Trip Dates: June – September
Trip Length: 8 days (7 nights)
Location: Temagami, Ontario
Trip Price: $810 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
- Park permits
- 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
The Lady Evelyn River is a unique canoe route in that it presents paddlers with several options to customize the length and direction of their trip. You can begin your trip with a floatplane flight into Florence Lake, which will put you onto the south branch of the Lady Evelyn River, or you can opt for a van shuttle to Gamble Lake, which will situate you on the north branch of the river. The two branches later merge and then diverge again – see what we mean about options?
Which access option you choose depends upon several factors, including your budget, fondness for flying versus driving, and the number of days you have. Florence Lake is beautiful and remote, and beginning your trip there requires at least one extra day of paddling, owing to the meandering character of the south branch before it joins the north branch. Starting your trip at Gamble Lake brings you to the heart of the Lady Evelyn River more quickly.
The central section of the Lady Evelyn River features minor rapids, waterfalls, and two larger lakes – Macpherson and Katherine (aka Divide Lake). It also features Shangri-La, a long stretch of rapid that can be by-passed entirely by a 730 m portage – the longest found on the river. Experienced paddlers can paddle some or all of this section utilizing two shorter portages as needed. Those portaging can access the riverside via side trails, one of which leads to a lovely Shangri-La campsite.
Immediately following Shangri-La, paddlers have the option to portage and paddle into Dry Lake. On the western shore, the Dry Lake Ridge Trail climbs more than 200 meters for an impressive view of the surrounding area.
As you leave Katherine Lake, the Lady Evelyn River splits again into north and south branches. Both offer beautiful waterfall scenery and challenging portages. The north branch is shorter in distance and features Centre Falls and a natural water slide (channel your inner otter, but don’t forget your lifejacket!). This branch leads you east, then north toward Chris Willis and Sucker Gut Lakes, should you want to journey on to Maple Mountain.
The south branch flows mostly south, then east into Willow Island Lake. It’s longer in distance and features Bridal Veil Falls and Fat Man’s Falls, named for a section of portage through a crevice known as Fat Man’s Squeeze. The south branch also provides access to the infamous 2.2 km Death March portage to Diamond Lake, should you be so inclined!
Rest assured, any combination of north and south branches provides a remarkable backcountry canoeing experience.
Either branch of the Lady Evelyn River leaves you needing to paddle out to an access point - Ferguson Bay or Mowat Landing - for a shuttle pick-up. This final leg of the journey will take 1 to 2 days to paddle regardless of the pick-up point chosen. We look forward to hearing all about your trip!