Ice Out Update

I was up in the Algonquin region yesterday and I’m sad to report that the lakes around where I was were solid ice still.  Its still going to be quite awhile until we are able to dip, dip, and swing!

What are you doing to keep from going stir crazy?

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Loggers Day – July 27th, 2013 #AlgonquinPark

Logger’s Day is held at the Logging Museum in Algonquin Park.  This event lets you experience (in a sense) what life for loggers was like.  This years event as always was great and did not disappoint.  The event itself cost $2 to get in and you also had the option to purchase a $10 lunch which included fried bologna, salad, beans and so much more.  We opted out of the lunch but still had a great day.

The day started out visiting the Camboose Shanty and watching the Wakami Wailers sing a few songs and tell a few stories.  The Wakami Wailers consist of Mike Bernier, Mark Despault and Rob Hollet.  One major missing piece of the Wakami Wailers was the raconteur (story teller) Raoule (Jeff Allen).  In the past the park had baked beans cooking inside the camboose shanty on Logger’s Day however this year there was none.

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Up next was a demonstration on how the loggers would square a white pine log.  It’s actually a three step process that starts off with scoring a notch in the pine, then using a broadaxe you plained the pine, then you score the remaining wood off.  Sometimes they had to repeat the process quite a few times depending on how big the pine is.

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There were so many exhibits to see and experience.  Ron Tozer, retired Algonquin Park Naturalist, spoke to us about the Alligator and how it worked.  Then there was an electric alligator pulling a log in the bog behind the Alligator.

Farther along the trail we got to try out a crosscut saw and make a timber “cookie”.



You then could get that “cookie” stamped or you could have a piece of wood stamped if you didn’t cut the tree.  Where they were stamping the wood there was also a gentleman carving a broadaxe handle by hand.  My dad also got to try out making a piece of rope.

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Overall it was a great morning!  I enjoy getting the chance to learn hands on about the history about the park.  I love history but I really love learning about the people of Algonquin.  Hope to see you all next year at Logger’s Day!

~Enjoy your trip


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Coming up Over the Course of the Summer!

This summer I have the opportunity to go to Algonquin Park more often than normal.  During the course of these trips I will be taking video/time lapse shots of the lakes that I canoe so that I can create a database for you.  This will allow you to see potential routes, day trips, and what lake you might be camping on while at a campground.  We will start it off with Kearney Lake.  This lake is a gentle paddle for beginners and pros alike!

Keep watching as I paddle Canoe Lake this weekend up Potter Creek and into a time in history that Tom Thomson knows well.

~Enjoy Your Trip!

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Pre-Planning Pt 3

Please note:  The fee’s that I quoted from the Algonquin Park site will change as of March 31, 2013!


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