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The passing of Steve Jobs



I'd like to take the opportunity to say "Good-bye" to Steve. Although his passing is not related in anyway to the topics of my web site, I find it of great importance to note the passing of Steve. Read More...
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Scribble, scribble...



Soon the lakes will be ice-covered, the forest buried in snow and trip-log writing season will be upon me. Already, I can feel the urge to write tugging at my heart. I look forward to a long winter of writing as I recount my past journeys into Algonquin Park.
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Algonquin Park Highway 60 Corridor Map




Jeff Clark of Clark Geomatics has recently released a 1:75,000 scale Algonquin Park map entitled,
"Algonquin Park - Highway 60 corridor, ON - Recreation & Backcountry Map".

With the official canoe routes map lacking any significant update for decades now, it is refreshing to see a new, highly detailed recreation map available as an alternative to the park's official source map. The Clark Geomatics map pays extra attention to the many attractions and services located along the highway#60 corridor that meanders its way through the southern section of The Park.
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The Meanest Link Part I

I'm off tomorrow morning early, heading up to Algonquin Park to secure our permits for our six man crew, then picking up our canoes and gathering together to sort and pool our gear.

Partial map of the "Meanest Link" canoe route - Courtesy of Algonquin Outfitters web site

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Trip-log#78 The WPX 2010 is now online

Trip-log#78 recounts a unique eight day fishing trip deep into Algonquin Park.

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Trip-log#91 is now online

Trip-log#91 details a five day visit through Algonquin Park's supposedly quiet north end.

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Woohoooo! Off to The Park!



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Getting Ready for the Meanest Link



I've been dehydrating fruit the past few nights. Just blueberries (Getting good at it now, I also did some last year too) and now I am trying my hand at strawberries.
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Trip-log#79 is now online

Trip-log#79 details a mid-June two night solo canoe trip to Rosebary Lake through access#2.

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Canoe Lake Ice is out!

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Jefferson Ridpath reports that the ice on Canoe Lake went out on Friday April 29th! Read More...
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Backcountry Permits Available Friday April 29, 2011!

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From the Friends of Algonquin Park web site


There is extensive information on the official Algonquin Park web site that details road access and ice-out conditions for every access point.

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Canoe camping closed Easter Weekend (Trout Opener)

By now, most people have already heard the news: Algonquin Park has announced the closure of interior canoe camping for this year's trout season opener. No backcountry permits will be issued (That require canoe access). All lakes are still ice-covered and with the cold spring, this really comes as no surprise, although I must admit it is still difficult for me to digest this piece of news.

Waiting for the ice to melt on Smoke Lake - April 2006

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USGS/UMESC's Common Loon Movements & Migrations 2010-2011




Today I was wondering about the common loon that populates Algonquin Park's waterways. Of all the wildlife that I enjoy while visiting Algonquin Park, the loon is among my most favourite of species. I have often wondered where exactly they go in the winter. I know that they travel to the ocean along the United States east coast and also the golf coast. Read More...
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Removing the shackles of winter!




The snow is finally all gone (For real this time). It was a beautiful breezy and warmish spring day, a great day to go through the shed, pulling out all my winter camping and summer camping gear.

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AFA 2011-2012 Harvest Map ]UPDATED]




Shortly after I contacted the AFA and shared my concerns about the omission of road construction zones on the harvest map, I received a reply from Mr. Cumming assuring me that the oversight would be corrected and a new map posted.

Today, I received an update from Mr. Cumming, notifying me that the updated map is now online for download. The web address remains the same and in case you missed it, you can click
here to download the map.

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AFA releases 2011-2012 harvesting schedule map

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The Algonquin Forest Authority (AFA) has released its yearly harvesting schedule map. The map depicts locations through-out Algonquin Park where logging is to take place on a seasonal basis. The map also displays haulage routes.

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"Algonquin Park: Where My Canoe has Taken Me" Photography exhibit by Sean Rowley

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I was invited on Tuesday, March 22nd to attend the opening night of my friend Sean Rowley's Algonquin Park photo exhibit. I have known Sean for a number of years; meeting him online then being invited to accompany him on a canoe trip. We hit it off well, with both of us being aspiring outdoor photographers, our interests were very much alike. Since then our friendship has grown. Read More...
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A quick trip to Barron Canyon Road

I was in Ottawa over the weekend and the weather was fantastic on Saturday. With nothing to do and Algonquin Park being only two hours away, I was eager to visit The Park. Grabbing my girlfriend and some water and a sub sandwich for each of us, we drove to Barron Canyon Road on the East side of Algonquin Park.

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MNR publishes Algonquin Park fishing regulations online

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has published an online guide to Algonquin Park fishing regulations. Published under "Fishing Destination Series: Algonquin Park - Zone 15" section, the webpage details fishing seasons for specific species of fish, even for ones you may never have considered, such as "Sunfish".

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Canoe Lake Ice-out web site is now online for 2011!

2011 Canoe Lake Ice-out web site is up!

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Trip-log#90 is now online

Trip-log#90 details a three night winter camping trip to Lake Opeongo.

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Back from Lake Opeongo

A brief report from our interior winter trip to Lake Opeongo.

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Web Site Updated!

Today I’ve launched an updated version of the web site.

The update includes many things; sixteen new trip-logs, new slideshow gallery section, new links page to all things Algonquin Park orientated and more. I think you’ll find the web site is a vast improvement over its predecessor. Individual trip-logs now contain daily weather dat as well as daily route maps in the sidebar.
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