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Trip Planning » June 1 opening » 5/29/2020 4:33 pm

GordK
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An exciting development.  Out of curiosity I checked car camping which still appears closed until June 14 while you can book Backcountry starting June 1.  I'm not sure if it always looked like that or not but you would think there is a reason for the different dates.  Then went to Ontario Parks Covid page but sadly nothing new there since May 16 posting.  Hartly Bay Marina page is still calling for a June 1st open.  I guess we'll just have to see what happens come Monday but if anyone has a booking for June 1st I would hope Ontario Parks would have cancelled it by now if they aren't intending to allow camping.

Trip Reports » Late September 2019 Trip - Mark in the Park Season 2 » 5/29/2020 9:03 am

GordK
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Job well done again Matt!  (and company)  Fun to watch and educational too.  I look forward to next year's installment https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Trip Planning » Campgrounds open Saturday? » 5/18/2020 11:36 am

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I noticed yesterday that Algonquin had vault and regular comfort stations noted as open with restrictions.  Surprising but nice to see as i was having trouble understanding what visitors would do otherwise.  I suppose vault toilets are somewhere I'll be happy to wear a mask : )   Nice to see that paddling is open as well as i thought that was being specifically excluded which didn't make much sense.  

ed: was just looking through the Ontario Parks Facebook discussions, 2 days ago someone asked if all Algonquin Access Points were open and the response was that most were open but to check with them - just a heads up if you're thinking of putting in somewhere with few nearby alternatives:

"Most access points at Algonquin are open.

If you're wondering about a particular access point, we suggest sending a DM to our Algonquin team for the most up-to-date information:"


 

Trip Planning » Ontario to reopen provincial parks for day use starting Monday » 5/10/2020 6:31 pm

GordK
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@ JoeScmoe:  Yep, I get the reproduction number (R value) math, my concern is approach/management.  As with the quick decision to close everything up, the decision now seems a bit pressured to open everything up. Can the Parks be managed effectively?  And I guess also is the government unintentionally making Parks a target for more traffic than they'd normally see. 

And yes we've bought time as we have driven the R value down but have we ensured a rock-solid PPE supply chain in case things get bad again and do we have reliable testing in place to be completely confident on our R value (here's hoping).  

Trip Planning » Ontario to reopen provincial parks for day use starting Monday » 5/09/2020 3:33 pm

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Strange.  Nothing has changed about Covid19 since March except that our hospitals haven't been overrun, we have some insight but we also still have plenty of deaths.  Yet in spite of worker safety issues it is now ok to visit the parks (don't go to your cottage, don't get your boat, but do go to the parks?).  Hopefully park staff have been working to anticipate this eventuality over the last few months and won't be put in a bad position in terms of keeping things managed.  Having no facilities open should make things a little less onerous for staff on one hand but also wondering what bathrooms people will be using as they complete their hours long visit - not at the park, not at the restaurant that is closed, not at the gas station.  I am thrilled to hear that parks will be opening in some capacity but am worried about the range of planning that has gone into this.  

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 5/08/2020 2:18 pm

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I live on Sturgeon Lake near Bobcaygeon and seasonal cottages have been going strong on the weekends since Easter.  I've had to remind a few people that we still have a total fire ban in place though they are planning to lift this weekend I think.  If anything some cottages have actually been busier than normal as owners began arriving sooner than the May long weekend which is often when things usually kick into high gear.  Boat traffic on the other hand is certainly down.  Many boats stuck in the marinas I suppose.  In general I am fine with people using their properties, they own them.  But they should come fully stocked with everything they need to have limited local impact (the same thing i would do if and when i can head to Algonquin).  The ones that do bug me are the 4 cars that roll up on Friday night for the weekend.   

Trip Reports » Late September 2019 Trip - Mark in the Park Season 2 » 5/01/2020 8:52 pm

GordK
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Another good one Matt!  Those treats that Iain put together looked amazing.  Going to have to try both for the family this summer when we get a chance.  

Trip Reports » Six Days Solo in Algonquin: Misty, White Trout, McIntosh Loop » 4/23/2020 10:40 am

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Great TR Cody, thanks!  I was watching the video again as well.  Enjoyed the first time you posted and just as much this time around especially with the report to fill in details.  You did a great job producing - better than Patrick Watson's team did making his version, though I may be biased toward park imagery I guess.

Catch-all Discussions » Ice Out Update? » 4/21/2020 1:32 pm

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It was a blizzard on the FOAP webcam a few minutes ago but now that things have settled you can still see the lake is white - and not with white caps : )  I could be mis-interpreting but looks like ice still holding up that snowfall.

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Closed till at least April 30 » 4/17/2020 4:52 pm

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That is good news!  Wondering though if a regional approach would encourage too much travel.  I have some Killarney PP reservations I would love to keep : )  I live in the Kawarthas and about half of the cottages are occupied on weekends so people are pretty willing to travel. 

It will be interesting to see how things go in Ottawa with them closing a street//streets for biking, walking, hiking.  I get that they are saying this is only for people who live adjacent but how to enforce and then you also get into the fairness issue.  

Where In Algonquin? » Wia 358 » 4/14/2020 11:40 am

GordK
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Did you just turn the image around John? Looking down on Whitefish from the Ridges.  I was looking at the elevations in behind to see if it matches but can't recall.  I've stood on a lot of high rock with that view.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA357 » 4/12/2020 9:47 pm

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Looking back up toward the Natch?

Trip Planning » Maggie Lake by canoe? » 4/12/2020 11:09 am

GordK
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Thanks.  "well worn sites" does make it sound busy or at least busier, might give the overnight stay a pass and just make it a hike instead.  

 

Trip Planning » Maggie Lake by canoe? » 4/10/2020 1:32 pm

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I know there are a few hikers that have visited Maggie and maybe they have the answers or anyone else?  I was looking at Maggie and wondering about visiting the island sites. 
- Jeffs Map v.5 shows an unofficial portage from A35 to the lake - does anyone know if I can park at A35 and carry a canoe into Maggie?  Condition of that portage and if this is frowned upon or more like how the unofficial trail to High Falls at Achray is now a signed trail by the Parks?
- I do see that i can reserve backcountry canoe sites on Maggie and assume this is just the island sites? (the rest look like they are for hikers)  Anyone ever checked these sites out?
- A lot of hike camp sites on Maggie, does that mean things are busy here like a Canoe lake only with hikers instead of canoeists?

Thanks

Trip Reports » Late September 2019 Trip - Mark in the Park Season 2 » 4/09/2020 2:57 pm

GordK
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More work well done Matt, Mark, and Iain!  Just what i needed.  

Catch-all Discussions » Chrome Google Alert » 4/02/2020 9:41 am

GordK
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Hey Barry, warning went away for the first time in a few days when clicking WIA.  What resolved?  Was it just how pictures were being posted?

Trip Reports » Trip-log by Randy Born - Sept. 2019 to Pen Lake » 4/01/2020 9:28 am

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Great report Barry, thanks for posting. I sometimes feel a little guilty about the camp food my kids get when we're out - nice to see the veterans share a similar menu. Although it didn't sound like you guys were doing many s'mores - unless you count the adult version which comes in a cup. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
 September last year did seem to have a lot of rain.  We were out the weekend after you guys I think and had some good torrential downpours.  I recall Drew reporting something similar as well in his TR on Pen.  Nevertheless, love September camping.

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