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Updated September 16th, 2022
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 . . . . .

Martin G's YouTube Channel has a new video uploaded .. "Western Uplands Backpacking Trail, September 2022". Martin did a four day hike of the trail's outer perimeter loop.

Some of his narration is definitely 'real-time' live ...

"The skies opened up at Thunder Lake, so I decided to carry on. It made for a longer day that I would have liked, but that's OK. I'm a little bit sick of the rain, but other than that I'm fine. After Thunder Lake ... Gee, now where do I go? ..."

Friday, September 16th, 2022 . . . . .

Evan Briden, of YouTube Channel .. "Single Malt and Maps", has finished a four-part video record .. of his group's "May 2022: Rock Lake to South Galipo Lake Loop" .. checking out the Galipo lakes.

Evan has accompanied the videos with links and a text account on this website's forum at "May 2022: Rock Lake to South Galipo Lake Loop"

"We hiked up the trail without gear and after 30 minutes came to a dead-end swamp. On the hike back to the bags we noticed a large hill off to our right. We hiked to the top of that, and Ryan turned on his phone to see if we could get any cell reception. Viola, google maps showed us using the tiniest sliver of service that we were well south of where we needed to be. Instantly we all harkened back to the fateful turn of the road up the hill and realized the error in our ways."

Thursday, September 15th, 2022 . . . . .

Barry Bridgeford, host of this website, recently base-camped on Rain Lake and compiled PCI records of some campsites around the lake ...

CS. 2 - Rain Lake   CS. 3 - Rain Lake   CS. 4 - Rain Lake  
CS. 10 - Rain Lake   CS. 11 - Rain Lake   CS. 12 - Rain Lake   CS. 13 - Rain Lake  

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022 . . . . .

Evan Briden, of YouTube Channel .. "Single Malt and Maps", has finished a six-part video record .. of his group's "2020 Opeongo to McKaskill Cabin Loop" .. their first ever water taxi experience, a return to the Crow River and Lavieille, and several nights in interior cabins .. . Evan has accompanied the videos with links and a text account on this website's forum at "Aug 2020: 6 Day Loop from Opeongo to McKaskill Cabin"

"The paddle down McKaskill is one that we wonít soon forget. The lake was calm, empty of people, and the sun was setting behind us. We paddled quietly through the multitude of islands and enjoyed the shorelines of the narrow northern section. The sky eventually went from a vibrant orange to a majestic purple as we entered the south end of the lake. Once you round the final island the McKaskill ranger cabin comes into view, nestled on the elevated southern shore. "

Saturday, August 13th, 2022 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted one of the shorter trip-logs on his website "All Of Algonquin", an account of his truncated journey ("a good learning experience") on the Nipissing River .. "Low Water & High Alders: Falling short on the Nipissing River".

"Now, I was realizing that I didnít even have it in me to get to Highview. And if I wasnít going to make it to Highview that day, I wasnít going to have enough time to complete even my revised loop. I had no idea what the rest of the river was going to be like, and I needed to rest. I looked at the map, realized I was too tired to feel disappointed, and set my sights on Loontail Junction."

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 . . . . .

Forum handle "Knox On Woods" maintains a YouTube channel .. "Knox On Woods".

Earlier this year, he completed a series of videos of a trip he took last year titled .. "8 Day 7 Night Cedar Lake Loop In Algonquins Backcountry"

And he is currently part way through production of a video series of a trip he took earlier this year, titled .. "Algonquin Park Ice Out Trip, Return to Birchcliffe Cabin!! 8 Days 7 Nights!"

"I try to make it into the Park as often as possible and always bring my camera."

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 . . . . .

