Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario

Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario

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Kevin Callan's top 50 canoe trips.

It's no surprise that Kevin Callan lives in Peterborough, Ontario, deep in the heart of canoe country and home to the Canadian Canoe Museum. He has written 12 other books on canoe trips in Ontario, and this new book will be welcomed by his many readers, especially novice canoeists.

Some of these routes are well known, and others are hidden secrets. Callan gives all the information paddlers need to complete each route, from detailed descriptions and maps of all access points to accurate portage lengths and important river features, as well as general advice on everything from running rapids to shuttle arrangements - all embellished with historical notes and his trademark humor.

Ranging from two-day paddles to week-long expeditions, Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario includes 40 routes taken from Callan's Paddler's Guides series, including:

  • Turtle River
  • White River
  • Nellie Lake Loop
  • Eighteen-Mile Island Loop
  • Old Voyageur Channel
  • Big Trout Loop
  • Nipissing River
  • Barron Canyon
  • Leopold's North Country Loop
  • The Pines Loop
  • Sturgeon Lake/Olifaunt Lake
  • Wabakimi Provincial Park
  • Bark Lake Loop
  • York River

The book also includes 10 new routes that Callan has yet to share with his readers. They include:

  • Elliot Lake Blue Lake Loop
  • Lake Superior Provincial Park's Old Woman Lake
  • Spanish River, Biscotasing Lake Loop
  • Island Lake
  • Upper Ottawa River
  • Algonquin's South Panhandle

Here are the 50 best canoe routes of Ontario as chosen by one of Canada's most famous paddlers.

Kevin Callan's top 50 canoe trips.

Book News
Callan, canoeing enthusiast and author of several books on the subject, presents 50 mini-guides to canoe routes in the Canadian province of Ontario. The routes are mostly concentrated to the east of Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Descriptions of the routes range from 3 to 10 pages. He incorporates narrative description, including lots of first-hand experience, with maps, colorful photos, distance and difficulty guides, topographical information, tips on scenic interests, driving instructions, notes on how many times and for how far you may need to take your canoe out of the water to pass difficult or shallow water, and even where you might buy camping-supplies and get other local assistance. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781554078349
Branch Call Number: 797.12209 CAL
Characteristics: 336 p. : col. ill., col. maps


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Jul 24, 2011

I enjoyed the geography, but I will leave the canoeing to others.

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