What we're about

Welcome to Portage & Paddle Ontario, a canoe-camping group for those interested in moderate backcountry canoe trips.
Typical excursions will be the base-camp style of backcountry adventure vs multi-day tripping. Destinations may include Algonquin (of course), Killarney, QEW, the Kawarthas and so on. For those interested in venturing beyond the usual places, we could consider other sites such as Quetico, Lake Superior, the New York Adirondacks and more. Suggestions are welcome.

A typical trip will consist of paddling / portaging to a site, setting up for a 3 - 4
night stay, and spending the days hiking, exploring by canoe, relaxing or whatever floats-your-boat (bad pun intended)
Sure, we might not experience as much of the park as would happen in a multi-site
trip, but base-camps have several advantages:
No need to worry about quasi-military itineraries; no need to obsess over gear
weight (within reason), allowing better food & more comfortable gear; greater flexibility in the choice of day excursions, all the while still enjoying the peace and beauty the backcountry has to offer.

While this group is open to people above 19 years of age, an of any experience level, members MUST:
- Own, or have access to, good quality equipment and clothing suitable for the
conditions - Dollar-Store gear is a bad idea.
- Be aware of, and be prepared to deal with, bugs and bears
- Be able to afford up to $150-$200 in costs such as park fees, rentals, gas, food and
- Be reasonably physically fit
- Know and follow the general rules of the parks, respect nature, wildlife and other park-goers, & abide by the Leave-No-Trace principles.

UPDATE Apr 2017: About pets - While I'm a fan of 4-legged furry friends, based on member feedback, many others are not. I'll post a mixture of dogs-allowed / not-allowed trips and see how things pan out.

Trips will be planned so the driving does not coincide with cottage or holiday traffic. As such, your work schedule should allow for sufficient time-off.

Thanks for reading, and hope to see you on the water soon!


Upcoming events (1)

Sept 4-7 Laundrie Lake Area Canoe Trip

Laundrie Lake

GPS coordinates for the meet up location:[masked], [masked] This is a repeat of a trip we did last year. We've been trying to open up the canoe route that once used to be here one portion at a time. The goal of this trip is to get to Big Marconi Lake and setup a camp site there. We will need to do a bit of trail clearing between Little Laundrie Lake and Big Marconi Lake since it is quite overgrown. I will be bringing a chain saw to make quick work of it, but will need some help clearing brush. Once we get to Big Marconi Lake, we will base camp and explore the area. These lakes are packed with fish and do not get a lot of fishing pressure since they're remote. Note to get the meet up location, there is decent distance of logging road travel. A regular car can make it through, but you will need to go slow. Plan: Day 1 (Fri): Meet by 8 PM at[masked], [masked] and drive together to a location where we can car camp the first night. Day 2 (Sat): Make our way through Little Laundrie Lake and start cleaning up the trail to Big Marconi Lake. Find a suitable area to make a camp site. There are a bunch of islands that may work out. Day 3 (Sun) : Explore the area or simply relax and fish. Day 4 (Mon): Head back to the put in and head home All areas we will be visiting will be crown land, so there are no fees. The trip is happening rain or shine so bring appropriate gear. The plan is not set in stone and can/will vary depending on the conditions we encounter. Be sure you, and any guests, read and acknowledge the Waiver (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eHmJu3JJVjeG01PBRBcyIE3V1T6N3koeuULeg8fc1WI/edit) of Liability before RSVPing.

Past events (37)

Obabika / Bob Lake Loop, Temagami, 4 (or 5) nights

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