Ontario Canoe Trips

Ontario Canoe Trip Reports

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Ralph Bice Lake, Trout Fishing Canoe Trip

(May 9 - 12, 2013)

Scott and I had planned on heading in to Ralph Bice Lake for our spring fishing trip a couple of years ago, but 2011 turned out to be a really late ice out and that year we ended up heading back south of Highway 60 to Pen Lake and still had to move our start date out a day. This year we decided we'd try again and remembering the late ice out the last time we planned on a trip into Ralph Bice Lake, we decided to go later than usual. We usually plan our spring trout fishing trip for the first or 2nd weekend of trout season, but this year we held off until Mother's Day weekend. (more ...)

Fishing the Petawawa River, Algonquin Provincial Park

McManus Lake, Algonquin Canoe Trip

(August 3 - 6, 2012)

The lower sections of the Petawawa River, working your way from McManus Lake, are some of the few places in Algonquin Provincial Park where you can find Walleye present. It also holds resident Muskie, not that I really expected to catch any (although I was hoping). However, Peter has been wanting to catch a Muskie for several years now so off we headed. (more ...)

Fishing the Petawawa River, Algonquin Provincial Park

Bell Lake, Killarney Canoe Trip

(September 22 - 25, 2011)

Killarney Provincial Park is famous for the rugged white rocks of the ancient La Cloche mountains, for the crystal clear lakes that were so seriously affected by acid rain and for it's association with the Group of Seven and in particular A.Y. Jackson who fought for the protection of the area starting with O.S.A. ("Ontario Society of Artists") Lake around which Killarney Provincial Park has grown and been preserved. (more ...)

Paddling home on Bell Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

Joe Lake, Algonquin Canoe Trip

(August 9 - 12, 2011)

Our canoe trip to Joe Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park started out from the Canoe Lake access point. What could possibly have convinced us to start a trip from Canoe Lake - probably the busiest access point anywhere in Algonquin - in the middle of August? The peak of tourist and canoeing season?? (more ...)

Canoe Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park

Shirley Lake, Algonquin Canoe Trip

(July 1 - 4, 2011)

Peter and I headed out to Shirley Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park for our father -son canoe trip this year. I'll get a written trip report put together later, but for now here's a video version of the trip report. (more ...)

Crotch Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park

Ragged Lake, Algonquin Canoe Trip

(September 3 - 6, 2010)

Our trip to Ragged Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park was another 4 day trip that I made with my daughter Madeline over the Labour Day weekend. Madeline had patiently waited her turn to come along and we were excited to be headed out for some father-daughter bonding. This would be the first trip to Smoke Lake and Ragged Lake for both of us which made it a new adventure. Of course, if we happened to catch a few fish along the way, well then that would be a fine way to finish up our summer. (more ...)

Sunset on Ragged Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park


Booth Lake, Algonquin Canoe Trip

(July 1 - 4, 2010)

This was a 4 day trip that I took with my younger son, Peter, over the July long weekend in 2010. We were looking for a few things on this trip, with the first and most important being to just have a good time while we explored a new area that neither of us had been to before. While we were at it, we were also looking to catch a few fish, in particular we wanted to find some Northern Pike since we don't have any Pike in our lake back at the cottage. (more ...)

Fishing at our campsite on Booth Lake

French River Canoe Trip

(June 13 - 16, 2009)

"There's something about this country, it's a part of me and you" - from "Woodsmoke and Oranges" by Ian Tamblyn


While Ian Tamblyn was singing about Lake Superior, there is something about this part of the French River that always seems to strike a cord in me. It might just be that the 2 times I've been in the French River delta area the trips have been so lazy and relaxed that I come home feeling I haven't actually finished the trip. (more ...)

Bass Lake, French River Provincial Park


Pen Lake, Algonquin Canoe Trip

(May 2 - 5, 2009)

Well, usually I'm the one who writes up these trip reports, but this year my daughter decided that it was her turn to write one. For the last 4 years now we've been doing a 'parent-kid' fishing trip to Pen Lake either the first or second week of trout season. This was Madeline's second year on the trip with me. (more ...)

Starting our Algonquin canoe trip at Rock Lake


Exploring Lake Temagami

(August 4 - 8, 2008)

We had started planning this trip a couple of years earlier, but hadn't been able to fit it in to our schedule until now. This trip was going to be both a bigger challenge for us and the kids now that they were a bit older and also a bit of a memorial for my Father-in-law. Wayne had really loved Temagami and had canoed the Temagami - Diamond - Wakimika - Obabika loop several times. I remember him telling stories about this route including hitchhiking up from Toronto when he was a Boy Scout. Of course you won't see any Scouts hitchhiking now, but when he was a teenager that had been part of the adventure. (more ...)

Petawawa River - Lake Travers to Lake McManus - Algonquin Provincial Park


Petawawa River - Lake Travers to Lake McManus

(June 17 - 20, 2005)

The Petawawa River was a new adventure for us. This interior canoe trip was planned as a 4 day excursion on the lower portion of the Petawawa River through Algonquin Provincial Park from Lake Travers down to Lake McManus. Since it was a one-way river trip the logistics were more complicated than a loop would have been. However, the bigger challenge for this trip is that the Petawawa is a classic Ontario whitewater river. (more ...)

Petawawa River - Lake Travers to Lake McManus - Algonquin Provincial Park


Algonquin Spring Fishing 2005

(May 8 - 13, 2005)

This was the annual spring fishing trip. As usual we went in at Rock Lake and set up a base camp on Pen Lake. This year we fished Pen, Clydegale, Welcome, and Harry (more ...)

Fishing Clydegale Lake


Frontenac Provincial Park

(July 27 - 29, 2004)

This was a 3 day, 2 night trip with the whole family. Two adults, 3 kids and the dog. We put in on Big Salmon Lake and then camped on Little Salmon and Little Clear Lake before paddling back out through Big Salmon Lake. (more ...)

Frontenac Provincial Park
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