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Where In Algonquin? » WIA #516 » 9/20/2021 12:10 pm

Evan Briden
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Shirley, east side campsite on the beach?

Trip Reports » Basin Lake 2021 - Covid Opener! » 9/17/2021 12:59 pm

Evan Briden
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Steve E wrote:

Great videos!  Such a great area of the park eh?  Thanks for sharing

It was a nice change of pace, and being closer to home was nice without being too crowded. 

Along with access points like Kingscote, it makes for a good weekend getaway spot.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #514 » 9/17/2021 7:32 am

Evan Briden
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madawaska river, near the head creek junction?

Trip Reports » Basin Lake 2021 - Covid Opener! » 9/14/2021 7:43 am

Evan Briden
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Finally getting around to uploading some of the trips we did this summer. This quick two night trip to Basin Lake was scheduled last minute once the Park opened this summer, and was a nice little dip back into nature.

My old man can't do any big trips anymore, and my oldest is always ready for a weekend away with the boys. We packed up some extra luxury items and planned a two night base camp on Basin lake.
This trip would include some day trips to the oldest building in the Park, a nice waterfall on the Bonnechere River, the hydro lines  / lakes north of Foys Lake, as well as the Whispering Winds (Egg Rock) Trail.

This is not our usual KM heavy loop trip, but on such short notice it was just what the doctor ordered. 
It was also a good opportunity to test out some of our new gear for 2021, and get the body ready for our big trip down the Nipissing River in Aug.

Day 1: Setting up camp and meeting up with Rich (plus dealing with the crazy access road multiple times)



Day 2: Day trip to the Basin Road cabin, as well as High Falls on the L. Bonnechere Trail



Day 3: Packing up and hiking the Egg Rock Trail



Hopefully everyone got in their scheduled trips and more this year!

Regards,

Test Forum » test » 9/09/2021 7:17 am

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before photo
https://i.ibb.co/7n5Nf0j/20210805-063344.jpg


after photo

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 507 » 8/23/2021 1:15 pm

Evan Briden
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someone else can start the next one, I won't be able to post a photo for some time.

Cheers!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 507 » 8/20/2021 8:52 am

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I believe I got this one correct, I am fairly swamped at work right now, so anyone else can take the next one from here! 

Cheers!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 507 » 8/17/2021 11:12 am

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looks like the spring on big crow at the cabin

Trip Reports » Day Trip from Cache Lake to Whitney, ON » 7/22/2021 11:37 am

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Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is enjoying their time in the Park this year!
After our spring trip to Wendigo lake was cancelled, we decided to undertake one massive day trip through the Park.
We hit the water on Cache Lake around 0830 and made our way down the Madawaska R. back to our hotel in Whitney. This trip took slightly longer than we anticipated and we reached the dam in Whitney around 2200 EST. All in all it was an awesome day for paddling, hiking and swimming.

The park was empty, the animals were out, and the bass were biting. The weather was scorching, and the bugs held off after the morning feed and the evening frenzy.

Here is the link to the video and we are looking forward to heading out on our Nipissing R - Tim R. 8 day loop in a little over a week!




Happy paddling!
 

Where In Algonquin? » 503 » 7/22/2021 11:28 am

Evan Briden
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from cabin on mckaskill? 

Trip Planning » Bass Fishing » 5/31/2021 10:45 am

Evan Briden
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caught a few beauty bass on the madawaska river a few weeks back, and also scorch lake is always good for a few!

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/17/2021 9:48 am

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TripperMike wrote:

MartinG wrote:

You guys are all nuts camping will be opened on Monday!

ONparks and FOAP seem to have the same confidence as Martin.  Both are suggesting that they may be opening this Friday.  

My reservation for the 21st - 24th has still not been cancelled or refunded by Ontario Parks. I am obviously not expecting them to open, but I would appreciate if they would give me back my money they have had for nearly 5 months.... orrrr just open the Parks!

Trip Planning » Bonfield-Dickson or Unicorn Hill? » 5/04/2021 12:51 pm

Evan Briden
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Never done the Dickson - Bonfield portage, but have done unicorn hill several times both ways. Travelling into Cedar will not be very difficult at all compared to heading up the Pet. So I would assume the Dickson-Bonfield would be much harder in comparison.
I have been on the Crow multiple times now, in August both times, and have not had issues. It does have some stretches where it might be faster to just walk the sandy bottom for a bit, but these spots are not show stoppers by any means. The crow is up there as one of my favourite paddles in the Park.

Either way, both of those trip ideas look awesome. Good luck!

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/26/2021 9:25 pm

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Jdbonney wrote:

The only thing I think would be if a group was going and the person who booked the trip had a change of plans and had to cancel, they could transfer it to someone else In the group.

could you not just change the permit holder name on the reservation? 

Trip Planning » Upper Nip sites p200-p240 » 3/26/2021 12:13 pm

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TripperMike wrote:

Hey AAer's, I'm curious about sites and their condition for Upper Nip 200-240. .

We did a loop through this area a couple years back. Stayed on the campsite just east of the P100m. It is a typical river campsite, steep bank, but opened up into a nice little campsite in the woods. Almost felt enchanted to be honest.

Day 2 and 3 of our Tim River loop  will show these campsites






 

Trip Planning » Reservations for 2021 so far. » 3/26/2021 8:56 am

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So, three trips are on the books now for myself and the boys. Reserving our 7 night trip for the first week of August was fun trying to start and end our trip on Saturdays in and around Tim Lake and Magnetewan. Park is going to be packed!

While booking this trip, we attempted to book a night at the Highview cabin, but while speaking with the lovely Parks agent I was informed that all interior cabins are CLOSED FOR THE YEAR. This seemed odd as last season, after the height of COVID, we stayed three nights in two different cabins.

I don't understand the logic on this one, and seems like a bit of unnecessary caution from the Park. The risk of COVID exposure in an interior cabin is much less than a YURT or other roofed accommodation. They are typically used less as they are harder to access (I assume the park lumps them all together in the same category). The risk of COVID exposure/ harm is also much less than the actual risk one takes while travelling in the Algonquin interior as a whole. Plus you can bring disinfecting wipes etc if you really wanted to mitigate some of the viral risk yourself.

Sorry for the rant. I just don't like governing bodies removing access to things and not allowing people to govern their own actions, responsibilities and "risks". 

Hope to see some of you in the Park this year!

Campsite Cooking » Homemade Trail Bar + Recipe » 3/23/2021 2:15 pm

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Rich has started making homemade trail bars for our trips. This is a much cheaper option if you have the time, and they certainly hold their own in the taste department. With park fees going up, we will all need to find ways to cut some of the costs somewhere. Here is a good place to start!




Enjoy,

Board footera

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