I got my first black fly bite of the season today!
The black flies restrained themselves over the recent holiday weekend and Algonquin Park canoe trippers enjoyed cool but otherwise nice weather. Best of all - bug free! Not so today. When I arrived at work this morning, I was admiring the glass-calm waters of Oxtongue Lake, back-lit by the morning sun. All looked serene and peaceful except for the halo of hungry insects buzzing around the heads of two young German fellows packing their bags for a canoe trip. As soon as the store the store was open, they came in and bought bug hats!
The key to camping in bug season is to have a positive attitude, use physical protection (like a bug shirt or bug hat at the least) and avoid using scented soaps and shampoos. There is a wide variety of insect repellant available and as many opinions about what works.