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Trip Reports » Tom Thomson with the family » 8/19/2021 11:21 pm

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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

... You can't control the weather, or when somebody makes a mistep, or ...  At the time I could only feel the misery the others must have felt.  At the end of the trip, I asked my daughters' friend if she enjoyed the trip, and she said "10 out of 10, would recommend."  That really pumped my tires, and helped me start reflecting positively on our trip, which really was a great one.  but those portages....

I've been pleasantly surprised by the positive feelings that some of my fellow canoe trippers have felt regarding the hardships that were encountered. Sounds like daughter's friend belongs in the tough outdoor appreciation category.
I was surprised when my wife, who's latest definition of hell was to be standing at the end of a portage, backpack straped on back, baby strapped on front, holding daughter's hand with other hand holding daughter's backpack, trapped and nowhere to go as she feels the needle like mosquitos piercing her skin. And now my wife says she is open to doing another trip this summer. I think I picked a good one!

Trip Planning » Canisbay Backcountry Sites » 8/19/2021 10:53 pm

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I saw my first moose in the park (that was not on hwy 60) in the north part of Canisbay along the western shore. It was far away and it looked huge and impressive. I've never used Canisbay as a paddle in site but once I used it as a paddle out site where I arrived late in the day, planning on getting out early the next morning. I stayed on the west side, middle of the 3 sites that are in the middle of the lake on the west side. The site was flat, mostly open, lacking vegetation. To get firewood you would have to step down into a swampy area. At the time I really enjoyed the site but I feel that there are probably many better sites on the lake. 

Catch-all Discussions » Ghost Tents? » 7/26/2021 1:09 pm

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When on Craig Lake last month I saw a ghost tent and a couple ghost tarps, one of which looked like a $250+ Aquaquest, occupying the double site on the island. First noticed it on Thursday when going to visit the beach ~200 m south of the double site and noticed 2 people in a canoe heading away from that vicinity. Then we never saw a hint of movement, fire, light, or sound from there until we left on Saturday when we crossed paths with 2 separate groups of ~9 people each, all on a weekend overnight tour run by a local outfitter.

I can't say for certain but by far the simplest explanation is that the outfitter "reserved" those two sites specifically for his weekend tour operation. Maybe they have a special arrangement with the park or perhaps just they paid for the site like us regular folk. Either way, seems like it's risky to just leave expensive stuff unattended, even in the backcountry. 

Trip Planning » Bushwhacking from Opeongo to Burnt Island, looking for information » 7/22/2021 11:48 pm

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I think Crossbill lake may be an intereting place to try to get to but I haven't yet attempted it. When looking on Ontario's topo map site you can see a dark straight edge arount the marshy evergreen forest in the middle of the map, between Crossbill and Burnt Island, that suggests there may be a cleared road there. Or, maybe it is just an optical illusion. I don't see any logging roads on the map so unless new ones were built recently (I doubt it) then it may be worthwhile to try to follow that dark edge around the marsh as it also follows an elevation contour line. Good luck and please report back on your trip.

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Ethics » lots of garbage from new campers?? » 7/22/2021 9:02 am

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Clarkey71 wrote:

nvm.   Would you not consider what you did to be basically a backcountry form of 'theft'? 

Sounds like left-behind litter to me. I'm glad nvm packed it out and got partially compensated for his efforts. Better then having it sit indefinitely until it gets worn and blows away to join all the other trash in Algonquin. 
 

Ethics » lots of garbage from new campers?? » 7/20/2021 3:15 pm

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The best "trash" I ever found was a full bag of official park firewood about 400 m up on the 2600 m portage our of Canisbay. Initially I left it but I happily disposed of it on the way back. Made for a nice easy fire for my last night on Canisbay.

