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Where Is This? » WIA 328 » Yesterday 9:24 pm

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I feel that this is what Clara Lake should look like.

Equipment » Large Group water filter » 2/17/2020 9:28 pm

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CanoeClaire wrote:

We've tried both the Sawyer Mini and the not-Mini version. The mini served us well for years but got out-classed at about 5 people over 3 days. The not-mini version has picked up the slack. It's fast and has stood up to some big trips with lots of people and silty rivers. We do backflush it after each trip (and sometimes in the middle of trips if it gets slow). 

 
I use the mini and I backflush it at least once per day or else it does get slow. It only takes a minute or two and It’s nice to see the brown gunk flushed out so you know the filter is doing it’s job.

Equipment » Large Group water filter » 2/17/2020 9:26 pm

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CanoeClaire wrote:

We've tried both the Sawyer Mini and the not-Mini version. The mini served us well for years but got out-classed at about 5 people over 3 days. The not-mini version has picked up the slack. It's fast and has stood up to some big trips with lots of people and silty rivers. We do backflush it after each trip (and sometimes in the middle of trips if it gets slow). 

 
I use the mini and I backflush it at least once per day or else it does get slow. It only takes a minute or two and It’s nice to see the brown gunk flushed out so you know the filter is doing it’s job.

Equipment » No More MEC Tarps? » 2/17/2020 9:18 pm

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I noticed that last week when it was mentioned on another site. They just seem to be all gone and I didn’t see them on clearance. I have one of each and think they are great. Maybe they are just changing suppliers. Tarps are such an essential item that it doesn’t make sense not to offer MEC brand tarps

Equipment » Large Group water filter » 2/15/2020 10:59 pm

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Russ S wrote:

I have been happy with the Sawyer filter I use with a dromedary bag. My son has the MSR Hyperflow and that thing can pump some water fast. You do have to make sure to back flush the filter.
I would think with such a large group that maybe a second filter may be a good idea.

I am also a fan of the Sawyer. Mine is attached to a 1 litre Perrier bottle with bottom cut off and hung on a tree to make it gravity fed. For a larger group I would connect a 2 litre pop bottle. Bringing a spare Sawyer for back up is an excellent idea since they are so light and cheap.

Trip Planning » newbie questions » 2/15/2020 10:38 pm

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ryan72 wrote:

... All my numbers are coming from Jeff's maps online which I realize are old and may not be the most accurate...

 You can be assured that Jeff’s numbers are the most accurate. There’s no other comprehensive resource out there that I know about.

Your trip seems very doable. Many of the days look short. I would consider throwing in a longer and more challenging day in there as well as a two night stay at one site, just to see how you’ll like it compared with all the other days. Personally, I hate constantly pitching and breaking camp so I like long travel days and staying on one nice site for as long as possible, which never seems long enough.

Trip Planning » Advice on Northern Loop - starting at Kioshkokwi » 2/15/2020 10:14 pm

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I too like the sound of your original loop except I would consider going up Maple Creek on first day to stay on either Maple or Erables. That way is one hour and ten minutes shorter according to Jeff’s Map and you’ll only pass through Mink Lake once instead of twice. I’ve never been to Mink but I’ve heard that the old railway bed detracts from the experience.

Heart Attack hill may be steep but you can just take it slow. Also, Skuce to Nadine looks like a short day so you’ll have plenty of time to recover.

Catch-all Discussions » Flat rate per site coming soon? » 2/08/2020 10:39 pm

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scoutergriz wrote:

"the cost of fuel to get there" is not the major cost for many! I live near the GTA and can get to Temagami and back with 2 tanks or about $120, and If I take my wife's SUV, it's about $50. Under the new system a week will cost me over $200 in fees!
Hardly insignificant, especially if you're on CPP and only getting $1168 a month 

 
I remember in the past that part of the mandate of Ontario Parks was to make outdoor adventures accessible to the people and at a low cost. Think of a scene where a lone paddler is reconnecting with the Temagami wilderness but now you’ll be thinking that he’s paying well over $300 to go on a week long trip. 17 years ago the cost was zero.

Now it seems that the “reservations team” has aligned the backcountry experience with car camping so that they could deal with a simplified booking process. Are these the same guys that removed functionality from the previous reservation system? Did they not also advertise that the permit system would be automated but later it turned out that in parks like Algonquin people will still be inconvenienced by having to visit a permit office rather than being able to get an early start in the morning.

