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Sunday, March 5th, 2017 . . . . .

The website's submissions incentive awards, for the past year, have been announced.

The five incentive awards have been made to Chris Taylor, Craig White, Wanda Spruyt, Martin Garster and Cody S.

For links to all the participants' submissions, check out the Submissions Awards Incentive 2016 page.

Around The Park

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Oxtongue R. Fall Colour


Mizzy Lake Trail Turtles


Hiking Trail Toadstool


Costello Creek Cliff View


Raven on the Oxtongue R.


Vestige of Older Days


West Rose Lake Heron


Updated March 1, 2017



Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 . . . . .

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is hosted locally by Paddling Adventures Radio .. on Tuesday, March 21st 7:00 PM – 11:59 PM .. at the Tap & Tankard, 224 Brock Street South, Whitby, Ontario L1N 4K4. The complete tour schedule is here.

"Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join Paddling Adventures Radio and special guests on Tuesday March 21 as we enjoy some of the films the Festival has on offer this year. An evening where you will be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places."




Saturday, February 18th, 2017 . . . . .

This half-hour Ontario Travel video "The Canoe | Canadian Canoe Culture" is a testimony to the power of the canoe and paddling. Its third story "Explorers - Garry & Joanie McGuffin" focuses on Algonquin Park. Check out the McGuffins' own website at www.themcguffins.ca.

"Discover the different ways Ontarians have connected to our natural environment, each other and themselves through paddling. This film captures the human connection and bond created by Canada’s well-known craft & symbol, the canoe. Through the stories of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada - a majestic background both in it’s landscape & history - the film underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections.




Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 . . . . .

Tracy McKim has submitted a trip-log of 3-day solo backpacking trip he took on the Highland Backpacking Trail in October of last year ... 2016-10 Provoking Lake Backpacking Trip .

"I stood there for a few moments, soaking in the moment. Just as I was about to turn and enter the tent in the last of the failing light, I heard a sound in front of me. It sounded exactly like a bicycle whizzing past, the same sound as rubber tires moving along the road. It came from ahead of me from my left and moved toward the right. I could not discern if it was on the ground or in the air. Just about when it seemed it would have been directly in front of me, the sound stopped. I could see nothing."




Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 . . . . .

Cody S. has submitted fourteen campsite descriptions to the website's Portage Campsite Inventory (PCI)...

Harness Lake CS #5,   Lake Louisa CS#1,   Lake Louisa CS#2,   Lake Louisa CS#12,   Linda Lake CS #1,
Linda Lake CS #3,   Owl Lake CS #1,   Owl Lake CS #2,   Raven Lake CS #1,   Raven Lake CS #2,
Bruce Lake CS #1,   Otterslide Lake CS #9,   Little Otterslide Lake CS #4,   Head Lake CS #4




Friday, January 27th, 2017 . . . . .

Martin Garster has submitted a trip-log of an eight-day solo trip he took this past spring .. looping out of Lake Opeongo .. via Proulx, Big Crow, Lavieille, Dickson, McKaskill, Shirley, Booth and up the Opeongo River back to Lake Opeongo .. How to Avoid the Dickson Bonfield Portage .

"With my heart pounding in my ears and bear spray in hand I hurried across the last 2 or 3 hundred metres of the portage to my boat and paddled out into the safety of the lake. Once on the water, I circled back to where the creek empties into the lake. Sure enough the bear was right there studying the mouth of the creek. Again he wasn't really aware of me. He eventually caught wind of me and started staring my way. I cleared my throat. That was enough for him to turn tail and disappear into the bush."




Sunday, January 15th, 2017 . . . . .

Andrew (aka "ATVenture" on the forum) has posted his account of a 3-day canoe trip that he and his friend took at the end of this past October. They started out from the Brigham Parking Lot (A38), through ‘The Cascades’, on through Ooze and Opalescent lakes, and then back up the Barron River ... A Late Fall Canoe Trip To Remember

"We continued down the river so we could paddle through the impressive Barron Canyon. I have canoed this river a few times now, but it was a first for Tyler, who I think was pretty impressed with the size of the cliffs at the waters edge. Once we paddled to the far end of the canyon we had to backtrack down the river to reach the car. It was 3 portages totaling just over 800m but it didn’t take us long for since we were single carrying at this point."




Saturday, January 7th, 2017 . . . . .

Continuing with the update to high-definition (HD) wallpaper photo files, here are some for desktop monitors ... 16:9 Ratio Monitor Wallpaper Photos

Tracy McKim (forum reader) starts-off the initiative with three Algonquin Park images. And Barry Bridgeford (website host) has added some of his shots. Readers are encouraged to make submissions by email to canoe@algonquinadventures.com along with their complete name, so they can be properly noted. (Minimum image size of 1920 x 1080 pixels).




Monday, January 2nd, 2017 . . . . .

Starting the new year with recognition of the modern 'smart-phone' as a popular means of accessing online Algonquin Park information, by making available 9:16 Ratio Smart-phone Wallpaper Photos

Stephen Elms (website's photography 'tech-guy' and forum moderator) has kicked-off the initiative with three of his popular Algonquin Park images. And Barry Bridgeford (website host) has added another half dozen of his shots. Readers are encouraged to make submissions by email to canoe@algonquinadventures.com along with their complete name, so they can be properly noted. (Minimum image size of 1080 x 1920 pixels).




Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 . . . . .

Wanda Spruyt has submitted a two-part trip-log titled Opeongo-Proulx-Big Crow-Hailstorm Creek-Opeongo then To Crotch Lake/Farm Lake (Aug. 31 - Sept. 14, 2016), of which a mother-daughter part took place from Aug 31st to September 8th, and the following solo part took place from Sept 8 to Sept 14

"Crossing into the heavy rollers, we were forced to paddle north into the wind in order not to tip or get swamped. It was brutal, as we went two strokes forward and one and a half back. We are both strong paddlers, but we had the feeling we might not win this battle. After a good half hour, and still in the middle of the lake, a sudden lull had us turn the canoe south and aim for the east side where we thought we could see an empty site."




Monday, October 31st, 2016 . . . . .

"Neelands" has added 2016 Oct 4-8 2nd Loop WUT, Algonquin to his Smugmug Hiking Trips Galleries. It's a photo trip-log of his .. five day solo hiking trip on the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail. The trip-log includes 34 photos, which can also be viewed as a slideshow.

"Pretty amazing. This was my second time hiking the 2nd loop trail, and the 56km trail seemed a lot easier this time, probably because I used hiking poles this time, my pack was a bit lighter, and I'm in better shape. Next year I'd like to take a look at the third loop."




Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 . . . . .

Craig White has submitted a trip-log of his family weekend trip to Lake Travers .. Lake Travers Fall Family Trip - Sep 9th-11th, 2016.

"Then came a fifteen minute stretch of unbelievable change, I’ve never seen such low level cloud torn out of the sky so fast! It was an incredible scene as the skies opened to reveal the large towering storm clouds previously hidden from sight. We’d later find out a tornado watch had been on for most of eastern Ontario, and it sure makes sense looking back at it. To the north, the equally soggy boat was finding some success at least with bass biting, a nice walleye thrown in the mix, and Unkie finally landed his first muskie! I had the only waterproof camera in the canoe with me, but I’m told it was a great looking fish!”



Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 2016 . . . . .

"Neelands" has added 2016 Sept 11-16 Timberwolf-Petawawa-Grassy-Sunbeam to his Smugmug Canoe Trips Galleries. It's a photo trip-log of his .. six day solo canoe trip in which he looped through Tom Thomson, McIntosh, Timberwolf, Misty, Grassy Bay, Sunbeam, Bartlett and Tom Thomson lakes .. . The trip-log includes 43 photos, commentary and maps .. which can also be viewed as a slideshow.

"It's lake of small islands and big pines. Very picturesque. Weird thing happened near her. I saw a canoe and a guy at a campsite from about 100 metres away, but when I passed the site he and the canoe were gone, and the only place they could have gone was into the bay that holds the portage. And yet he wasn't there either ... "




Thursday, October 13th, 2016 . . . . .

Chris Lawson and his buddy went on a four-day loop trip out of Kiosk in late September. You can check out the trip-log on Chris's website .. Érables - Biggar - Kioshkowkwi . Despite cool temperatures and 24 portages, they appear to have enjoyed the trip's 80 kilometers.

"We were on the water more than we were in the woods - at least as far as distance goes - but in terms of travel time, I'm not sure. We're not the only people who found this route a bit of a chore. The cartographers, for example. We paddled through Boggy Lake, Rat Trap Lake and Dismal Bay today. You get the sense they were trying to tell us something.”





Saturday, October 8th, 2016 . . . . .

Craig White has submitted the trip-log of a recent trip to Booth Lake with his young son .. Booth Lake Trip Report - Aug 11th-14th 2016 . For those of us who took our young son(s) camping in the backcountry many years ago, it definitely stirs up some nostalgia.

"Just as we were reaching enough depth for Unkie to think about starting the steel line run, the boy's rod bent over in a BIG way. Several minutes of heavy fighting and a lot of excitement brought a rather large pike to the surface not far off the side of the boat. Now, there are no pictures of said fish, but there is truth to the tale that it was too big to fit into the small net we brought along for bass.”





Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 . . . . .

Drew Czernik has accomplished a grand objective .. "100 Algonquin Lakes In 100 Days" . And he has posted all about it on his blog .. 100 Lakes In 100 Days ! His writing is rich with broad descriptive perspectives and is well-loaded with wonderful photographs. His blog should keep us busy reading over the coming cold season!

"There is still so much more that people can be doing and seeing. If I had anything I want to say it’s that people get out and make use of it because it is a fantastic resource.”





Sunday, September 25th, 2016 . . . . .

Bob & Diana McElroy have posted a trip-log on their website Bush Log and Notes of their recent 5 night canoe trip ... The Petawawa River from Lake Travers to McManus Lake.

"We had a mishap near the top of Schooner. Got crossways to the current on some rocks. Had to disembark mid river. We got the canoe leaning downstream just in time to prevent the upstream gunwale going under. Otherwise we would [probably] have lost the canoe. As it was, we took on some water (over the upstream gunwale) but not a disastrous amount."




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