Map: Backdoor canoe route to Kettle Falls from Chiniguchi

By Brian Back

The Backdoor route extends the popular short loop of the Sturgeon River from Matagamasi Lake up to Stouffer Lake and onto the river to Kettle Falls. This adds a day and a half to the loop and puts you in the craggy heart of the river. And it is
worth it.

                       BACKGROUND:   Chiniguchi

The Backdoor is not on the Nastawgan map because, as its author readily admits, it was impossible to learn all the ancient trails when so many with the knowledge were deceased. Yet I am not suggesting it is an old nastawgan. We don't know. The last-known travellers, from Wabun Camp on Lake Temagami, did it in 1994 before it was re-cleared in 2009. Before that we know trapper Buck Olivier used it in the 1980s

POSTED: 11.01.09 UPDATED 02.16.10


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