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I am retired and exploring the world on foot, by canoe and kayak. You see and experience much more this way. No luxury resorts on some tropical beach for me.
Canoe launching point on Lake Traverse to paddle the Petawawa River to the S.E. end of McManus Lake.
The Natch, one of many rapids on the Petawawa River.
View from half way up the cliff. Look for the 3 canoes. It is estimated that the river had a flow rate of 100 to 1,000 times that of the Niagara River when the last glacial ice melted to the north of here 10,000 years ago. It cut this canyon, and formed the chain of lakes now known as the Petawawa River.
There is lots of action on the Petawawa River. Foot of Crooked Chute.
This famous radio telescope can be seen behind you as you paddle down Lake Traverse. It did not operate for many years when a main bearing broke, but it has been repaired and it is expected to go back into specialized service in 2013. It weighs 1,000 tons and is 46 m. in diameter and would cost about $300 million to replace.
The ledge on Rollaway Rapids. The well known Canadian Blair Fraser drowned here on May 12 1968. There was a memorial to him along the river about 50 m. below this ledge, on the south side of the river, against a rock, facing away from the river along the portage..
Achray camp site set among tall pines. The road way in was the former Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) built about 1915, taken over by Canadian National Railway (CN) from Pembroke to Capreol near Sudbury. Abandoned in 1996 when lumber ran out in Algonquin P.P..
The ledge on Rollaway Rapids. Blair Fraser, famous canoer and editor of McLeans Magazine drowned at this exact spot on May 12 1968. It is not easier than it looks.
Boys and running water go together.
Some parts of the Petawawa River are very tranquil.
Impressive. A massive but temporary river at the end of the last ice age scoured rock from the base of this cliff. The Barron canyon 25 km south east of here is just as impressive.
Crooked Chute is often portaged in whole or in part. It is 1.5 km. long but most is not too difficult. Portaging equipment always makes sense.
There are many kilometers of gentle waters on the Petawawa River.
The river is serene now, but the log on the little island tells you how high the water will rise in the spring time.
Interesting stump along the river.
Starting the Petawawa River canoe trip.
PETAWAWA RIVER. Good equipment and skills are esential if you plan to paddle the Petawawa River. Rollaway Rapids is almost a kilometer long.
Heading for the big cliff for a hike. Start in the bay at the left side. It is a difficult scramble at the bottom, the top half is easy.
The only sign of civilization in 3 days of paddling on the Petawawa River.
If you can't handle this, don't paddle the Petawawa River.
Viewing up river from near the top of the cliff.
There is a big sandy beach at the Achray camp site. The great Canadian painter, Tom Thompson of the Group of Seven lived in the log cabin by the park office in 1916. Would he have incorporated this tree into one of his paintings? It would have been only a sapling then. Try your skills with your camera here. The fromer Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) ran by the park office, it is now a park road.
View up river from the camp site, early morning.
Misty morning on the Petawawa River.
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