Choosing between Temagami and Algonquin was hard. Part of the decision process was that the drive from our cottage to Algonquin is only 135 kilometres vs. the 360 kilometres to Mowat Landing, which would have been our access point in Temagami. Another factor is that our 2015 trip in Algonquin was kind of a failure ( http://backcountrybalkwills.blogspot.ca/2015/11/algonquin-provincial-park-attempted-big.html ) and this trip will be somewhat of a redemption with a longer, more challenging route.
Launching from Canoe Lake on the highway 60 corridor we will be paddling east to Radiant Lake, north to Cedar Lake, south and as far west to Brule Lake, and return south to the Canoe Lake launch. We will be visiting some new lakes along with some familiar lakes like Cedar Lake which we will now visit for a third time.
Total Days: 12 days
Total Kilometres: approx. 223 kilometres
Total Portages: 50
Total Portage Length: 33.01 kilometres
Longest Portage: 3.75 kilometres (Big Crow to Hogan Lake)
Route: Canoe Lake, Joe Lake, Little Joe Lake, Baby Joe Lake, Burnt Island Lake, Little Otterslide Lake, Otterslide Lake, Shiner Lake, Happy Isle Lake, Opeongo Lake (North Arm), Proulx Lake, Little Crow Lake, Big Crow Lake, Hogan Lake, Little Madawaska River, Philip Lake, Little Madawaska River, Radiant Lake, Petawawa River, Cedar Lake, Petawawa River, Catfish Lake, Petawawa River, Burntroot Lake, Longer Lake, Big Trout Lake, White Trout Lake, Petawawa River, Misty Lake, Timberwolf Lake, McIntosh Lake, Straight Shore Lake, Rosswood Lake, Brule Lake, Potter Lake, Potter Creek, Canoe Lake
This trip will be as many days as our Killarney trip in 2016, but with 100 more kilometres added to it in total. This averages around 8 kilometres more per day which is about 2 hours more per day of travel. For this trip we are looking at 6 to 8 hours per day of paddling/portaging whereas in Killarney we had quite a few days where we were at our site near, or just after lunch.
In other words, this trip will not be as relaxing as Killarney with no lay over days (unless we are forced to).
We also get to try out our new packs next year that we purchased on our way home from Killarney.
Probably should pack these before the trip to see how everything fits.