By Brian Back

Yes, even paradise has rush hour, but knowing when and where will help negotiate it.

During the peak season of July and August, the corridor from Matagamasi Lake to Chiniguchi Lake can bring an uncomfortably steady flow of canoeists, attracted by the ease of access and short portages. This can mean struggling to find an unoccupied campsite, or run into lineups at portages, or both.

Particularly acute are the campsites on Wolf Lake and McConnell Bay, Chiniguchi Lake, where campers often settle for more than a day, further aggravating tight accommodations.

Canoe traffic began to pick up in 2000 on the heels of chat at It got a big spike after Kevin Callan included a trip to Wolf in his 2002 book Ontario's Lost Canoe Routes.

Some of its readers are inexperienced canoeists, a fact they advertise with their soggy photocopy of the book's loosely drawn map. Don't be surprised if one of them asks you for directions to the "lost" route.

If you are looking for solitude or don't want the worry of finding your campsite occupied, try to minimize time in this corridor.


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POSTED: 6.28.2006

 Wolf Lake                   BRIAN BACK

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