1st day Canoe Lake access point to McIntosh. To Timberwolf on 2nd day. Explore Misty and return to McIntosh 3rd day. Tom Thomson 4th day. Back to Canoe Lake on the 5th morning.
Tom Thomson, northwest corner
To get here...Cross Canoe Lake. Portage to Joe Lake. Cross Teepee Lk and take passage to Little Doe Lake. Lift over into Tom Thomson. Cross Tom Thomson. This bay holds the portage leading to Ink Lake. The actual take-out is just around the small point centre right.
The Ink River, on the far side of the lake, beneath that hill, leads you through a bog to McIntosh Lake
Lilies, Ink River
First glimpse of McIntosh Lake
Leaving the Ink River is like leaving the Boreal forest and entering the Great Lakes-St.Lawrence forest...
Next morning. My campsite at the south end of the lake, near the Ink River.
Morning mist, McIntosh Lake
From my campsite near the Ink River, I could watch parties leaving the lake, while I drank my morning coffee. My destination for the day is only the next lake, Timberwolf, so I can loaf over coffee and explore the lake in the afternoon.
The couple that canoes together...
You don't see a lot of Bell or Placid Boatworks canoes in Algonquin. Nice!
This lake is full of small islands with big pines on them. Very picturesque. Spent the day paddling around the lake before taking the easy portage over to Timberwolf.
Campsite needs a make-over
Campsite needs a make-over
Late lunch on Timberwolf
There are few things better than cooking and dining lakeside in bug-free September
Morning mist on Timberwolf
Keewaydin 15, designed by Dave Yost, built by Swift Canoe
What a fun boat! Felt to me like there was less initial stability than an Osprey or Shearwater, but it responded to my paddle strokes quicker. A good canoe for a better paddler than I am.
Decided not to port over to Misty. Instead, explored the shores of Timberwolf.
I have the feeling a lot of folks paddle through en route to neighbouring Misty or McIntosh, but this is a lovely lake, too.
Otter, Timberwolf Lake
He coughed at me when I inadvertently invaded his territory.
Lunch boil-up, Timberwolf Lake
Found a small islet and fired up the stick stove for some Kraft Dinner. Yum.
Goodbye, Timberwolf Lake
This is the take-out, en route back to McIntosh Lake.
Back on McIntosh Lake
A big beautiful lake of many islands
Home for the night
Campsite on McIntosh
This site on the west shore of the lake featured this leaning pine, propped up by a cedar, apparently still healthy.
A look on the lake side of the leaning pine reveals that it is not long for this world...
Another tarp and hammock photo
It was quite windy in the afternoon, but fully rigged, the tarp has ten attachment points. It's not going anywhere.
Brand new thunderbox
Usually they face away from camp, but not this one...
Visitor at dusk
Full moon over McIntosh
As my site faced east, I missed the sunset, but was treated to this.
Moonlight on McIntosh
Before sunrise, McIntosh Lake
Sure enough, the skies clouded over and drizzle began in the afternoon.
Pink waters, McIntosh Lake
Back crossing the bog, I noticed this white fluffy flower.
Like a sheepdog. Can you identify it?
Sea of lilies
On Tom Thomson Lake, near the put-in from Ink Lake
Frog and Lily, Tom Thomson Lake
Algonquin Adventures Tours
I settled on a site on the exit channel of Tom Thomson, near the beaver dam. AA tours was leading a few groups through the area at dusk, I imagine to see the beavers at work. There was a lot of beaver activity in the channel that night.
Moose or deer?
Found this deep in the bush behind my campsite on Tom Thomson. Figured it was a moose, but I'm no expert.
He appears to have a big lumpy tumour on his right haunch. Didn't slow him down at all. Fascinated, I spent a long time watching him.
Evening, Tom Thomson Lake
The sun peeked through the cloud just before sunset.