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Updated June 18th, 2021
Friday, June 18th, 2021 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted a trip-log .. "Basin Lake" to his All Of Algonquin" website.

He chose it as an easy paddle-in over-night beginning to his 'backcountry year' and as an ideal trial for his new aerial tent .. the "Opeongo Aerial A1".

"I found a couple of decent trees about 10-12 feet apart and before long I had the tent’s base suspended about four feet above the ground. After a few second’s thought that involved some vivid mental images of the entire thing coming apart in the middle of the night, I lowered that to about two feet off the ground. From there it was just a matter of getting the poles set up, the fly on and the gear hammock attached and voila! Take that gravity! No more ground sleeping for this guy."

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 . . . . .

The Algonquin Forestry Authority (AFA) has its "2021-2022 Schedule of Operations Map" available online.

On their website, they note that a second Annual Work Schedule for 2021 – 2022 (update) will be available in June of 2021.

Saturday, May 1st, 2021 . . . . .

Over the past few weeks, Brandon Peek has added two more trip-logs to his website "TourDuPark.com". Back in March he added "T104: Tim River – Shippagew – Devine – Rosebary", a very rainy 8-day solo loop in October of last year out of Magnetawan Lake to Shippagew Lake and back.

And then in April, Brandon added "T105: Moccasin – Misty", a 3-day solo loop (also in October) out of Rain Lake.

"Yet another short, but muddy trail took me to Muslim Lake. By this time, the sun was making an appearance and it looked like it was shaping up to be a nice day. I reached my final portage for the day, a 1030m trail down to Misty Lake. I crossed it in about 15 minutes but if I was going the other way, it probably wouldn’t have been so quick. The entire trail was downhill to Misty, an overall drop of 42m. ."

Friday, April 30th, 2021 . . . . .

Samantha Bearman hails recently from Hertfordshire (England). In her "Everything you need to know about Backcountry Camping in Rock Lake, Algonquin" she shares her experience and perspective on backcountry camping in Algonquin Park.

"You may be wondering, if there are no bathrooms, what do I do? Well, there is a wooden box with a hole dug into the earth at each campsite that can be used as a toilet. My friends called it the treasure chest. Figuring out the toilet situation was definitely the hardest part about the whole camping trip. It is honestly horrendous, and the smell is dreadful, there is no sugar-coating it."

Sunday, March 14th , 2021 . . . . .

Mark Rubino has recently added a trip-log to his "Mark In The Park" website. The trip was part get-together and part solo, in late September of 2017. The route was out of Access #2, through Tim Lake, down the Tim River, through Rosebary, Shah, Misty, McIntosh, Hawkins, Sunbeam, Blue Jay, Little Doe, and out by Canoe Lake ... "Trip-log #148 - Access #2 Tim River"

"During this time Sean walked over to my canoe and pulled out my spare paddle, a light poplar paddle that had a crack running down the blade, complete with duck tape around it. Sean gave the paddle a disgusted look and tossed it in his canoe. Before I could open my mouth and complain, Sean pulled out a brand new wide blade paddle and presented it to me. "Happy Birthday Markus!" I was surprised, "My 50th birthday present! Doood, can’t thank you enough!"".

Sunday, March 14th , 2021 . . . . .

"Jon" of "Jon and Erin's Lost Lakes" (YouTube Channel) has produced the very informative video "Price Gouging by Ontario Parks - Rates 3-4x Higher for Soloists" ... describing Ontario Parks intention to move from the current per-person-per-night fee to a flat-per-campsite fee model for backcountry camping .. from about $12.00 per night to over $40.00.

The government's intention is to streamline the backcountry fee structure across the province and to make it consistent with the car camping fee model. This is a price increase of around 230% and will make camping prohibitively expensive for soloists or couples.

You can express your displeasure with these rate increases by signing on to the petition (started by Hugh Carey of Kitchener), at .. "Back Country Camping Fee Increases in Ontario".

Saturday, March 13th , 2021 . . . . .

Brandon Peek has added a trip-log to his website "TourDuPark.com", of a 3-night solo trip he took last September to Basin and Buck Lakes .. "TR 102: BASIN & BUCK".

"This morning paddle will stick out in my mind for a long, long time. I can’t quite put my finger on it as to why, I’ve had plenty of beautiful mornings in Algonquin before – but this one really felt special. The sun was blasting and there was plenty of dew covering the grass. "

Wednesday, February 24th , 2021 . . . . .

