-- Last Updated: Jan-09-13 7:11 PM EST --
It's definitely worth doing a trip in Algonquin. I'm headed up there this weekend for snowshoeing with friends, and did 3 canoe trips there last year in May, August, and October. I've been paddling up there for over 25 years and have never run into any crowded areas - that's the benefit of the quota system that requires you to select a specific lake or section for each night. You do pay a per person/per night fee for interior camping. IMHO all the access points are interesting. The busier launch sites on the Highway 60 corridor (southern part of the park) typically access larger lakes that spread paddlers out onto many different routes, so once you make a carry or 2, itís quiet again. Like anywhere, if you avoid holiday weekends (including unique Canadian holidays in May & August), there wonít be too many others also seeking the same solitude. Late July and August will be buggy at times Ė probably the same as BWCA, but Iíve never stayed away from anywhere because of fear of bugs. There are many routes you can do in 5-7 days, whether you want to move each day or linger an extra day here and there.
One route that is in my sights begins at Opeongo Lake (off Hwy. 60) and take you north up the large lake (windy at times) to Proulx Lake, Big Crow Lake, the Crow River, Lac LaVielle, Dickson Lake, and back to Opeongo for another long paddle back to start. Iíve paddled there many times, and did the infamous 3-mile portage from Bonfield Lake to Dickson Lake and back again last summer. Itís a great place to paddle, and they also have moose & timber wolves. I recommend ALGONQUIN OUTFITTERS/Swift Canoe & Kayak for info, rentals, maps, etc. They have several locations.
"Jeffís Maps" offer more detail and are more accurate than other park maps (available from Algonquin Outfitters) and are also available on PDF (Avenza) as an app for smart phones. http://www.algonquinmap.com/
Algonquin Outfitters http://algonquinoutfitters.com/
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