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Trip Planning » Sunday Lake - can you access from logging road? » 7/20/2021 6:11 pm

Hey friends, I hope this link works but there was a recent thread discussing this in detail:

I'm heading up to Sunday Lake myself in the next little while. To be honest, I'm still not exactly clear whether we'll be able to park up by the portage or not. I'm going to call the park tomorrow and see what they say, I'll report back. 

Trip Planning » How many sites per lake? Thanks, Ontario Parks » 3/05/2021 8:06 pm

Hey guys, did we ever figure out a work around to know how many bookings are available at each lake? 

I'm looking for info on Sunday Lake specifically (group outing). 

I really miss the days when it would show you on the reservations page. Let me take this opportunity to once again thank Ontario Parks for removing an extremely useful function from their website to the inconvenience of millions of campers.

Thanks in advance, AA!

Trip Planning » Occupied Sites » 8/03/2020 8:21 pm

Yet another reason why you should just be able to book a site like at Kawartha Highlands and other parks. How amazing would it be to head up to Algonquin on a Friday evening without being worried that you won't find a decent spot?

Trip Planning » June 1 opening » 5/30/2020 1:54 pm

So excited, had to just come here to share with people who would understand. I was unaware that this was even a possibility until I saw the news on Reddit this morning. 

Things are booking up quick so I snagged a spot on Canisbay for a birthday/introductory canoe trip for my wife in late June, Pen Lake for another trip in early August, and Tim Lake on the second weekend of September. I chose spots close to access points because I want the wife to be able to come along, but it'll just be nice to be outdoors and in the beauty of Algonquin.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/19/2020 9:44 pm

I sent a complaint about not being able to see the number of sites per lake to Ontario Parks. The good news is that they replied almost immediately, and indicated that they're aware of the issue, if not already addressing it.  Who knows what that means?

I had a cart issue that caused me to lose a Kawartha site a couple of weeks ago, which was a bummer.

I also hate how you HAVE to choose the access point before being able to look at the map. I liked being able to look at all of Algonquin, all of a region, or even the whole province depending on what I was looking for. 

Trip Planning » Parking/Unloading/Launching at Sunday Creek (Access Point #10) » 8/05/2019 6:36 pm

Stainless wrote:

Stop your car on the south side of HWY 60 just east of the bridge over Sunday Creek and unload your gear.  The road is wider there due to the right turn lane for the Visitor's Centre.  You'll be launching onto the creek from the south side of the culvert, east of the bridge. You can carry it down to the put in at the creek right away if you want.  Then you have to drive your car back and park it at the Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot.  And then walk back along the highway to the put in.  Have a good trip!

Thanks, Stainless, this is the kind of information I was looking for. Much obliged!

Trip Planning » Parking/Unloading/Launching at Sunday Creek (Access Point #10) » 8/05/2019 6:32 pm

trippythings wrote:

I don't have any helpful info for you unfortunately, but would you be able to take some pics of the campsites during your trip? I've found a few online but they weren't the most descriptive and seemed to be dated. It was a lake I was eyeing last season but never ended up visiting. I'm also curious if you would able to hear any highway traffic from the lake, or if you're far enough that wouldn't be an issue.

Absolutely, trippythings, I'll take lots of photos and submit an updated site report for the PCI Project. 

Trip Planning » Parking/Unloading/Launching at Sunday Creek (Access Point #10) » 8/05/2019 5:40 pm

Howdy campers,

The boys and I are heading into the near-backcountry soon for a three nighter on Fork Lake. I'm looking for some clear information about parking, loading and launching at Access Point #10, svp.

As far as I can tell, we park at the Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot, then carry our stuff down the path to Sunday Creek. My questions are as follows:

1. As of August 2019, should we plan on launching north, or south, of the highway culvert?
2. Is there anywhere to unload gear from the car a little closer to the boat launch?

Any other advice is obviously welcome. Thanks in advance, fellow Algonquinites!

Equipment » Securing vehicle keys » 3/25/2019 10:42 pm

I put a floating keychain on my keys while camping, as I'm more worried about having them fall out of something and sink to the bottom of the lake more than anything else.  I then put them in a little waterproof sac and it goes to the bottom of the bag.

If my keys aren't secure in a place where I know they won't be going anywhere, I won't be fully enjoying myself in the wilderness. I think I'll follow the advice of others here and stash an extra key in my bag from now on. 

Trip Planning » Spring Trips? » 3/25/2019 10:36 pm

I'm looking at an easy access paddle-in trip to kick the year off. The only buddy I can get to go camping is still finding his feet in the bush, and a little intimidated about going out in the colder weather. Last year we ended up car camping, but this year I'll take him out to Canisbay, Sunday Lake, Norway or Fork so we can do a little fishing and work on our camping skills. 


Trip Reports » New Algonquin camping series - Mark in the Park » 3/25/2019 10:30 pm

Mark's website has been a great source when trip planning.  These videos are exactly the thing to get us through this time of year when the summer backcountry season is so close, and yet so far away. Hope to see more.

Trip Reports » PCI Submission for Delano Lake's solitary campsite ... » 3/05/2019 7:56 am

Hey Barry,

Thanks for getting the description up so fast. Cool to see your photos, I'm glad it brought back some great memories!

Trip Planning » Total Fire Ban for Backcountry effective July 10, 2018 » 7/11/2018 7:59 am

ATVenture wrote:

Other than that my vote goes for extra mind alrtering substances.

ATVenture, you nailed it right there. 

Trip Planning » Total Fire Ban for Backcountry effective July 10, 2018 » 7/10/2018 9:40 pm

Man, this is a bummer.  I'm supposed to head out on the 20th, but I don't know if I want to go camping without the campfire.

Does anyone have experience with backcountry camping during a fire ban?  I'm still drawn to the beauty of the park and am open to the idea that camping sans fire offers its own unique experience.  

Off the top of my head I can think of the following alternatives to a "traditional" campfire:
- Electric candles
- The stars and moon
- Bunch of glow sticks taped together 
- Dayglo painted cardboard cut out of a fire + black light 
- Fireflies in a jar (catch & release)
- Ipad campfire app
- Reflection of a bear's eyes in my flashlight beam


Trip Planning » Magnetewan Lake Jump Off Site Information » 6/27/2018 8:58 am

Wow, thanks very much, ATVenture, these are great.  Pretty much what I was expecting, but it's so nice to have a visual preview.  Any of these will do just fine for a quick night before we head out deeper.

Thanks again!


Trip Planning » Magnetewan Lake Jump Off Site Information » 6/26/2018 4:01 pm

Chuck Enwinde wrote:

You could probably be at all three of the Hambone sites within 30 minutes of arriving at Magnetawan.  The jump off spots are fine if you just need a place to pitch the tent for a few hours but if you still have some daylight to work with, I'd head for Hambone.  

I appreciate that, and it was my first choice.  Some of our party are still new to the bush and won't be arriving until after dark, however, so we'll probably play it very safe and stay on Magnetewan for the first night.  I appreciate the insight, I would be doing exactly that if it was just me 

Trip Planning » Magnetewan Lake Jump Off Site Information » 6/24/2018 12:21 pm

Thanks very much for that great information, ATVenture.   Pretty much what I was expecting from the jump-off sites. I think the "interior" sites are all booked up anyways, so we'll have to do a quick car camp before hitting the backcountry.


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