An Early Spring??


I noticed the temperatures seemed to be fairly mild in Algonquin Park this winter. I should mention that when I did my annual winter camping trip on Family day weekend, our group experienced the coldest trip yet with an overnight low of -42°C one night. Man, that is cold!

Day-trip to Mizzy Lake trail


Sun setting over March Hare Lake, Mizzy Lake trail, Algonquin Park - January 16th, 2016

We drove up on Saturday morning for a snowshoe of Mizzy Lake trail. Weather conditions were favourable with a temperature of -3°C and light winds. I had been watching the radar the evening before and watched as most of Algonquin Park received a healthy dumping of snow. A feeling of euphoria overcame me and a smile crossed my face as we entered The Park along highway#60 - It was picture postcard perfect. A decent amount of fresh snow covered the pines and lakes. It was great to be back in The Park again. We stopped at the West gate to pick up our daily vehicle permit - A requirement if visiting The Park during the day. The permit was now $17.00 - Ouch!

Once we acquired our permit we drove on, heading for our trail which was only 15.4km from the western park border. I was astonished to see Smoke creek was wide open - I could’ve brought my canoe! I have an upcoming winter camping snowshoe trip in February and open water in mid-January meant one thing: The ice on the lakes could be thinner then usual this year - That and the unusually warm winter so far. No ice crossing this time around, we would stick to travel through the bush. Thoughts like that crossed my mind as we pulled into the parking lot of the trailhead for the Mizzy Lake trail.


From Mark's archives • Video of snowshoe to Longspur Lake & report

Back on January 31, 2014 I drove up to Algonquin for a day-trip - A quick solo snowshoe.
What was really nuts was the fact that I spent more time on the highway travelling to and from Algonquin Park then I actually did in The Park itself. Almost 8 hours of highway driving for barely 7 hours of solitude.

I put together a cheesy little video as I hadn't planned on doing any film making, but having an iPhone is handy sometimes. There's not much to the video, except if you really miss the bush of course, it might satisfy your hunger. Read More...