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Day Trip into the Barron Canyon

2020 August 13

Recently I undertook a solo paddle through the Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park -- Squirrel Rapids to Brigham Chute and return.

All summer I had been hearing horror stories about how crowded the Park was. For the first hour or so, I thought these reports were completely overblown -- I hardly saw a soul. Then the hordes arrived; it was a zoo out there -- day trippers and late rising overnighters. I encountered at least three (perhaps more) separate parties on the Brigham Chute portage; social distancing was a challenge. But it was a beautiful summer day and, if you chose your moments, you could enjoy the location undisturbed.

Cardinal flowers at Cache Rapids on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Cardinal flowers at Cache Rapids

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Barron Canyon

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - explore

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - explore

The top of the cliffs. The Barron Canyon Trail is up there.

Cardinal flowers at the outflow of Brigham Chute  on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Cardinal flowers at the outflow of Brigham Chute

Brigham Chute  on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Brigham Chute

Brigham Chute  on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

Back to the Canyon

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - explore

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - explore

Barron Canyons on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - explore

Cardinal flowers at Cache Rapids on the Barron River in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2020-08-13 - map - explore

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cardinal flowers day trip (canoe)

Algonquin Park Barron Canyon (Barron River) Barron River Brigham Chute (Barron River) Cache Rapids (Barron River)