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Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 9/28/2022 6:07 pm

And also since you don’t have the check in the sign in offices are much less busy so they have the time to make reservations 🤷🏻‍♀️

Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 9/28/2022 6:03 pm

SeekingSolitude wrote:

Strange, even if it does not make sense, it does seem clear on the website that Park reservations cost $13. As a result I have never tried in park reservations.

Ok, In the future I'll give in park reservations a try for a last minute trip.

Certain things are just more efficient online/automated (eg telling counter person how to spell everyone's names, adress, etc, much faster to type it in & in fact likely pre-filled on your browser...). Imagine if everyone realised in person is free & more do it this way? I imagine in park offices would get bogged down with lineups & as Swedish Pimple said, maybe they just hand you the phone.

 
If you have an account all that info auto fills once they pull up your account. For multi day trips I just pay the fee and do it online.  It if I’m booking 1-2 nights at a place with low reservations I do it in person.

As for the line ups, yes imagine that we actually all booked at the Parks and the Parks instead of the contracted out companies hired the staff 🤷🏻‍♀️

Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 9/28/2022 5:02 pm

SeekingSolitude wrote:

ChristineCanoes wrote:

Because if you show up without a reservation you don’t get charged that fee at all so you can save the whole fee (not just the 2$)
 

 
Really, I wonder if that was a mistake & they should have charged you but didn't?

Reservation Fees from Ontario parks website very clearly states

"Reservation Fees for Call Centre and Park
Base Fee    HST    Total
Reservation Fee    $11.50    $1.50    $13.00
Cancellation Fee (minimum)    $9.29    $1.21    $10.50
Change Fee (minimum)    $9.29    $1.21    $10.50"

So in person at the park should incur $13 reservation fee.

Nope not a mistake. I’ve asked at multiple park offices about it in multiple parks. And I’ve reserved at multiple parks in person. There is no fee in person. And why would there be? How can they justify charging a fee to charge you? It would be like a hotel charging you to book a night. It makes no sense. The parks have never chatted a fee to reserve in person. The fees were created because the park is a paying a company to run a website/ phone line.
 

Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 9/27/2022 6:44 pm

SeekingSolitude wrote:

Even for last minute quick trips, why not just book online the morning of your trip before you leave?  I have done it that way.

Online saves you $2 instead of in person/phone reservation fee. I feel like I will earn the title of board cheapskate, personally I prefer being known as frugal ;-) Hey save a couple bucks on the hundreds if not thousands of things you buy every year, grocery items, gas, etc.. pretty soon your talking real money!

Because if you show up without a reservation you don’t get charged that fee at all so you can save the whole fee (not just the 2$)
 

Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 9/27/2022 6:42 pm

If you book on-site you don’t have to pay the reservation fee. If I am booking a 20 day trip it’s worth the 9$ to save the time figuring out my route online. But for one night or two nights where the site isn’t sold out. We always drive up and book in person. I’ve saved 30$ in reservation fees in September doing this 🤷🏻‍♀️

Equipment » Double blade paddles >260cm? » 8/30/2022 8:05 pm

My paddle is quite a bit shorter but I trained with a 192 cm whitewater paddle so I have a very vertical stroke - even in a solo canoe

Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 8/30/2022 7:53 pm

Yes you can still do this. I usually just book online before driving up but you can book in person

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/25/2022 5:07 pm

I was in Killarney this past weekend. Hardly any bugs 🤷🏻‍♀️

Equipment » Packing » 5/19/2022 7:41 am

I think I’m finally at the point where this doesn’t happen. I think it’s because I am light enough and have my food dialed in so it doesn’t take as long anymore. But it took a lot of practice and gear upgrades to get here!

Campsite Cooking » Dehydrating Rice » 5/09/2022 7:04 pm

I would add that Kevin’s book Backcountry Eats does an excellent job discussing dehydrating rice, pasta, etc. New process for me that we are using this year.

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/08/2022 6:03 pm

I just bought the 13. I debated the size but think it was a good decision.

Equipment » Packable NOAA Weather Radio » 4/14/2022 6:51 pm

I used weather reports when on Lake Huron but don’t worry so much in Algonquin.

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 4/14/2022 6:47 pm

I was actually thinking of going further North this summer but might do one last big trip in Algonquin recognizing that it will probably be the last year I camp there.

And it isn’t because I am worried about picking the perfect site. We have only had one truly terrible site and one that we chose not to camp at that was terrible. But we pick a site based on if we are tired when we hit the lake or want to paddle on a bit and I’m not prepared to give that up.

Honestly I think they hope this will force most people who do trips that are longer than 2-3 days out of the park. It’s all part of the rebranding of OP as using a for profit model

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 4/14/2022 6:45 pm

I will stop camping in Algonquin if they go site specific. I prefer to do 2-4 week trips and I have no interest in spending time online figuring out what site to pick. It isn’t a hotel. Things like weather matter. They impact travel and site selection. I’m not staying on an open site in a storm on Big Trout when only 1/2 the sites are booked due to rules that ignore the reality of backcountry camping.

Trip Planning » Looking for Other Female Paddlers » 11/21/2021 7:24 pm

captainchaos2000 wrote:

Hi There,
I'm not sure if this helps in your search at all, there are a few women's only groups on Facebook such as "Women Backcountry Campers Ontario"
Hope that helps.

Thanks. I’m not really an avid Facebook user so I was looking for other avenues.
 

Trip Planning » Looking for Other Female Paddlers » 11/20/2021 6:18 pm

Not sure if this is the right place to post this but I’m looking for some other women interested in doing tripping with - could be solo or tandem. Weekends in May/ June or longer trips in July/ August.

PM me if you want to discuss.

Skills » How do you solo trip without freaking out? » 11/20/2021 6:12 pm

No, we only fish when my husband comes and he cleans all the fish. I’ve never really got into fishing although I don’t mind going fishing with others if they know what they are doing.

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