How to Properly Hang Your Food in Algonquin Park

How to Properly Hang Your Food in Algonquin Park

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Whether this is your first time booking a trip in Algonquin Park, or your'e a seasoned canoe tripper, you've definitely heard people say "make sure you hang your food at your campsite." While most people do hang their food, few people know how to do it properly. We're going to look at why you should hang your food in Algonquin Park, and how to do a simple single-branch food hang.* If you haven't even thought about hanging your food and you're still deciding how to pack it, check out: Food Storage in Algonquin's Interior: Barrel vs. Pack vs. Dry Bag Can you spot what's wrong with this food hang? Why You Should Hang Your Food in Algonquin ParkHanging food in Algonquin Park is a heated debate with some people who…
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Clydegale Round 2, Except with More Moose

Clydegale Round 2, Except with More Moose

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Easy NavTrip InfoBackgroundDay 1 - Paddling to Clydegale LakeDay 2 - Exploring the South End of Clydegale Day 3 - Finally, Moose!The AftermathCampsites Trip InfoDate: September 22nd - 24th, 2018Route: Rock Lake → Clydegale Lake x2 → Rock LakeClick image to view largerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZTgp8TBa2Q BackgroundFirst of all, in case you're wondering about the title, it's in reference to my solo trip to Clydegale last summer, where I saw 3 moose in two days.Initially this trip was going to be Friday to Sunday, but the forecast called for some bad thunderstorms with brutal winds on the Friday. So on Thursday afternoon, we pushed back the trip and made it Saturday to Monday instead. It wasn’t the rain or thunderstorms I was worried about… it was the wind. Even if we made it to camp on Clydegale through…
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Pen Lake – Campsite #14

Pen Lake – Campsite #14

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Pen Lake – Campsite #14 This is the southernmost campsite on Pen Lake, right beside the portage into Clydegale Lake. I was surprisingly impressed with this campsite. The interior of the site is simple but offers everything that you need; a fire pit with seating, several large flat tent spots nearby, and shelter from the elements. But the shoreline is what sold me on the site; it's lined with long open rock faces that offer plenty of room to enjoy the sun, stargaze in the evening, and swim during nice weather. You can tell from the pictures that I visited the site during low water levels, which makes the shoreline even more exposed and elevated. There's also a very convenient and accessible beach landing. Due to the location of the…
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Pen Lake – Campsite #13

Pen Lake – Campsite #13

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Pen Lake – Campsite #13 This is the last campsite on the east shore as you head south down Pen Lake. Most people camping on Pen won't be paddling this far down the lake, and there isn't too much through traffic into Clydegale, so the campsite offers a decent bit of privacy relative to the rest of Pen Lake. It's another rocky elevated campsite like several others on Pen, with a large and spacious interior. The fire pit, seating, and tent spots are enough to accommodate a large group, and the large boulder in the middle of the site offers a unique aspect to the site. The canoe landing is rocky yet very accessible, but theres a bit of a walk and climb to get from the landing to the…
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Pen Lake – Campsite #12

Pen Lake – Campsite #12

Campsites
Pen Lake – Campsite #12 Like many sites in the south of Pen Lake, this campsite is rocky and elevated. The canoe landing requires a bit of a climb to get to the main area of the site, but if you don't mind the climb, the rest of the campsite should offer everything that you need. Once you're up, the fire pit and seating is near the edge and exposed to the elements, and there are 3-4 tent spot options that are a bit more sheltered. Other than the climb up, it's a pretty decent site. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites View from the water Fire pit and seating Interior of campsite Tent spot Tent spot Tent spot Tribute to Gord Downie Canoe landing *…
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Pen Lake – Campsite #10

Pen Lake – Campsite #10

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Pen Lake – Campsite #10 This campsite is in the south end of Pen Lake, lodged midway between a strip of campsites on the east shore. The site is very unassuming from the water, but I really enjoyed it once I got on land. It isn't overly large and spacious, but it is very cozy and has a feeling of seclusion despite being in the middle of a very popular lake. The large rock at the front of the site is a nice place to relax and enjoy the beautiful west views onto Pen Lake,  while the fire pit, seating, and tent spots are large enough to accommodate a medium sized group. There's a small incline from the landing to the main site, but much less so than some of…
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Clydegale Lake – Campsite #6

Clydegale Lake – Campsite #6

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Clydegale Lake – Campsite #6 This is the only island campsite on Clydegale Lake, and it's often the most desired site on the lake. The island is secluded in the south of the lake, which rarely gets any through traffic (other than people checking to see if the site is available). The interior of the site offers good shelter and has a well built fire pit along with a few different flat tent spot options. There's exploring opportunities throughout the island, and a beachfront landing with large rocks to enjoy swimming and sunbathing in good weather. It also offers very pretty views onto the southwest shores of Clydegale. This site is the only campsite on Clydegale that isn't elevated, and with the beach landing, this makes it a very accessible…
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Clydegale Lake – Campsite #4

Clydegale Lake – Campsite #4

Campsites
Clydegale Lake – Campsite #4 This is definitely an interesting campsite. Like most campsites on Clydegale Lake, the site is elevated... but this campsite has a steep rocky incline with very non-ideal canoe landings. It does offer a commanding view to the south of Clydegale Lake, with tons of open rock for lounging in nice weather. At the top of the site, there's a flat tent spot and a fire pit without much seating. Behind the site is relatively open forest that's very cool to look at, but is also suspiciously eerie. If you don't mind how inaccessible the site is, then it's not all that bad. But there are definitely better options on Clydegale Lake. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites View from the water…
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Clydegale Lake – Campsite #1 2018

Clydegale Lake – Campsite #1 2018

Campsites
Clydegale Lake – Campsite #1 – 2018 This is my second time camping on this campsite. My first time was only a year prior, but I was surprised with how much the site had changed. Most of the seating around the fire pit had been removed, and parts of the site are starting to become overgrown (for example, the image labelled "Overgrown tent spot" in this report compared to "Small tent spot" in last year's report; they are the same location). The water levels were also much lower this year which made the large rock at the front of the island accessible by foot, through a rocky pathway from the mainland. Overall the site is still basically the same, and there are still a few tent spots to choose from…
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