Canoeing and kayaking on the Frontenac Arch Biosphere is a fabulous experience! With the rugged Precambrian geology and topography, there are a myriad of lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams. While the region is known for the Thousand Islands, there are in fact more than 3,000 islands on a thousand lakes and rivers. As a satellite view shows, roughly 30% of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere is wet! This is a flatwater paddler’s dream, with days – even weeks – of exploration to enjoy.
3,000, and perhaps even 4,000 years ago, First Nations peoples knew these waterways very well. The winding network of rivers and lakes were the backbone of transportation and trade systems that brought people and trade goods together in eastern North America. Today’s paddlers can still trace those routes, and in so many places experience the same wild and dramatic character of the land. At the same time, canoeists and kayakers can see how settlers after the early 1800s modified some lakes and streams, with dams for power generation and lake control for cottagers, to the engineering of the Rideau Canal.
The paddle routes explore some of the possible routes across the region, but of course there are potentially several more. We hope to add more routes in the season and months ahead, and would be delighted to hear your suggestions.