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