The Heart of Canoe Country
Algonquin Park, Ontario
Draining the southwest side of Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park, the Oxtongue River is a remarkably quiet and pristine antidote to the midsummer busyness of Canada's favorite canoeing destination. Rent a canoe from Algonquin Outfitters on Oxtongue Lake and arrange a shuttle to the putin on Highway 60, then spend the day tracing 12 miles of meandering river back to the outfitters' doorstep. En route you'll encounter several easy sections of swift water and two portages around secluded Gravel Falls (a great spot for lunch) and towering Ragged Falls. Make it a 25-mile overnight trip by starting at Canoe Lake. Local knowledge: algonquinoutfitters.com.
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