Lake Louisa, Algonquin Provincial Park


For September long weekend, we headed back to Algonquin, this time with a canoe.  As usual, we were a little late to reserve our campsites, so instead of the many-portage loop we had planned, we ended up spending the two nights on beautiful, clear Lake Louisa.  We put in at Rock Lake just after noon on Saturday and paddled across the lake to reach our one and only portage:  2.9 km (1.8 mi).  We were able to carry everything in one trip, and although it was slow-going under all the weight, the trail was relatively flat with very good footing.  We found the perfect campsite about half-way down the large lake and set up camp. Sunday, we paddled around to the end of the lake which was so deserted that we enjoyed a quick skinny dip!  The sun shined all day and we had a great picnic lunch on the shore.  Timber snoozed in the bottom of the canoe a bit, but mostly he looked out for wildlife and stared down the loons.  It was amazingly relaxing sitting beside the water and swimming (and not moving the campsite or portaging anywhere!) all day.  What a welcome break!  Monday, we paddled back the way we came, made our way back over the portage and across Rock Lake.  We did stop on one of the islands for a last picnic lunch before paddling back to the dock.  Ahhhh, what’s not to love about Canadian long weekends?!?