"Anyway - yakkin' close to the City. The lakes you mention near Bobcaygeon are great water (I have friends with a cottage on an island in Stony Lake), but they are VERY busy, being part of the Trent/Severn waterway moving boats up through Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay. Plus large parts of Buckhorn & Pigeon Lakes are Native Reserves, and they can get REALLY prickly about paddlers/fisherfolk in their waters. Yeah, seriously. Wouldn't be my choice.
"Are they looking for day-tripping, or camping-stuff? Bringing gear/boats, or renting?
"There's very decent yak day-stuff right here in the City, out to our Island Lagoons & over through the Outer Harbor. Here's a link to the Center where I store my boats - mostly yakkers -
"For more remote stuff, it's more like 3 - 3 1/2 hours, but the best spot for no shuttle, no portage easy paddles with great visuals is here:
"The best little out-and-back starts at Herb Lake on those maps.
"Hope that helps."
Let us know if Christine's info is close to the mark. I'll let her know that you are (as I believe) bringing your own kayaks and planning on day trips.