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Saturday, September 18th, 2021 . . . . .

Evan and his daughter Olivia, his dad and Rich went on a weekend paddle-in 'basecamp' trip to Basin Lake. Share their 'family excursion' by way of three videos hosted on Evan's YouTube channel "Single Malt and Maps".

#1 Base Camp on Basin Lake .. #2 Old Cabin and a High Falls .. #3 Whispering Winds Lookout

"This quick two night trip to Basin Lake was scheduled last minute once the Park opened this summer, and was a nice little dip back into nature .. It was a nice change of pace, and being closer to home was nice without being too crowded."


Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 . . . . .

Andrew and Andrea got back from Kioshkokwi Lake on August 29 and promptly submitted a PCI campsite report ... "Kioshkokwi Lake Campsite 12".

"This is a large, pretty site that could easily accommodate a large group. There are two levels, the fire pit area which is quite exposed and the tent site area which is more sheltered. The exposed fire pit area is a good place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset, and there is a "back porch" set up on a cliff that is surprisingly sheltered while still offering a nice view of the lake where you can take in the sunset."


Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 . . . . .

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

CS. 3 - Islet Lake   CS. 4 - Islet Lake   CS. 5 - Islet Lake  
CS. 8 - Islet Lake   CS. 1 - Cranebill Lake   CS. 3 - Misty Lake  
CS. 22 - McIntosh Lake   CS. 1 - Brule Lake   CS. 3 - Potter Lake  
CS. 4 - Potter Lake  

Monday, August 30th, 2021 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted on his website "All Of Algonquin", a four-part trip-log of a four-day early August solo trip he took out of Rain Lake .. all the way to Canoe Lake!

Start with day one .. "Rain Lake to Canoe Lake – Day One". And continue with "Day Two", "Day Three" and "Day Four".

"Fortunately, water levels were just fine, and I was able to use the regular portage takeout. Or, more accurately, I confused a small opening in the shoreline with the regular portage takeout, bumped and poked myself a bunch while unloading, muttered terrible things about whoever put that takeout where they did as I loaded up, then realized I had stopped about 10 metres shy of the actual (very nice!) takeout when I walked past it."


Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has added still more campsite reports to his "Algonquin & Beyond" website. Links to them are also added to this website's PCI Project..
CS. 1 - Shirley Lake   CS. 1 - Ryan Lake   CS. 7 - Ryan Lake  
CS. 3 - Shirley Lake   CS. 2 - Ryan Lake   CS. 8 - Ryan Lake  
CS. 4 - Shirley Lake   CS. 3 - Ryan Lake   CS. 9 - Ryan Lake  
CS. 5 - Shirley Lake   CS. 4 - Ryan Lake   CS. 11 - Ryan Lake  
CS. 6 - Shirley Lake   CS. 5 - Ryan Lake  


Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has posted another trip-log .. "3 Days Solo on Shirley Lake" to his Algonquin and Beyond" website. It was a three day solo trip .. camping on Shirley Lake and day-tripping around Ryan Lake!

"Shirley Lake might be one of the prettiest lakes in the park in my opinion ... the mountainous western shoreline and tiny scattered islands in the north of the lake give it so much character and offer such charming and wonderful views throughout. Plus, most of the campsites are pretty nice."


Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has added more campsite reports to his "Algonquin & Beyond" website. Links to them are also added to this website's PCI Project..
CS. 1 - Queer Lake   CS. 4 - Little Trout Lake   CS. 1 - Hambone Lake  
CS. 4 - Queer Lake   CS. 5 - Little Trout Lake   CS. 3 - Hambone Lake  
CS. 7 - Queer Lake   CS. 8 - Little Trout Lake   CS. 4 - Ralph Bice Lake  
CS. 8 - Queer Lake   CS. 10 - Little Trout Lake   CS. 12 - Ralph Bice Lake  
CS. 10 - Queer Lake   CS. 2 - Magnetawan Lake   CS. 13 - Ralph Bice Lake  


Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has posted a trip-log .. "4 Days on Queer Lake" to his Algonquin and Beyond" website. It was a four day solo trip .. two travelling days and two days of rest!.

"I was extremely happy to see a single bull moose right at the end of the day, chowing down on some dinner. It was no Creamy Noodle with Beef and Mushrooms, but hey I’m sure he still enjoyed it. I relaxed in my canoe and watched for as long as I could before he went inland. Then, it was my turn to go inland as well. I sat by a fire for the next hour or two, hoping the overcast would give way to some stars."


Thursday, August 5th, 2021 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted a trip-log .. "Tom Thomson Lake" to his All Of Algonquin" website. It was a three-day family camping trip .. for nine adults .. a "gaggle-of-kids", and two campsites. He's also added three campsite reports, links to which are added to this website's PCI Project..

CS. 3 - Tom Thomson Lake   CS. 5 - Tom Thomson Lake   CS. 6 - Tom Thomson Lake  

"That turtle did not give a damn. He didn’t care if we were near the water, in the water or on the water. He seemed to approach us the same way 85 year old me will approach driving. He knew where he wanted to go, and the rest of us could just get the hell out of his way."


Sunday, July 18th, 2021 . . . . .

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. 2 - Basin Lake   CS. 3 - Basin Lake   CS. 4 - Basin Lake  
CS. 5 - Basin Lake   CS. 6 - Basin Lake   CS. 1 - Joe Lake (Western Narrows)  
CS. 2 - Joe Lake (Western Narrows)   CS. 4 - Joe Lake (Western Narrows)   CS. 5 - Joe Lake (Western Narrows)  
CS. 6 - Joe Lake (Western Narrows)  

Friday, July 16th, 2021 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted a trip-log .. "Parkside Bay" to his All Of Algonquin" website. It was an overnight family camping trip .. for Mom, the three kids, and Dad.

"Dinner was bacon wrapped steak with fried potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms (I eat better on night one of trip than I do pretty much any other time). One of the cool features of the site is that it has two fire pits, one in the middle of the site and one down on the beach. Most of dinner we cooked in pans on my stove, but I did cook one of the steaks using the beach fire pit and it was by far the tastiest of the steaks. After dinner the kids roasted some marshmallows, then we went for a sunset paddle around Parkside Bay."


Friday, July 16th, 2021 . . . . .

Ian Tendy took a five day "there-and-back" out of Source Lake to Iris Lake, by way of Raven and Owl Lakes .. "Canada Day 2021", and posted it on his website, "Ian Tendy and The Outdoors".

"A highlight was when I was just sitting on the point, reading my book and enjoying the lake, when I heard a loud splashing noise accompanied by an even louder “howf”-ing noise. On the very farthest end of the lake, a cow moose was hauling ass through waist-deep water calling out. She was in major distress and we were very glad to not be in her path. This was the first time I saw a “rampaging” moose and it was really an impressive sight! She eventually howfed her way off the lake and up a hill southward, likely trying to find a young one or something. Later that night we saw a cow and her young calf mere meters from our site, so I guess they were reunited and happy"


Monday, June 29th, 2021 . . . . .

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

CS. 1 - Sunday Lake   CS. 3 - Sunday Lake   CS. 7 - Joe Lake (Western Arm & Narrows)  
CS. 2 - Sunday Lake   CS. 1 - Tonakela Lake   CS. 8 - Joe Lake (Western Arm & Narrows)  

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".





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