.  P790

Burnt Island L.

Birdie L.  P160

Alder L.  P2105

Iris L.  P875

Linda L.  P930

Polly L.  P2600

Canisbay L.  P585

Cache L.  P1640

Head L.  P1035

Harness L.  P145

Pardee L.  P10

Lawrence L.  P415

Rod and Gun L.  P510

Lake Louisa  P1725

Florence L.

Frank L.  P320

Rence L.

Harry L.

Welcome L.  P2170, P295

Pen L.  P275

Clydegate L.  P275

Pen L.  P375

Rock L.  P100

Galeairy L.

Take-out at Whitney

If that seems like a long route, it’s because it is. We will be traveling approximately 105km, be doing 49 portages, passing through 39 lakes with the four of us and two canoes over the course of 20 days. There are some small changes that we might make on the fly in order to travel through a couple of extra lakes, but either way it’s going to be an amazing trip! And we’re going to see some parts of Algonquin that we never have before. The only problem with a fabulous extended trip in the park is the part where we have to come home again.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Very jealous 😀 One of my favourite playgrounds and where I met my husband. Enjoy!


  2. Posted by juliet on July 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    That trip sounds crazy awesome.


    • Yeah! The hardest part (other than the portages) is going to be eating enough calories to offset all of the energy output! We’re going to be bringing a looooot of food 🙂


  3. Posted by clementinepearl on July 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Wow! Super impressive! Planning a 7 day paddling trip with my family (kids 6, 9 & 11) and you are an inspiration!


  4. You could always consider a food drop at Cache, ask the owners of the Bartlet Lodge if they would hold a pack for you. I often do food drops at Rain Lake for friends on long canoe trips since I live just a short distance from there.


  5. Sounds like a great trip! Hope to hear lots of stories and advice on your route when finished.


  6. Posted by beechcreekproject on July 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Sounds like it will be an incredible journey. Wish you guys the best of luck and it’s an inspiration to see people out doing instead of just wishing. Take care and stay safe on your adventure.


    • It can be hard to find the time and the money for a trip, but sometimes you just have to make it happen. This trip was dreamt up over a year ago and it took this long to come together. We’re going to savor it 🙂


  7. Uphill all the way to Nadine from Kiosk….you gonna be tired! Looks fun though, have a great one.


    • Thanks Mark! I don’t doubt it’s gonna hurt, but I love looking back at a hard portage and feeling like a champ 😉


  8. Sounds like fun! I want to get the kids camping out of the canoe, such a great way to explore.


  9. Wow, ok, that’s a lot of lakes! I’ve always been impressed with “boat people”, especially those who do long trips in kayaks or canoes. That sounds awesome, but I wouldn’t even know where to start! And, looking at your itinerary, I feel like it’s out of my reach entirely. I get that you are describing a series of lakes, but what are the “P###” things for? Thanks!


    • That’s a lot of lakes, but it’s over a lot of days too…lol! Don’t be intimidated. Just start with a couple of days and a couple of lakes. Sleep overnight on the first lake and then pack up and spend the next night on a different lake. We call that a moving trip.
      The “P”s refer to the length in meters of the portages. That’s when you have to haul all of your stuff out of the canoe and carry it (and the boat) over a distance of land blocking your route.
      I really hope that you’ll give it a try! Feel free to ask me any questions 🙂


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