markinthepark seeking solitude

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leaving ratrap lake

portage from latour creek

camp on biggar lake

morning colours

bull moose - rosebary lake

rail-bed - kiosk

snowshoe hare

november - booth lake

evening paddle - little doe lake

september evening - lake opeongo

october - big rock lake

snowshoe to lauder lake

amable du fond river

paddling tim lake

bull moose

hoodlum falls - mink creek

september morning - red pine bay

common garter snake

carl wilson lake

nipissing river

Downloads

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On this page you can download a selection of free stuff. Some of it is third party, others like the videos and wallpapers are of my own creation;

Audio

An Algonquin Christmas

Written & narrated by Mark Rubino, Produced by Sean Michael Paddison

A few years back, I was asked to write a poem about Algonquin Park for a Christmas album. At the time I had only been to Algonquin once during the Christmas season. The memories were still fresh in my mind, as my trip had occurred only 6 months previously. Although Christmas is a human tradition, it is still an exciting time to visit Algonquin Park. Winter has it's own unique beauty, something that everyone who loves The Park, should experience at least once in their lives.
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Algonquin Park Maps

Jeff’s Algonquin Map

Born out of necessity - A desire that was fed by the need for a more accurate map while paddling Algonquin Park's interior, Jeff laboured for four years and released his own version of the canoe routes map of Algonquin Park in 2008.

Since then, Jeff’s map has gone through several revisions & improvements. Nowadays, Jeff’s map(s) are a popular alternative throughout the paddling community. Jeff has also expanded his mapping business to include other parks such as
Killarney and Temagami. The information and amount of detail in the maps is astounding.

Below are downloads (Mirrored with permission from Jeff) of all five versions of Jeff’s Algonquin Maps. Click the tabs below to select any version of Jeff’s Algonquin Park maps.
Version 1
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In 2008, Jeff released version 1 of his Algonquin Map. The inclusion of accurate portage and campsite locations via GPS data was one of the major highlights of the map.

The map displayed for the first time (On any publicly available canoe routes map) primary logging roads. Such data usually evokes scorn from a canoeist perspective. I found the data useful - When used in combination with the AFA Harvesting schedule map I was able to plan my canoe trips away from the noise associated with logging and hauling trucks.

File size - 50MB

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Version 2
algonquin map thumb v.2
In March of 2009, Jeff released version 2 of his map. Among the improvements were more organized legends, the addition of contour lines, fish symbols and some changes to additional map icons.

Historical information continued to be expanded as Jeff began to include more and more facts related to history within Algonquin Park, a nice inclusion to the map.

File size - 128MB

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Version 3
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In November of 2010 Jeff released version 3 of his Algonquin Map. The map continued to evolve with Jeff including dozens of hiking trails in the legend. Not just in Algonquin Park but surrounding areas as well; The map no longer catered to just canoeists, but those of the hiking community as well. The map was truly becoming as diverse as The Park itself.

File size - 118MB

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Version 4
algonquin map thumb v.4
In the spring of 2012, Jeff released the much anticipated version 4 of his Algonquin Map. From better relief shading to a much improved colour scheme, Jeff’s map continued to make gains in quality.

The map sidebar contained additional map info - highlighting paddling areas such as the Frost centre and the Poker Lakes region, an unexpected and welcome addition.

Jeff decided to omit locations of removed campsites from the map. I think this was the right decision. The additional foot traffic on removed sites by would-be explorers would impact any given closed campsite’s ability to regenerate.

File size - 96MB

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Version 5
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Version 5 of Jeff’s Algonquin Map is the latest version (And last version) of his map under the Jeff’s Algonquin Map brand.

The physical map sells in four sections; Western, Central, Southern and Eastern.

With Algonquin Park being such a large place to visit by canoe it makes sense to split the map up into overlapping sections that provide a better close-up of any given area you plan to paddle.

You can download the entire map from the
algonquinmap web site or from the download link below.

File size - 97MB

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Vintage Algonquin Park Maps

This section provides online downloads of vintage Algonquin Park maps (Sorted by year of release) that are deemed public domain (copyright free) under Section(s) 12 and 6.1 of the Canadian Copyright Act. Maps posted here are freely available to everyone. Please feel free to mirror any maps, to help reduce the load on the server hosting markinthepark.com.

Many thanks goes out to Jeffrey McMurtrie, who has provided most of the maps here. Many more maps are
available on Jeff's website as the list provided here is but just a sample of the archive Jeff has amassed.
1893
Archives of Ontario Dept. of Land & Forests
Archives of Ontario Dept. of Land & Forests
1893 Map of Algonquin National Park of Ontario

There are two versions of this map, viewable by clicking and dragging the slider across the image to the left. The image on the left hand side of the frame is from the Archives of Ontario. The image on the right is from the Department of Lands and Forests. Both can be downloaded from the links below:
Archives of Ontario
Prepared to accompany Report of Park Commissioners to the Honourable A.S. Hardy, Commissioner of
Crown Lands - 1893
File size - 1.5MB
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Dept. Lands and Forests
Report on Alg. Ntnl. Park for 1893 Scanning paid for by
Stephen Molson
File size - 2.5MB
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1900
1900 Copp Clark Co. Algonquin Park Map
1900 Copp Clark Co. Algonquin Map