Here are more great campsite reports from Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes"), on his "All Of Algonquin" website. Links to them are also added to this website's PCI Project..
CS. 1 - Shad Lake   CS. 2 - Shad Lake   CS. 1 - Fassett Lake   CS. 2 - Fassett Lake  
CS. 3 - Mattowacka Lake   CS. 1 - Kakasamic Lake   CS. 2 - Lorne Lake   CS. 4 - Lorne Lake  
CS. 3 - Sisco Lake   CS. 63 - North Tea Lake   CS. 5 - Manitou Lake   CS. 6 - Manitou Lake  
CS. 29 - Manitou Lake   CS. 43a - Manitou Lake   CS. 44 - Manitou Lake   CS. 45 - Manitou Lake  
CS. 46 - Manitou Lake   CS. 1 - Amable du Fond R.  

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has shared on his website "All Of Algonquin", the log of his recent trip out of Kiosk .. a loop north of Manitou Lake through Lorne and Fassett lakes .. "Fassett Lake Loop"

"As we approached the portage take-out we saw a large bird circling on the wind currents overhead. As I generally lump birds into two categories (loons, not loons), my best guess was that we were looking at some kind of hawk, or maybe an eagle. Or a pterodactyl. Mark, who knows a whole lot about birds, assured me that it was a turkey vulture .."

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2022 . . . . .

For those who haven't yet accessed the Algonquin Forestry Authority's most recent operations map, here is the link to the ..

Algonquin Park Forest (MU #451) ..2021 - 2031 Forest Management Plan .. 2022 - 2023 Schedule of Operations .. Revised: April 25, 2022.

Saturday, June 11th, 2022 . . . . .

MartinG shared a trip-log report by means of a posting on the website forum. It has now been converted to a single conventional HTML page .. "Wendigo to Big Bissett Lake, Spring 2022".

"The creek between Weasel and Bisset was a little more difficult to paddle. It starts out wide and open but quickly narrows down to barely a boat wide. We kept a sharp eye out for the old portage entrance but saw nothing. Travelling further down, the creek opens up again into a wide marsh. Still no sign of a portage entrance. We continued to the first rapid. At this point I went into the forest south of the river looking for a sign of the old portage. I couldn't find anything amongst the thick tangle of trees and blow down."

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 . . . . .

Mark L. (aka "Captain Chaos" on the forum) has submitted a campsite report to the PCI Project, for CS #5 - Timberwolf Lake

"Beautiful site with a large open area for a large group, with multiple tents and possibly hammock-hangs along the edges."

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 . . . . .

On April 25, 2022, Ontario Parks announced backcountry camping will start earlier than planned. Backcountry reservations for backcountry canoeing and backpacking can be made starting at 7:00am on April 26, 2022. The first night for backcountry camping is April 26, 2022.

Originally, Ontario Parks had planned to keep backcountry reservation closed from April 1 to May 12, 2022 for the spring melt.

Check out the "official website's notice".

Saturday, April 3rd, 2022 . . . . .

Ontario Parks has closed all backcountry camping (including canoeing, backpacking, and winter camping) from April 1 to May 12, 2022. Developed camping and day use are still possible during this time. Algonquin Park's backcountry reopens to camping on May 13, 2022.

Spring in Algonquin Park comes later than surrounding areas as a result of the Park's higher elevations. When snow and ice have left Toronto or Ottawa, Algonquin Park is often still very wintry. On average, ice on Algonquin's lakes remains until the last week of April or the first week of May. Check out the "official website's notice".

Friday, March 11th, 2022 . . . . .

Evan Briden, of YouTube Channel .. "Single Malt and Maps", has posted another two-part video record .. of his group's "Rock Lake to Welcome Lake" .. a late October, two-day canoe trip he took with his three pals. He also provided a brief text-trip-log of the trip in this website's forum .. "Rock Lake to Welcome Lake"

"This was only Scottís third portage ever, and he handled the increased distance very well. Only a little bit of grumbling, and still less than Richís usual complaints. The best part of this portage is the epic view once you reach Welcome Lake. This includes the sweeping view of the lake, and the awesome beach you stroll out on to. We were happy to have arrived at our destination lake, and we were all looking forward to settling in and getting warm at our site."

Sunday, January 30th, 2022 . . . . .

