There’s probably a reason 70 per cent of the people who visit Ontario Parks never visit the interior. Portages. People think they’re ugly, uncomfortable exercises in self-abuse where even the beauty of the natural environment is mostly blocked from view…
This is what I told the MNR via their online consultation system about their pondering extending leases on cottages within the boundaries of Algonquin provincial park. In short: They've had a good run. And now they're done.
Another year, another canoe trip. This year Martin and I went to Temagami, starting on Anima Nipissing Lake and looping down to Red Squirrel, across Ferguson Bay, up Whitefish Bay, through Aston and into Turner Lakes, returning via Eagle, Little Eagle and Whitewater. If you don't know the area none of this will mean anything to you. But give the report a read. You might still like it.
The canoe is on the car roof. The car is packed full of stuff. Tomorrow at 5am it's up and out of here for four days. This year Martin and I are going to Temagami. More specifically, Anima Nipissing Lake. We're doing Hap Wilson Number 9, the Turner Lake Loop, which Hap describes as "a bit of a work trip but well worth the slugging over the portages." So wish us luck.