Archived News & Updates

Sunday, May 14th, 2006 . . . . .

Rob Pinciuc's Camping, Canoeing & Backpacking section in his personal website has a wealth of high quality Algonquin Park photos. Over the past few years, his ramblings have taken him around Georgian Bay and over large parts of the Algonquin Highlands.

I discovered Rob's outstanding photos while exploring the "Flickr" website, a phenomenal photo-sharing service now operating in association with "Yahoo".

If Rob's photos don't fully satisfy your appetite for Algonquin photos, checkout the 62 pages of Algonquin Park photos (1232 at last count) at .

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 . . . . .

Al LeBlanc's May 5th to 8th 2006 Trip - Al and his friend made it to an early season campsite on Joe Lake. Cold temperatures and high winds had them campbound on day-two. However, on day-three they took a circling day-trip through Tepee, Little Doe, Bluejay, Vanishing Pond, Sunbeam, Aster Pond, Willow, Bartlett, Tom Thomson, Littledoe, Fawn and back to Tepee.

"At the P405 we bumped into a couple that were heading for Tepee. We chatted a bit and the man told us of a beautiful lake trout he caught on Sunbeam. He said it was too big to keep because the two of them couldn’t eat it all. He showed us a photo on his digital camera. WHAT a beautiful fish! In the photo he held it by the mouth at waste level and the tail was on the ground. This guy was 6’ tall so the fish was huge. Very nice catch and nice to put it back when he knew he'd otherwise be wasting it." "

Friday May 5th, 2006 . . . . .

A new website section has been "born" from the trout fishing enthusiasm of a number of regular contributors to the website's Trip-log Inventory, Photo Section and Message Board.

By April 9th, 2006 'Bo' (Ken Born) had developed his idea to this point ... "In the days ahead, I'm going to be looking for 4 small championship pins that I'll purchase. One for bass, one for specks, one for splake, and one for lake trout. Years ago, my group used to have a pin that said "World's Greatest Fisherman" that was given to the one catching the most trout during our annual spring trip. Has anyone seen these lately or something similar? Once winners have been decided and their pictures scrutinized for accuracy, I'll mail out the pins to the winners, who in turn will mail them to next years winners, and so on."

The Fishing section (see top menu) will record submission photos along with appropriate information. In the interest of fair play, submission photos must be of fish caught legally in Algonquin Park during the 2006 fishing season by the person claiming the catch. Participants are encouraged to practise catch and release and to use barbless hooks in the interest of lessening impact on the Algonquin fishery.

Monday April 24th, 2006 . . . . .

Mark Rubino has just published three more trip-logs on his Algonquin website.

  • 3 day trip - Mark's first solo trip - May, 2004 - from Access Point #10 (Sunday Creek).
  • 8 day trip - Sept. 2005 - from Access Point #11 (Lake Opeongo) with Ken Born (Bo) ... 4 nights on Proulx Lake and 3 nights on Opeongo's South Arm.
  • 12 day loop - July - Aug. 2005 - out of Access Point #27 (Cedar Lake) with Derek Specht (Dogbyte) ... Cedar - Petawawa - Catfish - Perley - Burntroot - La Muir - Hogan - Philip - Little Madawaska - Radiant - Petawawa - Cedar.

  • Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 . . . . .

    A new addition has been made to the Resources/Publications/Camping section ... Walking Softly in the Wilderness - by John Hart .

    Through its time-spanning editions, this guide has become established as the bible of camp and trail. This latest (2005 - 4th) edition updates readers with recent backpacking gear and practices.

    While its 508 pages are aimed at hikers across a full range of geographic locations, its meticulous details and wide scope make it a "must-read" for any serious Algonquin camper .. regardless of whether they hike or canoe.

    "I hope .. that you will take very seriously what this book has to say about 'walking softly' in the wild places: about the skills of using but not injuring the vulnerable land. These are not merely points of backcountry manners or 'wilderness etiquette'. Not optional finishing touches. Low-impact methods are twenty-first-century necessities. While there are legitimate disagreements about some of the details, the outlines are clear enough. There is little doubt about the things each hiker needs to know and do. I hope you will help."

    Saturday April 15th, 2006 . . . . .

    Announcing: May 13 & 14, 2006 - Algonquin Park Backcountry Clean-up Weekend

    In partnership with members of Canadian Canoe Routes and Algonquin Outfitters, Algonquin Park is hosting a clean-up weekend on May 13 and 14, 2006. Anyone interested in spending a weekend collecting litter in Algonquin's backcountry is invited to attend. The event will be held for one weekend in May, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th.

    Interior campers have the option to leave from the Canoe Lake, Lake Opeongo, Rock Lake, or Magnetawan Lake access points. If a participant requires a (free) canoe, departure is restricted to Lake Opeongo and from the Whitefish Lake Group Campground for Rock Lake access.

    Free overnight car camping is available to participants at the Whitefish Lake Group Campground (at km 36.9 on Hwy 60) on the Friday and Saturday evenings if departure is from Canoe Lake, Lake Opeongo, or Rock Lake. If departure is from Magnetawan Lake, free overnight camping is available at the four jump-off Interior sites at Magnetawan Lake access point (#3 on the “Canoe Routes of Algonquin Provincial Park map-brochure”). Participants are to come prepared with all camping and canoeing equipment necessary for travel in the Interior of Algonquin. All Park rules and regulations will apply.

    Maps, gloves, litter bags, and free camping will be provided in exchange for volunteer help. Algonquin Outfitters will generously provide free canoe rental. For more information and pre-registration, contact Nancy Maddock at

    Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 . . . . .

    Cameron Stevens is a relatively young artist, whose online portfolio displays his newest paintings of Algonquin Park where he goes ... "in search of the most remote place - far from any present human impact; a place I feel totally isolated, and perhaps vulnerable."

    The presentations of forms in Cameron's paintings are reminiscent of those in the best known landscapes of Lawren Harris. However, his use of colour is hauntingly similar to that of Tom Thomson. Cameron's paintings definitely pay homage to traditions established by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.

    Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)