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In late July, Britt and I loaded up the car and drove out to the East side of Algonquin Park for a canoe trip down the Barron Canyon. In our years canoe tripping, we’ve yet to experience the East side of the park, and for good reason. The drive from Toronto runs between 6 to 8 hours, depending on traffic. That makes for an early morning if you aren’t staying at Achray Campground the night before. We bit the bullet, made a short first day, and the trip was 100% worth it. Once making it to High Falls lake, one can choose to go through the Cascades, or take the easier route through Opalescent. I have to give it to the Cascades!

Start: Achray Campground
First Night: Stratton Lake – Arm towards High Falls
Second Night: Opalescent Lake
End: Squirrel Rapids

Thanks to Algonquin Portage for the canoe rental and shuttle of the car to Squirrel Rapids.

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Images can be purchased or licensed: Barron River Gallery

Gear Guide

For this this trip, I packed a Nikon D800, Tokina 12-24mm, Sigma 35mm F1.4 and Nikon 70-200mm F2.8VR. I also took along a Sigma DP2 Quattro camera as a point and shoot.
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