I am unfamiliar with that area of the country, so can't really offer a suggestion as to where to go.
But as for your canoe...don't worry about it. Although it is heavy, it is a great canoe-camping canoe. So long as you aren't going for huge mileage on your trip (not recommended anyway for a first experience) and if you keep any portages short and manageable, the OT will be able to handle anything you throw at it.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
First Need Purifier
The Kayak Wing
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