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Drive-in Campgrounds » Car camping » 11/06/2020 3:10 pm

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We were in Pinery this week for a couple of days and the one open area was mostly full. Checked to see if we could stay into the weekend and it was fully booked. If this was a business they would open another section for the thundering hoards and make a few extra bucks.

Some high zoot trailers and motor homes in that park and guessing many of them are snowbirds with nowhere else to go. Sigh.

Hoping to spend a bunch of days in Mew come March of 2021. Can't imagine that whole park is now reservable? Say it ain't so Joe.

Catch-all Discussions » drowning on opie sat » 10/15/2020 3:44 pm

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BarryB wrote:

If Ontario Parks promoted a system of volunteer certifications, then individuals, groups and businesses would have the option of requiring them for their activities, participants and customers. Hopefully, more people could then better appreciate the associated skills, risks, expectations and safety issues.

The slippery slope to requiring a certification to step into a canoe? After working in an industry that had me chasing 20 to 30 certifications a year, many of them of no use to my job, it might be that I'm a bit shell shocked.

Still wondering when the mandatory wearing of life jackets become law. That would save more lives but sadly not the case in the Opeongo tragedy. Some of my friends still don't wear them while paddling but 'setting an example' has brought some into the fold. Have to admit that I went many years without wearing one but after some incidents and a bit of reflection it has become as standard as wearing a seat belt in the car.
 

Equipment » New paddle » 4/24/2020 6:02 pm

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Happy birthday and nice paddle ehhttps://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Drive-in Campgrounds » Mew lake office » 4/18/2020 9:33 am

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scoutergriz wrote:

it's my understanding that reservable sites open at 2 pm, when cancellations are confirmed, and non- reservable sites open at 8 am. And yeah, the East and West gates, being run by parks staffers, can run circles around the contractors, who are locked out of all but the basic functions.

Whoa! Many thanks for that news. Could save a lot of headaches in the future. I don't like it but better to be wise than sol. Numerous times we'll stay at a park past our intended stay because of good weather, good fishing, good morel hunting...you name it.
 

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Closed till at least April 30 » 4/15/2020 2:24 pm

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Any link to that update kenny? Can't find anything and the parks are still allowing online bookings as of May 1st. Thanks.

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/15/2020 1:52 pm

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JoeScmoe wrote:

If the parks do open, will anyone be tempted to limit their travel distance in case they get sick somewhere in the backcountry?

 I wonder if they would open the front country first, and then the back-country maybe weeks later?

Starting to think I should make some park bookings for June just in case the ban lifts by then. People will be chomping at the bit to get out and a normally quiet June could be a bit crazy. I'll be one of those chompershttps://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.png

 

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/14/2020 4:52 pm

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JoeScmoe wrote:

So Ford extends the state of emergency another 28 days, but our fearless leader in Ottawa just bolted to his cottage.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeaus-cottage-visit-mocks-us-and-the-rules-he-sets

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I'm guessing they won't take any bookings in the park until after Ford officially lifts the emergency order... which at this point is mid May. Then once it's lifted, how quickly could they ramp up and get things going and start bookings?

Not fond of Trudeau and didn't vote for him. With that being said, I support his travel to stay with his wife and kids. They have been separated for weeks.
 

Catch-all Discussions » Barter in the Park » 4/10/2020 9:58 am

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Back in the eighties we stashed beer in the snow at the start of the portage into Welcome. On the way out we traded beer for a 'smoke'. We did pack out the cans if you're wondering. The following year two of our crew got stopped by the Ranger in Harry with cans of beer. They got fined but no confiscation. I missed that particular trip when my youngest got hatched. The trade off of missing the trip was well worth it.

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/10/2020 9:38 am

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If the pond and gas station are on the way to the grocery store?

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Drive-in Campgrounds » Mew lake office » 4/10/2020 9:35 am

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Always thought you had to wait until 2pm to see what opens Splakin. That was the way it was years ago. How do you book a site that isn't bookable? Maybe the clerk was confused? Common courtesy should have had that couple check with you about whether or not you were staying or not. Numerous times in the past we had to wait at the PP gates until 2 before finding out if anything was open.

A number of years ago the ranger told us we had to drive to the west gate from Mew to renew our yurt. Two separate bookings for the same yurt on concurrent nights due to the way the online booking worked. They didn't set me up for the whole stint when I first checked in at that gate. Consequently buddy was adamant that I drive an hour in winter conditions to get that permit legitamized, notarized, updated. Thankfully the person on guard at the gate was driving through to Whitney and decided she would bring the permit by on her way.

Old guy with old stories YMMV

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/09/2020 7:47 am

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MartinG wrote:

petey wrote:

Far more dangerous to go grocery shopping than to paddle in a local pond. Degrees of risk I suppose.

 
What does that have to do with the article? The point of the article is sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the sake of others.

One person's sacrifice is not leaving their living quarters and another person's sacrifice is just a walk out their front door. Who here is going to decide what can and cannot be done? I made a simple statement of fact, not saying that I'm going paddling. If I shop for groceries once a month does that then give me the right to criticize dbonney for shopping twice? See how that works? I live in a world of colour and nuance, not a world of black and white.
 

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/08/2020 10:54 am

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Uncle. I give.

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/08/2020 10:36 am

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Not missed at all Jdbonney. You did miss my point though

Will this be the ten minute argument or the one that lasts 'til the last person is standing?

PS, glass houses and all.

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/08/2020 8:47 am

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Far more dangerous to go grocery shopping than to paddle in a local pond. Degrees of risk I suppose.

Trip Planning » Reservations before May 14th » 4/02/2020 8:08 am

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Thanks nvm. My wife said the same thing about that cancellation fee.

Going to be an odd spring this year. I shouldn't complain.


 

Drive-in Campgrounds » Mew lake office » 4/01/2020 2:46 pm

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An old question and I don't have a real answer. Isn't there a caretaker that lives in the park full time when the office is closed? I know that last year in March he came around early in the morning to make sure that permits were renewed. It was I must say, quite rude waking people up and asking for credit card information. You don't have to renew or leave until the afternoon but somebody had too much time on their hands. Left a bad taste.

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