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Trip Planning » September trip » Today 10:19 am

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Oops, right! We definitely went "clockwise" (Cedar, Radiant, Philip, Hogant, etc)

I think the counter-clockwise (Cedar, Petawawa, Catfish, etc) option would be easier, but not so much that it would stop me from doing the opposite.  We intended to do it counter-clockwise thinking about the prevailing winds on the larger lakes but when we were booking it worked out that there were several bookings on each lake if scheduled the one way, and had the lakes all to ourselves going the other, so we chose the quieter option.

Trip Planning » September trip » Yesterday 1:29 pm

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Its definitely doable.

We completed that part of your route counter-clockwise in late August 2017, the year water levels were very high for that time of year.  In fact, I believe we paddled by your site while you were staying on Radiant.  The entrance to the Madawaska at Radiant for the first hundred meters or so made us believe we made a horrible mistake, but the current eased off enough to be steady, but nothing we couldn't overcome pulling a little extra on our paddles. 

We touched the Madawaska the following year going through Hogan and it was a shadow of its 2017 self. We barely noticed a current that was very apparent the year before.

Trip Reports » Our fifth annual trip » 1/17/2020 9:27 pm

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@GordK: There was a group of about half a dozen, possibly a youth group?  They looked completely gassed - we silently hoped they were scheduled to stay on one of the "Kawas", but we had already passed two groups that told us they were staying there, so that wasn't looking too good for them.

@Ron_S: Thanks!  It turned out to be a very comfortable spot.

@boknows: Thank you for reading, Bo!  We're getting psyched for this years trip, hoping we can find time for one!  We're toying with the Tim river up to the Nippissing, over and down to Robinson/Burntroot, "The Trouts", Petawawa, and back out via Little Misty, Queer, and the Tim River.  There is a fair bit of repeat there for us, so we're still searching...

Trip Reports » Our fifth annual trip » 12/02/2019 7:05 pm

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There was no permanent damage to my knee.  I bruised the "patella" (knee-cap), and learned that bones can be bruised. (I didn't know that before Birchcliffe...)

I found the "Corned Beef" at a local "Freshco".  There was a large end-of-the-isle box of them on sale for $0.98 a month or so before our trip so I picked a few up since I believe it satisfies the "no cans or bottles" rule.  That was the first and last time I've ever seen it, though I've not searched too hard to find it again! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


Here's a photo of the left-over package I still have:
http://themasonfamily.ca/photos/corned_beef.jpeg

Trip Reports » Our fifth annual trip » 11/30/2019 10:58 am

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Hi All,

My brother, my son, and I completed our fifth annual canoe trip in the north west corner of Algonquin the last week of August this year. 
I managed to turn our notes into a text and photo review: http://themasonfamily.ca/algonquin/summer-2019-trip.html

Another great trip!
Sean

Equipment » a solo boat opportunity » 8/21/2019 12:58 pm

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I too find it hard to believe the Vagabond in Royalex comes in at 40lbs.

This in no way helps the poster with their question, but I've taken SmedleyCo's post as an invitation to post this solo boat that is currently available in the KW area, because it sure is pretty!

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-canoe-kayak-paddle-boat/kitchener-waterloo/custom-cedar-strip-solo-canoe/1451848593?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

 

Trip Planning » Booking a backcountry cabin mid-trip » 7/07/2019 2:13 pm

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Peek and Evan's advice proved correct. 
I called back a third time, and everything went nice and easy!

Thanks,
Sean.

Trip Planning » Booking a backcountry cabin mid-trip » 7/06/2019 2:04 pm

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Hi There,

I just attempted to book a cabin for one night during our week long trip, and the request confused a couple of reservation agents that claimed I would have to split my trip booking into three reservations (and three reservation fees), that a cabin cannot be booked for a single night, and wondering out loud why anyone would want to do that...

What is the successful method you have used to book a cabin for a single night mid-trip?  Are there some magic words that need to be used?

