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Trip Planning » Almost there » 6/09/2021 12:36 pm

petey
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Good to know. The park staff seemed adamant that no reservation means no entry as of Saturday. One way around that is to show up before the park gate opens.

Trip Planning » Almost there » 6/09/2021 12:04 pm

petey
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Dead_Weight (DW) wrote:

I went to a local provincial park and went for a dip yesterday ... not algonquin but it was really nice to be in the water.  The smell of burning charcoal and hot dogs didn't hurt either ...  

(and it was free)

That is a nice perk for Monday through Thursday but as of Saturday you will need to book that free day visit 5 days in advance. Sounds like even when you pay Friday through Sunday it still requires a reservation. Lake Huron was tres pleasant yesterday and we had a nice paddle nearby before the heat  got nasty.
 

Trip Planning » just off the phone from ontario parks,, algonquin opens june 8th? » 6/04/2021 12:08 pm

petey
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RCSpartan wrote:

June 11th my friends.

This is like following the ice out date thread. Anybody want to bet money on that date? What are the Vegas odds?
 

Trip Planning » just off the phone from ontario parks,, algonquin opens june 8th? » 6/03/2021 9:14 am

petey
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Got the message that one of our reservations straddling June 8th has been partially cancelled and that if I update by the 4th I can keep the last days of that trip from the 8th on. Already made other plans and will not update. Had enough disappointments this year.

Trip Planning » Almost there » 6/01/2021 11:33 am

petey
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Reservation starting Thursday and hasn't been cancelled yet. I wonder how much money they make with the interest accrued on our bookings? Am I reading too much into this? https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cool.png

Trip Planning » Almost there » 5/31/2021 6:31 am

petey
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rgcmce wrote:

petey wrote:

.... Regardless, we are in a much different situation compared to last year and more things were open last summer.

We are currently running almost a factor of 10 higher than the case rate for this date last year with the death rate being about the same.
(Sorry petey, I was quoting Austin.M, not you)

I have trouble enough knowing what day it is. Don't confuse me with what I said yesterday. Old age comes with baggage. 👴
 

Trip Planning » Almost there » 5/29/2021 4:05 pm

petey
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From the 14th to the 16th now? The mad hatter's tea party is in full swing. What a confused man we have as a premier.

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/29/2021 11:55 am

petey
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Just checked and they are still allowing you to book camping for May 3rd. Seems like they cancel about 3 days before the booked date. We have had half a dozen dates cancelled so far this year.

Catch-all Discussions » Is crown land still off limits? » 5/28/2021 8:19 am

petey
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wetfoot30 wrote:

Is there a" remain at home" order still in place beyond June 1st? If not, can we camp on crown land on June 2nd ?
I can't find any clarification about this as of today . If anyone has , please let us know .

Our bookings for early June have not been cancelled, just an email saying they might be cancelled. As said earlier in this thread the ptb likely are waiting to see if the long weekend produces a spike. If that is the case then I don't expect to see any camping opening until at least the 2nd week of June.
 

Trip Planning » Almost there » 5/25/2021 2:28 pm

petey
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A tad over one thousand cases today and combined with the near sixty we are doing well. Anyone have Doug's phone number? I'll call him and let him know. Might send him some beer to help sweeten the deal.

Equipment » bent shaft paddles,,, any crankers out there?? » 5/25/2021 8:07 am

petey
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Maybe try a double bend bent shaft paddle Swedish? I have been using one for about five years and really like it. Started using a bent shaft 35 years ago but still like the otter tail when the water is deep and the wind at a minimum.

Prefer to paddle on the left  and dislike switching sides. Using the wind I can usually tack the boat so as to keep the blade on that side. Also, much of our canoeing is in shallow water. Lots of things to see and the bent blade with its relatively short length is well suited to this.

Kayak style paddling is not for me. Crashed my bicycle 45 years ago and kind of wrecked my right shoulder. That shoulder will be sore for several days after kayaking and even with pain killers it still hurts. Single blade left or right has been no problem though.

Trip Reports » i did a quick tour today. beauty day for a drive to algonquin and back » 5/20/2021 7:03 am

petey
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My reservation in a PP starting that day was cancelled yesterday for whatever that info is worth. I'll believe the opening when it happens.

Meanwhile, fussing over the garden and chasing rabbits.

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/15/2021 6:09 am

petey
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MartinG wrote:

You guys are all nuts camping will be opened on Monday!

Good to know. I'll make sure to cut the grass in the backyard this weekend so that I can set up the tent there on Mondayhttps://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/tongue.png


NDP is forcing a vote on Monday for that very thing? Yeah, and monkeys will fly out of my tent.
 

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/14/2021 6:14 am

petey
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June 2nd I hope? Considering all the hype it did seem like the long weekend was a bad choice for reopening. Last camping was a weekend at Mew Lake back in March. Terrible wind the whole time and had two trees beside our site that shed large amounts of wood. Widow maker type of stuff.

The specks are safe once again from my fish pole this spring. Curses, foiled again!

Trip Planning » Trips before May 21 cancelled by Ontario Parks » 4/23/2021 11:25 am

petey
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Just got this from a buddy:

Dear Reservation Holder,

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks takes concerns raised by visitors to Ontario Parks very seriously. We’re committed to ensuring that as many Ontarians as possible can enjoy the benefits of provincial parks and greenspaces and that they are accessible to all. We’re currently looking at new ways to make more campsites available for reservation to help address the growing demand.

The ministry has become aware that there are instances where individuals are attempting to sell reservations with the intention to make a profit. The ministry does not condone transferring and re-selling Ontario Parks reservations for a profit (i.e. more than the original cost of the reservation).  

Effective April 24, 2021, reservation holders are not permitted to resell any reservation for profit. If we become aware that anyone has attempted to sell a reservation for profit, for example, if they have listed a reservation on social media or buy-and-sell websites for re-sale for profit, the reservation may be cancelled and all applicable penalty fees will apply.

If you have any questions about this policy, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. See here for full reservation rules, including how to transfer a reservation.

We continue to monitor feedback from our visitors to ensure a fair and transparent reservation system is provided for everyone.  Sincerely, 

Ontario Parks

Trip Planning » Trips before May 21 cancelled by Ontario Parks » 4/23/2021 11:11 am

petey
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No mention of which booking is cancelled. I have multiple. My May 14 trip is still in my queue. I guess information is hard for the folks running the booking site

Trip Planning » may 20 th opener on friends of algonquin park update sat apr 17th » 4/23/2021 8:22 am

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OTCanadienne wrote:

petey wrote:

My May 14th trip is still in my reservation queue but typically they don't cancel and reimburse until close to the date. That was what I saw last year. They hang on to your money until the last minute? With that being said, I can't imagine them opening things before the 20th and also wonder why they will open just before a long weekend. Carrot and stick I suppose.

Got our first Pfizer yesterday. Smooth operation here in London with lots of friendly folks manning the ramparts. Even after the second dose we'll be still masking and distancing.

 
Masking and distancing after the second dose is ludicrous

Old guys like me have to set an example for the kids ehhttps://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/tongue.png

 

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