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Trip Planning » So I'm taking a buddy on a trip and I'm figuring out a route » 7/06/2022 7:45 pm

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If you had an extra night I'd nominate the big trout loop out of canoe lake hands down. Grassy Bay, otterslide creek, and the trout lakes in the middle really give a bit of everything.

Welcome is definitely an ideal stop over Harry imo. Better sites, better views. Two nights on Louisa is a good call... So many nice sites to call home there. You can search for the pictographs on Rock Lake, as well.

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin? No.: 571 » 3/31/2022 11:23 pm

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Dickson coming out of animoosh?

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #565 » 3/24/2022 12:16 pm

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Truth be told, I don't have a new photo to lead with. Would appreciate someone else taking the reins here!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #565 » 3/22/2022 8:57 pm

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I can't recognize exactly where this might be but I'll throw out Shirley Lake

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 560 » 3/11/2022 7:26 pm

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Louisa, West end South Shore?

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 2/25/2022 11:02 pm

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My two cents -- I'm a mid 30s fit dad with two kids, 3 and 5. I used to trip extensively with 25+ km days as the norm, and for some sick reason it is still my preferred mode of travel when I'm able to escape with tripping friends (Aside: I then wonder why I don't spend more time fishing... It's because I'm moving too much!).

Anyways, once I had kids I realized that things are going to change if I hope to continue backcountry trips with my family. It is completely unreasonable and unfair for me to expect a long-standing wilderness tradition to bend for my new needs and yield the sandy, danger-free sites to me. I know that when I arrive on the lake it is a lottery system, so I plan my trip timing carefully to ensure a high probability that I can get suitable sites on a lake. For example, if I see that Shirley Lake is largely booked up on a weekend, I'm probably not going to get one of the nice sandy sites. I research the hell out of lakes that might be suitable within the park for me to bring my kids, I ask on forums and social media for site recommendations, and I even started going to provincial park campgrounds (gasp!) because they suit the abilities of my very Junior tripping partners (especially in winter). I also started renting cottages more, and checking out other provincial parks to widen my choices.

The fact is, our abilities evolve and at times  degrade throughout our lifetime as they pertain to backcountry tripping,  And when the time comes that my knees are bad, or my tripping partners are crippled, then it's time to call it quits or find other methods of experiencing the wilderness. This might mean campgrounds which are very much accessible. But it's going to hurt, that's for sure.

I wouldn't go so far as to say I will no longer go to Algonquin Park if they go site specific. But much like the expected change in camping fees, I am going to hate it with a passion. And now comes my confession: I am now the a$$hole that books three weeks of camping in the

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 556 » 2/25/2022 10:18 pm

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Lorne from the kakasamic port?

Equipment » Camp saw recommendations » 2/16/2022 5:27 pm

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I have the Sawvivor -- not sure if it's still made. Handy little thing but not a lengthy blade at all.

I then transitioned to a non-foldering Crappy tire saw. Effective, but... non-folding.

Bought the Agawa Boreal 21 a couple of months ago. Looking forward to trying it.

As an (unnecessary) aside, I stopped bringing saws on my trips. Most wood I burn is dropped pine limbs. We scavenge enough to last the few hours we need, break it "by hand", and that's it for wood processing. With the onset of winter camping trips, I figured I'd need to start using one again -- that's where I heard about the Agawa brand. It seemed to be highly recommended in my winter camping groups. It definitely feels sturdy.

Where In Algonquin? » WiA No.: 551 » 2/10/2022 9:46 am

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Are we staring at your favourite Crotch in this photo? 

Catch-all Discussions » Closed or No Fishing Lakes 2022 » 2/07/2022 1:50 pm

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Jeff's (old) map is a decent start. The first lakes that come to mind are the ones between Booth and Round Island (Mykiss and Chipmunk?), Shallnot just north of Shall, and Stringer just south of North Grace area.

 

Trip Reports » Visiting Dickson after it finally reopened: 6-Day Loop » 1/20/2022 3:38 pm

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I assume I'm speaking for others, as well, in saying I'm disappointed this wasn't a fishing report...

Just teasing. This is a great route. I did a few years back in reverse of yours during early May and remember thinking to myself how I wouldn't want to do the Round -> Booth direction in full foliage. The trail road along some ridges at one point that I could imagine being swallowed up by brush in full growth.

I assume you stayed on the "point site" on Round? Those other sites could use some work... 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 537 » 12/13/2021 9:20 pm

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RCSpartan wrote:

Canisbay to Cache?

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Sorry for the lame shot -- ran outta decent WIA photos!

As a fun side story, this shot was taken in 2020 on a north-south (Kiosk to York River) crossing among friends. We'd just camped on Linda's and were on our way to Louisa for the day when we realized we were outta booze and chocolate (neither of which were really on the essential packing list, but found their way into our nightly rituals inevitably). Passing by Canisbay campground, we figured we'd panhandle a resupply of sorts.

Turns out it takes more than a global pandemic to bust the generousity of others -- ice-cold beers and chocolate bars were the fruits of our labours to see us through another night.

RCSpartan, you're up!

 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 537 » 12/13/2021 3:09 pm

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Wilderness at its finest...

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Looking east along the portage trail which may help narrow down the location a bit.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 536 » 12/10/2021 12:27 pm

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Is it taken from the island by chance? I had originally placed that as my guess but lost confidence afterwards.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 534 » 12/05/2021 10:59 pm

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Maseo wrote:

Round Island lake it is!

The portage from Dickson was a real challenge.

Crappy sites to come in to on round too, from what I recall. The nicest seem to be the one on the point of rock, but it was spring with a bitter wind. I recall looking up and not having much night sky to see through the tree line of the site we camped on. That being said, the lake has its other merits 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 534 » 12/04/2021 7:59 pm

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I said I was done, but I'll wager North Branch on a boring Saturday night.

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