Algonquin's Northwest Corner Canoe Routes
Escape the hustle and bustle of Algonquin's Highway 60 corridor and explore Algonquin's northwest corner. From Access Point 1 trippers travel across Kawawaymog Lake into Algonquin via the Amable du Fond River. From there, there are great options of 3-14 day trips travelling around the northwest corner or venturing east and south into other areas of the park!
Forgotten Trails Hiking RoutesThe Forgotten Trails system around Kawawaymog Lake and Access Point 1 provides great hiking trails for guests staying at our cottages, finishing up a canoe trip or just looking to explore the area.
Area Topography MapNatural Resources Canada produces topographic maps of the entire country in both 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scales. These maps are especially useful if you are hiking, bush crashing or snowshoeing in winter. Topographical maps provide more details on terrain through contour lines, allowing you to visualize hills and valleys in 2D. Below you will find a topographic map example of the Algonquin Park access # 1 region.
South River, 1:50,000. 031E14
Antique Survey Map of the Log Cabin and Access #1
While digging around on the Archives of Ontario's Visual Database Website, we recently uncovered some original survey maps of Laurier and Ballantyne township, where our Algonquin Log Cabin and Cottage Outpost are located. These maps give us a glimpse of the land use history, including logging, and allows us to look back to the original lake and river names in this area. If you look at the top right corner of the Laurier Township Map of 1878, it labels Surprise Lake as Surprise Lake (What we unofficially still call it), but at some point in the following 100 years the name was changed to Smythe Lake. The reason behind this change is unknown, and despite its name on the map, our local community still call it Surprise Lake.