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Posted 7.14.08



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A handful of Temagami's inveterate backcountry canoeists have pondered the old nastawgan route between Hamlow and Solace lakes since the Nastawgan map's publication in 1985. The route was no longer in use and it was unclear how open the trails remained. Part of the attraction came from its crossing through the large area west of Florence Lake that is devoid of any canoe routes.

In September 2003, Alex Broadbent and Chris Melanson made the first attempt to follow it, finding most of the portages, some kept open by a combination of ATVers and snowmobilers. During the summer of 2005 a Keewaydin Camp group led by Jeff Tanz and John Vick followed, locating the remaining trails and clearing some sections.  

  BACKGROUND:  Nastawgan

The pioneers found the portages between Solace and Broadbent lakes have been in continuous use (although the original nastawgan trail out of north Einar had been disrupted by a logging road in the early 1970s), being on a trapline until a few years ago. The 500-metre trail has been re-opened between Broadbent and Carrying Bar lakes. The two portages between Carrying Bar and Melanson lakes are there, but have seen little use in recent years. The remaining nastawgan treadways entering both ends of Regan have been destroyed by logging, but substitutes are there on ATV/snowmobile/ex-logging roads.

Tooth Lake (photo above) stands out as the most attractive. Regan is attractive with hills on the south shore, but lacks the potential for anything but an emergency campsite. The lakes from Biscuit to Tooth are pristine. Any campsites between Solace and Hamlow are poor and Keewaydin guide Jeff Tanz recommends doing the entire route in a day, with swimming and lunch on Tooth. The Hamlow campsite is on an old 1970s lumber yard at the former Portelance Lumber sawmill site. The centre of Solace has a number of rocky islands, reminiscent of Lake Temagami, that have excellent campsite opportunities.

Elliot Jernigan and Sam Lucarelli of Keewaydin on Tooth Lake.



Solace-Hamlow Canoe Route Map

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