Departure time was planned for 4:30 a.m. It's a long drive from Ottawa to the Kiosk access point, the northernmost access point of Algonquin Park. We mostly stuck to the timetable with a slight detour to pick up an emergency paddle. We stopped for breakfast at the truck stop by the highway in Pembroke.
|On the road|
|Early morning mist|
|We weren't the only canoeists at the breakfast stop|
|Kiosk Access Point|
|Canoe's pretty profile|
|Not flat, but not too wavy|
|Getting the canoe ready to launch|
|Today's route (Jeff's maps)|
We do single portaging. One carry, one walk, no retracing of steps. It can be hard, especially on the first day as we carry all our food then. But it certainly saves a lot of time and a lot of walking. Double carrying means you walk each portage 3 times. Except for a couple of 130m portages, all our carries were single carries.
And this is where L.T. realized that the GoPro got forgotten on the beach. Oh well. It would either be turned into that very conveniently placed access point office, or it wouldn't. But it did mean that we wouldn't get any GoPro footage this trip.
When we got to the beginning of the river, all the canoes were there with most of their gear. They made room for us to put in and we easily made it to the 1355m portage into Manitou well before them. A large group is very slow to move. We do single carries and they were doing double and triple carries.
It took us 25 minutes to paddle to the 1355m portage, after resting for 15 minutes we started walking the portage and finished it at 1:30, in 20 minutes.
|Start of portage into Manitou from Amable du Fond River|
|Looking into the Amable du Fond River|
|Made it to Manitou Lake|
|A nice walk in the park|
|Me and my backpack|
|Looking a bit windy|
|It's not getting any better|
It was 2:00 p.m. and we sat down to eat our fresh lunch of cured meat, Welsh cheese and fruit.
|Not a bad site|
|The campsite front - lovely|
|My hammock, my backpack hung up for the night|
|The view from the cottage|
|Possibly the cottage owner|
I found a downed birch and decided to cut a few logs for dinner.
|Using the saw|
|Steak, potatoes and carrots ready at 6:30 p.m.|
|Firing up the stove|
|Setting up the campsite|
The evening was lovely, well as far as the sky was concerned.
|Sun setting on the right|
|Moon rising on the left|
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