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Trip Reports » Tim - Magnetawan: 6 Day Loop down the Nipissing » 11/30/2021 3:42 pm

BarryB
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Evan Briden wrote:

Disclaimer: Beverage cans were brought into the Park. Like on all trips past and future they were crushed and packed out accordingly. In my opinion, the no littering policy is very clear, making the no cans policy rather pointless. That being said, the glass container ban I can agree with. More from a safety standpoint than a littering one though.  

Having spent years in communication with park management, I believe it's fair to say that the reasoning behind the glass bottle/metal can ban is the potential for such items to become broken and/or accidentally discarded into the general environment and to pose a danger to peoples' health by way of cutting hands and feet.

A broken glass bottle is an easy-to-understand danger. A metal (tin-coated steel) food can is capable of producing two dangers .. a sharp-edged top .. and the main part of the can, should it be discarded, can become a mass of rusting sharp-edged metal. While an aluminum can will not rust, it can become crushed and thereby produce the danger of exposed sharp edges.

Food and beverages can be either purchased in, or stored in, plastic containers prior to a backcountry trip. As the operator of AlgonquinAdventures.com, I must reiterate forum rule 19 “not promote the contravention of park rules or regulations.” and caution readers that contravening park rules may result in measures being taken and fines being charged by park authorities.

Accordingly, I ask all backcountry campers to utilize non-glass and non-metallic containers for their food and beverages of choice, thereby adhering to the glass bottle/metal can ban regulation.
 

Trip Planning » 2022 Reservation of Hike-in Backcountry Campsites » 11/19/2021 10:26 am

BarryB
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Regarding reservations of the Backcountry Hike-in campsites, here's a "copy/paste" of a Facebook post from Algonquin Provincial Park ..

Algonquin Provincial Park
November 17


Our backpacking campers have let us know that having the ability to select and reserve specific campsites before they set out on the trails is important to them.

Based on this feedback, we are updating our reservation system so campers can make site-specific reservations at campsites along our three backpacking trails: Eastern Pines, Western Uplands, and Highland.

This change becomes effective December 13, 2021 when we will begin taking site-specific reservations up to 5 months in advance for next season, which opens May 13, 2022

Updated maps and photos will soon be on our reservations website to help you plan and select campsites for your next trip

As always, reservations can be made online at 
http://reservations.ontarioparks.com  or by phone at 1-888-668-7275

No changes will be made to the reservation system for Algonquin Provincial Park’s paddling backcountry sites at this time


We hope these changes improve your upcoming backpacking trips to Algonquin Provincial Park!

https://www.facebook.com/AlgonquinProvPark

Catch-all Discussions » Killarney backcountry reservation change » 11/19/2021 10:17 am

BarryB
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Regarding reservations of the Backcountry Hike-in campsites, here's a "copy/paste" of a Facebook post from Algonquin Provincial Park ..

Algonquin Provincial Park
November 17


Our backpacking campers have let us know that having the ability to select and reserve specific campsites before they set out on the trails is important to them.

Based on this feedback, we are updating our reservation system so campers can make site-specific reservations at campsites along our three backpacking trails: Eastern Pines, Western Uplands, and Highland.

This change becomes effective December 13, 2021 when we will begin taking site-specific reservations up to 5 months in advance for next season, which opens May 13, 2022

Updated maps and photos will soon be on our reservations website to help you plan and select campsites for your next trip

As always, reservations can be made online at 
http://reservations.ontarioparks.com  or by phone at 1-888-668-7275

No changes will be made to the reservation system for Algonquin Provincial Park’s paddling backcountry sites at this time

We hope these changes improve your upcoming backpacking trips to Algonquin Provincial Park!


https://www.facebook.com/AlgonquinProvPark

Catch-all Discussions » Killarney backcountry reservation change » 11/18/2021 9:05 pm

BarryB
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GordK wrote:

PCI will be more relevant but you will likely have to overhaul the campsite numbers.  I was just looking at KPP and for some reason Parks has renumbered everything, they have a grid noting old number and new number.  Going to be a lot of confusion and i really don't understand the need for this change.  Parks already had what they call 'old numbers' should have just left them.

The PCI numbering system is already being shared by other websites. I won't be renumbering any. I'll simply amend the digits to include any new system # and the existing PCI # .. for example; "So-and-so Lake Campsite AP-25 / PCI-10". It's ironic that well before the PCI was started, the ABR exec. was very close to getting the park to make public their campsite maintenance numbering system, so campers could better ID campsites with problems. Unfortunately, someone in management was concerned that would lead to some kind of "confusion".
 

