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Catch-all Discussions » ‘Logging scars’ show impact of deforestation in Canada » 12/11/2019 8:45 am

December 4, 2019, From the Globe and Mail:

‘Logging scars’ show impact of deforestation in Canada is worse than we know, research finds.

Catch-all Discussions » Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven » 9/27/2019 6:39 am

Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven

Author and wilderness photographer Joanie and Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch set out to find the actual locations in northern Ontario that inspired the legendary Group Of Seven and some of their most iconic works of art. The film weaves the paintings and fascinating stories of these artists with the modern-day journey, taking viewers through some of Canada's most stunning landscapes. Aired: Sep 27, 2019. ... n2fmmAGo-U

Explore the Painted Land online interactive:

Equipment » Canoe's - Swift Canoe and Placid Boatworks » 10/16/2018 1:20 pm

In 2006 I had the opportunity to meet the owners of Placid Boatworks in the original Lake Placid shop, real nice folk. They lent me one of their pack boats. It was an excellent ride.

Campgrounds and Front-country » Campers avert tragedy at Mew Lake Campground » 10/07/2018 9:35 pm

Two months ago, August, 2018, this storm:

unfortunately caused very severe concern to a person's left leg when a large tree,  east of APP,  crashed down upon a large tent with one person inside the tent who was waiting for the rest of the group to arrive shortly thereafter. Persons outside of the tent at the time of the accident were not injured.

"The general guideline for tornado safety is to get as low to the ground as possible and assume the tornado safety crouch:

Wind speeds will be slower close to the ground, you are less likely to be hit by a flying object, and are less of a target for lightning strikes. In the same vein, it is best to avoid stands of trees if possible because the risk of flying debris and lightning strikes are both higher there. If you cannot reach a permanent building, your best bet is to look for a cave, ditch, rock overhang, etc. Any of these will provide more protection than a tent or a backcountry lean-to.

You will definitely want to put your rain gear on to protect against hypothermia, the same as you would during a severe thunderstorm. And bringing your first-aid/safety kit is a very good idea."

"A thorough outline of safety precautions to take while camping in extreme weather can be found here":

Fishing » Creatures vs. climate: The lake trout. Published on Sep 24, 2018 TVO » 9/25/2018 6:39 pm

Creatures vs. climate: The lake trout. Published on Sep 24, 2018  TVO

Warming temperatures are affecting thousands of lakes across the province and making life difficult for species that live beneath the waves — including the iconic lake trout, one of Ontario’s most popular sport fish.

“It’s water temperatures and oxygen that really limit lake trout,” says Sapna Sharma, associate professor of biology at York University and director of the Sharma Laboratory. “With climate change, water temperatures are generally becoming warmer and oxygen levels are becoming lower, and that can stress lake trout populations.”

According to a 2009 paper in Ecology authored by Sharma and two others, lake trout populations in more than 1,600 lakes in Ontario could be vulnerable by 2050, based on climate-change projections. By 2100, there could be as many as 9,700 vulnerable populations across Canada.

And warmer water isn’t the only issue that lake trout have to deal with — the effects of climate change have also made the province’s lakes more hospitable to smallmouth bass, which can out-eat the lake trout, leaving the struggling fish without enough food to survive.

Smallmouth bass are native to North America, but over the past 100 years, they’ve spread further north in Canada. While they lack the ability to jump from one lake to another, they can travel by river between bodies of water. “They’re moving northward at a pretty rapid rate,” Sharma says. “They’re voracious predators — they eat a lot of the minnows. They can eat a lot of things.”

One of the lake trout’s most important sources of food is the cisco, or lake herring, a coldwater species that’s also threatened by warming temperatures. Smallmouth bass consume cisco in large quantities, which means there are fewer available for lake trout to eat.

Lake trout are what researchers call a bellwether species

Trip Reports » APP Lake Opeongo to Whiskey Jack Lake and back. 9.15 to 21.2018 » 9/22/2018 1:01 pm

APP Lake Opeongo to Whiskey Jack Lake and back. 9.15 to 21.2018

Recently back from an out and back, solo, with my new 28 #, Kevlar, 13' pack canoe, 2008, Langford Canoe, Solitude, made 2001 to 2010, primarily sold in USA, 7 day, spectacular, interior canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, Saturday, September 15 to Friday, September 21, 2018 via Access Point 11, Lakes Opeongo, Happy Isle (2 nights, 15, 20, the 20th night on the island, west side), Merchant, Big Trout (16, 19, two different island sites, 16th where my son, David, and I camped 10 years earlier, our names and date still carved into the log bench), Longer, Petawawa River, Red Pine Bay, Burntroot Lake (17, 18, 2 nights, same site, point, east side), Robinson, Whiskey Jack.

