Algonquin Provincial Park What to Pack

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    Going for a hike

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Going for a hike

    Luggage and bags:
    When you go on a day hike it's good to take a few things along with you.
    * First of all the bug repellent (see the next tip for more info).
    * Sunscreen! The sun can be suprisingly strong and a sunburn is easily caught.
    * Water! Hahaha, when you've done a climb uphill you certainly get thirsty. So bring plenty of water for your hike. Never use the water in the park but use bottled water.
    * A park map and a trail guide. Mostly the trails are marked quite well, but it's always great to have a map and/or a trail guide with you so you keep track of where you are and how far you still have to go. The trail guides are mostly available at the start of the hike, but sometimes you have to buy them at the campground store.
    * Bring some snacks! During a hike I always get very hungry and it's great to have something to eat or snack during the hike or on a break. I always have some candy, apple or sandwich with me.


    Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
    It's wise to bring a first aid kit on your hike...... hmmm.... I have to admit that I am guilty of not bringing this with me myself, but I think it is better if you would. I do have my plasters with me in case I get blisters on my feet. When I feel I get one I always use them to protect it from getting worse.


    Photo Equipment:
    Okay, this one is obvious... bring your camera and film! And lots of it! When you have a digital don't forget to bring some spare batteries and maybe extra memory cards to store you photos. I've made a separate tip on the photo equipment I use, so take a look there if you are interested in reading more about it.

    Miscellaneous:
    Besides bringing water on your hike, also make sure to have plenty of bottled water with you for on your campsite. In a lot of the parks the water isn't of drinking quality. If you do want to use this water make sure you boil the water for at least 5 minutes. A lot of parks have a boil water order in effect. When I was in Algonquin they were working hard on the water quality, but still had the 'boil water order' in effect as a precaution. When there is a 'boil water order' you will be informed by the park with signs at the water taps.
    An easy moment that you forget about this rule is while brushing your teeth, so don't rinse your mouth with the campground water! The good news is that the parks are working on it to solve the problems.


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    Protecting against mosquitos

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Insect repellent

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:
    As you could read in my warning tip it's best to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes because of the West Nile Virus. Here are some useful tips to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:
    Pack light coloured and long-sleeved clothing that includes long sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants, shoes, and tuck pants into socks for extra protection.
    Hahaha, as you could see in these pictures I didn't follow this advice myself. The mosquitoes weren't 'that' bad on my visit... yep, there were still plenty, hahaha, but I've seen worse! So I choose to wear clothes that I find comfortable and use insect repellent on the unprotected areas.


    Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
    Besides the right clothing it is necessary to use insect repellent. Use a federally regulated insect repellent containing DEET when mosquitoes are biting. Adults may use an insect repellent that contains no greater than 30% DEET and no greater than 10% for children. Apply the repellent to exposed skin, and clothing as well, because mosquitoes may bite through fabric. Do not apply repellent under clothing. If you don't like to use a repellent containing DEET there are some alternatives on the market. I have no clue how effective those are though. Another good tip is to limit the use of colognes, perfumes, and scented body lotions that can attract mosquitoes and other biting insects

    Miscellaneous:
    Ontario Parks has a special section about the mosquitoes and West Nile Virus on it's website. You can find lots more info and answer to many questions on this website :
    http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/general_wn.html

    I have been concentrating on the mosquitoes in this tip, hahaha, but I forgot to mention those irritating black flies! Phew, those know how to bite you as well! But luckily they can't give you West Nile Virus. If you use these tips mentioned above you'll be protected against the black flies as well.

