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  1. For what it's worth, I only thought that the park...

    For what it's worth, I only thought that the park wouldn't likely overbook the sites, so if they had, say, 200 sites, they'd only issue 200 permits for a particular day. Since we're likely camping...
  2. Hi Gang, Following up on what Keewaykeno just...

    Hi Gang,

    Following up on what Keewaykeno just said I'd just like to confirm the first part of our itinerary.

    Note: I'm using the Unlostify map to identify site numbers. Hopefully that'll...
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    Will do ma'am.

    Will do ma'am.
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    Hey Lofty! Looks like Keewaykeno, Highboy,...

    Hey Lofty!

    Looks like Keewaykeno, Highboy, Hoolio and Heather, Keg, Crusier51, Luvmybonnet and myself are all meeting up at Tuesday, Aug 20 at 8am (hopefully) at the Hartley Bay access point. At...
  5. Personally, I'd like a couple of down days to...

    Personally, I'd like a couple of down days to explore, take pictures and enjoy.

    I like your alternate route of the Main Channel through Pike L., Skow Bay and the Bustards with the option of...
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    Welcome to the forums from downtown Toronto. ...

    Welcome to the forums from downtown Toronto.

    If you're interested, there's an active group of hammock hangers, the EGL, who regularly get together to canoe, winter camp and even car-camp. ...
  7. I'm good to do Pike Lake and then push on to...

    I'm good to do Pike Lake and then push on to Bustards in anything short of a full gale (be just like Beggar's Canyon back home). There's about 1 km of open water between the southernmost point of the...
  8. I saw Ursack offer these online but they're out...

    I saw Ursack offer these online but they're out of stock.

    https://www.ursack.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TIN3-100x100.jpg
    Liner

    I might have a source for the same 0.025 gauge sheet aluminum...
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    I'd give Ontario Parks a call and if you're are...

    I'd give Ontario Parks a call and if you're are able, transfer it over to me. I can reimburse you for any fees.
  10. If anyone has multiple bear-proof food storage...

    If anyone has multiple bear-proof food storage systems, it'd be nice to bring them all along so we can make sure everyone has something. Standard plastic tripping barrels with the locking metal...
  11. That's the spirit! I've spent some time today...

    That's the spirit!

    I've spent some time today researching food storage and bears on the French and am concerned that we might not find appropriate trees for hanging our food and that Ursacks or...
  12. Hiya LMB, The portages on the route we're...

    Hiya LMB,

    The portages on the route we're taking are almost entirely 10, 20 or 30 metres, with only one easily avoidable 310 metre depending on our route. If it helps, I'd be more than happy to...
  13. That's cool, there's no rush. According to...

    That's cool, there's no rush.

    According to the legend on the Unlostify maps (where each square = 15 minutes average paddling, blue = paddling and black = portaging), Hartley Bay Marina down the...
  14. Looking at a park map (Unlostify...

    Looking at a park map (Unlostify), the portages seem quite trivial.

    I've also checked a couple videos of the French out of Hartley Bay and I did see kayaks.

    Weather permitting, I'd love to camp...
  15. August 20 - 26 seems to work best, with a little...

    August 20 - 26 seems to work best, with a little extra time before and after the weekend to suit people's schedules.
  16. That floor looks absolutely amazing. That place...

    That floor looks absolutely amazing. That place is going to be awesome when it's furnished and those wood-stoves go in.
  17. I have no idea where we'll be camping yet. ...

    I have no idea where we'll be camping yet. Personally, I'd like to get down to the Bay if possible. If that means tenting, then so be it.


    I'll be bringing a tent and thermarests just in case I...
  18. What do you guys think of the 17th or 19th to...

    What do you guys think of the 17th or 19th to 26th with people coming and going as required? If Rob is willing, we can borrow his Garmin (for a fee of course) to relay the camp location for people...
  19. I've always took comfort in this quote from the...

    I've always took comfort in this quote from the file The 13th Warrior.

    The Skein of your life
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    French River Hang - Mid-Late Aug 2019 Quest for...

    French River Hang - Mid-Late Aug 2019
    Quest for the Bay (2nd Try)

    Back in 2018, we were forced by forest fires to postpone our much anticipated French River/Georgian Bay trip. Hopefully this...
  21. Canada>Ontario->EGL->2019 Canoeing Season > French River Hang Aug 2019

    French River Hang - Mid-Late Aug 2019
    Quest for the Bay (2nd Try)

    Back in 2018, we were forced by forest fires to postpone our much anticipated French River/Georgian Bay trip. Hopefully this...
  22. What a wonderful getaway and a great trip report...

    What a wonderful getaway and a great trip report Ggreaves.

    Noganash proved to be quite accessible, scenic and a nice change of pace from more familiar waters. Despite being the height of bug...
  23. I'm thinking a box of burgers, buns and beer.

    I'm thinking a box of burgers, buns and beer.
  24. Is there any desire for a resupply of the 3 B's...

    Is there any desire for a resupply of the 3 B's for those heading in early? BBQ, Booze or Basics?
  25. Is anyone familiar with the logistics concerning...

