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PostPosted: July 16th, 2019, 10:08 am 

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I'm planning to do a 5ish day trip to in the first couple weeks of August this year. I am pretty sure I want to start at Caddy.

The plan is to find spots to camp and then spend day time hiking, fishing etc.

I haven't done a canoe trip since I was a kid. My partner has never done one. That said we are both experienced campers.

Looking for some input on how to make it a somewhat challenging but relaxing trip.


PostPosted: July 16th, 2019, 3:34 pm 
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I haven't been very far into that route. Hopefully someone with experience chimes in.

Have you considered the Bird River upstream from Tulibi? It's a very nice route and beginner friendly. There is relatively no current and so upstream travel is fine. You can paddle as far as you feel comfortable. Elbow is very nice lake though it is oversued. Macgregor Lake is quite nice and Snowshoe if very nice.

The route also has the benefit of much less boat traffic. The boat traffic on Caddy Lake was not enjoyable the two times I have been there.

PostPosted: July 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am 
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Definitely worth putting a portage or two between yourself and the boat traffic.

You can portage east into Granite Lake to get away from the crowds.

The park requires that you camp only at designated sites but up to you whether you stick to that. Campsites (official and unofficial) up through Caddy and North/South Cross have a lot of garbage and toilet paper/poop back in the bushes.


PostPosted: August 7th, 2020, 7:52 am 

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This may be a late reply based on your departure plans; but I thought I would chime in a bit.

I went out to Caddy yesterday for a small day trip, my first time out there. I was intending to go to the other tunnel over Hanson's Creek, (not the second tunnel between South and North Cross lake). I checked the forecast and it was for afternoon winds of about 20 Km/Hr from the SSW. As I was solo, I thought this would be manageable as I have experience in windier conditions (although not enjoyable) but I was prepared for bit of paddle heading back. I got to the put in much later than anticipated so I only left shore at about 10:15 am. Big mistake. Moderate amount of motor boat traffic and very busy with other recreational paddlers. Also, the wind was picking up; but I decided that I came a long way so I'm going for it.

It was easy getting to the first tunnel that leads from Caddy to South Cross. The wind was mostly at my back and I have to say, the tunnel was well worth it. Very picturesque, and scenic. However the winds started gustng to at least 30 Km/Hr, and I decided to turn back just short of the entrance to Hanson's Creek from South Cross as I was starting to have trouble controlling where I was going. Disappointed that I abandoned the other tunnel, I headed back before the wind got worse. I did have a rough time getting back to the put in, the headwind was nasty but I got there.

So, I would say, if you're an early bird leave shore at first light when winds are likely to be lighter and there is less motorized boat travel. Makes the crossing of large bodies of water a lot easier. Watch out for other boats coming the other way through the tunnels.

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