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5/25/2016 8:21 pm  #18

Re: Campsite Pirates!

MartinG wrote:


^awesome! good thing this didn't happen on the Nip


5/28/2016 8:52 pm  #19

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Some people are just so entitled. I had a similar experience that i posted here, with people who were on a site they were supposed to be on, and it really sucks being out there with no way to resolve the situation, especially with unreasonable people. You really just want to hurt some one or break some of their shit, but in the end it's only going to make it worst.

Best thing to do is move on and forget about it and remember why you're in the park.

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7/29/2016 7:00 am  #20

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My comment maybe not entirely related to the post, but I thought I would mention it.
The first time I took my 2 girls canoeing they were 6 and 7.  The issue of getting to a lake and realize all  campsites occupied ( because of someone decided to stop at a different lake than reserved) was a issue for me.  What would I do with two tired kids and finding all the campsites with campers on our lake taken.  I felt better taking them to Massassauga PP back then , so I could reserve specific campsites.  Also once there we had a visit from the Park Warden visiting our campsite and going around the park.

Although my weeks of vacations have been reduce due to my new job, we have not been able to go up to Algonquin.  I can see from all of you, those are maybe remote incident, but it does still make me think twice about paddling long distances with girls and trying to find a site at night. 
I hope to be in Algonquin soon and hopefully have great experience and not see this kind of behavior in our trips.



7/29/2016 1:22 pm  #21

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I've got this "what if" scenario running through my head now thanks to this thread, especially since I'm scheduled to spend a night on Shippagew on my upcoming trip (which has only one reservable campsite). I think I'll just head back to Big Trout if someone's squatting on my site, especially since I'll be out there alone. It's not worth attempting anything else. 


9/13/2016 2:54 pm  #22

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I'm terrible for checking this site out, posting and not looking again for months!

So the ranger did find and speak with the pirates, he wouldn't say exactly what happened to them other than to make some vague remarks.... Not exactly what I was hoping to hear, I think the situation might have been different had they stayed at the lake for the ranger to arrive.  I'm in the park again later this week and I'm going to throw this scenario at any ranger I meet to get some kind of consensus....

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9/20/2016 4:21 am  #23

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A similar situation happened to my friends and I a few years back. We had reserve our campsite for 5 days on a lake that only had one campsite. After portaging our gear to the lake, we discovered that a couple had set up camp. They tried to imply that there was another campsite across the lake, but after I told them that we had reserved the only campsite on the lake they agreed to pack up and move. They were suppose to camp on the next lake, but had stopped due to the long portage in (4.5k) and wanted to rest the night before continuing on to their lake which was another 2k+. After they left and we had set up our gear, I realized that there was more than enough room for both groups. To this day I still feel bad about asking them to move because they seemed like nice people and I could understand their situation.



9/20/2016 3:50 pm  #24

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I had a site pirated in Killarney. 
I was hiking the LaCloche trail - I like to hike LONG days.
When I arrived to my reserved site (in Killarney you reserve a specific site) it was occupied by a couple and their dog.

They were apologizing and asked if I wanted them to move - luckily I'm in a hammock so tent pads don't interest me. 
I set up my hammock and there was already a roaring fire - cooked my steak and chatted for the evening. 

In the morning I was up early and out before they got up. 

If people are nice - I have no issues sharing a site


9/21/2016 6:10 pm  #25

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numbered camp sites? i really do not want my holidays micro managed by this policy. 


2/10/2017 12:50 pm  #26

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When i visit parks I take public transportation or hire and outfitter to drive me. I go into the backcountry but sometimes you can't get in there on time, or you have to come out early. 

One time I came out two days early. I was using the Park Bus so I just booked a normal campsite. All I had was mt backpack, not even a tent. I bring a tarp but only set it up when needed. So if I leave my campsite, I could have it stolen from me?


2/10/2017 4:47 pm  #27

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@boredenman we're talking about backcountry sites where you don't have a reservation for a specific campsite and the rules are somewhat looser - I think everyone here has camped on a lake they weren't booked on from time to time. You wouldn't have that issue with a car camping site. Even if someone decided to poach it from you, a quick trip to the front office would get them kicked off rather quickly. 

Now that being said, people do leave early from car camping sites too, and don't always check out when doing so, so the park might let someone else book your site if they think the occupants have left. Best to leave something on your site that makes it clear it's still in use, just in case!


2/11/2017 12:19 pm  #28

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Ah, thanks for the clarification. But, yes, I always leave my backpack at my campsite when out and about, backcountry or not. 


4/05/2017 7:43 am  #29

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Never in my 50 years of interior camping has this ever happened to me.  If I was solo, no way would I get into an argument; however, if interior camping with  2-4 in a group,  LOOK OUT!

Tripping in Algonquin Park is not about seeking shelter from a storm, tripping in Algonquin Park is about dancing in the rain!

4/05/2017 7:54 am  #30

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Never mind other campers on your site and claiming it, the only time I have ever witnessed someone on my site, solo or not, was on Burntroot back in the early 1980's.  It was a Park Ranger and his buddy checking our packsacks (definitely not legal) and taking a trout we had left on a stringer in the lake (again, theft).  I was in a group of 4 and we witnessed what was going on from across the lake.  We didn't know about them taking our trout immediately, but noticed it upon reaching our campsite.  To make a long story short, these two idiots, working for the Park, were throwing all kinds of uncomplimentary language to us, saying also they never took the fish (even though the buddy of the Ranger said they led it go???).  The next year I was camping solo on Booth Lake and was greeted by two other rangers on my site looking for cans, bottles, etc.  I mentioned to them about what had happened to me and my three friends on Burntroot the previous year.  They informed me the Park had received numerous complaints about these two idiots and they were no longer employed by Algonquin Park.  I never did get a summons for the STUPID ticket they left us for carrying those green propane containers for a Coleman stove.....DUH!!!!!  I left out some other details!  Should you wish to know the other details, read my triplog of this trip in the trip log section back in 1980 on Burntroot Lake.  I just searched to see if I could give you a starting point, but could not find it.  Oh well, it is a good campfire story should

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Tripping in Algonquin Park is not about seeking shelter from a storm, tripping in Algonquin Park is about dancing in the rain!

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