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Trip-log#107 is now online



Trip-log#107 is now online. A quick solo trip to Rain Lake.


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Web site news



The "News" page is now closed and will remain offline. Don't worry, these are improvements to the web site, nothing more.
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Fire ban declared for Algonquin Park



A fire ban has been declared for all of Algonquin Park (As of July 18, 12:01am). Please keep in mind it is illegal to have open fires while in Algonquin Park's backcountry. If you are foolish enough to ignore the ban and are caught criminal charges as well as fines can be levied. Read More...
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Jeff's Algonquin Map Version#4… and MORE!

jeff's map logo

"I can see the entire nipissing canoe route!" This was my first remark upon laying my eyes on Jeff's new map: "Canoeing and Exploring Map of Algonquin Provincial Park & The Haliburton Highlands" - Version 4.

Jeff's new map comes eighteen months after the release of version 3. It has been a long time in development and I gotta say it is worth the wait.
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AFA releases 2012-2013 harvesting schedule map



The Algonquin Forest Authority (AFA) has released its yearly harvesting schedule
map. The map depicts locations through-out Algonquin Park where logging is to take place on a seasonal basis. The map also displays haulage routes, denoting where noise associated with haulage might occur.
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FOAP predicts earlier ice-out than average



This morning an update was posted on the ice-out conditions web page of the FOAP web site (Friends of Algonquin Park). Many people around the 'net have been discussing the possibility of an early ice-out, possibly another record ice-out.

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Quick day-trip to Swan/Scott Lakes

forest mgmt research station entrance

My friend Jeffrey and I went for a quick day-trip visit up through the road that runs to the Forest Management Research Station just before Kilometre#11 on highway#60.

We picked up our daily vehicle permit around 9:00am at the West Gate. On the way there we saw three deer; a Doe and two fawns running down the highway at us just outside of Dwight. All was well as traffic stopped both ways and the deer made their way off the highway and into the surrounding bush. We also saw a red fox at the West Gate, that was neat!
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Winter Camping thru Cache Lake Access#8

cache lake in february

Returned yesterday from three nights of winter camping via Cache Lake Access#8. While I am feverish for a paddle thru a favourite Algonquin Park Lake, winter never keeps my friends and I away.

Winter in Algonquin Park is quite different offering a rare and unique beauty that none of the other seasons can mimic.
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Another quick trip

Spruce Bog trail

I grabbed my friend Sean(of Ajax) and headed up Friday afternoon to Huntsville where we checked into a motel. There was a mini-snowstorm happening so we dressed for the weather and went for a stroll through downtown Huntsville. We stopped by the Algonquin Outfitters store, drooling over the gear there, then made our way to cool pub; Moose Delaneys. The rest of the evening was spent pigging out and channel surfing in our motel room.
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Missing The Park terribly

snowshoe track

I hadn't been to The Park since October 10th, 2011. That is almost four months. Four months too long to be away from my favourite place on Earth.

Having some spare time and needing a break from trip-log writing (Yes, there are some new trip-logs coming!) I hopped into my vehicle and made my way north.
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