This is my first time doing this route. (I've never done the same canoe route twice, other than one I did first in the 1970's, re-done in 2010.) Top drawer it is. Out and backs are not boring as the views are different and in some cases coming back is dramatically different in some locations regarding route familiarity. Be certain to have a reliable map and compass. I was last in this area 10 years ago with my son, David, on Big Trout via Access Point 3, while out for a tandem 10 day canoe trip in mid to late July, 2008, great fun.

I did not spend any meaningful time fishing as I was on the move each day between 9 to 10 AM and 6 to 7 PM. Sunrise 7 AM, Sunset 7 PM. I did spend a lot of time canoeing, exploring historical areas of interest, swimming morning and evening, and of course everything related to setting up, taking down camp, preparing meals, gathering firewood, purifying water, reading and more, all great fun. 

I was very fortunate to have excellent weather with respect to lots of sun, warmth, low wind and ideal lake conditions. Biting insects were negligible. Blood suckers on my feet were apparent on occassion, three in total, even one still on my foot come time to sleep at the end of one day. They are removed easily. Fa

Trip Reports » Kiosk, Access Point 29 » 8/05/2018 8:36 pm

Recently back from a brilliant, fire ban, 7 day solo interior canoe trip put out from Algonquin's Kiosk Access Point 29, 7.30 to 8.5.18, with the original Kevlar Swift Kipawa 16' built by the designer Jon Winters, which I am the second proud care giver of. It's been tripping many a time, solo and tandem on many bodies of water and portages.

I was planning to stay for another day, however, in light of the balance left to cover I chose to get 'er done asap, that was 12 hours, starting at 8:30 AM on the water. Ah, Saturday night in Kiosk was grand, followed by an early, long drive home Sunday.

No need for bug tent and tarp set up or wearing of bug jacket, hood and pants. When need be Watkin's repellent, top drawer.

One 16 hour day of rain, 2 AM to 6 PM, all good, likewise one night of heavy Parry Sound Fire 33 smoke from 2 AM to 6 AM. Eureka's El Capitan 2 on this trip for this trip was stellar.

Periods of thunder, lightening, rainbows, sunsets, stars, winds and more were also enjoyed, including a swim around the island, 400+ metres.

Excellent smallmouth bass fishing in a few locals, catch and release, including a 14".

Fun times with the otters, so cute and playful. Lots of varied wildlife in this zone. Great folk and more on route. I have never been in this sector of APP since first canoe tripping in APP in the 1970's.

Wonderful area. I opted to paddle in to Step Island, North Tea Lake from Kiosk, thereafter day tripping for fishing, other lakes, water falls, wildlife and more, blueberries and raspberries too.

The last day was a 22 km paddle out with 2,500 metres of portaging over four portages, based upon one way, for me x 5 = 7,500 metres, must downsize or tandem.

My out and back route was put in at Kiosk on Kioshkokwi Lake > Amble du Fond River > Manitou Lake > Step Island on North Tea Lake with day trips from Step Island to Mangalosi Lake and Hornbeam Lake and canoeing, fishing, hiking portages, etc., on North Tea Lake.

In total there was a

Catch-all Discussions » TVO - The great Ontarian postwar Provincial Parks boom » 7/23/2018 6:37 am

TVO - The great Ontarian postwar Provincial Parks boom

Provincial parks came into being 125 years ago — but they really hit their stride after the Second World War, when Ontarians went wild for the wilderness

Catch-all Discussions » Algonquin Park Fire-out Contest! » 7/15/2018 5:23 pm

Ontario Forest Fires Information

Restricted Fire Zone 

During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires, or burning of brush or debris, is restricted. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.

Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, though they should be closely monitored. Portable charcoal BBQs and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.

Forest Fire Info Map

Alerts in Ontario Parks

FireSmoke Canada

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

CWFIS Interactive map

History » Who has the right to Ontario’s Algonquin lands? » 11/25/2017 1:36 pm

Who has the right to Ontario’s Algonquin lands? ANALYSIS: David Tabachnick writes that after several decades of talks, it’s still unclear who should speak for the Algonquin people in a massive land claim process. Published on Nov 21, 2017 by David Tabachnick @

Photos and Videos To Share » Check out TD Friends of the Environment Foundation 2017 cale » 12/20/2016 8:42 pm

Check out TD Friends of the Environment Foundation 2017 calendar available at TD banks. Awesome photo of "Dawn, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ont. Chenyuan Huang, Markham, Ontario" November, 2017. What is the name of this lake?

