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Fishing » Brook and Lake Trout Closing » 9/18/2020 10:17 am

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Zone 15 regulations are here: https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary/fisheries-management-zone-15

Brook Trou
tSeason: January 1 to September 30
Limits: S-5 and C-2

 Lake Trout
Season: January 1 to September 30
Limits: S-2 and C-1

Catch-all Discussions » MEC bought by a US private equity firm » 9/15/2020 12:19 pm

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Yeah, my current gore tex North Face 3-in-1 all season coat was through TheLastHunt. The price was so good, I did a fair bit of legwork checking if they were legit before making the online order.

Who knows how MEC will evolve now. I'm fully expect it was bought for the brand. Odds are it will further morph in the high volume urban outdoor fashion direction. Hopefully not as bad as Eddie Bauer did. 

The good news, at least for Ontario, is that there is still a strong group of independent outdoor retailers including Algonquin Outfitters, Adventure Guide (Waterloo), Sojourn (Barrie), Wildrock (Peterborough), Trailhead (Ottawa), and others. 

I'm still surprised that the news reports are saying the deal is final. Normally an offer to purchase a corporation would require shareholder, not just board, approval and MEC is structured as a corporation. [Edit: Someone clarified for me that the MEC memberships are non-voting shares of the corporation. Members get to vote for the board of directors, but only the board of directors have voting privileges for the corporation. ]
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #397 » 9/11/2020 2:33 pm

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Kiosk from the portage to Mink

Catch-all Discussions » QE2 question » 8/26/2020 1:36 pm

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Joe,

f you aren't already a member on the Canadian Canoe Routes (https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/search.php?search_id=active_topics) forums then you should check them out. That is another very active, very knowledgeable canoe tripping community that includes folks like Brad Jennings who created the QE2 canoe routes map on his Explore the Backcountry site: https://www.explorethebackcountry.com/qewmap 

If you are on Facebook, you might also want to join the Ontario Canoe Tripping group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/753468378008715 

 

Skills » Identifying animal scat » 8/07/2020 9:51 am

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Yes it sounds like moose. Moose don't hang around in one place really other than while they are eating. That can include wandering through a camp although they are more likely to wander past a campsite, including occasionally walking through front country campgrounds. 

At this time of year, there really isn't much to worry about. If you see a moose while on the water or crossing a portage, then give it space. On a narrow river/creek that can mean waiting until the moose chooses to move on. On a lake it just means paddling around it. 

If a moose is wandering towards your campsite, make some noise so it knows you are there. 

In the fall during the rut (mating season) then bull moose can be aggressive. At that time you year you want to be more proactive about getting out of the way as opposed to just staying out of the way. 

Overall moose are pretty passive and really tolerant of humans as you can see from the many moose calmly browsing along the sides of Hwy 60 while hordes of people stop and take pictures. 

 

Equipment » Canoe pack » 8/05/2020 1:01 pm

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scratchypants wrote:

I have Eureka's SS 115 and 75 packs. No complaints.

My Eureka 115 was rock solid for many years but 2 years ago the glue holding the top of the harness to the pack fail catastrophically. I say catastrophically not because of any injury but because it failed all at once leaving a gaping hole in the pack and leaving it without a carry harness. 

I did reach out to Eureka that winter to ask about repairing it and the reply was that it could not be repaired. I'm sure I can repair it with a waterproof glue (g-flex?) the same as you would use for fastening d-rings to a canoe. 

Odds are that I'll go with a SeaLine for the next one since my son's SeaLine is only about a year younger and still going strong. I really liked the extra handles on the Eureka and it lasted a good 10 years or more. 

 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA392 » 7/24/2020 8:20 am

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Hmm, on the track of Joe vs Little Joe, how about Mink Lake having taken the 'main street' rail bed straight to Mink from Kioshkokwi rather than going through Little Mink?

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 391 » 7/14/2020 8:25 am

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Along the Crooked Chute portage?

Trip Planning » Ontario to reopen provincial parks for day use starting Monday » 5/12/2020 2:56 pm

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RCSpartan wrote:

"Yes officer, I always bring my 110L canoe pack with me on day trips..." https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.png

You joke, but on a day trip on a spring fishing trip we will usually take one of the big canoe packs with us to gather up tackle boxes and other gear for the portages.  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 5/08/2020 12:48 pm

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I mostly agree with Trippy's phrasing, but different publications use the same quotes to emphasize different biases. Some of those articles emphasize the "go ahead but be responsible" messaging, while others emphasize the "don't go unless you need to" while completely failing to address what defines 'need' which can be anything from checking for break ins, making sure docks are still secured after the ice is out, clearing a tree that came down on a building, etc, etc, etc to the folks who just need some fresh air.

There never has been an outright 'ban' on going to your cottage. No emergency order has been put in place in Ontario prohibiting going to a cottage, or anywhere else for that matter. There are business closures such as marinas that physically block access to water access cottages, but nothing that legally physically blocks access to any cottage with direct road access.

There continues to be ambiguous and confusing messaging about staying home but we won't stop you from going. 

 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #369 » 5/06/2020 7:53 pm

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Ralph Bice
 

Trip Planning » OK how bad is camping in June Bugs! » 5/04/2020 2:07 pm

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It depends ...

A mid to late June whitewater trip on the Petawawa worked out well. An overnight trout fishing trip into Pen when we couldn't go any other time at least got us a trip but the bugs were bad and the fishing not much better. 

These days I tend to head towards Georgian Bay destinations like Massassauga or French River for a June trip. More breeze to keep the black flies down and fewer black flies to start with. 

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/20/2020 2:45 pm

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Looks like a frame for making a 100 Gallon hat. 

swedish pimple wrote:

https://www.goldismoney2.com/attachments/social_distance-jpg.159986/
social distance idea

 

Catch-all Discussions » Total Fire Ban Coming To Ontario Friday » 4/03/2020 9:53 am

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Yes that ban applies to crown land. The usual 'loophole' is the other way around - that general fire bans don't apply to Provincial Parks. Of course this year the parks are already closed so you can't be there to have a fire in the first place. 

Something to be aware of is that the time between the snow melt and the leaves coming out is one of the driest times of the year in the forests. That makes it a high forest fire risk. I think it was the Fort McMurray fire that started May 1st 2016 that really increased awareness of this. Since then the townships around our cottage have been very rigorous about having a fire ban in place in the mid-spring timeframe. The difference this year is that the MNR is proactively announcing a ban for the whole province. 

Photos and Videos To Share » Jewel of Ontario - The Petawawa River » 3/29/2020 10:40 am

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If you're looking for a longer video on a classic Ontario river, you might want to take a look at this one. It was produced back around 2002/2003 and shows the video quality of the day but it is still a really good documentary on the Petawawa.



 

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