Archived News & Updates

Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2006 . . . . .

James Bonney has sent in his recollections of the trip he took last year with his wife .. Petawawa Loop from Magnetewan Access - Fall 2005

"We were on the water by 8:20 am. We had a beautiful Algonquin morning .. cool with a pretty mist on the Lake. A pair of loons visited the campsite and gave us a series of long drawn out wails .. a very chilling effect. Misty Lake was an enjoyable morning paddle. The lake narrows just after the 700 meter portage heads north and there is evidence of an old bridge with some cribs still in the water. We were lucky enough to see and photograph a pair of otters that were living in this crib and put on quite a show of diving and swimming for us. There was also a nice encounter with a cow and calf moose on the Petawawa just after the first 840 meter portage."

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 2006 . . . . .

In August, Laurie, Bryan and Tobias March took a 9 day Trip Out of Smoke Lake .. then Big Porcupine .. looping through Kirkwood, Louisa, North Grace and McGarvey .. and returning via Big Porcupine Lake.

This trip-log is also part of Laurie March's website

"The site didn't look like much when we approached it but as we cruised around to the other side of the island we saw a perfect little lagoon for swimming. There was a sand beach and many flat rocks. When we got onto the site we realized that it was a gem with a terrific view of some little islands. The site was laden with blueberries. There were birds nesting high in one of the huge pines."

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 2006 . . . . .

In July of this year, the March and Lauzon families took a 9 day Trip Out of Magnetawan Lake .. looping through Daisy, Moccasin, Misty, Timberwolf, Little Misty, Little Trout, Ralph Bice Lakes.

Laurie has produced this "photo-rich" trip-log as part of her website

"On the way Bryan saw a bull moose and then later a cow moose with her calf. When Tobias and I reached the cow and calf we had an interesting experience. The calf came bounding towards us until it was only about eight feet away. Mother moose called him back and then blocked the trail for several minutes. Just as I opened the Pelican case to get my camera the mama and baby headed off into the woods."

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 2006 . . . . .

Mike and Laurie Burns' Big Crow Re-supply Trip (Sept. 15th to 17th, 2006) trip-log has a hundred photos. Way too large for a single page, its content is presented over seven pages with a top frame menu. This trip evolved from a resupply for Markus Rubino and Joan for their 23 day September trip.

"Markus had the small barrel and had his camera in action. I told him I would go get his canoe. He was happy that I did. This portage was brutal with a large hill around the halfway mark. Iíll take their word for it. I am sure Markus will have a trip log of this portage in the future. I headed up the trail and found his canoe up on a canoe rest, waiting for assistance. I headed back down to the landing with his canoe. Markus, Joan and Laurie were chatting up a storm and everyone had smiles ear to ear."

Friday, Sept. 29th, 2006 . . . . .

Phil and Holly Williamson have discovered Algonquin and they definitely want to share their excitement with everyone. Check out their new website at It includes ... Algonquin Park Fall Colors 30% Foliage Change - Sept 18/06 ... Algonquin Park Lake Opeongo / Lake La Muir Canoe Trip - Oct 13/05 ... Algonquin Park Western Uplands Inner Loop Backpacking Trip - Sept 9/05 ... Algonquin Park Big Trout Canoe Trip - Aug 25/05. And, there's much more content coming soon!

"We fell in love with Algonquin Park during an amazing trip in mid-June to the southeast corner's Achray campground . Twenty minutes into our 12-hour drive home, we had already decided that we would eventually come back to experience more of what Algonquin Park has to offer. Finally, after many hours of research and planning, we were ready to really challenge ourselves - we were going into the park's interior."

Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2006 . . . . .

Doug Fox and his family made two forays into Lake Opeongo this year. Each of their sons got a turn to paddle the 'Big O" with Dad, Mom and Daphne the cocker spaniel. Doug has submitted Opeongo At Last! .. a unique "two part" photo-illustrated trip-log of his family's introduction to Lake Opeongo.

"I've read about Dennison`s death, and the struggles his family faced, and I find their experiences closely resemble my own familyís. My ancestors tried unsuccessfully to farm in an area not far from Algonquin, at about the same time as the Dennison family. Itís not hard to imagine the struggles they faced in trying to farm in marginal soil, removed from civilization (as it existed then), with the threat of poverty, hunger and illness always present. I was quite close to my grandparents, who were the last of three generations who farmed the same plot of rocky land. They no doubt endured hardships similar to the Dennisonís in their youth."

Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2006 . . . . .

Tom Yates made it back to Algonquin along with two brothers-in-law, his son and his nephew, plus his friend. The "Yates Group" Trip 2006 retraces their foray out of Access Point #9 (Rock Lake) to Welcome Lake. Tom has included some photos illustrating a typical Welcome Lake beach .. complete with a moose!

"On the beach to the east of us a moose came down for a drink and to munch on some plants growing near the shore. We spent about half an hour taking pictures and got closer than we thought we would be able to. He was aware of us but basically unconcerned. We finally went to play some cards and he was still there. He laid down on the beach to rest and we thought that he was there for the night. As it got darker we could still see him there, but one time we looked over and he was gone."

Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 2006 . . . . .

Jim FitzSimmons has placed his Algonquin Journal - 2006 online. It's a very well written and photo-illustrated account of his solo 5 day "folbot" trip from Rock Lake .. through Pen, Welcome, Harry, Rence, Frank and Florence Lakes .. then through Lake Louisa and back to Rock Lake.

"Shortly after putting in on Frank Lake, I arrived at the only campsite on the lake, a quite nice one. The site is on a granite island and features beautiful swimming rocks, a 300-degree view of the lake (including cliffs to the east), wild blueberries everywhere, two nice tent sites (I chose the one out on the point), and twin mature white pines (with intertwined roots) that serve as a landmark for the site. This site makes it into my top five Algonquin sites ... What a great view from my campsite! I went to bed around 10:00 with a great big smile on my face. I have been looking forward to this site since I made the reservation in March. How often do you get to stay in a campsite where you are the only person on the lake?"

Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)