Catch-all Discussions » Killarney backcountry reservation change » 11/17/2021 10:11 am

BarryB
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Hey 'SP'. If they enact specific backcountry campsite reservations and flat rates in Algonquin, that would make the PCI all the more relevant, specially for larger groups.

Maybe they could tier the campsite rates according to potential tent capacities .. large group campsites $$$, intermediate size campsite $$, and smaller campsites $.

That would be fairer for solos and small groups. And it would help direct campers to size-appropriate campsites.

Trip Reports » Pinetree Lake Loop » 10/25/2021 3:02 pm

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Finally found time to read the trip-log. Super! Many years ago, the Pinetree portage did me a mischief. It's descent of odd-shaped rocks, combined with improper footwear, caused a knee to swell-up .. thus shortening my planned visit to Sylvia and Fraser Lakes. Instead, I had an enjoyable prolonged basecamp recuperation on Pinetree. I subsequently, a few years later, repeated that enjoyable basecamp get-away on Pinetree (with the appropriate footwear). That lake has a definite attraction!

Trip Reports » The Meanest Link 2021 » 10/17/2021 8:42 pm

BarryB
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Just compiled Martin's postings into a single page. Tomorrow, I'll be featuring it on the website front-page and eventually the Trip-log Inventory. It's up for review at .. 
http://www.algonquinadventures.com/triplogs/MartinG-MeanestLink2021/MG2021-Index.htm

Trip Reports » John Barber's CS. T11 - Maggie Lake submission to the PCI » 9/28/2021 8:04 pm

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John Barber has submitted a 'first' .. a report to the PCI, of a hiking trail campsite .. of CS. T11 - Maggie Lake, on the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail .. http://www.algonquinadventures.com/PCI/lakes/Maggie/MaggieCST11/MaggieCST11.htm
 

Trip Planning » fall season logging noise on Manitou? (what should I expect?) » 9/28/2021 6:09 pm

BarryB
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The 'visuals' of logging are regulated by set-backs from lakes, etc. However, the 'sounds' of operations (both cutting and hauling) can carry for considerable distances. That's why the AFA is required to publish mapping of their seasonal Schedule of Operations ... https://algonquinforestry.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/AWS_Webmap-2.pdf .

For insight into the AFA operations, you can reference ... http://www.algonquinadventures.com/forest/ForestIndex.htm . While it's dated, it does detail the CSA certification process.

Catch-all Discussions » The science behind the water level controls within the park » 9/25/2021 6:57 pm

BarryB
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By "drawing-down" the water in lakes in the fall, a capacity for storage of the "spring-run-off" is created. This reduces the potential for downstream flooding in the spring.

Catch-all Discussions » In remembrance of Chris Taylor » 9/22/2021 10:22 am

BarryB
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Chris Taylor has been a prolific contributor of reports to the Portage & Campsite Inventory. I am saddened to report that he passed away last week while on a solo paddling trip in Algonquin Park. I have been advised that he passed away peacefully, asleep in his tent.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #514 » 9/17/2021 8:03 am

BarryB
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Zemantics has it. This is the mouth of Galipo River as it empties into Pen Lake.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #514 » 9/16/2021 5:20 pm

BarryB
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No. To narrow it down .. it's south of 60.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #514 » 9/16/2021 9:00 am

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This one is from way back in 2002. But the general appearance is still the same ...https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-sMXKXZJ/0/494bd7a4/X2/i-sMXKXZJ-X2.jpg

Backcountry » Rock Lake Firewood » 9/10/2021 11:28 am

BarryB
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I recommend adhering to the LNT guidelines "If more substantial firewood is needed, it should be limited to dead-fallen trees located far beyond the sight of the campsite, privy or shoreline. Ragged, saw-amputated dead trees are definitely not part of the natural landscape!"

When it comes to drift-wood along the shores, I believe it's preferable to remove whole smaller pieces rather than amputating sections and leaving raw saw cuts visible from the water.

Trip Reports » Rain Lake to Canoe Lake - Day One » 8/19/2021 7:47 am

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I heard days later that a float plane had lost power west of the lake and been lucky to power up again over the lake. I guess their only option would have been to land on the lake. The wind and rain was so noisy, we were lucky to hear the roar of the engine .. which tells me it was low overhead.

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