Last week, six of us made an eight-day trip through Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park, starting at Nym Lake, just north of the park, and paddling to Mudro Lake near Ely. We caught walleyes, lake trout, bass and northern pike, and we traveled through the heart of the park.
On Delahey Lake, near the center of the 1.2- million-acre wilderness, we camped at the “Cookie Jar Campsite” on an island at the west end of the lake. There, in what is now a large olive container, hundreds of canoeists have stashed notes for their fellow travelers. We read several of them during our visit.
In all, we traveled 90 miles and crossed 44 portages as we weaved our way through the park. We had excellent weather, and the bugs were manageable.
Quetico is lightly traveled these days, perhaps because the per-person, per-night fees have risen over the years. With fewer travelers, we could always find a campsite late in the day and firewood near the sites was always plentiful.