Trip Reports » Parkside Bay » 7/17/2021 11:37 pm

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I love reading your trip reports, 100% entertainment. Cute that your kids are outfitted in Keens. We had Keens for our son, even though they are impractical for a barely walking toddler but they are adorable. Until you take a hard buggy portage and find out out at the end that he's missing one shoe. I kind of hope somebody finds the missing shoe, somewhere downstream of Nahma/Craig Lake, and posts a lost and found notice.
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I appreciate how much time you must have spent planning, packing, and then getting stuff cleaned and put away just to make this trip happen. All that work and anticipation is almost as fun as actually being out there, in my opinion.
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 488 » 7/01/2021 9:32 pm

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Rence is correct. This was taken from the campsite across from where the Galipo River enters the lake. Swede. you're up.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 488 » 7/01/2021 2:17 pm

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Welcome is very close ... almost there...

Equipment » Cot-for the backcountry » 7/01/2021 9:40 am

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Consider the Thermarest MondoKing XXL, it's essentially half a queen sized mattress and just as comfortable. I've carried them into the backcountry to ensure the most comfortable (and less complaining) sleep for my wife and kids. The only issue you'd have is having something else in the tent to help support your family member when they try to get up and down.
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 488 » 7/01/2021 9:33 am

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I think it's more of a swamp where the river meets the lake, but I didn't get an up-close look. deeptrout is heading in the right direction.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 488 » 6/30/2021 12:29 pm

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Not Misty or Little Crow. So far, swedish pimple was closest.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 488 » 6/29/2021 10:22 pm

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Not Whitefish.

Trip Reports » Mid June Family Trip » 6/29/2021 8:49 pm

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IanTendy wrote:

Sounds like a great trip!  Any tips for getting toddlers to sleep on a Thermarest?  Besides the obvious "put them there and keep them there?"  I'm taking my 1.75yr old out in August and he's just about to get a toddler bed,

My wife does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to my son's sleepy times. He's a bit of a momma's boy and likes to be held until he's out and then you have to place him down gently without waking him up or else you start over again. Hopefully this will get easier once we send him to daycare. On the other hand my 3.5 year old daughter is mostly good about going to sleep but just wants some company until she passes out. I find that everything works a little easier when they are physically tired and if I keep them up about half and hour past their normal bedtime.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 488 » 6/29/2021 8:37 pm

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https://i.postimg.cc/0NnZmJTD/IMG-2206.jpg

There is a river on the other side of the lake.

Trip Reports » Mid June Family Trip » 6/25/2021 12:57 am

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Well 2020 was a bad year for canoeing because the timing of the first lockdown and the birth of my first born son prevented me from any tripping at all. Suddenly it's mid-June 2021 an the stars have aligned, wife can get away from work, 3 1/2 year old daughter is rocking her new 36" paddle and 12 liter backpack, and we are fairly certain our recently acquired senior citizen dog won't jump out of the canoe. An early spring and a just-lifted park-wide fire ban suggests that the mosquitos will be "light", for mid-June. So we book a site on Craig Lake and a "3-seat canoe" from Swift and spend 2 furious days of packing what seems like tons of gear.

Wednesday June 16th, the adventure begins. After several hours of driving, plus a couple of hours of breaks, we get to Swift in South River and the guy plops down this tiny 17' Keewaydin that indeed has 3 seats. I assumed a "3-seat canoe" would be fricken huge! There was no way we were fitting in that thing so after a bit of searching our guy found us a lovely 18.5' 2-seat Keewaydin and we were speedily heading for the access, grateful that our daughter was still transfixed by the TV and our son had not yet become cranky. 

The first portage, ~400 m happens between the access and the first pond. This occured much like our typical singal poratges except daddy has to head back for the 2nd pack that weighs something like 70 pounds and mommy has so suffer with a heavy lug strapped to her chest and the daughter and dog in tow while waiting paitently at the end of the portage, fending off the lighter than seasonal hordes of mosquitos. Then we get on the water, paddle a couple of hundred meters and get hit with the second ~400 m portage. These first two poratges are more enjoyable than the final 90 m poratge into Craig. Low water means that it is better to land on the alternate extended portage landing rather than fight through thigh deep mud. The extended portage is not well cleared and has you passing over a potentially sole suck

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