P.O. Box 219 , Whitney, ON
Canadian artists Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven became Canadian icons for painting scenes of Canadian wilderness in locations including Algonquin Provincial Park. Thomson lived, worked as a fire ranger and fishing guide, and painted in Algonquin before his mysterious death on Canoe Lake in July of 1917. This meetup will take us to the lake named after Thomson.
Friday: Drive approximately 4 hours to Tea Lake campground, 12 km from the Algonquin Park west gate. Camp in Tea Lake campground for the night.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m., after breakfast in camp, proceed to Algonquin Canoe Lake access point (#5), 14 km from the west gate, and pick up backcountry permits and rental canoes along the way as necessary. Start paddling 9:30 a.m. Paddle through Canoe Lake and stop to hike up to the cairn dedicated to Thomson. Portage 295 m into Joe Lake, then paddle through Tepee Lake, Little Oxtongue River, Fawn Lake and Littledoe Lake to Tom Thomson Lake. Lunch may be en route or at camp on Tom Thomson Lake, depending on how easy the paddling is. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, swimming, fishing, exploring, etc. I will try to find out if any sites of Thomson and Group of Seven paintings are in the area for us to see.
Sunday: Reverse Saturday's route, arriving at access point #5 around lunch time, give or take an hour or so, depending on how early we get started and how easy the paddling is. Lunch may be en route or at a restaurant after we are off the water. Arrival time at KW will be approximately early-to-mid evening.
First-time and solo canoeists welcome. The route is approximately 13.3 km (approximately 3-4 hours) of flatwater paddling each day, plus one easy portage of 295 m each day.
A deposit of $27.63 is required to RSVP for this meetup. This is an estimate of the cost of campsites for the weekend, assuming 12 participants, plus a $1 fee to help pay for the Meetup website plus Paypal fees. The actual cost per participant will be calculated once the final number of participants is known, and may be a few dollars more.
Canoe rentals (see below) are the responsibility of participants. Be prepared to pay your driver for your share of the gas.
See Tim's Backpackers' Bootcamp Packing List (v2) for a list of what to pack. Although this route involves only one easy portage, practise packing light. If you don't have something, ask your host if you can borrow the item.
Note that cans and glass bottles are banned in the backcountry.
The Portage Store [masked]) and Algonquin Outfitters - Oxtongue Lake [masked]) are located near the Canoe Lake access point. The Portage Store is closer and more convenient but is also more expensive. Use the links above to get each outfitter's up-to-date rental rates and policies. Be sure you know whether paddles, PDFs, and foam blocks and straps (if needed to carry canoe on car from Algonquin Outfitters) are included in the canoe rental.
Ride, Tent and Canoe Sharing
Carpooling is encouraged. Feel free to use the comment space below to organize carpooling and sharing canoes and tents. When RSVPing "yes", please add yourself to the linked shared document and include the following information:
• whether you can offer or need a ride, which city you live in and when you can leave
• whether you are bringing a canoe or will need to rent one
• whether you need a paddling partner or a spot in someone's canoe
• whether you have a tent to share or need a spot in someone's tent
Be prepared to share a tent in the campground Friday night, as only 3 tents are allowed per campsite. If you have a large tent that 3-4 people could share Friday night, please bring it.
Please record arrangements in the shared document. The event host will assist in matching drivers and passengers during the week leading up to the trip after registration is closed. Participants are welcome to discuss arrangements and modify them.
Refunds offered if:
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.