Evan Briden, of YouTube Channel .. "Single Malt and Maps", has posted a two-part video record of their "Wenda Lake Loop" .. a two day canoe trip he took with his pal Rich.

They started with a hike to the rim of the Barron Canyon, checked out the buildings and history at Achray. Then they headed across Grand, through Carcajou Bay, up Carcajou Creek, via the Spectacle Lakes, Little Carcajou, Wenda and portaged back across to Grand Lake.

"This portage is not very fun and is likely bad coming from both directions. Essentially it is a gradual lung and leg burning hike up the hill to the halfway point, and then a long downhill walk the other half. The forest, creeks, and pond that you pass are nice, but you need to make a point to notice these as you trudge along while laden down with gear. We stopped twice to cool down, hydrate, and joke about how stupid it was to end our camping season with the hardest portage we could find in the area."

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 . . . . .

Kayak Camper (forum handle: "Uppa") has shared via his YouTube channel "Kayak Camper", the two part trip video of his six-day loop-trip via Farm, Booth, Round Island, Dickson, McKaskill, Shirley and Crotch Lake ... "Round we Go".

" I spent the first night on Booth's Lake, a popular backcountry destination, and then pushed on to a much-less visited Round Island Lake - and the portages to get there definitely reflected that! . . . Same camera as the last couple of years ( a GoPro 8), but I was filming in 4K at 60fps"

Friday, January 21st, 2022 . . . . .

"Alec On Adventures" is an extensive YouTube channel containing 43 videos of expeditions & quick-trips in Canada and across the Globe. Alec is an experienced backcountry camper, wilderness canoe guide and avid fisherman.

In his YouTube channel Alec shares 21 videos of his backcountry camping and day trip adventures in Algonquin Park .. canoe trips, fishing trips, hiking trips and ski/snowshoe trips.

You can check them out directly at .. "Alec On Adventures - Algonquin Park".

Friday, January 14th, 2022 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has added more campsite reports to his "All Of Algonquin" website. Links to them are also added to this website's PCI Project..

CS. 5 - Littledoe Lake   CS. 6 - Littledoe Lake   CS. 7 - Littledoe Lake   CS. 8 - Littledoe Lake  
CS. 1 - Bartlett Lake   CS. 2 - Bartlett Lake   CS. 4 - Bartlett Lake   CS. 2 - Tom Thomson Lake  
CS. 7 - Tom Thomson Lake   CS. 9 - Tom Thomson Lake   CS. 2 - Pinetree Lake   CS. 10 - Rock Lake (Echo Bay)  
CS. 1 - Fork Lake   CS. 2 - Fork Lake   CS. 1 - Hilly Lake   CS. 1 - Park Lake  

Thursday, December 30th, 2021 . . . . .

Wanda Spruyt has submitted a trip-log of her mother-daughter seven day Trip to Achray, taken this past September 6th to 12th.

"The hiking path to High Falls is at the end of the portage and is indicated by a few ribbons. It's a very narrow path, but easy to see, and certainly very rooty and rocky. Joyce took a step forward, then gave a startled yell and jumped sideways, just missing a good size snake. As it was slithering around, a chipmunk came running up and jumped on the log where the snake was. The snake reached out and up and the chipmunk reached down to the snake. Neither did anything other than just about touch noses."

Friday, December 24th, 2021 . . . . .

Evan Briden, of YouTube Channel .. "Single Malt and Maps", has posted the final video component of the six day canoe trip he took with buddies Rich and Ryan. It was a "car-ferrying" six day trip .. Tim Lake to Grass Lake, Highview Ranger Cabin, High Falls, Red Pine Bay, Misty Lake, and out by Magnetewan Lake.

This six-pack video series is the perfect treatment for anyone suffering from Algonquin withdrawal. And Evan has timed the sixth installment's release as a great Christmas gift for his regular fans!

"This trip was something we were very excited to tackle as we were scheduled to travel some remote and beautiful parts of the Algonquin interior. We experienced multiple moose, several interior Ranger Cabins, excellent Brook Trout fishing, and some moral sapping alder."


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