Kawartha Lakes creates new stunning paddling routes for an epic adventure

Paddling is one of the best outdoor adventures one could ever imagine, especially in an area blessed with hundreds of pristine lakes as we have in Ontario. But, sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to go and what to do as the options are endless but information is often at a premium. Well, the folks at Kawartha Lakes have figured it out and we are thankful.

Get ready for an exhilarating outdoor adventure like no other as you discover the newly established paddling routes in the breathtaking Kawartha Lakes area. 

With more than 250 lakes and waterways to choose from, this region offers an unparalleled opportunity for paddling enthusiasts of all levels to immerse themselves in nature's wonders. Brace yourself for an experience that combines stunning scenery, diverse wildlife, and a sense of serenity that can only be found on the water.

Cocobonk paddling route

What sets Kawartha Lakes apart is not just its sheer number of water bodies, but also the new and carefully curated paddling routes that have been designed to cater to different interests and skill levels. Whether you're a novice seeking a leisurely paddle or a seasoned expert looking for a thrilling challenge, there's a route perfectly suited to your preferences.

“I love it, these experiential profiles, really fleshing out the lived experience of it from the moment you leave home,” says Clark of the Land Canadian Adventures, a local guide familiar witthe routes. “It’s a really cool mix of paddling in and around urban and ex-urban features and finding those beautiful little ‘so close yet so far away’ experiences.”

Clark says the vast majority of the routes are oriented towards beginners and easy paddling including a number around the communities of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls and Lindsay, which Clark highly recommends. 

“Almost every single route launches near a cafe or a place for supplies and then you just paddle away,” he says.

Nogies paddling route

Imagine embarking on the Gull River Paddling Route, a mesmerizing eight-km round-trip journey that takes you from Coboconk to Indian Point Provincial Park. Along the way, you'll be treated to the sights of the undeveloped eastern shore, featuring the remarkable alvar topography. This globally-rated ecosystem is home to an array of endangered bird species, offering a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

For those craving a choose-your-own-adventure style paddle, the Ken Reid Wetland route awaits. Spend two to five hours exploring the captivating wetlands in the southwest corner of Sturgeon Lake. Navigate the floating boardwalk launch of the Woodland Loop and marvel at the rich biodiversity that surrounds you. If you're up for a challenge, consider venturing further north into Goose Bay, where a thrilling 3 km trip awaits.

Seeking a picturesque and leisurely paddle? Look no further than the Fee's Landing Beach to Emily Provincial Park route. Delight in a four-km round trip that will take you from the southeastern arm of Pigeon Lake into a scenic river winding its way to the tranquil beauty of Emily Provincial Park. Take a mid-way break or extend your stay, as the park offers full-service camping facilities.

Ken Reid Wetland paddling route

The paddling adventures in Kawartha Lakes are not limited to specific communities or difficulty levels. You can explore various routes that showcase the unique charms of different areas, such as Bobcaygeon, Coboconk, Fenelon Falls, Kinmount, and Lindsay. Each route offers its own blend of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and opportunities to connect with the vibrant local communities.
What makes these paddling routes truly exceptional is the Canadian canoe culture that permeates every aspect of this outdoor adventure. It’s a tradition and a history that leaves a lasting impression. 

It's not just about gliding through the crystal-clear waters or witnessing the mesmerizing landscapes; it's about embracing a way of life, a deep-rooted connection to nature, and a shared love for exploration. It's about immersing yourself in the rhythm of your paddle strokes, feeling the breeze on your face, and allowing the tranquility of the surroundings to rejuvenate your spirit.

So, gear up, rent a canoe or kayak, and let the paddling routes of Kawartha Lakes transport you to a world of wonder and adventure. Whether you're embarking on a family-friendly journey, seeking a solo expedition, or looking to bond with friends over a thrilling paddle, this summer promises to be filled with unforgettable moments on the water. 



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