By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We are planning a camping trip with some hiking and canoeing. Can you suggest some areas that are great for this?

A: Imagine portaging through tall forests like Fathers Brebeuf and Lalement once did. Now, canoers can retrace their footsteps along the Nottawasaga Canoe Route. This 23.5 km stretch of river between Edenvale and Wasaga Beach offers interesting highlights. Ply your way through the small rapids downstream from Jack's Lake where you'll pass some of the largest group of parabolic sand dunes in Ontario. A veritable nature lover's playground, this route coddles the same flora and fauna first seen by the Iroquois centuries ago.

An interesting footnote is "Nottawasaga" translates as "Iroquois Outlet." With over 200 species of birds, weasels and muskrats this is a treasure trove for wildlife lovers. Don't forget your binoculaurs for those close up views on Mother Nature. Visit for more details.

North of Avril Lavigne country Napanee, Bon Echo has been a favorite stomping ground for years among artists and photographers. To truly capture its beauty, you'll need to pull your paddle through the calm waters of Mazinaw Lake, which is a brilliant contrast to the sheer rocky cliff of Bon Echo Rock. This rockface rises more than 100 metres and houses ancient native pictographs which are clearly visible as you drift by them.

For more info on Bon Echo and other provinical parks, visit Another excellent web site chockfull of paddling information is Find out all you need to know on paddling regions, weekend getaways, family adventure vacations, canoeing packages and more.


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