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Itinerary - The Barron River

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Day 1

Arrive in Ottawa. If you are arriving on Day 1, we will pick you up at the airport (MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)), train station, or bus station and take you to the hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore Canada’s beautiful capital before a team meeting at 18:00 and then dinner at an excellent restaurant in the heart of the Byward Market. Ottawa is a very tourist-friendly city and you are within easy walking distance of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the National Arts Centre. Visit the National Gallery of Canada or walk across the Ottawa River to the Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Ottawa
Meals included: D

Day 2

We leave civilization and transfer up the Ottawa Valley to Achray Station on the shores of Grand Lake in Algonquin Park. This provincial park is 7,653 sq km, or about 3 times the size of Luxembourg. Until recently, when the rail line was removed, Achray was an important access point to Algonquin Park and a destination for early painters, especially members of Canada’s Group of Seven. We start by applying sunscreen and/or insect repellent, as needed.  This afternoon is an introduction to canoe safety and technique for proper paddling and portaging. Tonight we camp at Achray Station campground. After dinner, you might like to try fishing for Lake Trout; they like the cold deep water.

Fishing

If you want to fish, you need a license. Regulations are different for Ontario residentsCanadian residents, and non-residents. Please contact us if you want help arranging the necessary Outdoors Card and fishing license tag

Accommodation: Camping
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 3

This morning we cross Grand Lake to the mouth of the Barron River and continue through Stratton Lake, with a stop for a short hike to High Falls. A short portage takes us to our camp on St. Andrews Lake. Tonight, everyone is expected to help set up tents, prepare food and wash dishes. Everyone is also expected to contribute to campfire entertainment: stories, poems, skits, jokes, or music.

Accommodation: Camping
Paddling/portage distance: 8 km
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4

This is a day with lots of portaging. We continue to follow the Barron River through many small lakes, portaging around the small waterfalls and sets of rapids. We’re headed for Opalescent Lake, but at a leisurely pace, with lots of time for swimming and playing in the water. By now, there should be a rhythm forming: counting strokes before you change sides, packing and unpacking the canoes, maybe switching positions from bow to stern. Opalescent is a more isolated lake; there might be Smallmouth Bass.

Accommodation: Camping
Paddling/portage distance: 5 km
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 5

Today we start with a long portage out of Opalescent Lake, back to the Barron River. In the Barron Canyon we are dwarfed by stunning cliffs as we drift with the current. In the distance we might see a moose feeding, thigh-deep in a swamp. Tonight, we pick a site on the wide river, surrounded by lily pads and rushes. We might see muskrat, beaver, and otter. For those who like fishing, try casting into the weeds for Perch; they’re small but two might make a meal.

Accommodation: Camping
Paddling/portage distance: 11 km
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 6

A short portage and paddle will take us to Squirrel Rapids, the take-out point. If you’re up for a run, you can jog back with two staff members to Achray for the vehicles (about 15 km). Then we say goodbye to the canoes and head to a restaurant in Pembroke for a light lunch before continuing back to Ottawa.  

Paddling/portage distance: 3 km
Meals included: B, L