Sunday, May 22, 2005

The first long weekend of the season

The May long weekend, with the holiday officially known as Victoria Day, is in full swing. Cool weather has kept the black flies at bay and Algonquin park is full of people canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping and having fun. Our store was really busy yesterday and it's great to see a succesful "kick-off" weekend to the 2005 canoeing season.

Sadly, Algonquin Park sees its' share of holiday mishaps and this weekend has been no exception. We've heard sirens and seen emergency vehicles head into the park twice since Friday morning, responding to vehicle accidents. The air ambulance was called in both times to evacuate seriously injured people. Tragically, a motorcyclist was killed when he hit a deer near the West Gate. Incidents like this underscore the fact that the most dangerous part of a canoe trip is the drive up. Take care when you are driving!

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