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Algonquin Park – Cedar Lake

The plan was to car-camp at Driftwood Provincial Park on Friday night and continue onto Algonquin on Saturday morning. Putting in on Cedar Lake and finding a nice campsite to use as a base-camp and then doing a couple of day trips. Well, thanks to some overtime at work, the car-camping plan was scrapped. This …

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Birthday Backpacking In Frontenac Park

Surprisingly, it didn’t take much convincing to get my loving wife to agree to an overnight backpacking trip in Frontenac Park for my birthday. Her only stipulation was that we had to keep an eye on the forecast, and if it was going to rain then we wouldn’t go. On Wednesday, we made our final …

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3 Day Backpacking Trip In The Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park

We had a few days that worked out for our schedules so we decided to take a quick backpacking trip to Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park following a portioni of the the Ganaraska trail. We didn’t even get to the park until well past sun down, so hiking through the woods in the dark …

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Marmot Traillight 2P Tent

Description The Marmot Traillight is a two person, three season tent. When dry, it weighs 4 lbs 14 oz. It is 224 cm (88”) long, 137 cm (54”) wide and 107 cm (42”) high. The tent walls are made of No-See-Um netting and the floor is made of 70-denier ripstop polyester, while the fly is …

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Three Day Algonquin Park Canoe Trip

At 8 a.m. we began our journey by climbing aboard Parkbus for the first of its three trial runs from Ottawa to Algonquin Park. I have to applaud Alex Berlyand and Boris Issaev for all of their hard work as Parkbus is truly a great service. Since this was the pilot run, we left Mountain Equipment …

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Thanksgiving Weekend Hiking Trip In Frontenac Park

A couple of our past trips helped us decide to go on our Thanksgiving weekend hiking trip. The first was our Frontenac Park canoe trip. The route that we had taken was a lot more portaging and than paddling – except for the last day which was from one end of Big Salmon Lake to …

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Labour Day Weekend Canoe Trip in Algonquin Park

Due to me having a knee injury, we decided that our Labour Day Weekend canoe trip would have more paddling and less portaging. This type of trip worked out well for Ron, as he had just picked up his new 9-week-old Boxer pup “Vicka” the previous weekend. Our trip only consisted of four portages and …

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Four Day Frontenac Park Canoe Trip

From the beginning our trip sounded like it was going to be a disaster because we had a group of six and when we called to book the canoes from the Frontenac Outfitters, they only had two canoes and a kayak left. We booked the canoes and the kayak in the hopes that there would …

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Backcountry Camping In Bon Echo Provincial Park

We began our backcountry camping weekend at Bon Echo Provincial Park by spending Friday night on site 440 in the Hardwood Hills section of the park. It was a great site – big, reasonably private and lots of space for two tents and a car. We setup our tents and began cooking dinner: steak and …

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Canoe History

ORIGIN The word “canoe” comes from the Carib people’s word “kenu” (dugout). The Carib tribes would use hollowed out tree logs to travel between the Caribbean islands. EARLY YEARS Early North American canoes were generally made with a cedar frame and ribs, which was then covered by a birch bark shell. The frame and ribs …

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