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Big Trout Lake Loop – Algonquin

Algonquin’s Big Trout Lake Loop has it all with easy access off of Canoe Lake’s Highway 60 Access Point. With scenic landscapes, big and small lakes, creeks, rivers, wetlands and most importantly, short portages; it’s known as one of the more popular backcountry destinations in Algonquin Park.

Trip Date: August 25-30, 2020

Here is a recount of our canoe trip through Algonquin’s Big Trout Lake Loop. As you can see in the map image below, we did the loop counter clockwise spending our first night on Burnt Island Lake. Then after making our way up the Otterslide we stayed at Big Trout Lake and White Trout Lake. We made our last camp at McIntosh Lake to complete the loop. If you haven’t already, check out our video log of the loop as well!

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Royalex: A history and Viable Alternatives

Royalex is no longer an option.

For an avid whitewater canoeist, a durable boat is an important factor when running rapids. Not only is durability important, but also the boat must be made out of a flexible and buoyant material. Royalex is a material that provided all of these benefits, at a reasonable cost to canoe manufacturers. After an acquisition of PolyOne Corp. in 2013, the production of Royalex and the sheets that were once manufactured by PolyOne came to a complete stop in 2014. [5] For over 35 years, Royalex had formed a reputation for the most durable canoe building raw materials that does not sacrifice weight. [11] In 2014 after the closing of Royalex manufacturing, there became a clear market opportunity for a material that was as light as Royalex while maintaining high durability similar to polyethylene and aluminium based boats. Continue reading Royalex: A history and Viable Alternatives