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Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

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Address: North Kawartha, Apsley, North Kawartha, Ontario, Canada
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Easy Backcountry Trip

We took our 8 yo on his first backcountry canoe trip to Sucker Lake from the Bottle Lake Access and stayed at site 120 for two nights. The 90m portage between the lakes keeps... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
kayakersue
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Peterborough, Canada
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Wonderful place to visit and do some backcountry camping. We visit several times a year as the lakes are so beautiful and depending on where you go you can feel very secluded and remote.

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Thank NickPow44
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We entered the Anstruther Marina site and parked our vehicles. Then a woman came shouting at us to leave. She told us this was private property . There was no board indicating that this was private property. She chased us away like we were outcasts and threw nasty comments at us. The people there were really unfriendly and were uncivilized... More 

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5 Thank Abirthan R
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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I have canoe-tripped in this park 3 times now, and have never been disappointed. We always use the Anstruther Marina as our access and outfitters- they are friendly and helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The park's portages are well marked with signs, ribbons and stone cairns, and easily travellable. Because the park is not over-large, there is no... More 

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1 Thank Myles C
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We took our 8 yo on his first backcountry canoe trip to Sucker Lake from the Bottle Lake Access and stayed at site 120 for two nights. The 90m portage between the lakes keeps Sucker Lake a motor-free zone and provides that sense of wilderness without a huge effort. Lovely lake with the requisite loon pair, a hooting owl, snapping... More 

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1 Thank kayakersue
Whitby, Canada
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Want to enjoy nature and solitude thus summer within 2 hours of Whitby, Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, Bowmanville etc?? So far in 2016 I've canoe tripped 3x in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park north of Peterborough, Ontario. In May it was with friends and 2x in July it was teaching canoe tripping courses. The campsites in this beautiful park are... More 

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1 Thank Lewis1950
Peterborough
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Reviewed 5 December 2015 via mobile

We took several daytime forays into the park on snowshoes or cross country skis this month. Approaches through the Cox Lake, Long Lake, Anstruther Lake entry points all lead to some spectacular backcountry bushwalking. The park is abandoned by most people at this time of year. One gets truly out in nature.

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1 Thank Doug M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

Jan 31 and Winter Blues have me searching for summer plans.. *I feel it's important to share my experience from last summer, perhaps helpful to consider if thinking about accessing K.Highlands from Long Lake: K.Highlands was once nearly all Crown Land, with some of it leased on 99 year deals to private cottagers and some owned as freehold. Upon my... More 

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31 Thank ChartreuseSpinner
Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2015

Starting out on Long Lake, we had to tolerate and battle an onslaught of motor boats with no regard for canoes or kayaks. The beaver damns we had to portage were not listed as "portages" on the map, so that was an unpleasant surprise. And to top it all off, there were no fish biting in Cox and no firewood!... More 

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14 Thank HamiltonMatters
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175 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We spend a weekend on Crab Lake. The access is relatively easy via a single short portage. It is a nice destination for people who don't want to camp on a lake with powerboats, yet don't want a long portage (for example families with young kids). A few campsites on Crab Lake have tables and they all have kybos. We... More 

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Cobourg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014

I parked at the East end of Long Lake. There is an easy entry beach and the water was crystal clear. It is a very good lake for stand up Paddleboarding It is relatively calm and has some powerboats but mostly it's a canoe lake. I paddled for nearly 4 hours and wasn't knocked off balance by any wake. Most... More 

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