Although I’m not an expert paddler, I’ve been dreaming of this trip for years, and I’ve finally decided to do it two years from now, in 2007. (I’ll be doing lots of training and planning in the time to come).
It’s a circumnavigation of central Ontario, by canoe and kayak. The idea is
to start and end in Ottawa because 2007 is the 175th anniversary of the Rideau Canal.
There are several main legs:
Ottawa to North Bay via Ottawa & Mattawa Rivers (mostly canoe I suspect)
North Bay to French River, across Lake Nipissing (sea kayak)
French River downstream to Georgian Bay (canoe)
Mouth of the French down Georgian Bay to port Severn (sea kayak)
Trent-Severn Canal to Bay of Quinte (canoe & kayak depending on conditions)
Bay of Quinte to Cataraqui River (sea kayak)
Rideau Canal to Ottawa (canoe & kayak depending on conditions)
I’ll be asking for as much expertise as anyone is willing to provide, but my first question is, can the Ottawa to North Bay leg be done by a solo guy going upstream? If so, when and in what conditions? I know the voyageurs used to do it, but there were lots of men paddling in each boat!
If not, can the French River be paddled upstream? That would allow me to
reverse the whole trip.
BTW I’m open to sharing this trip with people, even for short jaunts, but I’ve designed it as a solo adventure because in my experience, you have to be willing to make your dreams come true by yourself if you want others to help.
Any advice or commentary is most welcome. I’ve no idea how long this would take – my guess was 6 weeks to 3 months, but for all I know it could be 6 months to 3 years!