History » The Algonquin land claim » 12/10/2016 8:50 am

"The Algonquin land claim. The largest land claim being negotiated in Ontario. If successful, it will be the province’s first modern-day constitutionally protected treaty.

The claim covers a territory of 36,000 square kilometres in eastern Ontario that is populated by more than 1.2 million people.

The transfer of 117,500 acres of Crown Lands to Algonquin ownership.

Parks: No lands will be transferred from Algonquin Park. Ontario will continue managing Ontario parks, with the Algonquins having a greater planning role. Two non-operating parks and parts of five non-operating parks are proposed for transfer. A new 30,000 acre provincial park near Crotch Lake is being recommended. For every acre of park land proposed for transfer, 6 acres of new park land would be added."

An interesting read and map:

December 8, 2016. "Quebec Algonquins file title claim to downtown Ottawa
Move comes after Ontario Algonquins signed agreement-in-principle worth estimated $300M"

October 18, 2016.  "Historic land deal with Algonquin peoples signed by federal, Ontario governments. Agreement in principle involves more than $300M, roughly 36,000 square kilometres of land."

Wildlife » Bears » 1/06/2016 6:29 am

Black bears begin to den following El Nino warmth, abundant fall food supply in eastern US.

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
January 6, 2016; 5:22 AM ET.

El Niño warmth won't hamper black bears from denning this winter in the eastern United States, wildlife experts said. However, it may be causing some delays.

Catch-all Discussions » "The View From Here Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven" » 10/15/2015 8:18 pm

Aye, on now ... TV Ontario, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET.

"The View From Here Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven"This film follows author and wilderness photographer Joanie and Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch as they set out to find the actual locations in northern Ontario that inspired the legendary Group Of Seven and some of their most iconic works of art. The film weaves the iconic paintings and fascinating stories of these artists with the modern day journey, taking viewers through some of Canada's most stunning landscapes.


Thursday, October 15th 9pm
Saturday, October 17th 9pm
Sunday, October 18th 11pm…/

Catch-all Discussions » Crown Land Campsite - West Side » 10/14/2015 7:49 am

Nice to see a Crown Land discussion in AA.

The most recent canoe trips I have done were two Crown Land solo canoe trips in the past three weeks, the most recent Thanksgiving 2015 weekend.

I really enjoy it. The price, rules, crowds, etc. are right too.

Moose hunting was in play at the time with shotguns a blaring in the distance.

Wolves were howling at night. Stars were bright. Excellent, clean sites, some with a thunder box, camp supplies, firewood too.

I met like minded Crown Land trippers en route a few weeks ago, great folk they are.

Weather was perfect. All good, no complaints, very quiet, no other canoeists, just me.

On lakes where cottages are I had the opportunity to speak with a few of the owners. Very nice they all were with respect for those canoe tripping when in their motor boats too.

I saw a red fox, wolf, otter and loons. I also saw black bear and moose tracks in a logging area I hiked through. Great fun canoeing, fishing, hiking, portaging and more.

There are many routes to be had in Ontario via due diligence, networking, etc.

Nice change up from canoe tripping in Provincial Parks which I have done plenty of and will do again.

History » Should historic site locations be shown on maps? Opinions sought » 10/14/2015 7:18 am

"Should historic site locations be shown on maps? Opinions sought"

Absolutely! I have enjoyed viewing many such sites as have others.

Goal of Algonquin Provincial Park is:"To provide protection of natural and cultural features, continuing opportunities for a diversity of low-intensity recreational, wilderness, and natural environment experiences; and within this provision continue and enhance the Park's contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the region." , p.6Algonquin Park has five objectives. They are:
[*]To protect provincially significant elements of the natural and cultural landscape of Algonquin Park;
[*]To provide outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from high-intensity day use to low intensity wilderness experiences;
[*]To provide opportunities for exploration and appreciation of the outdoor natural and cultural heritage of Algonquin Park;
[*]To provide Ontario's residents and out-of-province visitors with opportunities to discover and experience the distinctive regions of Algonquin Park; and
[*]To practise sustainable resource management in Algonquin Park for the long-term health of the Park's ecosystems and to provide recreational, cultural, and economic benefits.
Thanks, Frozen Tripper for posting the PDF.  Well done, Rory!

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