Scanning paid for by
Algonquin Outfitters
File size - 27MB
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1908
1908 Dr. Bell Algonquin Map
1908 Dr. Bell Algonquin Map

Map provided by Bruce Sutton, scanned by Mark Rubino and edited by Jeffrey McMurtrie.
File size - 18MB
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1911
1911 Lands and forests algonquin map
1911 Dept. Lands, Forests and Mines Algonquin Map

Scanning paid for by
Stephen Molson
File size - 27.5MB
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1914
1914 historic algonqion park map
1914 Dept. Lands, Forests and Mines Algonquin Map

Map provided and scanned by Mark Bagu.
File size - 25MB
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1919
1919 historic algonqion park map
1919 Dept. Lands, Forests and Mines Algonquin Map

Map Provided and Scanned by Diana McElroy, Edited by Jeffrey McMurtrie
File size - 47MB
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1922
1922 cnr algonqion park map
1922 CNR Algonquin Park Map

This map produced by Canadian National Railways(CNR) in 1922 included a travel guide located on the reverse side of the map. Both maps - Front & Back (Travel Guide) are available for download below:

Map Provided by Jeffrey McMurtrie and scanned by Mark Rubino.
Map (Front)
File size - 28MB
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Travel Guide (Back)
File size - 38MB
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1925
1925 arthur brown algonqion park map
1925 Arthur Brown Algonquin Map

Scanned by Jeffrey McMurtrie.
File size - 14MB
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1934
1934 National topographic series algonqion park map
1934 Algonquin Park Map - National Topographic Series

Scanning paid for by
Stephen Molson
File size - 34MB
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1946
1946 algonqion park map
1946 Algonquin Park Area Map
Chief Geographer's Office,
Surveys and Engineering Division 1946


Map Provided by Bruce Sutton and scanned/edited by Mark Rubino
File size - 9.5MB
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1958
1958 algonqion park map
1958 Algonquin Park Area Map
Dept of Lands and Forests Map 47a


Map Provided, Scanned and Edited by
Jeffrey McMurtrie.
File size - 21MB
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Algonquin Park Videos

Over the years I have accumulated many hours of video from my travels in Algonquin Park. Below are a few examples of video that I’ve put together and uploaded to my youtube channel.
Ragged Lake - November 2015
Ragged Lake - Nov. 2015

This video depicts a snowy canoe camping trip to Ragged Lake in late November in 2015.

The video was shot on an iPhone5 which is terrible in cold weather as the battery drains quickly.

We were there for four days and didn’t see or hear another soul. This is exactly the kind of solitude we we’re looking for.

Snowshoe to Longspur Lake
Snowshoe to Longspur Lake

A short video of a recon trek to Longspur Lake shot in January 2014, near highway#60. I was scouting a sled-hauling route for an upcoming winter trip at the time.

Highway conditions were poor at times with snow-squalls being the weather of the day. I spent 7 hours in The Park that day and almost 8 hours driving to and from The Park!

Clips from Mizzy Lake Trail
Clips from Mizzy Lake Trail

A short video depicting a snowshoe thru Mizzy Lake Trail. in January 2016.

I do not recommend snowshoeing the entire length of the loop. Especially if you have to break trail - The loop is 11km long. For a report on the trip complete with a few photos, check out my blog posting
here.

White Partridge Express
White Partridge Express

This is nearly a 10 minute video of a trip to Algonquin Park’s east side, shot back in May of 2006. The rare and unique mode of transport to our campsite was via a horse-drawn wagon. Without our horse-drawn wagon, getting to White Partridge Lake from the nearest canoe route access point would’ve taken two days over several rough portages and many lakes.



Algonquin Park Man
Algonquin Park Man

In August 2008, "Bo Knows" performed an extended version of his Algonquin Park version of Johnny Cash's song, "I've been everywhere man". The video was shot on location in Algonquin Park on Kingscote Lake. The names of many lakes and rivers are depicted in the song. Have you been to all the ones Bo has visited? Watch the video and find out!


Byers Lake Time Lapse
Byers Lake Time Lapse

A time-lapse video I took while camping on Byers Lake in Algonquin Park’s south end in the month of June. The video contains copyrighted music authored under the creative commons license.

This was my first time using a go pro camera and its time-lapse function. Was fun to try out - Keep your eyes peeled for the snapping turtle.


Spruce Bog
Spruce Bog in February Algonquin Park
Spruce Bog frozen in February’s embrace
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McIntosh Lake
McIntosh Lake in October, Algonquin Park
McIntosh Lake on an October afternoon
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Morning mist
September mist on Little Drummer Lake, Algonquin Park
September morning on Little Drummer Lake
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Tom Thomson Lake
Misty morning on Tom Thomson Lake
Tom Thomson Lake
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Cliffs of Hogan Lake
Cliffs of Hogan Lake
Cliffs of Hogan Lake
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Hoodlum Falls - Mink Creek
Hoodlum Falls - Algonquin Park
Hoodlum Falls - Mink Creek
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Sunrise over Lake of Two Rivers [LoTR]
Sunrise on Lake of Two Rivers - Algonquin Park
Sunrise over Lake of Two Rivers [LoTR]
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