This Bushlog entry describes a day trip up the Petawawa River, launching our canoe at Brent on Cedar Lake in Algonquin Park. We stopped to photograph the first falls where the river tumbles into Cedar Lake, visited the Corbeil gravesite, and continued upstream to the former timber slide at the second falls. Due to time considerations we did not go any farther but instead returned to Cedar Lake, intending a visit to the mouth of the Nipissing River. However, conditions on Cedar Lake were such that instead we returned "directly" to Brent.
2008 June 25
It used to be that a trip into Brent was a major undertaking. The first 20km of the access road was sort of OK, but the final 20km was a vehicle wrecker. However, the road is now much improved and day trips out of Brent are a practical proposition for those living in the upper Ottawa Valley — Point Alexander, for example! But the wind and waves of Cedar Lake remain untamed and are an important consideration in trip planning. It is always a good idea to be flexible and to have a plan 'B'.
We used to travel into the interior of Algonquin Park via Brent quite regularly, but for various reasons we hadn't travelled up the Petawawa River from Cedar Lake for almost 20 years. So when the weather cleared for a day or so recently , we took advantage of it to revisit and photograph the waterfalls and the site of the former timber slide.
In the past, we have always referred to the first falls up the Petawawa River from Cedar Lake simply as "the falls" and the second falls as "the timber slide". That reflected the situation when we first travelled that way, but now that the timber slide is gone, the second designation no longer makes sense. We suspect that both of these falls must have proper names, but we don't know what they are.