Archived News & Updates - March 30th, 2005 to June 16th, 2005

Thursday June 16th, 2005 . . . . .

Ted Strolenberg (also known as "Tedjp" on the message board) has sent in another trip-log. This time he recounts his very recent solo loop from Opeongo through Proulx, Hogan and Happy Isle Lakes! ... June 5 - 11, 2005 Opeongo, Proulx, Hogan-Happy Isle Lakes Loop .

"I was almost out of Red Pine Bay when I got a hit that just screamed off line. This fish really put my 8lb line to the test. It took a good 5 minutes to get it to the boat. When it did come in, I noticed it had inhaled my cleo lure. I managed to get my needle nose plyers down into its mouth and unhook the lure and safely release the fish after a short recoup session. I want to point out here that I fish barbless ..."

(Editor's note: Earlier in May of this year, it was Ted who recovered Markus' Rubino's canoe on Harry Lake ... see trip-log below - Barry.)

Sunday June 12th, 2005 . . . . .

Markus Rubino now has his two latest trip-logs online!

The first trip was a 5-day loop (May 12th to 16th) from Rock Lake to Pen Lake .. then west to Welcome Lake and Harry Lake .. finally to Lake Louisa and then back to Rock Lake. Check it out on on Murkus' own website .. .

Markus' next trip started the very same day that his previous one ended (May 16th to 22nd) .. from Lake Opeongo, to Dickson Lake and on to White Partridge Lake. This is Markus' account of his journey to eventually meet up with the "Born Party" .. as also recounted below in Express to White Partridge. You can also access it directly on Markus' website .. .

(Editor's note: Markus, Randy, Rob, Ken and Sheila have added a unique chapter to Algonquin Adventures .. sharing their individual experiences, meeting online, co-ordinating their rendezvous-trip and then sharing it all with the online Algonquin community . . . thanks to you all - Barry.)

Saturday May 28th, 2005 . . . . .

This May, the "Born Party" made a six-day horse-drawn fishing expedition deep into Algonquin. There they made a pre-arranged rendezvous with Markus Rubino (scroll two entries below). This was a unique experience in the wilds and Randy Born has submitted a great trip-log account of the entire trip. Checkout their adventure at ... Express to White Partridge

"Rob said he had a bite and then shortly after more clearly stated ' Ive got a fish'. Markus reeled in and manned the camera. Randy took the net and dipped it first to improve its netting ability. The fish surfaced and avoided the first netting but was swiftly caught with the second netting attempt. The fish appeared to be about 2 lbs and 19" long .. just about as wide as the smirk on Robs face. It grew in size/weight as the tale was retold around the campfires yet to come."

Tuesday May 24th, 2005 . . . . .

On May 11th, 2005 six members of the National Capital Region YMCA | YWCA Canoe Camping Club headed out from the Shall Lake access point (#17). Their first day got them to McKaskill Lake. From there they headed down the Bonnechere .. the first half of which is described as more of an overgrown, rocky, mucky, trickle - than a river. For a tortuous Algonquin experience, read Chris Lawson's Bonnechere River Trip.

"Sometimes we took everything in one carry, sometimes we took it in two. Some times it was a "scout-n-carry". Sometimes Nigel scouted in advance, until he could find part of the river that seemed navigable, then he'd declare the portage "over" and start cutting a hole in the undergrowth so we'd have somewhere to put the canoes in."

Monday April 25th, 2005 . . . . .

Markus Rubino has been a big supporter of Algonquin Adventures for a number of years. This winter's cabin-fever and the website-bug combined to bite him hard. What he's created is a definite showcase of Algonquin!

In his own words ... "I absolutely love Algonquin. Tripping into the interior, "rocks!" as far as I'm concerned. I live & work in Toronto, and when I'm not working, I try to get up to The Park as often as I can. I have a deep respect for places such as Algonquin and it's flora & fauna that dwell there. I'm a firm believer in 'Less is More'. Less Toronto, More Algonquin! Less work, More Paddling! Less material goods, more twig technology.... "   - a true Algonquinite!

So pour your favourite beverage, spin your favourite CD and hunker-down for a tour of Mark's website ...

April 13th, 2005 . . . . .

James Bonney's Petawawa Nipissing Loop has just been uploaded. From July 23rd to 26th of last summer, James and his wife Melissa took a canoe-trip from Brent on Cedar Lake .. up the Petawawa River to Catfish and Burntroot Lakes .. then portaged over to the Nipissing River and headed downstream, back to Cedar Lake.

"We hit the water at about 8:00 a.m. to what looked like would be a beautiful day. Last-night's site was really nice. After our fire we'd enjoyed some loons calling which had put us to sleep. Missy was so in love with the site she wanted to forego the rest of our trip and just camp there for a few nights. It took some convincing for her to give up the site."

April 3rd, 2005 . . . . .

We have until midnight of Sunday, April 17th to submit our opinions as to when the ice will be "out" this spring on Canoe Lake. Jeff and Debbie Ridpath are Canoe Lake cottagers. For the past six years Jeff has run "Canoe Lake Ice-Out". It's a webpage on which he plots peoples' guesses and keeps a "News and Updates" section .. observing the state of the ice as spring warms up, for the online community of interested Algonquinites. He also maintains a chart of the past 16 years' dates and an archive of the past six years' webpages. So read over his "Canoe Lake Ice-Out" and email him your guess!

From his March 30th, 2005 entry ... "Debbie and I and my parents spent a lovely weekend on Canoe Lake a week ago and I have to report that there was a *lot* of ice--pretty close to two feet thick! And quite solid. I don't know how this will affect the ice out date, but it's enough to push me at least a few days later than last year in my prediction."

Wednesday March 30th, 2005 . . . . .

Gary Skrzek has put together a deep-water, light-tackle lake trout fishing techniques page in his website . It's specific to fishing in a canoe and it addresses some environmental concerns dealing with Algonquin and people fishing with steel wire (which he's trying to get banned from the park). It's at .

From its section How to Troll in A Canoe . . . "To troll for Lake Trout in a Canoe, you need two people and you have to work as a team. The person in the front of the canoe has to sit backwards. The canoe can never stop moving while you are trolling or the lines will get tangled or snagged. This way, the person in the front can drop their line while the person in the back paddles. When the person in the front reaches the bottom, reel up a foot and then put down your rod and start paddling backwards while the person in the back drops their line."

Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)