A canoe trip to Wolf Island Provincial Park

Paddling between the Islands on Lower Buckhorn Lake.

Paddling between the Islands on Lower Buckhorn Lake.

I’ve never before heard of the concept of a non-operating park before, possibly because they’re not advertised as go-to destinations. Well simply put a non-operating park is a piece of parkland owned by Ontario Parks without visitor centres, parking and any basic facilities. In fact there are more non-operating parks then operating ones in Ontario. By using the Park Locator tool, just check off the show non-operating parks box on the right side and see all the little red dots pop up all over the map of Ontario. Some of the parks you’re allowed to camp in and others you’re not, and if you do camp as they’re non-operating there are no fees. One such park is Wolf Island Provincial Park, that occupies wolf island in addition to some smaller ones and a chunk of shoreline between Lower Buckhorn lake and Lovesick lake north of Peterborough. As I previously mentioned, my girlfriend and I are up here in the Kawartha’s for a two and a half week course. So far it’s been a blast, load of knowledge to absorb and I’m just loving spending my time in the wild with my girlfriend. Recently the entire course went for a canoe trip down Lovesick lake towards Wolf Island. We had a mini armada of about 10-11 canoes making their way down the shoreline and into the open water. We paddles for just over an hour to reach all the inlets and islands that separate the Lower Buckhown lake from Lovesick lake. It was a pretty surreal experience, the waters were pretty calm and crystal clear. The ecological devastation that was left behind when the area was flooded over a hundred years ago to create the Trent-Severn canal. The evidence of flooding was everywhere, downed trees and stumps littered the shallows making for a wondrous viewing experience. Well without further ado here are some pics from our paddle.

Some of the group navigating the waters.

Some of the group navigating the waters.

Making out way past the obstacles.

Making out way past the obstacles.

The Kawartha's are just stunning.

The Kawartha’s are just stunning.

What beautiful scenery.

What beautiful scenery.

Small one tree island.

Small one tree island.

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