Many people enjoy the peaceful beauty of the great outdoors. Each years millions flee the cities to capture this experience. One of the ways is to canoe or kayaking down a river system or lake.
For a true adventure, Timmins offers the novice or experience paddler a wide variety of rivers and lakes to explore. With several marked and mapped water systems for your safety, Timmins, is truly a paddlers fantasy come true.
Each time while travelling along one of these routes, paddlers are able to take in the breath taking scenery while enjoying an abundance of wildlife. From ducks to moose, you never know what you'll see. Some of these routes are the Dana Jowsey Lakes Park. Here a paddlers can enjoy Jowsey Lake rock outcrops and low-lying taiga forest.
Danna Lake which is 1km down the road has several islands. Red and White pines dominating the skyline. Should wind become an issue during the day, the lake offers several bays so that paddlers can still enjoy their day on the water. If you enjoy running a river system, you'll definitely enjoy travelling down one of these routes.
The Grassy River is one such system you'll enjoy. A section known as High Falls has a series of rapids and a waterfall. This trip offers a valley type experience which is easy paddling with a few fast places along the route. A distance of 12 km. The Red Stone River offers paddlers an opportunity to travel either in a easterly or westerly direction from the Springs Road Bridge. When traveling the easterly or downstream section, paddlers will enter into Nighthawk Lake. A distance of about 18 km.
Heading westerly or upstream side will bring you to a set of rapids and falls. This is about 20 km from the bridge. This route is a little more difficult due to beaver dams however is worth the little extra effort. For the more experienced paddler, the Tatachikapika River has many rapids and lower water levels in July. In August this route is more difficult to trip and can be impossible for a canoe to travel along. Therefore the best time to explore this water way would be from mid-May to mid-July. This trip is 30 km long and has some portages over a kilometer in length and others of a few hundred meters. Paddlers that have travelled this system claim it is a challenging and exciting trip. This is not for the novice paddler to attempt.
Although I've only briefly touched base on four out of the 12 routes a canoeist or kayaker can enjoy when visiting Timmins, I encourage anyone interested in one of these trip or other trips available to Please visit http://www.tourismtimmins.com/ and go to Vacation Packages page for more information on these trips.
If you do plan a trip up this way, you may want to schedule it August so that you can either compete or just take in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival.
We kindly welcome you to come and give this event a try as this competitive event attracts paddlers from all over the world.