Robert M. (a.k.a. 'Uppa of Kayak Camper') has completed a set of four video installments of 10-day solo kayak trip he took last summer out of Cedar Lake, all the way to Canoe Lake .. via Radiant, Lavielle, Big Crow, Hogan, la Muir, Big Trout, and McIntosh. "Ten Days Alone In Algonquin".

"Last summer I had the chance to do a one-way solo trip from Cedar to Canoe Lake. It was an amazing, memorable trip - great weather, some tough travel days (15 portages in one day in a sea kayak is not something I'd recommend!), and incredible campsites."

Monday, February 1st, 2021 . . . . .

Scott Luscombe has developed an amazing 'app', entitled "Ontario Backcountry Campsite Reviews". While it covers backcountry campsites across Ontario, it already includes many links to campsite reports from Cody Stein's Algonquin & Beyond, Drew Czernik's All Of Algonquin and Barry Bridgeford's AlgonquinAdventures.com

Scott: "Having retired in January 2020, I decided to leverage my love of spreadsheets and backcountry camping into something useful that I could share with the camping community … hence the Ontario Backcountry Campsite review app was born. I have enjoyed Ontario backcountry camping since my late teens and have done at least one canoe trip every year since then. For the last dozen or so years, a group of us have been doing a 6-10 day trip late-summer / early-fall every year: This year (2021, covid-restrictions permitting) we are planning our first trip to Wabakimi."

Friday, January 29th, 2021 . . . . .

This past September, Ian Tendy and his pal Shane, took a seven day loop out of Kiosk .. by Kioshkokwi, Manitou, Three Mile, North Sylvia, Ratrap, and Maple Lake .. and then back to Kioshkokwi by Maple Creek.

Ian's website "Ian Tendy and The Outdoors" contains his trip report .. "Kiosk Loop 2020 – Project Whitecap".

"Overnight, the wind picked back up and we awoke to waves on the shore and a light foam developing, but nothing too bad. The good news was that we once again didn’t need to be anywhere. The wood from the previous day was plenty enough to get us going through this night and beyond. It did keep us from fishing, but that wasn’t the end of the world."

Tuesday, November 25th, 2020 . . . . .

This August, Krista Petrie-Wallace, with her husband Glenn and another couple, took four days to complete the longest third loop of the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail.

Krista's blog "KPW Outdoors" contains her trip report .. "Western Uplands Backpacking Trail".

On a side-note, Glenn and Krista were first-hand involved in a canoe rescue on Opeongo Lake on October 10th, 2020. Check out their account .. "Opeongo Lake Rescue October 10th, 2020".

Monday, November 24th, 2020 . . . . .

Matt Haughn (aka 'TVMatt' on the forum) has finished production of the final part (4th) of his YouTube video "Bro Trip Algonquin - 2020", in which he and his brother Tom head from Achray, through High Falls Lake and on to Cork Lake.

They base-camp on Cork Lake, and on day-two they daytrip to the Barron Canyon, paddling along the river and looking up. And on day-three they daytrip to the actual High Falls water complex. On their last day they return to Achray and visit the canyon again .. this time hiking to the upper edge!

"You need to go to Cork! Feels deep interior but is easily accessible. The site we stayed at was pretty good too."

Sunday, November 1st, 2020 . . . . .

Cody Stein (aka 'trippythings' on the forum) has published another video, of his one final getaway for the season .. "3-Day Thanksgiving Solo Trip to Ragged Lake".

"I decided to have a lazy end to the season and went into Ragged for two nights. The first night I had the lake to myself which is always nice on otherwise busy lakes."

Nov. 23, 2020 . . . the trip-log is now added to his website .. "Thanksgiving Solo Trip to Ragged Lake" .. complete with 13 campsite reports .. the links to which are incorporated into this website's PCI Project.

Friday, October 9th, 2020 . . . . .

Cody Stein (aka 'trippythings' on the forum) has published another trip-log on his website, of his recent 8-day solo canoe trip from Canoe Lake .. through Otterslide and Burntroot, to Big Trout and return .. "8 Days Solo In September" .. along with 20 campsite reports .. the links to which are incorporated into this website's PCI Project.

"The skies didn’t look promising though .. As the day went on the rain came and went, but the winds only got stronger and stronger. It turned into possibly the windiest day I’ve ever had in the park. Not only did it make the day very unenjoyable, but it also made me very concerned about my tent and tarp that were taking a heavy beating."

Oct. 18, 2020 . . . video of "8 Days Solo In September".

Sunday, October 4th, 2020 . . . . .

