Because of its Precambrian Shield geology, and with the St. Lawrence River coursing along its southern frontier, about 30% of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere's 2,700 sq. km. area is lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. And because another 40% of the region is cloaked in woodlands and natural cover, the Biosphere is a flatwater paddler's dream. Yet surprisingly, it is largely unknown.
3,000, and perhaps more than 4,000 years ago, First Nations peoples knew these waterways very well. Then, as today, the Biosphere region and the Thousand Islands was renowned for hunting and fishing. Canoeists converged here, tracing the streams and lakes from both northern and southern regions. While some of those waterways have been modified for the Rideau Canal system, or for small hydro electric generation, those ancient routes are quite intact.
The paddle routes of Explore The Arch trace some of those old routes, and suggests passages and loops tours for all abilities. This page also leads you to news and information from a Biosphere Trails Council group, the Frontenac Arch Paddling Association, and to features, information, supply and services of particular interest to paddlers. Also check out the map of the lakes and creeks in the region.