Canadian Odyssey – Part Five

The GPS wanted me to head north on Route 64, drive around the north shore of Lake Nipissing and take Route 11 south to Huntsville. Fat chance.

Instead I spurnpiked it south on 64 and took one of the less-traveled roads  across central Ontario.

I would have done that even if Dad and my brother, Jeff, hadn’t invited me to breakfast at St. Amant’s in Britt, which is south of the lodge where we stayed. They were headed back to the states after our Lake Nipissing fishing trip and I was going to Algonquin Provincial Park to join my friends Steve and Ken for a canoe trip.

Before I continue here, let’s take a detour through a few photos from Lake Nipissing:

This foreboding sky pretty much sums it up. The weather pretty much sucked the whole week we were at Nipissing.

This foreboding sky pretty much sums it up. The weather sucked the whole week we were at Nipissing.

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While I was hanging out on the pier taking sunset photos, I saw a man trying to load a sofa into his boat to take to his island cabin. I could have waited for him to drop it into the lake and gotten video. But I decided to be a nice guy and help him.

While I was hanging out on the pier one evening taking sunset photos, I saw a man trying to load a sofa into his boat to take to his island cabin. I could have waited for him to drop it into the lake and gotten video, but I decided to be a nice guy and help him.

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So much for going to Canada to get away from it all. I didn’t notice the mailbox atop the flagpole until I downloaded this photo onto my laptop.

So much for going to Canada to get away from it all. I didn’t notice the mailbox atop the flagpole until I downloaded this photo onto my laptop.

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Having my canoe along allowed me to paddle into some of the backwaters of Lake Nipissing.

Having my canoe along allowed me to paddle into some of the backwaters of Lake Nipissing.

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Just off the lake is a whole different world — more like Algonquin than the fishing resort region of Lake Nipissing.

Just off the lake is a whole different world — more like Algonquin than the fishing resort region of Lake Nipissing.

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Dad at the lodge — my favorite shot from the whole trip.

Dad at the lodge — my favorite shot from the whole trip.

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As I was saying. I decided to spurnpike it across central Ontario. I picked Route 518, which turned out to be a good choice. It’s a winding scenic road that passes a few small lakes and crossroads towns.

This is why I prefer back roads to controlled-access highways. In spite of the ominous “No Trespassing” signs, I stopped to photograph this barn sculpture on Ontario Route 518.

This is why I prefer back roads to controlled-access highways. In spite of the ominous “No Trespassing” signs, I stopped to photograph this barn sculpture on Ontario Route 518.

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After a day of exploring the back roads of central Ontario, I headed into Algonquin to wait for Steve and Ken. The following day we’d start our eight-day trip on Cache, Head, Harness and Kirkwood lakes.

I spent the night at the Tea Lake Campground — a common staging area for backpacking and canoe trips in Algonquin.

After eating dinner in Huntsville, I settled in at the campground. Meanwhile, a large family moved into the lot next to mine. They sent three adorable little girls over to invite me to dine with them. I declined, thanking them and telling them I’d just eaten.

The youngest girl said, “Well, you can come watch us eat.”

Next: Backpacking with canoes and 100 pounds of gear.

 

 

 

 

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