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Backcountry » Easy safe backcountry access » 12/05/2019 1:47 pm

andrewr0520
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Steve E wrote:

You can totally do that.  It's a great way to experience the back country in the winter but still be somewhat accessible to your vehicle.  

Do you think you would need snow shoes at this point? I was thinking of heading up next Saturday, (the 14th), but not sure if I'd need snowshoes. 

Wildlife » Blueberries » 6/24/2019 1:42 pm

andrewr0520
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swedish pimple wrote:

i think the blue berry crop has been stunted by da weather to this point,,  straw berries are well behind in central ont.   for blue berries try the mew lake old air field,  not far , but i guess you will be going in at  l.o.t.r. east beach access,, i hope this helps

Silly question, but how exactly do I get to the old air field? Is it withing walking distance for a day trip from Faya? 

Wildlife » Blueberries » 6/24/2019 10:46 am

andrewr0520
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Hi all,

I'm heading into the backcountry this week, and was hoping to locate some blueberries in the park! I'm hiking into Faya Lake, does anybody know if there are any bushes along the way? Is there an easy way to spot them? Thanks!

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 5/01/2019 2:07 pm

andrewr0520
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solos wrote:

Splakin wrote:

... but from time to time you'll hear travelers hiking by during the day. My 2 cents.......

I've only traveled the hiking trail once but I was disappointed by just how close most of the sites were to the trail. Not good for solitude nor for my dog-hating (and not too fond of strangers) dog.
 

Damn, I too have a dog who isn't a fan of others...and I too enjoy the solitude (which is why I was booked on Faya for this weekend!) Ah well, when life hands you lemons.....

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 5/01/2019 7:49 am

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Splakin wrote:

  Feeling Very bummed. Had this weekend booked on the south side as well. Hey andrew0520. Depends on what your looking for. The furthest site west on the south side is nice. No traffic. 100% hearing a moose, 99% seeing one. Maple creek runs right beside the site. Otters too. If your there for fishing grab the big rock site on the east shore. Considered south I think thou. Soon as you descend into the lake follow the board walk north. 2 sites there. 1 at swampy inlet and the rock site. Chances are greatly increased here. Probably the best site on the lake. Lots of lake access beaut view, awesome sunset, but from time to time you'll hear travelers hiking by during the day. My 2 cents.......

Thanks! I'm gonna aim for that western site then, as I enjoy the solitude and have been trying to get a glimpse of a moose the last few years!

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 5/01/2019 6:59 am

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Bummed about the delayed opening, but next weekend does look much better weather wise. I had to re-book my campsites, and now am booked into Maple Leaf South for one of my two nights. Any recommendations on the preferred sites there? 

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 4/30/2019 7:10 am

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When will they make the call on the May 3rd opening? Either to push it back or call ice out? 

Trip Planning » AFA 2019-2020 Schedule of Operations Map » 4/23/2019 4:18 pm

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John Connelly wrote:

Quite frankly , I don't give a flying fart what the rest of you think .
For me this is a point of principle , and a question of personal integrity .
With regards to my original reply on this thread , my integrity is intact , despite " casual " slanderous comments , made in reply .

Take a chill pill dude. Barry had good intentions and you flew off the handle. Your follow up posts have only furthered your diminishing "character". Enjoy the outdoors, friend. 

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 3/28/2019 1:07 pm

andrewr0520
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RobW wrote:

Well... if we want to start tracking "permit available" dates, that would be a new metric. To make the ice out date tracking at all consistent we need to keep that based on the established 'standard'. ;-)

Personally I think it is too early to worry about May dates yet. 3 weeks of seasonal weather in April would give an April ice out. Once we hit April 1st, then I'll start having a more serious opinion as to whether it will drag out to May. IT's still March and we are already seeing overnight lows that are mostly in the single digit negatives this week. That isn't "ice building" cold like we were seeing last year, so any loss during the daytime won't be recovered over night. Don't forget that with the right temperatures and sunlight, ice that is 12" thick will 'candle' and basically just fall apart. 

Now, if we get a week in the first half of April with daytime highs below 0C and overnight lows below -16C, then we can start thinking about a May ice out. 

(Snowmobile trails are mostly closed now, so my head is definitely switching to open water mode.)
 

Love the optimistic attitude! Looking at the 7 day forecast (which obviously can change drastically), next Wed/Thurs is calling for daytime highs of 11 and 15, with night time temps at 3 and 7, respectively! Let's hope this holds true!

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 3/26/2019 7:04 am

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Uppa wrote:

I know it's still March, but it's a little disheartening that, as I write this, it's -20 in APP. I no longer have the luxury of heading in for my Spring opener trip whenever I feel like it. With a wife, a dog and a 3-year-old, my trip has to get locked down well in advance. So while I had originally booked for May 4th, I just pushed the starting date back to May 13th. It's way too early to have any sense of when ice-out is going to happen, but I'm not feeling confident enough in May 4th to take the gamble. 

I too have a trip booked for the 4th. I stubbornly refuse to move it! The last two years I've had to re-arrange my trip for opening weekend, first going up to the Eastern Pines trail (never realized how long Highway 60 is!) and then last year ended up going to Frontenac instead, which I really enjoyed. C'mon weather Gods, let us enjoy the park after all the gloom that winter brings!

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/03/2018 7:09 am

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Yeah I got the email last night from Parks; cancelled this morning and booked for Frontenac instead. I'll have to get up to Algonquin later in the summer. 

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/02/2018 10:44 am

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nvm wrote:

Seems unlikely that the park would then push the date up if they had already pushed it back and cancelled a bunch of reservations (I guess they haven't cancelled yours yet? They haven't cancelled mine for Friday yet).

We can't shift dates either, so we have to shift locations. Is anyone in the Bancroft area who can report on ice status? That's well below HWY60, so I'm hoping it will be thawed by Friday/Saturday, but with cloudy days forecasted I don't think the sat images will be much help. Thanks!

Yeah they haven't cancelled my reservation which gives me a glimmer of hope. We'll see if ma nature crushes that though. 

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/02/2018 10:34 am

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Uppa wrote:

Oh well if Debbie says we're good to go, then pack your bags boys!



I'm not actually terribly concerned about the May 11th date at this point. The forecast is filled with ice-melting conditions. 

Haha well I have a trip booked for Monday-Thursday next week; I'm gonna wait it out till this weekend to see if there's any budge on the date, and if not, looks like Frontenac or QEW for me.

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/02/2018 10:22 am

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I just called the park, and lovely Debbie told me that the May 11 date could change depending on the conditions, but it's unlikely. Take that for what it's worth. 

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/02/2018 9:51 am

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Uppa wrote:

andrewr0520 wrote:

Does anybody have the website where we can look at the satellite imaging of the area? 

https://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis/modis.php?region=g&page=1

Thank you!!!

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/02/2018 9:23 am

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Does anybody have the website where we can look at the satellite imaging of the area? 

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/01/2018 6:40 am

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If the lake ice recedes completely before the 11th, will they open the park ahead of that date? 

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