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Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2012
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good route in Temagami? Here's some background. We are 2 ladies (in our mid 50's) who normally go canoeing in Algonquin Park. My friend and I used to go canoeing when we were in our 20's but work, families, and husbands who don't like to canoe, put an end to our trips. We finally went back to Algonquin 4 years ago but now are looking for something new.

We take it easy on our trip, doing about 45 km in 5 days of which about 10 km were spent portaging. We find we now have to do our portages in two trips so that does slow us down. However, we're not afraid of hills and hard work!

We've been considering canoeing in Temagami this summer but after reading Hap Wilson and talking to people we're starting to wonder if it's too difficult for us. We have to go in August so will it be really busy? Also, people have told me that the campsites are quite dirty compared to Algonquin - is this true?

I know this post is rather rambling, but any info would be appreciated!
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Post Number: 168
Registered: 03-2004

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Temagami is not too difficult and not too busy in August (except in a few popular places only).
Campsite are not any dirtier than Algonquin ones.
I would suggest the Obabika loop starting either via Sharp Rock Inlet or Obabika Inlet. If you are comfortable paddling on a large lake Lake Temagami, then this should be doable in 5 days.
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Post Number: 14
Registered: 03-2011

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Chiniguchi, the area South-West from the Sturgeon river is good, with plenty of routes possible and mostly short portages. It is definitely more rugged comparing to Algonquin, but nothing to make it too difficult. Campsites are more basic: no thunderboxes and often no logs by a firepit. Campsite signs are sometimes missing or difficult to see, same goes for portages, but Ottertooth maps will help. Some of campsites shown in Hap Wilson book do not exist any more, some portages differ. The terrain is often quite rocky and good pair of boots is in order. Altogether soil is in short supply and free-standing tents can make your life easier, otherwise one can always rely on rocks from the fireplace as anchors.

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