    It all may sound very complicated and not inviting to go to the parks, but please don't let this stop you. The bugs are irritating, but with these few simple precautions I am sure you will have a fantastic time and it will be safe to visit :-)


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    What to bring on your canoe trip

    by l_riva_l Updated May 27, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Tent
    Sleeping Bags
    Mattress pads
    Pillows
    Camp saw
    Small ax
    Digital Camera and accessories
    Back pack
    Wilderness kit
    Compass
    Iodine pills
    Insect repellent
    Waterproof container for matches
    Rope saw
    Lighter with case
    Buck knife
    Canoe route map
    Canteen
    Cooler c/w ice packs
    Water cooler
    Lighter wand
    Camp stove & fuel
    Set of 3 pots & 1 lid
    Espresso maker
    Cutlery/dishes/glasses & dishpan
    Groceries & cleansers
    Table cloth
    Flashlight & batteries
    Extension cord
    Bungee cords, tarp & duct tape
    Air pump
    Clothes pins & camp rope
    Games
    First aid kit
    TP
    Clothing duffle bag
    Toiletries
    Raincoat
    Life jackets
    Clothing
    Sandals
    Fishing tackle
    Nature guides & reading/writing material

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    relax...

    by richiecdisc Updated Nov 9, 2003

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    relax, take off the life jacket

    Luggage and bags: Backpack is essential, you will have to carry all your gear and food through the forest to get to each lake.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good sturdy boots and rain gear as you will likely encounter all kinds of weather and roots on the trail make sandals a no no for portaging.

    Photo Equipment: Circular polarizer to cut down on glare and bring out the clouds. Zoom for wildlife.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Good tent to protect you from insects and rain and small camp stove for more environmentally friendly cooking.

    Miscellaneous: Do yourself a favor and rent a nice light canoe like the Kevlar Ultralight. Your shoulders will be glad you did.

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    Can and bottle ban

    by sim1 Written Jul 2, 2003

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    Viewpoint from Booth Rock Trail

    Miscellaneous:
    This is not a tip what you should take with you, but what you shouldn't take with you. In Algonquin Park there is a can and bottle ban in effect. This means that you are not allowed to take any bottles or cans into the parks interior. Cans and bottles are only allowed at organized campgrounds and picnic grounds where there is regular garbage collection.
    Under this ban, non-burnable disposable food and beverage containers are prohibited. Returnable beverage bottles are banned, but not other containers such as cups and pitchers specifically designed for repeated use. Metal foil is permitted, as are containers of fuel, insect repellent, medicine, or other items that are not food or beverages.

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    Photography

    by sim1 Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    Cute little chipmunk on my campsite

    Photo Equipment:
    The conditions in Algonquin vary quite a bit, one moment you walk in dark forest, the next you are standing on a sunny lookout point. To get the best out of these conditions I use a 200 ISO film. I normally prefer a 100 ISO but in the woods that's not always so practical. I don't have a tripod with me on my hikes and with a 100 film I often don't have enough light to take photos.
    A must for me is my circular polarizing filter. I use this filter a lot (it's actually the only filter I use). It's a great tool to filter the reflection out of the sky, which makes the sky look more blue and all the colours more vibrant. If you have an SLR camera I can really recommend buying one for your lens! And if you do, try to make it a B&W, it's a bit more expensive, but it's certainly worth it! The disadvantage of the filter is that it takes away a bit of the light you have, so when there is just enough light I can't use the filter.

    Miscellaneous:
    The camera I use is a Minolta Maxxum 7 and I mainly use two lenses. A 28-80mm (for landscape photos) and a 70-300mm, both lenses have macro options for my close up photos. I love making close ups of flowers, hahaha, as you probably noticed, so this is a great lens to have. I love to use the 300 mm lens to zoom in and try to take photos of wildlife. If the animal is far away, like in the moose photo, I use my 400mm lens instead.

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    Mosquito Repellent

    by epicult Updated May 11, 2003

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    Friends are recommend packing list items too

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Use light coloured clothing. Dark colours attract mosquitos.

    Photo Equipment: Place all of this type of gear in ziplock bags. Get to know the ziplock... it's your friend.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Dry shoes, wet shoes, warm clothes and sun clothes. Be versatile without going overboard. Remember you'll have to carry it!

    Miscellaneous: If it is going to be wet bring some firestarter (zip) with you.

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    Good shoes

    by Bobsy Written Aug 17, 2005
    Not all trails are this easy

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you want to hike any of the park's more demanding trails, or even carve your own then make sure you have a sturdy and comfortable pair of shoes (preferably with ankle support incase you slip).

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