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Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Welcome to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, home to Canada's iconic boreal forest wildlife, including Woodland Caribou, Moose, Black Bear, Grey Wolves, Lynx, Beaver, Lake Trout, Walleye and Pike. With over 2,000 kms of canoe routes and 1,500 campsites, yet less than 1,000 visitors each year, solitude is guaranteed. Red Lake Outfitters WOODLAND CARIBOU PROVINCIAL PARK’S PREMIER OUTFITTER. Introduce yourself to 2,000 kilometres of Canadian boreal wilderness, lakes, and rivers in the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Relax and enjoy the solitude and serene environment home to many animals like caribou, lake trout, and northern pike. Discover something new each time you [...]

By |2017-06-05T11:09:48-04:00June 5th, 2017|Destinations, Stories, Stories and Destinations|4 Comments

Dog Sledding: The 2017 IFSS Sleddog World Championship at Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve

We pull into the parking lot of the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve and turn off the car, the silence within magnified by the light snow that quickly accumulates on our windshield. Quietly, we put on heavy layers of winter clothing, grab our cameras from the back seat and open the doors simultaneously. A wave of sounds, sights and smells envelope us like a dense fog, and we are immediately transported into another world where snow and ice paint the landscape white and sled dogs and hardy adventurers rule the land. Snow crunches below our field, almost imperceptible above [...]

By |2017-01-25T15:34:28-05:00January 25th, 2017|Day Trips, Destinations|0 Comments

Canoe and Kayak Magazine – 5 Favorite Lakes in Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park straddles the transition zone between the northern boreal forest and the southern deciduous forest, making for a very unique and diversified landscape. It’s home to over 750 miles of rivers and more than 1500 lakes spread out across 2,955 square miles of the Canadian Shield- seeing every water body in the park would take a lifetime. If you don’t have a lifetime to spend in the park, consider visiting these ones first. As with many things in life, you may find that while the lakes are worthy destinations on their own, the journey into them can be the highlight [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:42:55-05:00January 10th, 2017|Algonquin Provincial Park|0 Comments

Nipissing River, Algonquin Park

The Nipissing River is located in the north end of the park, flowing almost 100 kilometres from the headwaters just outside the west border of the park, northeast of Kearney, to Cedar Lake.  It's a drop and pool river, meandering slowly through a varied landscape, dropping down a series of waterfalls and dams throughout its length. The headwater section, typically accessed from Big Bob Lake, is slow, shallow and often overgrown with alders, making travel in some sections particularly difficult late in the paddling season.  Below Grass Lake, the river continues to meander, but it's deeper and the [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:43:28-05:00January 9th, 2017|Algonquin Provincial Park|1 Comment

Solo Algonquin Park Canoe Trip to Burnt Island Lake

I embarked on a single night, two day, 60 kilometre canoe trip to Burnt Island Lake via Canoe Lake. I visited 17 lakes, ponds and creeks, saw dozens of loons, a mother beaver and her kit at close quarters, and witnessed a spectacular sunset and sunrise. Setting out from Canoe Lake early in the afternoon of August 14, I was a little dismayed at the number of people milling about and preparing for trips of their own. I worried that I would not find solitude on this trip - in fact, I somewhat expected not to considering the facts that it [...]

Ontario Travel and Special Events: First Light at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons

Sainte Marie Among the Hurons in Midland, Ontario Canada is a great place to visit any time of year, but December's First Light festival is extra special. This restoration of this 17th century Jesuit missionary, originally a cooperative community of early French Pioneers, explorers, missionairies and Huron Wendat natives, showcases dwellings, canoes, weapons and daily living conditions of early Canadians and their aboriginal hosts. It really is the ultimate bushcraft community, and during the First Light celebration, it is the ultimate buchcraft Christmas.   https://youtu.be/C9_M8wZFm-s Now in its 17th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great [...]

By |2017-01-11T08:57:38-05:00December 16th, 2016|Destinations|0 Comments

Algonquin Park Canoe Routes – Smoke – Bonnechere – Cache – Smoke Lake Loop

I recommend this route to the more adventurous, or for those seeking the road less travelled in an otherwise busy area of the park. The chain of small lakes between Cache Lake and Bonnechere Lake are not well known and it is common not see another person while portaging and paddling through them. They can be accessed easily from Cache Lake, but I prefer to add them to a loop that starts at Smoke Lake and passes through Bonnechere.   Pick up your permit at Canoe Lake and head directly across the highway to Access #6, Smoke Lake [...]

Why Do I Canoe Trip Solo?

It’s 6:00 am and I lie awake, staring up through the roof of my fly-less tent at a billion twinkling stars, watching them slowly fade as the eastern sky erupts in the subtle colors of a September sunrise. The haunting cry of a loon breaks the morning stillness, echoing off the rock cliffs that line the shoreline. The call is answered; not by another loon, but by a huge bull moose that grunts repeatedly as he pushes his way through the shoreline alders in search of a mate. I get up and wander down to the water’s edge, perching on [...]

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