    Is anyone familiar with the logistics concerning parking at Flemings Landing? Is a fee required and how early do they generally "open". I'd like to arrive reasonably early, but no earlier than...
  26. Why do I urinate at least 2 times during the...

    Why do I urinate at least 2 times during the night in a Hammock
    Well, although I generally pee more twice a night, I never go "in a hammock". I usually wait until I get outside!:lol:
  27. Eagerly awaiting next Saturday morning. ...

    Eagerly awaiting next Saturday morning.

    Hopefully we can aim for the Deluxe campsite, although I like Ggreaves idea to identify some alternates or direction of travel in case Deluxe doesn't work...
  28. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/kShQi9d6e5...

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/kShQi9d6e5DefR1RTj0V_9ma-hHbTvcdaJji8X4nHI7LSQFQT2MqTy3_4oRxEUSXdSFsHj8693OlxAa7J7VGkL4=s0-d

    Oh really?
  29. I'm going to throw the Saturday/Sunday...

    I'm going to throw the Saturday/Sunday overnighter on the calendar and hope that it sticks. Work should be getting a little frantic leading up to Canada Day, and I fear my weekends might get...
  30. That duct tape really stuck on like snot. I had...

    That duct tape really stuck on like snot. I had a hard time peeling a strip off once I had lipstick back in the garage.

    Thanks again ye olde lad from Yorkshire for a much needed roll of green...
  31. Nice write up and pictures Bubba! Definitely a...

    Nice write up and pictures Bubba!

    Definitely a fun trip, although the Tom Thomson to Ink portage was taxing. The weather was a little inclement at times, but at least there were no bugs. That's...
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    Dang... There's always next time.. +1

    Dang... There's always next time..



    +1
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    Alas... Better to err on the side of caution...

    Alas...

    Better to err on the side of caution and give the Park a few extra days to clear out the ice than have to chip our way through pack-ice with the back of an axe. Trust me, I know of what I...
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    Dude! That would be awesome!

    Dude! That would be awesome!
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    Just for my own piece of mind, and a safety list,...

    Just for my own piece of mind, and a safety list, can everyone coming post their date/lake plans?

    eg.

    Chard


    Thurs Night/Chicamoula
    Fri Night/Chicamoula
    Sat Night/Chicamoula
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    Ok. Reservations have been shifted back to...

    Ok. Reservations have been shifted back to Thursday 16th - Monday 20th (Victoria Day), all at Chicamoula. Personally I'll probably head out Sunday, but I suspected most will want to stay until...
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    Do we want to try Thursday 16th - Monday 20th...

    Do we want to try Thursday 16th - Monday 20th (Victoria Day) next week?
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    d1MWxSUO4ts Park Advisories as of: May 8,...

    d1MWxSUO4ts


    Park Advisories as of: May 8, 2019

    The flight revealed that the vast majority of our lakes are still ice covered. For safety reasons, the entire backcountry/interior is closed...
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    Anyone swinging by Canadian Outdoor equipment...

    Anyone swinging by Canadian Outdoor equipment before the trip?
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    We had to contend with a flooded boardwalk a few...

    We had to contend with a flooded boardwalk a few years back. Watershoes are highly recommended.
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    That's a bummer.

    That's a bummer.
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    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&...

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwinhJzJo4jiAhUCZN8KHTuEDOYQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fodditymall.com%2Fgiant-jansport-backpack&psig=AOvVaw1Tu9pHB74-nLatmT...
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    I think I'll get to the park office early...

    I think I'll get to the park office early (6-6:30) so that I'm first in line, take some pictures and can get everything ready so that as soon as I get my permit I can get underway. I really don't...
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    I've got it! We bribe (such a dirty word), the...

    I've got it! We bribe (such a dirty word), the Park attendant with a really good grilled cheese sandwich or two, maybe a big apple pie, so that he/she gives us a wink or a nod when another group...
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    It would be an honour. :lol:Went for a stroll...

    It would be an honour.

    :lol:Went for a stroll to Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit) yesterday, a 5km'ish long reclaimed spit of land jutting out into Lake Ontario just in front of downtown...
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    :crying Does that mean you want me to extend...

    :crying

    Does that mean you want me to extend my permit, or will you get your own?
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    Well, if you're strong enough for a short portage...

    Well, if you're strong enough for a short portage trip, then maybe we do a quick follow-up spring trip canoe/hike, somewhere. Galeairy's likely a popular, no-portage, albeit overused lake but...
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    I've already booked one for Friday 10th - Monday...

    I've already booked one for Friday 10th - Monday 13th. I extended it by one day just in case. Once we know how's going in early vs late I can PM the whole group.

    Note: I believe that the...
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    Just bear in mind that there's a 2.3 km portage. ...

    Just bear in mind that there's a 2.3 km portage. For the first time in recorded history, I don't plan on bringing either an axe or a saw, trusting that someone else will be bringing them in. I will...
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    Madness. Pure madness.

    Madness. Pure madness.
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