A large group of friends (10 adults and 4 kids), Banjo, my husband and I just returned from a 4-day backcountry canoeing trip in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. It’s a wonderful piece of Canadian shield wilderness that is located around Apsley, Ontario. It was a signature site, but in 2011 it officially became a provincial park; the largest south of Algonquin. There are no campgrounds but over 100 campsites accessible by canoe through six routes.
My husband and I did a backcountry trip there in 2011 and have only just had the chance to go back with a group of great friends. The weather was sunny with a temperature that hovered around 30 degrees celsius during the day.
The route we took started at the Long Lake Access Point, and we paddled through Long Lake and stayed on Loucks Lake the first night, and then made 2 small portages, and a few beaver dam lift overs to get into Cox Lake. It’s a great route for first timers.
I’m interested in doing a circle route next time I plan a trip to Kawartha Highlands. It’s time to do some more exploring!