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Friday, April 12th, 2013 . . . . .

The Algonquin Forestry Authority has just posted their initial PDF format 2013 Schedule of Operations Map on their website. If you want to avoid the sounds of logging and haulage, this map is crucial in planning backcountry trips.

The map is colour-coded for the various seasons. Take note that the AFA's "Fall" season commences immediately after Labour Day. Also, check back for any "updating" to the map's Fall scheduling, which is usually made by early August.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 . . . . .

Back in October of 2010, Preston took his dog and some friends on the Rain McCraney Loop, heading out from Rain Lake through Hot, Islet, Weed, Wee, Way and McCraney Lakes .. on a 3-day loop.

"I prefer the island sites, probably for the same reason kids build forts and tree-houses: it’s a fun little exotic space you can call your very own. This site was a nice one with plenty of room for tents and a nice big flat area for the campfire. The group unpacked and began to relax around the campfire. What was setting in was both the untouched beauty of the area and the feeling of just how far you were from “civilization”, and everyone expressed how cool that was in their own way. Everyone seemed to be having a great time."

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2013 . . . . .

On Friday February 22nd 2013, a consultation meeting was held by the Ontario Negotiating Team's Support Staff (Algonquins of Ontario Land Claim), represented by Bruce Mighton, Richard Raper and Nancy Wilson. Representing the Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists Executive Committee were Jeffrey McMurtrie, Bill Warren and Barry Bridgeford.

The meeting ran from 9:30am to 2:00pm, providing opportunity for the ABR to express its concerns with the Preliminary Draft Agreement In Principle (focusing on the Parks and Harvesting chapters), and for discussion in which details and clarifications were confirmed.   Read more ...

  Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 2013 . . . . .

Chris "Tripper70" has completed the addition of his 2012 Algonquin canoe trip-logs to his blog .. Algonquin Voyageur.
These recent additions to his blog are ...

  • "2012 Algonquin Spring Fishing Trip - Grand Lake - St. Francis - Rowan - Clemow"
  • "2012 Tim River - Big Bob - Rosebary - Mubwayaka - Tim River"
  • "2012 Kingscote - Scorch - York River".
  • "2012 Shall - Crotch - Shall"
  • "2012 Shall - Shirley - Shall"
  • "2012 Cache - McGarvey - South Galipo - Louisa - Cache"

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2013 . . . . . Algonquin Land Claim's Draft Agreement In Principle Public Information Sessions have been announced for the following locations ...  
    Official reference here.

Monday, Feb. 4th, 2013 . . . . .

Back in January, Bob and Jean Hilscher enjoyed a "sunny day" Cross-Country Skiing Trip in the park. Jean has posted a photo-rich account of the day-trip in their blog ..
Frame To Frame - Bob & Jean's Lens on the World.

"At times, it felt as though we were skiing through a long tunnel because the undergrowth alongside the ski trail was so laden with snow that it hindered visibility into the depths of the forest, while overhead branches literally bent low with their burden .... we found only tracks disappearing into the distance where a lone wolf had traversed the lake from one end to the other ... I was ecstatic when I realized that a Great Grey Owl was staring back at me. I knew that sightings had been made in Algonquin Park over the past week or two, but those were nowhere near this area of the park."

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 2013 . . . . .

Talks from TEDxAlgonquinPark 2012 have been released. If you were unable to attend or want to relive TEDxAlgonquinPark (September, 2012) you are now able to view the Talks online. Visit the TEDxAlgonquinPark YouTube channel to view all of the speakers ... http://www.youtube.com
  • Terri LeRoux: Algonquin Deficit Disorder
  • Jamie McCrae: A Place For Forestry in Algonquin Park
  • Gene Canning:Tom Thompson's Algonquin
  • Chief Kirby Whiteduck: The Algonquins and Algonquin
  • Kathryn Lindsay: Our Watersheds, Our Future
  • Margaret Penner: Algonquin Park from the Air
  • Adam Ruzzo: Music for Algonquin Park
  • Adam van Koeverden: On the Virtue of Hard Work

  • Friday, Jan. 25th, 2013 . . . . .

    Winner in the Professional Category of the first Algonquin Outfitters' Algonquin Art Contest was "Imaginig what might happen at a picnic on a sunny Autumn Day at Algonquin park when there's a change in the weather!" .. by Catherine Luce, from Huntsville, Ontario.

    Winner in the Amateur Category was "The power of the water" by Laurie Benson from Cannington, Ontario. And, winner in the Child Category was by Callia Silverton from Toronto, Ontario.

    Further details are available here.

    Friday, Jan. 25th, 2013 . . . . .

    "Across Algonquin Park (family style) Part 1: Kyla Spots Her First Moose" is the first episode of Kevin Callan's summer family canoe trip across Algonquin Park. On his Kevin recounts that part of the trip from the Magnetawan to Big Trout Lake.

    "It was on the portage leading into Little Trout Lake at the end of day three Kyla had her first moose encounter. I was just ahead of her on the trail, balancing the 17-foot beast of a canoe over my shoulders, when I caught a glimpse of four dangly legs a few metres off the overturned bow. It was a young bull, one that had definitely seen humans before. I unloaded the canoe and then jogged back on the trail a bit, catching up with Kyla and whispered, “Your moose is waiting for you just ahead.”She did a slight scurry past me to catch a glimpse, and then stopped dead in her tracks when she saw it."

    Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)