Kawartha Highlands, Wolf Lake, Site 301

We had by no means struck out on our first two canoe camping trips. But our third hit was a home run. This trip, for the weather and the location, still stands out in our memories as the best. Even better than our repeat expedition two years later — probably because first taste is generally the most memorable.

Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park is part of the Provincial Park system and has only interior camp sites (but with picnic tables). It’s a large area, lying halfway between Peterborough and the southern tip of Algonquin Park.

Cottage Country

The access roads into Kawartha Highlands also serve cottagers, who were probably there before the area became a park. Wolf Lake had roads (and cottages) on both sides, so in Kevin Callan’s book he recommends portaging into Crab Lake to get ‘real’ wilderness.

Being portage averse, we decided to risk camping on one of the two sites on Wolf Lake. We were relieved and surprised to find how private our site was and how little traffic there was, a least during the week days we were there.

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