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Trip Planning » Minnesing Mountainbike Trail » 5/31/2017 8:18 am

Barbara
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It's best to check with the Park for current conditions. 

The Park's website has information from 2016:

http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/recreational_activites/minnesing-mountain-bike-trail.php

Whether the current advisory is for this year or last....who knows?

One thing to make sure of is the operating dates for 2017. The website says it's not open until "late June".

The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail is open from late June to mid-October (conditions permitting).

Barbara
 

Trip Planning » Day Use Permit » 5/06/2017 10:01 pm

Barbara
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And an "overnight" camping permit would be way cheaper than a day-use permit, no?


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Campsite Cooking » How to transport eggs » 5/06/2017 10:00 pm

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Algonquintripper...one layer of paper towel between the eggs and the lid of the container will solve any breakage problem.

We had a breakage problem years ago, when the small cooler fell to the ground.  Can't remember why, but the eggs in the yellow container were smashed.  That's when I learned to put that cushion of a layer of paper towel in there.  No problems since then, and the barrel we use has had some "adventures".  Eggs stayed safe and sound.

I've not trusted the cardboard that eggs come in for a long time.  I check each egg before buying the package, and I have rejected up to 4 cartons because of broken eggs.  I really wouldn't trust them to be transported in the flimsy cardboard containers.


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Campsite Cooking » How to transport eggs » 5/04/2017 8:50 am

Barbara
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I forgot the "worst case scenario step":

Put the container inside a large ziplock bag.  Fits perfectly.


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Campsite Cooking » How to transport eggs » 5/04/2017 8:41 am

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Yellow clamshell container, with a layer of paper towel between the eggs and the lid.  We use a blue barrel, so the container is placed "in the middle", with stuff underneath and around the sides.  A soft cooler with other stuff is placed on top.  The container doesn't move around, no matter what happens to the barrel.  (Don't ask, eh?)

Barbara

Trip Planning » Unmaintained Portages near Cranebill (Rain Lake Access Point) » 4/27/2017 8:17 pm

Barbara
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A photo of the Islet Lake trestle is on page 21 in my copy of "A Pictorial History of Algonquin Provincial Park". 
http://store.algonquinpark.on.ca/cgi/algonquinpark/00117.html

I've seen the book for sale at access offices.  For less than $5.00, it's a good read, with fascinating photographs.

This trestle was buried in sand when the rail line was decommissioned.

As dontgroandaddy said, it's straight up a sand bank, over the trail, and then a slide down the other side.

It's interesting that I can't find any photos of the trestle/trail.  Seems it sticks in everyone's minds, but none of us has taken any photos!

Barbara

 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in APP # 134 » 4/22/2017 8:20 pm

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I can't hazard a guess, just wanted to say what a freaking stunning photo!!!

Do you have that enlarged and on a wall?


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Fishing » 2008 Algonquin Fish Survey? » 4/20/2017 11:47 am

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It seems obvious that there was quite an uproar from the fishing public who gave a damn when they posted the 2008 survey results online, and I'm betting that's why the pdf was removed from the public.  Maybe some conservation groups howled as well.

I really, seriously do not remember posting in those threads from 2008. 

http://www.network54.com/Forum/352882/thread/1221678252/last-1221753910/Results+of+Official+Spring+2008+Fishing+Survey

Surveys were being completed prior to 2008, obviously, but perhaps AP wasn't into the internet thing until 2008.

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Trip Planning » Unmaintained Portages near Cranebill (Rain Lake Access Point) » 4/19/2017 6:04 pm

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The 45m portage into Islet is climbing up (and then back down) the former railway trestle.   I guess they measured the 45m as being at the flat top!

 If youve stayed on Islet and seen it, or done the backpacking trail over it, you will know that the trestle is still mighty impressive.


Barbara

 

Fishing » 2008 Algonquin Fish Survey? » 4/19/2017 5:58 pm

Barbara
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I have a pdf from 2009

Summary of the 2009 Algonquin Park Trout Fishing Survey

We would like to thank all of those participants who were kind enough to take the time and to make the effort to provide us with what continues to be the best data collected from the trout sport fisheries of Algonquin Provincial Park. While the survey has been designed specifically for trout anglers who camp in the Park interior, every bit of information on trout fishing is useful and appreciated.

Since 2009 was our inaugural attempt to have Park-wide coverage, there were some glitches and missed opportunities, but the results are still enlightening and hopefully educational for all.

Trip Planning » Site switch to "first come first serve" » 4/15/2017 10:37 am

Barbara
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Just a note:

this  thread is posted in the "Backcountry Hiking" forum.

I'm not sure if the OP is paddling, car camping or backpacking.


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Trip Planning » Sightseeing on Canoe ROutes » 4/15/2017 8:40 am

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Back on page 1 of this thread, I gave you some helpful links for the west side of the Park (Rain, Tim, Magnetawan).


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Trip Planning » Sightseeing on Canoe ROutes » 4/15/2017 8:38 am

Barbara
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I'm not sure why one would curse or resent motor boaters when on large lakes that one knows they will be there.

We've never caused any canoeist any problems when using our motor boat.  We would never consider being on Opeongo unless in our motor boat.

The river from Annie's Bay to Booth has some mighty strong current.  It's not what I would call an "easy" route for those of us with no experience in that kind of paddling.


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Trip Planning » Sightseeing on Canoe ROutes » 4/14/2017 8:18 am

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The two water taxi companies will drop you pretty much anywhere you want on Opeongo and its arms, bays and portages.


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Trip Planning » Sightseeing on Canoe ROutes » 4/14/2017 8:16 am

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mrmikerd wrote:

Wow!  Thanks for all the quick replies.  

 A few of you suggested Booth.  I hadn't thought of crossing the park (coming in from west), but you certainly make it sound intriguing.  I'm assuming access is from Opeongo.  Someone else mentioned Hailstorm Lake through a bog (which I'm assuming is passable), which might make a good detour.
Thanks again.

Mike.

Hailstorm Creek is not "passable", as in able to use as a route from one place to another.  It's a "there and back" sidetrip.

I'm confused.  Thought you wanted a 2-3 night, fairly easy trip for you to introduce your kid to canoe camping.

Opeongo is only an option if you use the water taxi services available, or are extremely comfortable paddling solo in some potentially dangerous conditions.  I don't think a 10-year-old would be of any help in some of the treacherous conditions that we've experienced on that lake.

I would search out a simple route, with only one or two portages, and just let the kid enjoy himself.  Kids can be quite creative, left to their own devices and imaginations, and having a lot of rocks and trees to explore.  If one only seeks out the spectacular, then one will miss the quietly sublime and charming.


Barbara
 

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