Five day solo canoe camping Fall Ontario

kgd

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Hi folks,

Its been awhile since I wrote and awhile since I did any outdoor activity due to the whole COVID situation. I'm blessed with a job that kept me on but also because of what I do it has been near impossible this year to take any time off. I finally managed a week for some fall camping and re-visited The Massausauga Park, a relatively tame, Ontario Provincial Park. Knowing it would be an easy route, I loaded up a full stack of photography gear and went to witness fall colours in all their splendour. I think this year I hit the week just perfectly.

The Massasauga Park is located just south of the town of Parry Sound about 2 h drive north of Toronto in the Muskoka region. The park is backcountry only and provides access via water to a number of small inland lakes as well as the Parry Sound embayment of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron. My route was 26 km in distance with 12 portages that together totaled 4 km (lol 20 km of walking in when you factor I triple carried most of the ports).

This is also the first time in a few years that I took a solo canoe trip. Last year on my fall break I opted for a 90 km hike in Algonquin Park stepping along the Western Upland Trail. Solo canoe in the fall is a special thing and normally very dry although on this trip I had a lot of rain that fortunately tended to occur mainly in the nights as opposed to the days.

A few pics from the trip...

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How many knife handles could Rick Marchand make from this big'ole burl???

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Oyster mushrooms were plentiful on the ironwood and I harvested a few to eat feeling pretty confident in their i.d. (I used to grow oyster mushrooms from beach logs seeded out and felt very comfortable eating these guys; well I didn't get diarrhea and stomach cramps nor death so I think I was right ;). This might be the only really bushcraft-like thing I did this trip.

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You're a lucky man Ken ... that's some beautiful country. Thanks for posting.

How is Rick?
 

kgd

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You're a lucky man Ken ... that's some beautiful country. Thanks for posting.

How is Rick?

Your welcome. Rick is now living on the east coast so I don't get to see him very much anymore. I bet he is having a great time in his more wild location though.

Ken
 
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Great trip and beautiful pictures!

On the other hand, you should be ashamed for not chopping, at the very least, half a docen full grown trees with an undersized knife just to prove it can be done... shame on you! :D :D

I am soooo jealous of the scenery and the trip itself.

Mikel
 
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kgd

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Great trip and beautiful pictures!

On the other hand, you should be ashamed for not chopping, at the very least, half a docen full grown trees with an undersized knife just to prove it can be done... shame on you! :D :D

I am soooo jealous of the scenery and the trip itself.

Mikel

Mikel - for most people 4" is plenty enough to get the job done....but I understand that for some people 6+" or more are necessary to achieve pleasure :)
 

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Great photos and video Ken! Thanks for sharing. It was like a nice mini vacation at my desk. What knife is that you carried on your chest?
 
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