Exploring Eastern Algonquin Park via the Brent Road

This page presents links to other material on this site pertaining to day trips and short overnighters starting at Brent on Cedar Lake or along the Brent Road. It also contains links to a few more extensive canoe trips out of Brent and the Brent Road. Unlike Achray and the Basin Lake Road, Brent provides easy canoe access to most of Algonquin Park.

Brent Store on Cedar Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2007-06-22 - explore

As the sign says, "Downtown Brent Business District". But of course, The Brent store is the entire Downtown Brent Business District.

The Greenbough Esker

The Greenbough Esker is a prominent landscape feature of the upper Ottawa Valley that runs from south of Deux-Rivières to the vicinity of Wendigo Lake, roughly paralleling the Brent Road. The peatlands at its southern end support unique vegetation types and some uncommon to rare plant species. While the northern portion of the esker has been disturbed, the southern portion is largely undisturbed and has been recommended for protection as a Conservation Reserve

The Greenbough Esker lies outside of Algonquin Park.

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The Greenbough Esker

Some pictures and comments pertaining to the Greenbough Esker.

Brent Limestone Cliff

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Brent Limestone Cliff

The Brent Limestone Cliff, a Nature Reserve Zone in Algonquin Park, comprises a 15-foot-high limestone cliff stretching 150 feet along the south-east side of a small point on Cedar Lake at Brent. In places the cliff is deeply undercut by wave action. The limestone contains abundant fossils of several species of marine animals and shell fish.

Brent Crater

First recognized in 1951 from aerial photographs, the Brent Crater is a circular depression about two miles in diameter formed in Precambrian crystalline rocks. Geophysical and diamond drilling investigations show that the crater has a present depth of about 1,400 feet but is partly filled with sedimentary rocks with a thickness of 900 feet. The rocks beneath the crater floor are thoroughly fragmented over a depth of 2,000 feet. Like the similar New Quebec (Chubb) crater, the Brent crater is attributed to the high speed impact of a giant meteorite. It is calculated that the impact released energy equalling 250 megatons of TNT and occurred about 450 million years ago when this area was probably covered by a shallow sea.

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Day Trip into the Brent Crater

A description, with photos, of a day's exploration of the Brent Crater in Algonquin Park by canoe

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Return to the Brent Crater

An account with photos of exploring the Brent Crater Trail in Algonquin Park with particular emphasis on the limestone gully on Muskwa Creek and the cedar swamp.

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Trip Log - An Early Spring Canoe Trip into the Brent Crater

A description with photographs of an early spring trip into the Brent Crater in Algonquin Park.

Ghost Lake

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A Walk to Ghost Lake in Algonquin Park

Some photos from a hike through the Rana Lake Red Oak Nature Reserve in Algonquin Park, starting from the Brent Road at Rana Lake, walking to Pan Lake and then following the portage to Ghost Lake, passing the site of the old Brent Fire Tower en route.

Petawawa River / Catfish Lake / Nipissing River

The Petawawa and Nipissing Rivers provide access to the interior of Algonquin Park. Ascending these rivers is the first stage of many extensive canoe trips that begin at Brent. However, the lower reaches of these rivers can be explored as a day trip out of Brent. For a short mulitiday trip, we would recommend two nights to loop through (and explore) Catfish Lake or four nights to ascend the Petawawa River to Burntroot Lake and then return via the Nipissing River.

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Day Trip Up the Petawawa River from Brent

An account, with photographs of 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 and then returned.

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Trip Log - Brent, Nipissing River, Catfish lake

Diary and Photos from a four day / three night solo canoe trip from Brent on Cedar Lake in Algonquin Park, up the Nipissing River, across through Luckless Lake to Catfish Lake and then back to Brent through Narrowbag Lake and the Petawawa River

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Trip Log - Brent to Catfish Lake

An account with picture of a solo canoe trip from Brent on Cedar Lake in Algonquin Park to Catfish Lake and return.

Carl Wilson Lake

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Trip Log - Brent to Carl Wilson Lake

An account, with photographs, of a three day, two night solo canoe trip in northern Algonquin Park, from Brent on Cedar Lake to Carl Wilson Lake and return.

Some longer Canoe trips from Brent and the Brent Road

Brent provides easy access to most of Algonquin Park by canoe. A few examples are included here. Many more trips are possible than are described.

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Trip Log - Hogan Lake Loop out of Brent

A description with photos of a four night canoe trip out of Brent on Cedar Lake in Algonquin Park, passing through Catfish, Hogan, la Muir and Burntroot Lakes, and returning to Brent via the Petawawa River.

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Trip Log - Wendigo Lake to McManus Lake via The Petawawa River

An account with photographs of canoe trip in Algonquin park from Wendigo Lake to McManus Lake via the Petawawa River September 1976.

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Trip Log - Brent / Maple Lake / Catfish Lake Loop

An account with photographs of a 1975 canoe trip out of Brent on Cedar lake in Algonquin Park.


Donald L. Lloyd (2000); Canoeing Algonquin Park, Published by D.L. Lloyd. Distributed by Hushion House Publishing Ltd. Toronto.

Michael W.P. Runtz (1993), The Explorer's Guide to Algonquin Park, Stoddard Publishing Co. Ltd.