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Trip Planning » Cellular service along Hwy 60 ( especially Cannisby Bay PaddleIn sites » 5/04/2022 6:53 am

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I camped there 2 years ago and had cell service (telus).  Campground is also just a 5 min paddle away.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 557 » 3/01/2022 7:59 pm

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swedish pimple wrote:

dude standing on a  big rock,  just to left of  dead centre. left side of the big rock wall,, head down with a funky hat on.
  but i have no clue  (yet) about this location w.i.a 

WRONG WRONG WRONG IMHO

He is in his canoe in front of the black triangle.
 

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 2/27/2022 7:10 pm

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ShawnD wrote:

boknows wrote:

Having never canoed in other Parks other than AP, what Park would you suggest for a challenging and adventurous canoe trip. 

 
Did the Steel River loop a few years ago. It’s an unmaintained park. No permits required. The Diablo portage in is a barrier to most but they have cut a second easier port in about 3/4 years ago.
Didn’t see another sole on the whole loop and the pickerel fishing is well…let’s just say it’s good.

In a group booked to fly in to Wabakimi this summer. Have been meaning to get up there for a while. It’s bigger than APP and gets about 700 backcountry groups in the entire year.

Thanks Shawn....sounds interesting.  As for Wabakimi, I have watched several videos and the scenery is awesome.  And some of the lakes are HUGE!!  I watched a Joe Robinet video where he was solo in Wabakimi for 12 days. Wabakimi will definitely be an adventure for you.  Good luck.   I definitely need a pack boat.

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 2/27/2022 6:15 pm

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ShawnD wrote:

AlgonquinLakes wrote:

FWIW, I ran a couple of polls about preference for site specific vs lake based reservations over on my Algonquin Twitter and Instagram pages over the past 24 hours. Got about 500 responses. The majority of people seem to prefer the current way of booking, but it’s not a huge majority. I was actually a bit surprised. Tbh, I think it’s only a matter of time before we go to site specific, especially because it looks like there wouldn’t be overwhelming pushback against that model.

Sigh.

 
Saw your poll Drew and responded. Thanks for doing that!

My response to a site specific system will be to just stop going. I know that sounds a bit like I’m taking my ball and going home but it will be the last straw for me.
Backcountry camping in Algonquin will just have moved too far away from what I’m looking for when I’m out there. I can only imagine how someone like Bob feels about the changes.

For me backcountry camping is at its best when it’s a challenge when I have pushed myself and when there is the intrigue of the unknown. It’s supposed to be an adventure after all. If I want a spoonfed holiday I’ll sign up for some tour bus trip somewhere so I can listen to the same jokes the guide has been telling for last 10 years. Not my cup of tea.

Having never canoed in other Parks other than AP, what Park would you suggest for a challenging and adventurous canoe trip?
 

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 2/27/2022 4:22 pm

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My personal opinion is that I do not like site specific reservations, unless it is close to an access point.  I see no reason for it deep in the interior.

As for increased Park fees for solo canoeists, if you live in Ontario and drive your two-year licence fee refund would give you around 5 nights of camping. LOL  But seriously, whatever happens we just have to go with the flow or canoe somewhere else which will really be a sad day for solo canoeists who love taking risks, wondering what gems the next lake has in store for you, the possibility of seeing wildlife deep into their own environment, and the presence of total solitude while exploring the exquisite and serene Algonquin Park.....my home away from home!

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 2/27/2022 3:00 pm

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West Koko Pond - Sent 2/13/2022 10:05 pm - from goneagainjon
Hi boknows, have you ever bushwhacked in there? Thx, Jon

Just my 2 cents that Jon does not have "mobility" or "limitation" issues.

West Koko Pond is at end of Koko Creek that runs into Proulx Lake.  My reply is listed below...


Re: West Koko Pond - Sent 2/19/2022 2:21 pm - to goneagainjon
No.....I've been up Koko Creek until it ends. After this, it is all swamp....

Bo
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 556 » 2/21/2022 7:37 pm

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Kioshkokwi on the bay to Lauder
 

Trip Planning » David Lake » 2/13/2022 6:43 pm

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goneagainjon wrote:

How can you find out in advance which backcountry sites are closed...I have David booked for the spring and just came across this thread...I see nothing on the Friends of Algonquin site nor the booking site!?! Pretty important if there is only 1 decent site that is closed on a lake with one permit

Either camp on the other site or rebook.  I am not aware of where you can find which sites are closed.

