Intro to temagami canoe culture

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Key Info

Trip Dates: May – September
Trip Length: 5 days (4 nights)
Location: Temagami, Ontario
Trip Price: $508 per person

Included in this package

  • 2 nights accommodation at Smoothwater Lodge
  • 2 sumptuous lodge dinners
  • 2 hearty lodge breakfasts
  • In-depth orientation & route consultation
  • All necessary maps
  • All paddling & camping equipment
  • All backcountry meals

Available upon request (additional fees apply)

  • Wilderness guide
  • Customized paddling lessons
  • Shuttle service to put-in point and take-out point
  • Shuttle service to/from North Bay Airport
  • Guided tour of the historic Temagami Canoe Company

Canoe Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Start your trip on the northeastern shore of Anima Nipissing Lake, at the terminus of the Anima Nipissing access road. Carefully load and trim your canoe if the wind is blowing on-shore. From the landing, you may want to paddle across the lake to see the first of several pictograph sites on Anima Nipissing. Alternately, you can paddle a short distance along the eastern shoreline where you can locate the trail to the historic Brigstocke Fire Tower.

Carrying on, you will paddle past Sugarloaf Island. Notice the ‘cave’ – a remnant of mining activity from the early part of the last century. At the south end of Mannajigama Bay, you will portage into Mannajigama Lake. An old logging road interrupts the portage, so we’ll provide you with detailed directions. Mannajigama features two campsites – one that is large, and a very small campsite, suitable for a single tent only.

Day 2
You have two options for leaving Mannajigama. The shortest route is to paddle west and portage into an unnamed lake, and then portage north into Dart’s Bay, which leads directly back into Anima Nipissing.  The longer option is to paddle southwest and portage into Snare Lake. From Snare you portage west into Snare Bay, which leads into Anima Nipissing. Two pictograph sites can be visited on the western shore in this vicinity of the lake. Regardless of the route chosen, campsites are plentiful as you paddle north on Anima Nipissing.

Day 3
If the weather is favourable, your paddle through the two narrows on your way back to the landing will be pleasant and uneventful. The effect of inclement weather on the lake can significantly lengthen the time required, so carefully consider that when deciding at what time to break camp. A short distance before the landing is the Twin Islands - a lovely place to stop for lunch and a last swim. The large expanse of flat rock invites a post-meal nap.