This probably isn’t the post you were expecting, as it isn’t what I normally write about. I wish I had some sort of epic adventure I went on recently to share, but truth be told winter sucks for outdoor activities. While you can go for a hike, trails are icy, and to be frank I’m not a fan of the cold. I could tell you about my snowboarding trip earlier this winter, but I didn’t take any photos and it was just at the local hill (nothing too noteworthy). Fear, not readers, spring is almost here which means the start of camping season!
If you camp you know what I’m about to talk about. The only thing I don’t like about camping is the bugs. Mosquitoes, black flies, horse fly, normal house fly, I don’t discriminate I hate all flying bugs… Okay I lied, I like dragonflies because they sometimes eat the others. Spring is prime camping season, I mean early spring when the ice has just come off the lake, the trails have no snow and start drying up, and it is hot during the day yet, cool and crisp at night. Spring camping is the best and this year I plan on upping my spring camping game.
On a recent trip to MEC, I picked up my first ever Jeff’s map of Algonquin Park (southern edition). This is the year I make it to Algonquin Provincial Park and do a big canoe trip in the park. If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you’ll know that I went on a trip to Kawartha Highlands last year, which was an amazing time (linked to that post at the bottom). From that moment of my first canoe trip, well actually since way before then, I’ve wanted to go to Algonquin Park and see the beauty hidden in its borders. This is the year I will go.
This map is amazing, the sheer detail and care that were taken in making it is incredible. All the campsites are on it and some are marked to be in bad shape, portages are re-mapped to be accurate to the true length and it has information about different areas of the park including the kind of trails flood, a nearby bog and even where you can find the otter slides and pictographs in the park. Not only is the map is incredible, but it is also waterproof!
This map will be key to planning my next real adventure. I plan to do a more classic route in Algonquin, starting on Lake Opeongo, which is on the east side of the southern map. It is a massive lake and has many different exit points to other lakes, therefore is a great start point to really explore the park.
It will take a bit of time and effort to plan properly, plus I need to get some gear for this trip. I plan to rent a canoe from the outfitter on the lake, which will be a luxury as the canoe I have is not truly suitable for portaging. I’m confident that this trip will be one of the best. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!