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Four Nights on Whitson Lake

2019 September 05-09

We recently undertook a short canoe camping trip to Whitson Lake on the Petawawa River in Algonquin Park. The trip was characterized by low water levels and iffy weather. Our primary objective was to locate two historic photo locations and two Tom Thomson painting locations, but our searches were inconclusive. However, in spite of that and in spite of the weather, it was a good trip.

It is our intention to publish a Bushlog description of our trip, but in the meantime, here are some photos:

McManus Lake in Algonquin Park
Paddling up McManus Lake in Algonquin Park
The mouth of Spoor Creek on McManus Lake in Algonquin Park
Reflections along the shore of McManus Lake in Algonquin Park
Take out for the portage from McManus Lake to Smith Lake at low water
Between Smith Lake and Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Campsite between Smith Lake and Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Lining canoe from Smith Lake to Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Pitching the tent at our campsite on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Contemplating the view from our campsite on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Photographing Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Sunrise on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park  It looks like rain is on the way
Keeping up the diary
Rain  A red sunrise seldom lies
The outlet of Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park through the rain
Our neighbours leaving
The shoreline at our campsite on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Cardinal Flowers along the Petawawa Rive at Five Mile Rapids
Low water in the Petawawa River at Five Mile Rapids
Many of the old logs still have discernible timber stamps
Sweet Joepyeweed along the Petawawa River at Five Mile Rapids
Changing batteries in my camera
Photography in process
The big hill on Whitson Lake as seen from the end of the Five Mile Rapids portage
Poison Ivy with fall colours beginning to show and berries
Northern Wildraisin Viburnum cassinoides on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
The clear water of the Petawawa River
Great Blue Heron
One of the characteristic silver maples of Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park  This ones on quite a tilt
More rain
Waiting out the rain on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
It was raining pretty heavily but we remained dry under our tarp
The big hill on Whitson Lake through the rain
clearing
Some morning sun on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Morning cloud on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Contemplating Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Checking the maps for the days activities
Clouds on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Island shoreline on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Low water in Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Low water in Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Getting water for the water filter
Chillin on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park and listening to approaching thunder
A thunder storm on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
A thunder storm on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Clearing after the thunderstorm on Whitson Lake
Clearing after the thunderstorm on Whitson Lake
Clearing after the thunderstorm on Whitson Lake
Clearing after the thunderstorm on Whitson Lake
Clearing after the thunderstorm on Whitson Lake
Clearing after the thunderstorm on Whitson Lake
The beginning of another unsettled day on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Enjoying morning coffee on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  the start of the portage upstream
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  at the islands
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  portaging from the portage trail down the sand bank to the river
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  the Petawawa River at the foot of the sand bank
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  the portage trail and a campsite is at the top of the sand bank
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  the sand bank along along the Petawawa River
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  the sand bank along along the Petawawa River
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  low water
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  low water
Exploring Five Mile Rapids  an old logging chain exposed by the low water
Drying our feet back at camp on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Clearing  on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Clearing  on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Another misty morning on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Another misty morning on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Another misty morning but with some sun on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Another misty morning on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
The mist has dissipated on Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Park
Weed beds on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park
Another pyramid  this one on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park
Smith Lake in Algonquin Park
Burning bush on McManus Lake in Algonquin Park
Put in  take out on McManus Lake in Algonquin Park

canoe trip photo set

Algonquin Park Five Mile Rapids (Petawawa River) Five Mile Rapids portage (Petawawa River) McManus Lake Petawawa River Smith Lake Whitson Lake

Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park

2019 September 05

We recently travelled from McManus Lake, through Smith Lake to Whitson Lake on the start of a short canoe trip. That morning, upon checking the internet, we learned of a new fire from the night before on Smith Lake.

When we reached Smith Lake and headed towards the supposed fire site, there was no sign of any activity, or smoke, or smell of smoke. The lake seemed deserted. We looked at the campsite from the water and everything seemed normal but we didn’t get out of the canoe. Instead we headed a little farther up the lake and found a sheltered spot against the shore and in the sun to have a snack.

We were enjoying our snack break when suddenly there was a crashing through the bush almost right beside us. We looked up and there was a guy in a bright orange shirt heading downstream. I called out and almost gave him a heart attack as he hadn’t seen us. It turns out that he was the head of the fire team and they had extinguished the fire the night before. They were camped about a kilometer up the lake and were waiting to be airlifted out. He was checking on the fire one last time. We had a short pleasant conversation but he couldn’t talk long because he needed to check on the fire and then get back to his camp to catch the helicopter, which was already on its way.

After our snack we proceeded up the lake and were just upstream (and on the opposite shore) of the rangers' campsite when the helicopter showed up. Here are some photos:

 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904
 Extraction of Fire Rangers on Smith Lake in Algonquin Park APK027  20190904

forest fire photo set

Algonquin Park Petawawa River Smith Lake

Lower Presqu'isle Bay

2019 August 07

Some photos from a morning paddle into Lower Presqu'isle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream of Deep River.

A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River
A morning paddle into Lower Presquisle Bay on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River a few kilometers upstream from Deep River

morning paddle photo set

Lower Presqu'isle Bay (Ottawa River) Ottawa River Quebec shore (Ottawa River)

Trip Log - Two Nights Solo - Little Carcajou Lake and Upper Spectacle Lake

We have added a new bushlog page to our web site:

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Trip Log - Two Nights Solo - Little Carcajou Lake and Upper Spectacle Lake

An account, with photos and self analysis, of a planned five day solo canoe trip out of Achray that was abandoned after one day.

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Achray Algonquin Park Carcajou Bay Carcajou Falls Grand Lake Little Carcajou Lake Lower Spectacle Lake Upper Spectacle Lake

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