Thanks,
Sean.
 

Trip Planning » Solo Lesta is back. » 5/23/2019 3:20 pm

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solo_lesta wrote:

Even harder than heart attack hill in the north?

I did not have a heart attack on the hill from Hogan to Crow, so perhaps it isn't as bad?

Trip Planning » Solo Lesta is back. » 5/22/2019 11:51 am

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solo_lesta wrote:

My trip is booked.  Can anyone tell me the sort of conditions of those longer portages?
Opeongo - Happy Isle
Merchant - Big Trout
Hogan - Big Crow

We were on these portages mid August last year, and they were all in good condition, though there was a 5 - 10 meter flooded section we had to "canoe" across on the Opeongo to Happy Isle trail (that we were warned about when acquiring our permit).

We found the beginning of the Hogan to Big Crow trail to be a bit of... an uphill battle!
Trip log is here, if you are interested: http://themasonfamily.ca/algonquin/summer-2018-trip.html

Trip Planning » Hogan - Catfish - Cedar - Radiant - Philip - Hogan - which direction? » 2/01/2019 7:40 pm

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We did most of this route clockwise in 2017.  The Madawaska current was persitent but not a show stopper.  The first 100m out of Radiant made us wonder for a few minutes, but after that it was manageable.  I don’t remember much of an incline on the 3000+ portage along the Madawaska, but there were enough mosquitoes to ensure we kept moving either way that year.

If we were to do the route again we would probably go counter clock wise, but only because it would make it a bit different.  We didn’t encounter anything that made us regret the decision.

Trip Reports » Kayak Camper: North Tea Loop (Video) » 1/28/2019 9:47 pm

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The trip reports and videos help me feel warmer, thank you!
Seriously, what was up with the loons last summer?

 

Trip Reports » August 2018 Loop out of Opeongo » 1/26/2019 11:53 am

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That section marked the first time I've ever had a leach latch on in Algonquin as well!

We all agreed we would do the 4800m+ portage from Dickson to Round Island twice before trying the section between Round Island and Booth again...

Trip Reports » August 2018 Loop out of Opeongo » 1/24/2019 10:27 pm

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Here's a log of our fourth annual trip, this time out of Opeongo and visiting Happy Isle, Big Trout, Hogan, Big Crow, Lavielle, Round Island, and Booth: http://themasonfamily.ca/algonquin/summer-2018-trip.html 

It was another great trip for us!

 

Trip Planning » Portage between Little Misty and Queer Lake- 2.4K » 9/21/2018 9:12 pm

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I remember it being a smooth, wide path with easy footing. 
We liked Queer Lake as well.

Earth Sciences » Dickson Lake? » 9/18/2018 9:13 pm

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We paddled through Dickson lake from the 90m portage of Hardy's Bay/Lavieille to the 4895m to Round Island in mid August, stopping at a few campsites and taking in the lake in a meandering path to take in as much as we could of the lake while also trying to be as careful as we could.  We carried a 20 litre dry bag and our 4 litre filter bag full of water from 'northern' Lavieille juuussst in case we ended up wind bound, or something unexpected happened. 

I was expecting large 'blooms' of algae floating on the surface of the water like I've seen on Lake Erie in the past. We saw no visible sign, though I'm certain our visual inspection and sample size of one doesn't mean things have cleared up by any means.  The water 'appeared' to be very clear in every section we visited.  In any case, the campsites we stopped at certainly appear like they are enjoying the break!

Trip Reports » Kayak Camper: Kiwis in Algonquin (video, 1 of 2) » 9/18/2018 8:56 pm

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The water levels on the Crow river during your trip look a little lower than what we experienced mid August, which we started a few days after the fire ban lifted.  I think we had to hop out of the canoe just three times until we reached the 1200m portage, and then smooth sailing, just as you had reported, so thank you for that!

It is really great to be able to see park segments we've visited through someone else's lens.

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