Catch-all Discussions » Flat rate per site coming soon? » 2/05/2020 11:03 am

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scoutergriz wrote:

solos; if the motorboaters are the issue, why not just charge a vehicle fee like they already do in most parks for extra cars? A simple $10 per night to use a motor solves both the revenue and usage issue, while at the same time putting another enforcement option in the wardens' toolbox.

I don't know if motorboats are a problem. I was just speculating why they choose Massassauga for the change. Maybe they think if it's accessible by motor boat then they treat it like car camping? I don't know. Someone mentioned Temagami is also affected and I think some sites are motorboat accessible too. Again, I'm not sure, only went to the Temagami area once and back then it was free to go into the Scarecrow Lake area.

Catch-all Discussions » Flat rate per site coming soon? » 2/03/2020 1:32 pm

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Soloing in Massassauga is definitely not worth $50 per night. But Massassauga is different because most sites are accessible from motorboat on Georgian Bay. Maybe that's why there is the change. The change is not fair to smaller groups and if this type of change comes to Algonquin then it will be a disaster. Makes you wonder if they are trying to somehow crack down on a single group of traveling companions obtaining multiple permits specifically to exclude other groups from a lake. I don't know if that is a problem but it certainly has the potential to be one.

Trip Planning » newbie questions » 2/03/2020 1:12 pm

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With 8 nights you have a lot of options in terms of route selection. Since you want to hit North Tea and the big lakes in that area then I would just start at Access #1 and save about an hour of driving time (assuming you are coming from the south). Also, with 2 cars you can have a DIY shuttle between your starting and exit access points. One suggestion is start at K'mog (#1), make your way towards Erables, down to Big Trout, and exit at Magnetawan (#3). You would be able to get deeper into the interior where the crowds are thinner. Also, with 3 guys per canoe and packing light you should have no problem single carrying, which greatly increases the distance you can travel. The travel times printed on Jeff's Map are an excellent planning tool.

July will likely be hot but I would loose the hatchet and bring along something with a longer handle and just bring one larger saw.

Other things to consider is bringing a lightweight chair, like a Helinox, because it may be tough to find enough decent seats at every camp.

Where Is This? » WIA 318 » 1/24/2020 1:21 pm

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Nice catch on the railway embankment. I thought it seemed strange to be up so high as I thought you were standing on a campsite. That has to be looking south into Islet Lake from the old railway / WUT near where it crosses the lake.

Trip Planning » New campsite reservation system is rolling out soon! » 1/23/2020 2:15 pm

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RCSpartan wrote:

I'm worried that this is just lip service and that it won't be rolled out for this season...

Oh the cynicism! Maybe they are working on a killer feature where you can zoom in on a graphical map and simultaneously view the number of open/reserved campsites over a span of a few days. Expect the worst but hope for the best? Good thing I spent all that time studying the open/reserved on the old system so I have a good feel for the typical usage patterns.

Trip Planning » West Arm- East Arm- Manitou - Fassett- Lorne- and back??? » 1/18/2020 11:52 pm

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Zemantics wrote:

The other small lakes (Shada and Fassett) are nothing to write home about.

We stayed on Fassett a few years back and thought it was quite lovely. The site could have been flatter but the view was good and there was a sandy swimming area 200 m east of our camp. Perhaps not the best lake to stay on but definitely a worthy mention.

Trip Planning » New campsite reservation system is rolling out soon! » 1/14/2020 3:33 pm

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Splakin wrote:

   Good day all!
    Has anyone tried reserving interior sites yet? Any problems? The system wouldn't let me reserve
Nipissing River browse Junt to Remona L - call it 7 hours
Robinson L to Red Pine L - call it 5 hours
Red Pine to Shippigew L - call it 4 hours
 It's not out of the question for these distances. Would I have a better chance in calling it in?
Any info would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks

Did the system tell you why it wouldn't let you complete the booking? If not then this would be something else that they should fix before the final release of the website. Maybe it was due to the dates you choose?

Where Is This? » WIA 314 » 1/10/2020 1:23 pm

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Craig is correct!

Where Is This? » WIA 314 » 1/10/2020 12:28 am

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Not Biggar or Kiosk.

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