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Where In Algonquin? » WIA #514 » 9/16/2021 6:15 pm

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Phipps to Bonnechere?

Trip Planning » Option to view campsite availability again for backcountry » 9/04/2021 10:00 am

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goneagainjon wrote:

Works on my laptop I'd buy the developers $5 coffees at Starbucks...well done and ty!

There's actually a "Buy a coffee" donation option on the website I'm not the developer but I do know him and I know he put in a lot of work to get this running so I'm happy to promote on his behalf

Trip Planning » Option to view campsite availability again for backcountry » 8/29/2021 10:25 pm

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I don't believe it was developed with mobile in mind but if you use it on your computer it should work no problem

Trip Reports » 3 Days Solo on Shirley Lake (trip/campsite reports + pics + video) » 8/23/2021 11:55 am

@martin I'm sure it would be a lovely fall trip - easy but gorgeous views

@zemantics I agree about the sites in the north, they're tucked away and it feels like you're on your own mini-Shirley lake

Trip Reports » 3 Days Solo on Shirley Lake (trip/campsite reports + pics + video) » 8/21/2021 9:05 am

It was my first time in this area of the park and I decided to do a quick there-and-back to Shirley Lake for 3 days, with a day trip into Ryan Lake during my rest day.

I've got the full trip report with plenty of pics and 14 campsite reports:


Trip Reports » 4 Days Solo on Queer Lake (85 pics + 15 campsite reports) » 8/14/2021 3:04 pm

I shared the video from this trip the other week and finally got the full trip report finished. It took way too many hours going through all of the photos, editing, uploading, organizing etc. There's 15 campsite reports as well for Queer, Ralph Bice, Little Trout, Hambone, and Magnetawan. (the report is best viewed on desktop btw)

Trip Planning » permits issued per lake » 8/13/2021 1:57 pm

bheard wrote:

... I had thought that it was a universal that there is a spare campsite on each lake.

I think there are a number of variables that they consider. Kenneth Lake is pretty easily accessible, close to an access point, and is a dead end lake. The only people arriving at the lake are people camping there (no through traffic, people behind schedule, etc.). So it's much less likely for people to be camping off permit on Kenneth. It's also not a highly popular lake, so the campsites aren't always in use and probably don't require 'rejuvenation' as much as other sites might.

If you look at Welcome, your other example, it's lodged between some longer portages, it's a bit further into the backcountry, it has nice beach campsites (might make people overstay their permits), and it gets lots of through traffic since it's in the middle of a popular route... good idea to have a few buffer sites.

It doesn't always make sense to me though, like why Mocassin and Bandit, both lakes that have two campsites on them, are issued one permit and two permits.

Trip Planning » Staying on Misty Lake versus Timberwolf Lake » 8/12/2021 10:23 pm

Another +1 for Misty. You can find some pictures of the campsites on Timberwolf with a bit of Googling, but overall there are nicer sites on Misty in my opinion. And at that time of year, you'll probably have your choice of campsite too.

Trip Reports » First trip of the season - 3 Nights on Queer Lake (Video) » 8/10/2021 4:19 pm

Thanks Gord. Luckily it was only for one morning and the rest of the trip was beautiful weather

Trip Reports » First trip of the season - 3 Nights on Queer Lake (Video) » 8/02/2021 7:34 pm

I got back from my first trip of the season last week and put together this video. The full trip report with pictures (and 15 campsite reports) will come shortly too.

Catch-all Discussions » Ghost Tents? » 7/24/2021 8:04 am

If you're going on a day trip you'll still likely leave behind your gear pack, food barrel, a chair by the fire, maybe a hung tarp, etc. it wouldn't be just the tent. And even if it was just a tent, you'd still have contents inside of the tent (clothes, sleeping bag). I do day trips all the time and I think if someone stumbled into my site it should be pretty obvious that it's actually occupied.

One time on Clydegale I actually taped a note to the front of my tent that said "Just out for a day trip, be back soon!" because you couldn't see the tent from the water, and it's the first site when entering the lake so many people like to camp there.

But the thing is, if I see a tent erected while I'm paddling, I'm not even going on land to investigate because the assumption is that the site is obviously occupied. So this scenario is really only relevant when the tent is pitched in a spot that's not visible from the water.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #502 » 7/21/2021 7:17 pm

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keg wrote:


Otterslide Creek... close enough you're up

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #502 » 7/21/2021 7:42 am

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Nope, but that's probably the closest guess now

Trip Planning » 75%. This could take a while » 7/20/2021 10:11 am

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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

The quarantine plan kind of bothers me.  I want to have something in place if I can, just so I'm following the rules as closely as I can, but for real, if I get told I need to quarantine before continuing with the canoe trip, the canoe trip is over, so in a practical sense there's no reason for me to go to the trouble of working out a quarantine plan.

I know a place that you can quarantine for like $10 a night, it's super secluded and far away from people, basically the middle of the forest. You'll have all of your own food and supplies too, so you'll have no need to interact with any other humans either.

But seriously, what is mandatory during a quarantine? Does it need to be in a physical shelter? Do you need to have cell service to communicate with public health authorities? Because if it's just "isolation" then couldn't you argue that Algonquin Park is your quarantine? If you had a cottage on Smoke Lake, would you be allowed to quarantine there? If so, can't Ragged Lake just a couple hundred metres away be just as quarantine-able? 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #502 » 7/20/2021 8:03 am

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None of the above

You can make it to this spot in one day from an access point if you travel fast and don't mind a long day, but the vast majority of people would pass this point on Day 2 of their trip.

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