Barron Canyon Loop
Total Distance: 31 km
Duration: 3 days
Number of Portages: 18
Total Portage Distance: 6 km
Level of Difficulty: Experienced Novice if day-tripping from St. Andrew's Lake due to the number of portages
Map is courtesy of Jeff's Map -- my route is marked in blue
In a matter of minutes, I was at the dam between the two lakes and was portaging past it. It was little more than a lift-over.
The area on the northern shore toward the eastern end of the lake looked like it had been through a war though. The trees there were all dead. Looking it up afterward, I discovered that there had been a nasty, little forest fire there in 2016. Thankfully, it was put out before more of this beautiful area could be destroyed. It was extinguished by fire rangers that camped on the lake while working on the fire. A link to a blog post about the fire is below. It states that the fire was started by careless fools, camping at a location that was not a designated Algonquin campsite. It's one thing to camp at a spot where you shouldn't be in a provincial park, it is a whole other thing to do it AND not take proper care of your campfire. The penalty for idiots like this should be drastic, indeed.
Image taken from wikimedia commons and is under public domain
Getting back to my car, I drove home, stopping in at a drive-thru in Bancroft for dinner. Restaurant dining was still not open to the public yet. Munching on my burger in the driver's seat of my car, I thought about how my trip was a very rewarding and amazing experience. I explored the geological wonder that is the Barron Canyon, the beauty of numerous waterfalls on the Barron River upstream from the canyon, and an iconic location of Canadian art. Not bad for a weekend outing, at all!