Canoe Lake (Nipissing District)

Coordinates: 45°32′56″N 78°43′4″W / 45.54889°N 78.71778°W / 45.54889; -78.71778
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Canoe Lake
Canoe Lake is located in Ontario
Canoe Lake
Canoe Lake
Canoe Lake in Ontario
LocationAlgonquin Park, Nipissing District, Ontario
Coordinates45°32′56″N 78°43′4″W / 45.54889°N 78.71778°W / 45.54889; -78.71778
Primary inflowsPotter Creek
Basin countriesCanada
Surface area10 km2 (3.9 sq mi)[1]
Shore length121 km (13 mi)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
Canoe Lake, 1914 sketch by Tom Thomson. Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound

Canoe Lake is a lake located in Algonquin Provincial Park in Nipissing District, Ontario, Canada.[1] Canoe Lake is a major access point for many canoeists entering Algonquin Park as well as being home to many cottages. Important to note is that Canoe Lake is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, specifically the Chippewa, Ojibwa and Potawatomi peoples, under the terms of the Robinson-Huron Treaty #61 of 1850, and the Williams Treaties of 1923.[2]

At km 14.1 of Highway 60 is the short road that leads to the Canoe Lake Access Point for canoe trippers and visitors. The access point consists of a large parking area, a Ministry office to obtain tripping permits for the park interior and the regionally well-known Portage Store. The "P-store" as it is often colloquially known, is a well stocked outfitters and canoe equipment rental operation that includes one of the few commercial restaurants available in Algonquin Park. They serve a variety of meals and offer an ice cream counter as well. The Portage Store also offers a number of outfitting and guiding packages to support peoples' canoe-tripping endeavours. A gift shop is attached offering souvenirs, T-shirts and other items for sale. Canoe Lake is also home to the Taylor-Statten summer camps; Camp Ahmek, an all-boys' camp, and Camp Wapomeo, an all-girls' camp.

Influential Canadian artist Tom Thomson drowned in Canoe Lake on July 8, 1917 during a canoeing trip; his body was discovered in the lake eight days later, washed up on the Island of Little Wapomeo, the initial home of the summer camp. Canoe Lake was a very influential place for Tom Thomson's artwork, as well as a very special place for him. He resided in Canoe Lake throughout different parts of his career, and frequently canoed the area.

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  1. ^ a b c Atlas of Canada - Canoe Lake Archive index at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "History and Heritage". 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2021-06-19.