Wanda Spruyt has submitted a trip-log, of her recent 7-day get-away .. 3 days solo on Canisbay Lake and 4 days with her daughter on Annie Bay, where they had unpleasant interactions with inexperienced campers who were unfamiliar with the camping reservation system. It is available here for download in PDF format .. "Glamping, Campsite Numbers and Newbies.

"We were taken aback when an angry young lady announced that we were on “their site”. They had reserved it! ... Joyce's last words to them was to please go to the permit office on their way out to ask for clarification of how back country booking works. They’ll be in for a rude awakening. They angrily paddled away, the young lady still yelling at us. Afterwards, I was thinking about the whole episode. Never have I dealt with an adult having such a hissy-fit!"

Sunday, October 4th , 2020 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has added a two-part trip-log .. "Big Trout Loop – Part 1" and Part 2" to his All Of Algonquin" website.

The trip was originally planned to be a 4-day loop out of Canoe Lake .. by way of McIntosh, Big Trout, Otterslide and Burnt Island Lakes.

"Then we reached the end of the carry and the muddy crap under our feet became significantly less attention-grabbing than the onslaught of white caps rolling towards us from across Burnt Island. It was like standing in the middle of a wind tunnel ... Plan B was starting to look like a real option. This would have us cut across the eastern end of Burnt to Birdie Lake. From there we’d go south through a string of small and medium size lakes before eventually coming out at Canisbay campground."

Friday, October 2nd , 2020 . . . . .

Robert M. (a.k.a. 'Uppa of Kayak Camper') has uploaded a pair of videos of a loop he took this July.

Part 1 - River to Paradise .. Out of Magnetawan Lake, down the Tim to Shippagew.

Part 2 - Taking the Long Way Home .. Out through White Trout, Misty and the Petawawa.

"Perfect weather, great campsites, and the bugs were better than I could have hoped for - it was an idyllic trip."

Friday, September 11th, 2020 . . . . .

Cody Stein (aka 'trippythings' on the forum) has published a trip-log on his website, detailing his recent 4-day canoe trip to Lake Louisa .. "Welcome To Louisa" (as previously featured in a short video).

"No matter how tired or drained I am, swimming in a cold lake is just so refreshing and gives a jolt of energy. As I got out of the water I noticed a bunch of leaches that almost latched onto me, so counted myself lucky and decided that would be my only swim at this campsite."

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 . . . . .

Cody Stein (aka 'trippythings' on the forum) has published 15 new campsite reports in his website "Algonquin & Beyond"). He's submitted the links to them for inclusion in this website's PCI Project..

CS. 1 - Harry Lake   CS. 2 - Harry Lake   CS. 3 - Harry Lake   CS. 2 - Rence Lake  
CS. 1 - Welcome Lake   CS. 6 - Welcome Lake   CS. 3 - Lake Louisa   CS. 4 - Lake Louisa  
CS. 5 - Lake Louisa   CS. 6 - Lake Louisa   CS. 7 - Lake Louisa   CS. 10- Lake Louisa  
CS. 14 - Lake Louisa   CS. 15 - Lake Louisa   CS. 19 - Lake Louisa  

Saturday, August 29th, 2020 . . . . .

Andrew M. has submitted a portage report to this website's Portage and Campsite Inventory Project., of "Portage 1885m - Highway 60 to Pinetree Lake"

"It had rained the day before our trip and was drizzling lightly so the trail was very slippery and wet, particularly in the steeper sections with running water crossing it in one place. There was a tree down about halfway through the portage .. we found it to a little more challenging than the Rock to Louisa portage but that was likely just due to the wet conditions."

The editor is extremely glad to see that what was for many years a formidable blockade of floating deadwood is nolonger located across the put-in!

Saturday, August 29th, 2020 . . . . .

Cody Stein (aka 'trippythings' on the forum) has published an extremely well produced three minute video (on his website "Algonquin & Beyond") summarizing a recent 4-day canoe trip to Lake Louisa .. "Welcome To Louisa".
A full trip report and campsite reports will be eventually posted on his website.

"Things that didn't make the cut... constantly complaining to each other about the weight of our gear portaging, the 30 degree sunshine always beating down on us, the mosquitos that wouldn’t stop biting, or the complete lack of energy to do anything even remotely productive once we got to our campsite for the night. Instead I decided to show the beautiful sunsets, the calm early morning paddles, the gorgeous campsites we stayed at, and the relaxing time spent appreciating the beauty of the backcountry."


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