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Updated March 11, 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."

Friday, November 5th, 2021 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has posted still another trip-log to his "Algonquin and Beyond" website... "Algonquin Park Fall Colours - Camping on Head Lake". It was a three day solo trip .. from Cache Lake to Head Lake and back.

He has also documented "10 Campsite Reports". Links to them are added to this website's PCI Project.

"All of these things kept putting me behind schedule, but all of these things were absolutely worth it. I was much happier that I spent time enjoying my morning at the campsite, that I took my time walking back along the portage trail, and that I stopped to chat with my fellow backcountry campers at the end of the portage."

Monday, October 25th, 2021 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has shared on his website "All Of Algonquin", the trip-log of his September four-person-group loop-trip out of Pinetree Lake .. via Fraser, David Thompson, Galeairy, Rock, Gordon, Jean, Fork, and Rose Lake ... "Pinetree Lake Loop".

"I really liked Fraser Lake. Itís not as big as Pinetree, but itís not small, either. Thereís only one campsite on the lake, on top of a rocky ledge on the south shore, and it looks like a great spot to spend a night or two. We paddled past it, then through a picturesque little narrow stretch that was dominated by tall pines and rocky shoreline. As we slid across the water, I noticed that the ripples around us were picking up. We had a slight tailwind, which seemed like the icing on the cake that was our Fraser Lake visit."

Monday, October 18th, 2021 . . . . .

MartinG shared a trip-log report by means of a series of postings on the website forum. It has now been converted to a single conventional HTML page .. "The Meanest Link 2021".

"We were both wet and cranky as we paddled into our last lake of the day, Chibiabos Lake. The first campsite was taken, so we paddled on. As we approached the only other site on the lake, we saw smoke rising from the campsite and a smiling figure waving to us through the rain. What a Godsend! Our friend Mark Rubino ( www.markinthepark.com ) had gotten there earlier in the day. He brought us our food cache, started a fire, cut wood, and set up the camp. What a morale boost that was. For the first time on the trip, we got to sit around a fire enjoying camaraderie, stories, drinks and munchies. This was exactly what we needed at just the right time."

Friday, October 1st, 2021 . . . . .

Andrew M. has submitted a campsite report to the PCI Project ... CS. 4 - Magnetawan Lake.

"Rather than go up early on Thursday, we booked a site on Magnetawan for Wednesday evening and were glad we did."

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 . . . . .

Cody (forum handle: "trippythings") has posted another trip-log .. "The Big Dipper - 8 Days Alone in Algonquin" to his Algonquin and Beyond" website. It was an eight day solo trip .. through Smoke, Ragged and Big Porcupine .. then looping through McGarvey, North Grace, Louisa, Lawrence, Kirkwood, Phipps, and Bonnechere .. and then returning from Big Porcupine to Smoke Lake.!

He has also documented "29 Campsite Reports". Links to them are added to this website's PCI Project.

"This might have been the most relaxed and at peace Iíve ever felt on a canoe trip. No nighttime paranoia or anything like that. I was just so happy to be out there."

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 . . . . .

John Barber has submitted two campsite reports to the PCI Project.

The first one is of CS. 5 - Daisy Lake.

The second one is a 'first' .. a hiking trail campsite. It is of CS. T11 - Maggie Lake, on the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail.

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 Ė 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."


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