Little Bonnechere River from Stringers Lake to Sligo
On Friday, 2007 May 11, Bob, Ric and Richard explored the (Little) Bonnechere River, straddling the southeastern boundary of Algonquin Park. We launched our canoes at Stringers Lake, made our way over to Couchain Lake, paddled upstream on the Bonnechere River until lunch time, and then returned.
2007 May 11
One of the pioneer settlers of the Little Bonnechere River was Paddy Garvey. Among other exploits, he ran a stopping place (hotel) at the so-called "head of canoe navigation" (the first rapids above Couchain Lake) and named it Sligo after his home town in Ireland. All that remains today is the grave site of Alexander McDonald, an infant who died there in 1888. Most of the cleared land has been reclaimed by the forest.
All in all, a good trip. The weather was mediocre at first but then improved. The pace of upstream travel was slow since the current was significant and unrelenting, but it was never a real problem. An alternative plan would have been to start at Basin Depot and paddle downstream. However that would have required two vehicles to effect a shuttle and the rate of travel (while being flushed downstream by the current) would have precluded much photography. And until we tried it, we secretly harbored the unrealistic goal that we could paddle upstream, reach Basin Depot and return in the time available. Maybe next time we'll do the run down from Basin Depot.
Chrismar (2001), Bonnechere River Provincial Park, A Chrismar Adventure Map.
Roderick Mackay (1996), Spirits of the Little Bonnechere, The Friends of Bonnechere Parks.
Mark Stabb and Roderick Mackay (2002), Walks of the Little Bonnechere River, The Friends of Bonnechere Parks.