Catch-all Discussions » La Loche » 1/20/2022 6:47 pm

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I just finished watching this video.  What a tragic event and the healing that came afterwards.

Thank you Barry for posting this video.

 

Wildlife » Awesome AP Wolf Pack Encounter » 1/20/2022 6:42 pm

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This is the only way I know how to do this.

Check out website Alec on Adventures and watch his 10 min video called AP Wolf Pack Encounter.  This happened on Otterslide Lake.  Wolf howling begins at 3:39.  Enjoy!

Scratchypants has posted the video below.  Thanks!

Trip Reports » Tim - Magnetawan: 6 Day Loop down the Nipissing » 12/27/2021 1:31 pm

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A little late Evan but I wanted to wait until the end of the 6 part video series......and what an AWESOME video series and write up it was.

I did this trip over 45 years ago except for Big Bob to Grassy Bay.  I went from Tim L down the Tim River to Rosebary and then through Floating Heart and onwards to the Nip.  So much has changed over the years, especially all of the beaver dams, more campsites and loads more people.  Mind you my trip was in May so maybe the beavers were still working on their itinerary.

Thanks for bringing back fond memories which never die.  But it sure is nice to have them renewed from time to time.

Once again, well done Evan!  It was an Algonquin Trip you can talk about for many years and be proud of what you and your friends accomplished.



 

Catch-all Discussions » where is bo » 12/17/2021 10:55 am

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I am still alive and in good health.   Thanks for thinking about me.

Trip Planning » Canisbay Backcountry Sites » 8/18/2021 2:15 pm

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John McClane wrote:

Hi everyone- do people have favourite paddle-in sites on Canisbay?

Surprisingly nothing on the PCI!

Thanks in advance.

I have camped often on Canisbay padddle-in sites.  Other than the point site on the RH shoreline, the others are quite good.  From the lake you will see a wide open space on the RH shoreline which is one of my fav sites.  Right next door to it is another great site with a small lagoon in the back of it for good moose viewing.  I was there last year and had a daddy and momma moose walked past my site in the water along the shoreline,,,,,only 15 ft. away from where I was sitting on my chair near the lake.  To be honest I froze and just wished they would pass quickly, but daddy moose decided to stop and check me out which seemed like an eternity, but probably was only about 10 seconds..  I knew moose were close by as my neighbours on the site with the pond in the back came to my site the day before and told me to come and see some moose in the pond.  There was a daddy, momma and baby moose eating a bunch of lilies.  My neighbours left the next morning and that afternoon I had my adventure with the moose, other than the baby one.

So I do know that these two sites were good for moose viewing.  Nice flat areas for your tent(s) and shallow sandy/pebbly shoreline. Also a few good sites further on down the RH shoreline.  I don't know much about the ones on the LH shoreline. 

Trip Planning » Mcmanus lake questions .. and high falls .. » 8/10/2021 10:19 am

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Dead_Weight (DW) wrote:

I had a question about McManus lake campsites 1, 2, 3, 4 ... (as per the PCI map on this site)

Would anyone know if any have decent swimming in front of the site ?  Sandy bottom ?  In addition all the sites look like a short paddle from the put in ... I have a novice paddler in a kayak coming along so I cant paddle too far.  Is it safe to say that those sites would be a short paddle ... very little current (I know its technically a lake but its also part of the river)... ?

One last question ...  .. for the High Falls slide ... I assume theres no issue this time of year with low water ?

Thanks 

I have camped on site #3 and it is a sandy beach site with good swimming.  It is quite shallow to begin with.  It is about a 10 minute paddle to this site.   I haven't camped on any of the other sites.  I have no info on the High 
Falls slide.

Trip Reports » Status of Sunday Creek to Norway Lake 2021 » 7/21/2021 7:19 am

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FOAP map says to use Spruce Bog parking lot when you are going to Norway Lake.

That is what I did the last time I went to Norway.  I have seen others unload their car on the highway at the creek and then park in the Spruce Bog parking lot.

Trip Planning » Dickson Lake » 6/23/2021 1:57 pm

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My 5 fav sites on Dickson....

1.  First site to your left after doing the long portage.

2.  Small island in front of 1  above.

3.  Island campsite to your right heading for Cisco Bay.

4. Campsite on the left on the point of the narrows to Cisco Bay.

5.  Island campsite in Cisco Bay.

Of these 5 sites my favorite is 1 (flat and spacious) followed by 4.

Board footera

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