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Trip Reports » Smoke Lake to Park Lake - Day Trip » 9/08/2021 7:25 pm

I did a day trip from Smoke to Park through the smaller lakes just south of Highway 60 in mid August. It was fine. I'm not going to lie, there are better routes. Saw some wolf poop though. And moose bones! Lots of ducks and herons, too. Actually, now that I think about it, it was pretty cool. Write up is up now.

Trip Planning » Pinetree Lake » 9/05/2021 8:34 pm

I’m heading into pinetree in a couple of weeks. I’ve read the PCI reports on sites 1 & 3, has anyone stayed at 2? Any recommendations for a group of four guys with three tents?

Trip Reports » Rain Lake to Canoe Lake - Day One » 8/29/2021 8:02 pm

The fourth and final day of my trip is up now. This one took me from Brule down Potter Creek and smack into a headwind on Canoe. I also saw a turtle and got visited by a ... something. Here's the link:

Trip Reports » Rain Lake to Canoe Lake - Day One » 8/24/2021 9:25 pm

Day Three is up now! This leg took me from Misty to Brule. I loved the paddle from Misty to McIntosh, I don't know that I need to do the route from McIntosh to Brule again. I do need to revisit one of the sites I passed by on McIntosh though (site 22 in the PCI) it looked incredible.

Trip Reports » Rain Lake to Canoe Lake - Day One » 8/21/2021 7:49 am

MartinG wrote:

Hey Drew, you wrote you got a new canoe. I remember you paddling a canoe like that in some of your other TR's. What canoe do you have? What's the story with them? They look light, but also delicate and maybe awkward for kneeling.

It’s a Backcountry Custom Canoe solo Brookie. The builder is a guy named Jon and a few years back he lent me his to paddle on a couple of trips, which is why it was in those earlier reports.

I’m pretty happy with it so far. It’s light, under 30 lbs. The material is ballistic nylon, which is tougher than it looks. I scraped it over every rock on Potter Creek with no problems. Jon’s done done pretty extensive testing on them. The first time he showed me one of his boats he grabbed a 2 x 2 and just started hammering on the hull with no problems.

You’re right about kneeling. The ribs are can dig in. I put a thin foam mat down and that made it pretty much unnoticeable. The only main issue I have found so far is that it doesn’t track well when you stop paddling.  Every time I stopped to take a picture it would curve left or right immediately.  Other than that I like it.

Trip Reports » Rain Lake to Canoe Lake - Day One » 8/18/2021 6:50 pm

Those are some crazy pics Barry. You're right, you're lucky that tree wasn't any bigger. It's true, that little island would be crazy exposed in bad weather. I suppose I've only been there on really nice days, but I imagine there'd be nowhere to hide during a bad storm.

Did you hear the engine cut out on the plane as well as start up again? That would be kind of intense.

Trip Reports » Rain Lake to Canoe Lake - Day One » 8/17/2021 8:10 am

Hey Everyone,

I did a four day solo from Rain Lake to Canoe Lake at the beginning of August. It was a great trip. Weather was perfect, conditions were great and I got a couple of really nice sites (plus one bug infested swamp site, but two out of three ain't bad). I've got Day One up now. I'll put later days in the replies to this topic to avoid spamming this section.


Trip Reports » Tom Thomson with the family » 8/17/2021 7:08 am

Thanks Dave,

The Aerial tent really is pretty great. So far I haven’t come across any serious design flaws. I wish it was shorter end to end when it’s packed up, but that’s not a deal breaker.

Trip Planning » Staying on Misty Lake versus Timberwolf Lake » 8/12/2021 3:16 pm

I just came through both of those last week. Stayed on Misty and paddled through Timberwolf. It looked to me like there were more choices for good sites on Misty, I know I was happy with mine. And it’s a beautiful lake. That said, Timberwolf is going to feel a bit more secluded. There are only six sites on it and it’s still a decent sized lake. In the fall, crowds probably aren’t an issue on either though, so I’d go with Misty too.

Trip Reports » Tom Thomson with the family » 8/10/2021 4:58 pm

Thanks guys. Gord, I’m with you. I find I spend a large amount of time on family trips worrying about things I wouldn’t think twice about solo. The bigger the group, the more I worry. Of course, when I’m solo I wouldn’t decide climbing up the side of a small cliff on a slippery downed tree was a good idea, but my 6 year old has no problem with it.

Trip Planning » Mcmanus lake questions .. and high falls .. » 8/10/2021 11:22 am

I’ve done the high falls slide in mid September with no problems. I imagine water levels around now are fine

Trip Reports » Tom Thomson with the family » 8/01/2021 9:47 am

Hope everyone is having a good long weekend. We did another family trip a couple weeks back, this time to Tom Thomson for two nights. I got a chance to paddle around Tom, Little Doe and Bartlett, which was fun. Checked out a few campsites and got visited by the biggest turtle I've seen in the Park so far. 

I'm heading out via Rain Lake in a couple of days for a longer solo and looking forward to that, but in the meantime, here's the report on the Tom Thomson trip if you're looking for something to pass the time on this beautiful mid September day (man, it's cold today).

Tom Thomson Lake – All of Algonquin


Trip Reports » Parkside Bay » 7/21/2021 9:46 pm

Thanks everyone. It was a great trip. Solos, I agree about the little keens, they're adorable. And, once the kids are actually a bit older, actually a pretty decent footwear option for the kids. You're also right, it's a ton of work getting everything ready and transported. I swear I work harder for an overnight with the kids than I do for a four day solo. 

It's definitely worth it though. The kids had a great time and so did we.

Trip Reports » Status of Sunday Creek to Norway Lake 2021 » 7/20/2021 6:47 pm

I can’t give any advice on Sunday Creek, but for the park capacity issue, that’s a day use permit problem. Your backcountry permit gives you a vehicle permit and you can add an extra car (or multiple cars) to that permit. Do that now and your friend will be fine.

Trip Reports » Parkside Bay » 7/15/2021 10:04 pm

I took the family down to Parkside Bay for an overnight last weekend. It may shock you to learn that it was busy. Every site was taken, and I saw at least one more group paddling around trying to find something. I'd never been to Parkside before. I liked it. We got a decent (if mildly buggy) site and the kids had a blast swimming from our own mini beach. Can't really ask for much more. The trip report is up now:

Hope everyone is having a great July!


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