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Wright's Lake Ontario

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Submitted By: talsan on 23 Jul 2007
Latitude: 45.754761
Longitude: -78.294886

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From Toronto, ON: take HWY 400 north toward Barrie; follow signs for HWY 11 and continue north to Huntsville; follow signs in Huntsville for HWY 60 East to Algonquin Provincial Park; follow HWY 60 into the park and look for the turn-off for Opeongo Lake (prominently signed and approx. 49 km or 30 miles from the West entrance of the park); follow the paved turn-off road north 5 km (3.5 miles) to the main dock and parking lot.

NOTE: This camp site (and others in the vicinity) is only accessible by canoe or by foot. The camp sites on Opeongo Lake are classified "Park Interior" by Algonquin Provincial Park, which means they are rugged in nature offering limited access (as noted above) and no modern amenities.



Camping - (0)

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This is a great camp site for the view from the shore and for the canoe trip that gets you there. Permits are required for camping on the lake since it is part of Algonquin Provincial Park, but they're well worth the fee to experience some of northern Ontario's most beautiful backcountry.

The white pines (often the tallest in Algonquin's forests reaching heights of 150 ft. plus) are also easy to climb for even greater panoramic views of the landscape. As noted in the directions, this and other campsites in the vicinity are only accessible by canoe or foot, which makes for a truly secluded getaway from modern-day living and conveniences. But you will have to take precautions against wildlife company (i.e. suspending your food stuffs from a tree to discourage bears at night).

The best information on camping in Algonquin is available through their website at www.algonquinpark.on.ca. And for Canadian wildlife enthusiasts, this lake and its shores are home to loons, moose, beavers, and more. To maintain the beauty of the park (and hopefully this is a rule of thumb for any "backcountry-er"), visitors are asked to pack out whatever they pack in: garbage, gear, and anything else you take into the park. Overall, this site was a great place to camp and experience Ontario's natural beauty.


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Because Wright's Lake is a smaller lake than its neighbour Opeongo, it's not nearly as cold for swimming, though I won't say that it's warm either. I swam there in September, and that was still bearable (probably because it was just the tailend of the summer). However, I imagine it might be nicer when the outside temperature is hotter, say in July and August, and the water temperature still cool. But it's hard to beat swimming in a natural lake with all the beautiful views surrounding you.



Opeongo Lake, Ontario
Distance: 8.80 mi
Activities: Canoeing
 

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