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Monday, March 16, 2015 . . . . .

Back in 2010, Geoff Meers and his wife headed out of the Brain Lake access point on a five-day trip .. Brain Lake 2010 .. which took them through Stretch, Hurdman, Larel, Couchon, Mink, Club Lakes .. and back.

"We started off across Mouse and the winds got crazy and we were being broadsided by waves. We only made it as far as the second site on the northeast side of the lake and came out of the water. The entire rest of the day was incredibly windy and never stopped, so we made camp slowly and checked out the site. It was big and loaded with garbage (household cans of raid, drinking boxes, bread ties, broken tent poles, pop cans and food wrappers). After cleaning up and burning what we could, we ate and spent time checking out the adjoining site."



Sunday, March 15, 2015 . . . . .

Dr Chris Wilson (of the Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation Unit at Trent University) has been researching patterns of aquatic biodiversity for many years. Back in 2001, he participated in a symposium of Fisheries Research in Algonquin Park. His contribution was "Genetic Research on Brook Trout and Lake Trout in Algonquin Park". A two-page abstract of that can be found in the collection .. Fisheries Research in Algonquin Park The 90s. More recently is his 2014 ten-page NRC article .. Anthropogenic and habitat correlates of hybridization between hatchery and wild brook trout.

Particularly interesting is Dr Wilson's comment that "Most of the extant brook trout populations within the Park contain at least some hatchery genes, which vary by watershed and proximity to the Highway 60 corridor."



Friday, February 20, 2015 . . . . .

Brent to Burntroot Lake and Return .. recounts the McElroys' September 2014 eight-day canoe trip out of Brent .. by way of Narrowbag and Catfish Lakes .. on to Burntroot Lake via the Petawawa River .. returning by Catfish Lake, Luckless Lake and the Nip. This trip-report is in keeping with their website's high photo-illustrated and well-referenced standard!

"The morning was dead still; absolute quiet except for the odd mosquito and distant loon; slight mist on the water with little wisps of pink in the sunrise and a light overcast. An hour or two later a heavy mist descended, obscuring the hilltops. The mist slowly cleared as we made our way over to the Nipissing River."



Friday, February 20, 2015 . . . . .

Last year, Bob & Diana McElroy headed out into the 'bugs of June', on a five day canoe trip out of Brent .. stayed on Laurel and Cauchon Lakes and passed through Little Cedar, Aura Lee and Little Cauchon Lakes .. documented on their own superb website at Brent to Cauchon Lake and Return - Bug Fest 2014 .

"The multitude of mosquitoes, announced by their incessant whine from just outside the door, necessitated us both getting up and evacuating the tent at the same time. The bugs were bad."



Thursday, February 12, 2015 . . . . .

Through this coming summer there will be three historical interpretation weekend events held out of the Mad Musher Restaurant and Riverside Rooms in Whitney.

Historian and author Rory MacKay will be conducting these "Historical and Culinary Experiences" ... "The Historical Bonnechere Road" ... "19th Century Focus" ... and "20th Century Focus".

Rory's books include .. A Chronology of Algonquin Provincial Park (1989) .. Algonquin (1993) .. Spirits of the Little Bonnechere (1996) .. Walks of the Little Bonnechere River (2002).



Sunday, January 25, 2015 . . . . .

On January 24th, 2015, the Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists Executive Committee decided to dissolve the ABR. The ABR-EC's statement of cessation reads ... "While some serious concerns involving the park's backcountry do remain, the ABR-EC believes that the agencies involved have become sufficiently unresponsive to negate future substantial accomplishments. As a result, its decision has been made to dissolve the ABR. The ABR's accomplishments and key documents will be archived on the Algonquin Adventures website. In the future, if a backcountry concern reaches an important level, it can be discussed on the Algonquin Adventures forum and subsequent actions decided, on an ad hoc basis."

Thanks for the support the ABR received over the years since its founding in 2007 .. from its general members, from readers of this forum, and from those individuals in Algonquin Park and AFA management who endeavored to help despite limitations placed upon them ... Barry Bridgeford (Algonquin Adventures editor & member of the ABR-EC)



Thursday, January 15, 2015 . . . . .

Steve Dunsford, is the proprietor of The Mad Musher, a unique 'restaurant and riverside rooms' in downtown Whitney at the junction of Highway 60 and the Madawaska River. He is also one of the regular advertisers who support this website's forum. When you enter his restaurant, you are surrounded by very impressive wildlife photographs that he has taken in Algonquin Park and the surrounding area.

I'd like to direct readers to Steve's online gallery of his amazing photographs at the Fine Art America website ... Barry Bridgeford (editor)



Sunday, December 14, 2014 . . . . .

Larry Hyett and his brother parred their packs down to single-carry weights and headed out for a week-long trip in mid-September of last year, and documented it in a great 3-part video ... Algonquin Park 7 Day Petawawa River Canoe Trip ... Part 2 ... Conclusion .. as well as lots of other great Algonquin canoe trip videos on his YouTube Channel.

"This is a 7 day trip my brother and I did accessing Algonquin from Brent Station and doing a loop down the Petawawa, across the Little Madawaska, to Hogan Lake, to Catfish Lake, to the Nipissing River and back to Brent."



Thursday, December 4, 2014 . . . . .

The Wildlife Research Station website has been added to the website's Resources section's Website Links. For 2015, Tim Winegard in partnership with world-renowned naturalist, expedition guide and photographer Robin Tapley are developing new programs in wildlife photography, tracking, and wilderness travel ethics.

"The WRS has been providing access and logistical support for University and government researchers from Ontario and across North America. The WRS is situated on Lake Sasajewun in Algonquin Provincial Park and operates as a non-for-profit organization."



Monday, November 10, 2014 . . . . .

"Chris Taylor" has provided a monumentous addition to the Portage Campsite Inventory. He's provided descriptions of all the portages of his recent September trip ...

635m Kioshkokwi Lake To Little Mink Lake ... 1300m Little Mink Lake To White Birch Lake ... 345m White Birch Lake To Waterclear Lake ... 350m Waterclear Lake to Club Lake ... 610m Club Lake To Mouse Lake ... 1705m Mouse Lake to Mink Creek ... 190m Mink Creek To Big Thunder Lake ... 1495m Big Thunder Lake to Erables Lake ... 170m From Erables Lake To Maple Lake ... 130m From Maple Lake To Maple Creek ... 805m On Maple Creek ... 630m On Maple Creek ... 130m On Maple Creek ... 190m On Maple Creek .. and .. 915m Maple Creek To Kioshkokwi Lake