On 2012 April 30, Bob and Diana went for a walk along the eastern end of the Spoor Lake Road in Algonquin Park. Bob had explored along here before, but Diana had not. There was no specific objective for the outing other than to enjoy the outdoors while it was still bug-free, to get some exercise, and to investigate various locations along the road if we were so inclined. The route was an out and back with a few side trips, the turnaround point being when we felt like it.
2012 April 30
This stretch of road was part of the old access road to the east side of Algonquin Park prior to the construction of the Barron Canyon Road (Achray Road) and Sand Lake Gate. At that time it was reached through the property of Camp Petawawa (now CFB Petawawa), crossing the Petawawa River via the bridge at the bottom of Montgomery Lake. While part of the old road is now used to get to McManus Lake, the rest of it is no longer open to public vehicle travel. The branch that used to lead to Achray is now broken just before it reaches the modern Achray Road; we aren't sure if the other branch, which used to lead to Lake Travers, is still intact or not.
Bob explored along here in 2004 (see An Early Spring Day in Algonquin Park — although why, in that account, he referred to Lone Creek as an "unnamed creek" is unclear). This trip was similar, but with a side trip to Spoor Lake.
The day started out cold but sunny, and with little wind. We left our car at the gate (several hundred meters beyond where the access road to McManus Lake turns off) and began walking west around 10:00 am. As the day went on, it warmed up, but clouds started to move in during the afternoon. By the time we finished, around 2:30 pm, the sky was fully overcast and a few drops of rain had fallen.
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