Day 4 – Missi Island/Amisk Lake Canoe Trip – Eastward along the North side of Missi Island
Got up at 5 am with mist on the water.
Semi-level tentsite. I recall waking up jumbled up on the downslope side.
On the water at 7:15 am. Canoed down the North Channel to Lookout Island and began looking for our last campsite.
We initially investigated campsite options along the perimeter of a large bay on the south side of Lookout Island. We found a nice level site with smooth rock, but exposed to potential winds with few trees.
We decided to keep looking along the east shore of the island. We hoped to camp on this particular island to do some hiking to the peak, as the island had a relatively large elevation gain compared with the surrounding islands (hence the name). We also hoped to check out an abondoned mine site that was recorded to be in the area.
We eventually found an ideal site in a small bay on the east shore of Lookout Island, with another small island offshore to the north. We landed the canoes at 12 pm.
The site had an interesting conglomerate rock formation. One of these days I will have to canoe with a geologist to learn more about the fascinating geological formations in the Canadian Shield!
Set up camp and ate lunch. We discovered a large reserve of cheese remaining in the cooler and decided we needed to eat it all before it went bad. We ate pita bread with copious amounts of cheese inserted (I seem to recall about an inch thick). No digestive issues recorded.
After lunch we relaxed and “explored” the surrounding landscape with the binoculars. We saw what appeared to be a sandy beach across the water on mainland. We decided to go and actually explore it since this was the first beach we saw on this trip, a unique sight. Natural beaches do not seem common in the Canadian Shield (based on my limited experience).
The beach was indeed natural and had very fine sand as well, nested in a small bay. It seemed an ideal place for a swim, but we moved on to attempt to find the abandoned mine site. We managed to find the mine site about 1 km north of the beach, on mainland, and about 1 km south of the inlet that leads to Wolverine Lake (another possible side trip, for next time perhaps). To our surprise, the mine shaft was open.
Fortunately, someone had the forethought to bring a flashlight! The shaft went down into the earth at a gradual incline. We had to duck to avoid hitting our heads. It was very cool inside, a nice break from the hot afternoon. The walls of the shaft near the entrance we covered with sleeping mosquitoes, waiting for the outside temperature to drop before going on the hunt. The shaft extended for about 8 metres.
At the end of the shaft was several inches of water. The walls felt like ice and contained what appeared to be flecks of copper.
We then canoed to the NW shore of Lookout Island where the marina employee had recommended a good route for climbing to the peak.
Though a bit hot outside, we climbed to the top and had a snack break of trail mix at a clearing with a good view.
The peak was about 35 m above the water level and 330 m above sea level. For a kid who grew up in a city with only 5 m natural elevation difference, this was a highlight!
Canoed back to camp, on the other side of the island.
Back at camp, started a fire and some went for a cold swim.
After supper, we spent some time fishing from shore. I caught some weeds.
Boiled water on campstove, then to bed at 9:40 pm as the drone of the awakening mosquitoes grew and sounded like a light rain as they attacked the tent fly.