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Updated January 17th, 2023
Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has published a susbstantial report on his website "Algonquin & Beyond" describing "November Hiking in Algonquin Park ó 5 Days at the Wolf Den"

Along with his camera and his dog Elo, he enjoyed an unseasonably warm spell in the 'shoulder-season' .. hiking numerous trails in the park.

Cody's skill with his camera is very much apparent!

Monday, January 16th, 2023 . . . . .

Evan, over at the "Single Malt and Maps YouTube Channel", has published a three-part video account of his four day white-water canoe trip this past October down the Petawawa River from Lake Travers to McManus Lake.

In addition, he's provided a written account of the same trip on the AlgonquinAdventures.com forum .. "Lake Travers to McManus Lake" with links to the videos included.

He was accompanied/guided on the trip by accomplished white-water canoeists Jarin and Steve of the "Knox On Woods YouTube Channel", who also recorded the trip.

Sunday, January 1st, 2023 . . . . .

A new "Downloadable Historical Park Maps" page has been added to this website's Resource section providing downloads of some vintage Algonquin Park maps. The maps were originally posted on Mark Rubino's website markinthepark.com with the provision that they are freely available to everyone and that others are free to mirror them, to help reduce the load on the server hosting markinthepark.com.

These particular image files have had their colour-casts returned closer to their original unfaded levels and have been reduced in pixel dimensions and file-size to facilitate quicker download.

The new page also includes a link to a repository of historic Algonquin Park maps maintained by Diana and Bob McElroy on their website at "McElroy.ca".

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 . . . . .

Warm weather in the first half of November got Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") out on a day-trip exploring Sec, Mallard, Log Canoe, Little Sec, Wet and Norm Lakes .. .. "Sec Lake Exploratory".

Drew has also added a newsletter to his website "All Of Algonquin". The newsletter is called "The Thunderbox".

"Welcome to The Thunderbox, my (hopefully) monthly roundup of anything Algonquin related thatís caught my eye. This newsletter includes a spotlight lake, recent trip and campsite reports, reviews of any new gear Iíve been trying out (or maybe just old gear that Iím a huge fan of) and links to any relevant Algonquin content Iíve come across recently."

Saturday, November 26th, 2022 . . . . .

Wanda Spruyt has submitted a trip-log of her two-part mother-daughter & solo canoe trip taken this past August .. "Back-to-back Burnt Island / Opeongo Trip".

"Throughout our trip we saw and spoke with many people, often late in the day. Some were exhausted trying to find a good site, with no open sites within view or anywhere close for that matter. We did our best to direct some travelers to anything we knew was still open, as we paddled around quite a bit every day. For us this was a first. We have not yet had an issue finding a good site, although we usually travel later in the season. When half of Burnt Island Lake up to Caroline Island is full, its actually quite a long paddle from the portage to find an open site, especially when the majority have already travelled over four hours from Canoe Lake, wanting to camp ASAP.."

Friday, November 18th, 2022 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has also published numerous backcountry campsite reports on his website "Algonquin & Beyond". They have been linked to this website's "Portage and Campsite Inventory".
My First Ice Out Canoe Trip in Algonquin Park (Kind Of) .. 31 new campsite reports on Rock, Joe, Teepee, Tom Thomson, and Little Doe Lakes.
May Day Ė The Shortest Trip, The Longest Day .. 10 new campsite reports on Tanamakoon and Little Island Lakes.
A Sunny Sunday on Sunday Lake ó Elo's First Canoe Trip .. 4 new campsite reports on Sunday and Little Rock Lakes.
7 Days in North Algonquin .. 38 new campsite reports on White Birch, Mouse, Erables, Maple, Kioshkokwi, Water Clear, Club, and Big Thunder Lakes, and Maple Creek.
Fall Camping in Algonquin Park: Rock Lake with My Dog Elo (Part 1) .. 12 new campsite reports on Opeongo and White Fish Lakes.
Fall Camping in Algonquin Park: Rock Lake with My Dog Elo (Part 2) .. 12 new campsite reports on Canisbay Lake.

Friday, November 18th, 2022 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has documented the Algonquin camping trips that he did this year, on his website .. "Algonquin & Beyond".
My First Ice Out Canoe Trip in Algonquin Park (Kind Of) .. 3 days, base-camping at the Wolf Den Nature Retreat and day-trip explorations of Rock, Joe, Teepee, Little Doe and Tom Thomson Lakes.
May Day Ė The Shortest Trip, The Longest Day .. Day-trip to Tanamakoon and Little Island Lakes.
A Sunny Sunday on Sunday Lake ó Elo's First Canoe Trip .. 2 days, on Sunday Lake and exploring Little Rock Lake.
7 Days in North Algonquin .. 7 day loop, via Kioshkokwi, White Birch, Mouse, Erables and Maple Lakes.
Fall Camping in Algonquin Park: Rock Lake with My Dog Elo (Part 1) .. 3 days, base-camping at Rock Lake campground and day-trip explorations of the south end of Opeongo, a couple of interpretive trails and White Fish Lake.
Fall Camping in Algonquin Park: Rock Lake with My Dog Elo (Part 2) .. 3 days, base-camping at Rock Lake campground and day-trip exploration of Canisbay Lake.

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."


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