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Monday, July 14th, 2014 . . . . .

Bob "Kayak Camper" has a YouTube channel devoted to kayak camping .. his trips and techniques .. Kayak Camper. For those who trip the Algonquin backcountry in a kayak and are searching for a tried-and-true method of portaging with a kayak, look no further! His earlier videos include the construction of his latest kayak yolk .. New and Improved Kayak Yoke!. His latest video is Detailed video: portaging a kayak

"This video brings some of my other videos together in a real world example. I show a complete (albeit short) portage from start to finish, filmed from the perspective of the GoPro camera on my 'yak.I label everything of interest for a clearer understanding."

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 . . . . .

James Walford (from Australia) has posted a video from his recent 8-day solo canoe trip from the North Bay of Opeongo .. Solo Canoe Trip - Algonquin Provincial Park. Originally planned as a 10-day trip, a cold hit him badly partway into the trip and had to rivise his plans on the go. His trip took him through Happy Isle, Merchant, Big Trout, White trout and back. His accompanying blog account is at http://intothewildwithjimmy.blogspot.com.au

"There were pines sparsely populated on the peninsular that was perfect for my hammock and further in there was a very cosy fire pit tucked away within the trees and rocks. I did some fishing that night and found it very easy to catch splake on the shallow side which I fried up with rice. Very tasty! That night I could hear wolves in the distance calling to each other."

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 . . . . .

'Neeland' has posted a photo trip-log of his May 29 - June 1 Burnt Island Lake solo canoe trip. As before, his high definition photos and descriptive captions provide an excellent account of his trip.

" I went into Burnt Island Lake last Friday for the weekend to shake off the winter cobwebs and try out some new gear ( a down quilt and a camp chair). Weather was sunny, nights were cool (3.3 degrees minimum on my thermometer Friday night). Mosquitoes were fierce. Of course a headwind going in and coming out, but Saturday the lake was glass. Thanks to the fishermen who recommended the campsite to me. Highlights: watching an active osprey nest, seeing a loon under the boat, meeting the nice folks from Huntsville High School, and seeing a chipmunk swim across Little Joe Lake."

Friday, June 6th, 2014 . . . . .

Yesterday, the official Algonquin Park website issued a warning .. algonquinpark.on.ca, regarding closure of the Sunday Creek Access Point (#10), due to construction.

"Fork Lake and Norway Lake Access Restrictions - Summer & Fall 2014 - Ontario Parks has closed canoe route access along Sunday Creek south of Highway 60 to Fork and Norway Lakes as the result of a water crossing upgrade on Highway 60 at km 42.7. This Highway 60 construction is underway and expected to conclude in late fall 2014. Algonquin Park users will only be able to access Norway and Fork Lakes through the Pinetree Access Point (#12). Travel north of Highway 60 (to Sproule and Sunday Lakes area) will not be affected. Those with current reservations for this area will be notified by Algonquin Park staff."

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 . . . . .

"Rich" has uploaded a photo-essay account of his Western Uplands Trail - 3 day solo hike in pictures on the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail .. totalling 47 photographs.

"My goal was to complete the 75 k perimeter of Algonquin Park's Western Uplands Trail solo in 3 days. I had to take a minor detour at one point, so it ended up being about 77 k instead .. The weather was pretty much perfect, but the black flies and mosquitoes were both at their peak - oh well, you can't have it all!"

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 . . . . .

Scott Crouse has added a photo-essay account of his Spring Trip to Algonquin 2 nighter fishing trip to North River Lake .. to his Canadian Loon blog.

Scott has also uploaded a time-lapse video of the sunset on North River Lake .. 3 Days in Algonquin - Time Lapse.

"The past weekend we made it into Algonquin Park for a couple of days of fishing and relaxation. This was the first time this group had been out together as a group. Two of the guys (Matt and Ken) have tripped together before. For Richard and myself this was a first outing - A short but great trip to remember."

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 . . . . .

Les Dempsey (aka Lesta) has posted a text-only account of his May 2014 - Crow Loop 5 days solo out of Opeongo .. through Proulx, Crow R., Little Crow, Big Crow, Crow R., Lavielle and Dickson Lakes .. with an unexpected "last-leg"! In addition, his video account of the same trip .. The Big Crow Loop Reattempt 2014.

"I spotted two wardens on ATVs sitting at the fork. "Are you Les?" .. Wham! My wife; still pregnant with twin girls; our 4yr old daughter; the house... What could it be? Things are a little fuzzy here. A medical emergency. They let me use a satellite phone to call home. The danger had passed and the babies were ok, but I needed to get home. The two wardens took care of everything."

Sunday, May 18th, 2014 . . . . .

A reminder from the Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists (ABR), that if you come across a backcountry situation that you are truly concerned over (abuse of a campsite, damaged thunderbox, dangerous overhanging or fallen tree(s), blocked accesses, contraventions of regulations, etc.) your best option is to officially submit an incident report. Accurately describing the incident's location and details are of prime importance. Toward that end .. photographs, a map and diagram are the best means.

In 2008, the ABR developed its Backcountry Incident Report, for submission to both park management and the ABR. The 'Campsite maintenance ID#' mentioned in it may be obtained from the access point office on one's way out of the backcountry.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 . . . . .

Ian Tendy just got into Head Lake for a single night. Check out his Algonquin Park – May 10-11, 2014.

"This was just a short trip into the Park, to knock the cobwebs off my canoeing muscles and celebrate the ice going out. The plan was to head down Cache Lake, take a 1600m portage into Head Lake, and the next day taking Head Creek downstream and then go west along the Madawaska River and head out. What should have been a routine in and out trip turned into on of the most memorable “first trips” I’ve been on."

Tuesday, April 5th, 2014 . . . . .

"Tripper70" has run his Blogger website Algonquin Voyageur since 2011. Just recently he has added the trip-logs for his five 2013 canoe trips.

May '13 - Spring Fishing Trip McKaskill - Hidden - Vireo ... May '13 - Canoe - Maggie - Clara - Brown - Canoe ... June '13 Opeongo - Big Crow - La Muir - Opeongo ... July '13 - Shall - Shirley - Shall ... August '13 - Otterslide - Burntroot - Nipissing River - Catfish - Big Trout- McIntosh - Canoe.

These are very well written and illustrated trip-logs of some great trips .. at the best time to wet our appetites for the season ahead!

Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)