Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 69

And Kevin said, “Each person travelling in Temagami’s interior can play a part in its stewardship. Much of the area is relatively remote, offering solitude and challenge for those seeking a backcountry recreation experience.”

You can fly in or consider Florence in a day from the Chance lake access point from Elk Lake (Gamble Lake Rd.). Here is a tip, take the two portages – the direct Dees Lake shortcut and track the rapids upstream to Duff Lake (where there is a campsite) See this Ottertooth post: http://www.ottertooth.com/Temagami/Wilson/Route2/florence.htm . There is a Back Roads Bill map, sign in to Google: My Maps or go to https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=15O2acumI5oxUkprkkWm9MbQ3LU0&ll=47.306497948986944%2C-80.5383253&z=11 As a trip bonus find the trailhead for the vista view on Florence (SW end).

Today, being present at Florence Lake means living for a few days surrounded by wilderness. It is recommended that you secure the ‘Temagami Canoe Routes Planning Map’ or go to www.friendsoftemagami.org ; and the definitive book, ‘Canoeing, Kayaking & Hiking in Temagami’ by Hap Wilson.

(Bill is the founder and General Manager of the Canadian Ecology Centre; he teaches part time at Canadore College and Nipissing University. Contact the author, wilstonsteer@gmail.com ; LIKE on Facebook – Back Roads Bill Steer and go to www.steerto.com .)