Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Spring in Algonquin Park

Spring has truly arrived. The trilliums are up, though not yet in flower, trees are"leafing up" and there is a lovely tinge of green to the forest horizon. Best of all, the black flies are still asleep, so anyone lucky enough to be in Algonquin Park can enjoy bug-free camping, for a little while.

A big family group came back today from their annual trip down the Oxtongue River. The spring floosd has subsided and the river is now at a reasonable level for canoe tripping. The Oxtongue is an often-overlooked canoe trip option and is a nice introduction to river tripping. It can be done as a one, two or three day trip, depending where you start. There are two very scenic waterfalls to portage around and a few short portages around smaller rapids. Chrismar Mapping has produced a detailed "Adventure Map" of the river, available at our Oxtongue Lake store.

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