This 7 km route is one of the most popular and awe-inspiring of the 1,600 km of established canoe routes in Algonquin Park. A one-way excursion is possible by to driving a vehicle to Brigham Access, then canoe downriver to a shuttle, available to the left at Squirrel Rapids.
Look out for Barn Swallows and Eastern Phoebes nesting on the canyon walls and rare relict plants of glacial times, such as the Encrusted Saxifrage and Fragrant Cliff Fern. The Canoe Routes of Algonquin Park map brochure, obtained at the Sand Lake Gate, is an essential aid to a successful trip.
Directions: From the intersection of Hwys 17 and 58 west of Pembroke, travel 8 km northwest along Hwy 17. Pass the Forest Lea Road turnoff and take the next left turn onto Doran Rd.(Cty Rd 26).
Travel 300 metres, and then turn right onto the Barron Canyon Road. Continue 26 km on pavement, then gravel, to the Sand Lake Gate at the Park boundary, where you can buy a day-use vehicle permit and excellent publications by The Friends of Algonquin Park. Continue west for another 11 km, past the sign-posted Barron Canyon parking lot, on to Brigham Access to the left.
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