Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Camping in the wild in Algonquin, Canada.

Getting there.

It was a 4 hour drive from Hamilton to Algonguin. It was a further 4 hour kayak to reach the island we were camping on, with 2 portages to navigate. the scenery was stunning and we started off full of energy, which soon turned into 'are we there yet?' to which the response was 'just round the next bend'





Campsite



Facilities.

The walk to the loo

The loo

Food supplies

Washing up


Views.



Entertainment.

There is no phone signal, internet or electricity, in fact there is no running water, you have to boil the lake water for a drink.


Wildlife.

Sadly I didn't see a moose and thankfully I didn't see a bear, although there was evidence of both with foot prints and bear poo.
The loon bird was wonderful, it had a really eerie cry that started before sunrise, so not a lot of sleep was had. It was very graceful in the water but is rather clumsy on land.



Dragonflies and butterflies were numerous



I spent ages watching this inch worm climb up, down and around this stick.


Mosquito repellant was not enough, it was a case of cover up everywhere.



Being Bear prepared. Bear Poo found 100 metres from the tent, providing photographic proof for the question 'Does a bear shit in the woods?'


Food hoisted in the air, between two trees.


Bear repellant, your best line of defence to survive a bear attack.


Sadly not everyone removed their rubbish from the lakes, increasing the risk of attacks on humans.


Plants

The flora in Algonguin was stunning, it was hard to miss a thing, it was also hard to see everything, on the ground, in the trees, under rocks.














'Leaves of three, leave them be'
Poison Ivy


22 comments:

  1. That is quite a hardcore camping trip! It looks like you had a great time. What beautiful wildlife and flora and fauna too #AnimalTales

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    1. it truly was worth all the effort to get there

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  2. Now that is what I call camping! Not the kind we do here in England. Would love to do that too, but I'm afraid of bears. Thank goodness there aren't any bears here. #animaltales.

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    1. I've camped in many places, but this has to the best the hardest one

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  3. We had loads of fun! Hubby and I will be going to Algonquin again at the end of May, would you like to hop on over for another trip?

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  4. Wow - I remember reading about the bear poo and remembering why I don't like camping! I love your big countryside shots and it makes you wonder just how much wildlife is out there if you know where to look. A nice Canada wildlife post to add to #AnimalTales, thank you.

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  5. This is really camping not "glamping"

    The views are stunning. Just sad that humans can't seem to clean up after themselves


    Ha! Is that what a poison ivy looks like ... Hmmmm

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    1. yep, real survival camping for sure

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  6. What stunning shots! I love the reflections in the water. I love being outdoors and discovering nature but I don't think I could deal with such remoteness or the thought of a bear dropping by!

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    1. i loved every second of it, but not i'd be doing it again, it was quite an effort

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  7. Oh absolutely gorgeous! Just had to check with my husband after reading this (he's Canadian) and he used to camp there as a kid. Definitely now want to go on a camping trip next time we head to visit his family...well as long as it's warm.

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  8. Wow what an adventure! I dream of doing something like this someday.
    I've seen one too many bear attack horror movies though!
    Thanks for joining in again lovely x

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    1. i will say the thought of a bear encounter had me on edge for most of the trip

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  9. Wow - definitely an adventure, but worth the stunning and mirrored photos.

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  10. oh wow! what stunning views and great shot of everything. a 4 hour kayak is quite the ride! looks like a great camping experience. and yes, thankfully no bear. -Claudia

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    1. really didn't want to see a bear, not even in the distance

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  11. What a lovely trip. I won't show Mr EE as he will be very very jealous. I can't believe how irresponsible some people are to leave their litter all over the place like that!

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    1. it was terrible and very lazy and thoughtless

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