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crob11  
#1 Posted : Monday, February 20, 2017 12:49:07 AM(UTC)


Hey, My wife and I are planning a vacation trip to Algonquin park for this May. Both of us loves to engage in nature activities like hiking and canoeing.  I know Algonquin is filled with a lot of options for canoeing and hiking, but we could go for only a few of those routes. We'll be there only for less than a week. We'll be staying in a lodge named Killarney Lodge inside the park. Can anyone suggest me a couple of best routes, each for canoeing and hiking in Algonquin which we could go for within a week's time. We aren't looking for hard trekking or anything that takes days to complete. Just trails that can be completed within a day will do well.  

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Ben Strege  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:20:50 PM(UTC)


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How far from Killarney Lodge do you want to venture (driving time)? Would you be able to be dropped off and picked up in different places? Do you want a leisurely/see-the-sights sort of paddle?

There are a lot of hiking trails around the area of Killarney Lodge, but I'm not too familiar with them.

crob11  
#3 Posted : Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:41:53 PM(UTC)


Thank you for the reply. Driving time doesn't matter a lot as long as it's worth it. About separate drop off and pick up locations, I will try to arrange something and yes, we are interested in sight seeing paddle. I know there are a lot of hiking trails, but have to pick a few. It's fine if you can't say a lot about it. Can you help with canoe routes?
Ben Strege  
#4 Posted : Friday, February 24, 2017 7:55:48 AM(UTC)


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I can try to help with the canoe routes. I haven't been to Algonquin, but I learned a lot when I was putting the map together for this site. There are a few people here that regularly travel Algonquin. I'll post some maps/routes soon.

Chris Hoepker  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:02:47 PM(UTC)


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I haven't been to Killarney Lodge except once - my wife and I stopped there last summer for lunch but the dining room was full and we were too hungry to wait.

I wouldn't emphasize Algonquin for hiking. Lots of folks like it, but for me, the canoeing is too good for spend time hiking. Just looking at the map, what I'd do is get a canoe from the lodge and head southwest from the lodge and go up the Madawaska River. Don't worry about making a loop, just keep going until your turnaround time. if you're up for a couple moderate portages, then after around 3 km, you come to what looks to me like a nice good sized swamp that ought to be a good spot to see herons, beavers and if you get lucky, a moose.

Come to think of it a little more. You'll be at a lodge where they serve real food. What I'd do is reserve a canoe with paddles and stuff the night before and make sure it's ready for you well before anybody around there wakes up. Then I'd do that trip across the lake and head up the Madawaska. If you hit the river before sunup and keep going, I'd just about guarantee a moose sighting, maybe before you even get to the swamp. You could be back at the lodge by 10:00 AM for your bacon, ham, eggs, pancakes, home fries, fresh coffee, orange juice, English muffins, etc., etc., etc. I'll be thinking of you while i enjoy my breakfast of bread and cheese and coffee.
jvermast  
#6 Posted : Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:10:31 PM(UTC)


Anywhere along the hwy 60 corridor is great. If you want to canoe a few days and hike a few days stick east as there are multiple outfitters that you can jump into a canoe or onto a hiking trail from.

Canoe Lake is very popular for this sort of thing as there are several 2-3 day canoe trips off that Access Point and tons of hiking trails close to it as well. 

Canoe -> Joe -> Tepee -> Rainbow -> Canoe  would be a very easy 3 day trip with 2 nights on Little Joe.

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