Me and Carlo head out for a 3 day trip for the first day (and weekend) of fall into Algonquin Provincial Park. Launching out of Smoke Lake, we eventually make our way to Lake Louisa after many portages, long paddles, beautiful rocky shores, and successfully navigate past the ‘devil’s razor’, the narrowest river I’ve ever seen, and taking the ‘stairway to heaven.’
We end up hitting our campsite at night and proceed to make the most delicious meal I’ve ever had in my life… No kidding! Lamb chops with garden grown herbs on the cast iron pan and ‘baked’ brie on the side with some naan bread. It was truly heavenly.
Afterwards, we set up our camp for the weekend: a tarp on the ground and some emergency bivy bags. The bivys kept us toasty warm down to the low of 3C and luckily it didn’t rain lol.
The next day we set out to view the petroglyphs and Penn Falls on Rock Lake. Our journey took us a total of around 30km (because we had to walk the 3km portage 4 times total as well) and we ended up having to paddle 1.5 hours across Lake Louisa in the dark while getting buffeted by the wind and the fog. We were prepared however, and marked our sites with our Fenix lights and a Streamlight lantern.
And then, just as quickly as we came… We had to leave and retrace our steps back to the access point on smoke lake. I didn’t record much, mostly because you couldn’t see anything, but we also returned in the dark as well and paddled Smoke Lake as the full moon was rising in a bright orange to our backs. We got to the car and packed up just in time, as a storm was rolling in quick! It was a wonderful trip, and a great way to kick off the start of fall!
If you haven’t been to Algonquin to see the fall colours, it’s quite the sight to behold! I just had to go the next week and see the colour change, so I have a solo trip video coming up soon with some of the beautiful fall colours the park has to offer.
Smoke Lake is a great place to access the southern end of the park and has many beautiful rocky campsites. Being basically connected to Canoe Lake, it’s quite busy, but if you decide to cover a bit of distance, you wont see too many people. Especially in the fall as it starts to get cold and rainy, it’s one of the best times to visit the park! and hey, maybe you’ll see Mr. Shawn James from My Self Reliance or Mr. Joe Robinet out there somewhere hah!
Thanks for watching!
Some of the gear used in this video:
Fenix CL09, LD02, PD35V2, HL60R:
Eureka Midori 2:
MSR Hubba NX:
Keen Newport H2:
Fjallraven Keb Trousers:
EOG Pocket Bellows:
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