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Paddling the Barron Canyon

July 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brigham Lake Parking Lot [at km 33 of the Barron Canyon Road in Algonquin Park. This location is 15 kilometres north of the Sand Lake Gate.]

During this experience, participants will canoe Algonquin Park’s stunning Barron Canyon viewing enormous 100 metre high cliffs on both sides of your canoe. The Barron Canyon attracts thousands of visitors annually, but few canoe its entirety, preferring to see it from above via the Barron Canyon Trail. Join Park Naturalist staff from The Friends of Algonquin Park as you explore the canyon and discover its fascinating natural and cultural history including its special geological past, the unique plants and animals found there, and its use by people throughout history. Through this full-day Experience Algonquin Workshop, participants will paddle the flat-water canoe route for approximately 10 kilometres and complete 4 portages totalling about 1,200 metres. This trip is open to participants of all ages but at least one individual per canoe must be 18 years of age or older. A moderate level of physical fitness and a novice or moderate canoeing competency is required.

A maximum of 6 canoes (2 adults per canoe maximum) is permitted for this workshop.

For this workshop participants are required to bring:

– Their own canoe, paddles, PFDs, and safety kit as per boating regulations (if you are in need of a canoe rental please see recommended providers at > search word “outfitter” or “canoe”, or contact us for details.);
– Lunch and snacks to consume along the route. No cans and bottles are permitted in Algonquin Park’s backcountry and participants must “pack it in, and pack it out”.
– Appropriate clothing for the weather (we go “rain” or “shine”) and sturdy footwear for walking on sharp rocks on rough portages. Long pants are also suggested as Poison Ivy grows along some portages.


Pre-registration is required. Maximum 6 canoes (2 adults per canoe maximum) for this workshop. The registration deadline for this event is no later than July 8, 2016. To register for this workshop, or for more information, contact Andrea Ruzzo at The Friends of Algonquin Park at (613) 637-2828 extension 236. When you call to register, please have the following items ready: a contact phone number and e-mail address; and a Visa or MasterCard number. The cost for this workshop is $80.00 (per canoe) plus HST for members of The Friends of Algonquin Park. Non-members pay $100.00 plus HST for the workshop, which includes a mandatory one-year individual membership to The Friends of Algonquin Park (a $20 value). The workshop fee includes a Park permit, expert instruction, and a shuttle for vehicle drivers from the Barron River Parking Lot (km 20) back to the Brigham Lake Parking Lot (km 33). If renting canoes, participants should have canoes dropped at the Brigham Lake Parking Lot and picked up from the Barron River Parking Lot (please call for more details, if required).

Conditions beyond our control, such as dangerous weather, etc., may cancel or alter advertised details of this workshop and participants should be willing and able to adapt for the best possible experience.

All workshop proceeds support the charitable work of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Event information provided by The Friends of Algonquin Park.

1 Comment

  • Bev McMullen says:

    I am a photographer for the new Algonquin Life magazine and would be very interested to book this trip. I am looking for stock images for the magazine which is part of metroland. I do not have a canoe and would be interested in renting one from the outfitters. I would also need paddles, etc. for the canoe. I can send you my visa number. do you want me to contact Andrea Ruzzo for the reservations. thank you Bev McMullen 705-394-9331. do you have space left.

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