Northern Ontario Camping Adventure

rkj__

Adventurer
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My wife and I recently returned from a two week camping trip through Northern Ontario. In short (ha!) we had the vacation we were hoping we would have. We were both very pleased with all the memories we made, and experiences we shared together.

The map below shows our approximate route, less a few of the side trips. All in all, we did about 4,000km of driving. While we did not do any off road driving, we did plenty of hiking, and outdoor exploration, that some members here might enjoy. The trip report is over 9,000 words, so I can't even post three days of the trip here without hitting the 10,000 character limit of this forum, so I'm going to shamelessly direct you to my blog if you want to see all the pictures, or maybe even do some reading.

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#2
looks like you all had a great trip!! superior really is a beautiful part of ontario. i saw some cool stuff in your photos; msr tent - good happy medium for durability and weight and very stout in bad weather!, super cool doggy backpack! - my dog has one also. a hammock - yesss!! since you seems to like a little backpacking i suggest you try the point grondine trail, it is near killarney and is about 30km round trip, makes a nice one nighter and not too far from southern ontario! if you are up for some real backpacking adventure on a very rarely travelled trail that is part of the infamous lacloche range but not in the park hit me up!
 

rkj__

Adventurer
#3
looks like you all had a great trip!! superior really is a beautiful part of ontario. i saw some cool stuff in your photos; msr tent - good happy medium for durability and weight and very stout in bad weather!, super cool doggy backpack! - my dog has one also. a hammock - yesss!! since you seems to like a little backpacking i suggest you try the point grondine trail, it is near killarney and is about 30km round trip, makes a nice one nighter and not too far from southern ontario! if you are up for some real backpacking adventure on a very rarely travelled trail that is part of the infamous lacloche range but not in the park hit me up!
It was a great trip indeed. Procuring all of the backpacking gear has been far more expensive than I was hoping it would be, but we did not want to get low grade stuff that we would be itching to replace after a few trips. We got the tent discounted, because it was a demo that the local outdoors shop had set up for a day on some grass outside of their store. The poodle does not mind his pack, and every bit of assistance carrying stuff helps. He does sometimes run the bag into trees, because he does not realize he is wider than normal. It's not too big of a problem though. The hammock was one of our best buys. It was only $30 CAD on Amazon.ca, but comes with some really nice tree straps.

I was not familiar with Point Grondine Park. Thanks for mentioning it. From what I gather, it is a very young park with some big plans for the future. I'll definitely keep it in mind.
 
#4
Looks like you had an awesome trip (can't go wrong in Northern Ontario). I just got back from visiting my brother in Thunder Bay. We stopped at our cottage on Manitoulin on the way up and on the way back. Funnily enough, I have never hiked the Cup and Saucer trail but I think Katherine has. Spending a week up in Thunder Bay gave my younger brother and I time to do the tourist thing. Stopping in Providence bay and checking out the back of the Sleeping Giant.
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Bushcoat

one trail at a time
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Looks like you had a great time! I always encourage Northern and northwestern ontario travel. Im glad you took the time to visit ouimet canyon, even with the road work and detours going on this year, it was probably still worth the side trip. I bet you are enjoying your new truck, a bit roomier than a canyon!

We did a bit of an opposite trip earlier this summer, Thunder bay to Kirkland lake and some other spots around there and stayed a few nights at kettle lakes. Only saw about 4 or 5 people our whole time there.

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