Be a Gord!

Be a Gord.

This posting short, sweet and to the point.

Even though this is pretty saturated with the passing of Gord Downie I have a challenge for you.

I would say I am a fan of his music, I am much more a fan of  the man who gave his name and his effort to save our waters.

I have long been involved in the fight to protect our rivers.

One of the things I felt most disheartened by was the lack of passion of people to put their names on the line.

Gord DID!

Even before his diagnosis.

He was a board member of Lake Ontario Water Keeper.

For those of us involved to protect our watersheds, it was something that we do not see.

If you are passionate about your rivers and lakes this is the challenge I have for you.

Be a Gord!

Put your name and voice on the line!

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Grand Manan Island, N.B. July 2017

Whattttttttt????

Where????

How????

What????

All good questions, and we will answer them, and then we will give you a thousand reasons to visit!

And if you are looking for Exotic! this is one of those special places in Canada!

I was in New Brunswick the last week of June and the first two weeks of July to visit PJ and hopefully paddle a N.B. river together.

A lingering severe ankle sprain quickly put that to rest, even having my son being the Sherpa, it was not a good idea to risk, considering I was walking with a cane, and even then short distances were a huge effort.

So plan “B” was to go to one of the National Parks either Fundy or Kouchibouguac, but being the first week of July there was news reports of heavy use there, and the popular areas were more than full.

So that led us to plan “C” which was check out the Provincial parks and see what was available.  One was to be able to paddle and two, some sort of other activities we could do together.

PJ is very good at finding neat stuff to do on line, were as I being an older fuddy duddy am a tad slow. (but getting better)

He came across the Anchorage Provincial Park and it had lots of vacancies, but it was on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy.

The red lines are the ferry routes.

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So how do you get there, well you take a 90 minute ferry ride from Blacks Harbour on the main land.  So right here we figured this idea was D.O.A. as a ferry ride like that must be prohibitive.  Then looking up the price we were more than shocked!  Not only did we double check the online info, we also phoned to confirm the price.

$60.oo round trip for the car and the two of us, plus you could also use the small ferry to go from Grand Manan to White Head Island….. wow! we where sold on that alone, and we had not even began to look at what else was on the island.  So we booked our departure and return trips on line, and that was super easy.

Then we started to look just what there was on the island,  we were surprised, but not nearly as shocked we became once on the island and realizing that we have found a little known treasure island.

Initially we thought we would camp at Anchorage, but the description of “Hole in the Wall” private campground  tweaked our interest, especially the “cliff side” camp sites both walk in and drive in.  So a quick exchange of emails and an explanation of my walking and ankle problems, we had a site and the owner assured me I would not have to walk far.

Lets stop here and introduce you to the down to earth, laid back Easterners,  I could put a whole bunch more adjectives in here but you really need to experience their unique hospitality.  If you want to get off the freight train of life for a bit, this is a breathe of fresh ocean air.  And it is so different coming from the GTA.

Well back to the story!  We were all set, not really knowing what to expect considering this island is fairly remote.

Disclaimer part 🙂

There are some sea kayak outfitters on the Island, and if you are unfamiliar with tidal currents and tidal rapids, it is a good way to go.

Even out at this end of the Bay the tides are over 3m (20′) There are certain parts around the Island were the currents can approach 10 knots (that’s 18.52 kph), So be prepared and get as much local knowledge as possible.

The area is also prone to incredibly thick fog banks, which adds to what else you must be aware of. It is also a very active fishing community so you must be aware of the boats as their windows for going in and out of their docks is small.

The place is eye candy though!

We left PJ’s place in Florenceville/Bristol at 6:30 am for the 3 hr drive to Black’s Harbour so we could arrive the 45 minutes early you need to for the ferry.  The ferries run every two hours, so you have lots of choice for your arrival time on the Island.

We where lucky! great photo conditions on our arrival at the docks

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The ferry arrives.

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The ferry ride was un-eventful, but we did spot some dolphins along the way,  but our first view  of the Hole in the Wall campground was impressive and made us excited to get there.

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The campground is less than 5 mins. from the dock.  The registration process is rather unique, and it works well for them.  The firewood, ice and showers are all on the honour system, and you do not pay for your campsite until the day before you leave.  It seems that people love the cliff side sites and you don’t have to leave your site, till you leave.  Which explains why you can reserve a site, but not a specific site.  Lets just say we were really happy with ours!  (Families with young kids are not allowed to camp on the cliff side sites. There isn’t a lot of safety barriers)

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It was threatening to rain so we got the tent and tarp and we decided to go for something to eat, even though the paddle conditions were favourable it was getting a little dull for good pics.  We got pizza at the Post office Pizza, just a little down the road from the dock. It was great.  We brought some food, but the idea was to eat locally as possible. We then suffered our only disappointment on the trip, we went to the North Head Bakery near closing time and they were just about sold out, but what they had left was amazing,  We did not show up late the rest of the trip.  This place would be a 5 star bakery no matter what kind of town it was in!   We then scouted out the boat launch on Whale cove so we would know where to go the next morning if the weather worked out.  we picked up some firewood to enjoy the evening and while we were waiting for dusk PJ hiked the trail to the  Hole in the Wall.  Did I say we had a really great site, and after the showers past we had an stunning sunset.

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Loved how the different colours looked drawn on the water.

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And if the campsite, and the sunset and the fire on the edge of the cliff were not enough, it was so calm after we went to bed that we had a National Geographic moment.  You could hear the whales surfacing and breathing, oh way cool, so cool I didn’t even think of recording the sound.

The next morning brought just amazingly calm conditions, It was hard to imagine that this was the Bay of Fundy.

Looking north at Whale cove.

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Looking south towards Nova Scotia.

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We had the tide charts and we wanted to get on the water 1 hr before high tide. The plan was to paddle to the Hole in the wall and if it was calm enough paddle out and around the point we where camped on, and our timing was perfect, very little current as we rounded the point. and no wind.

Our Campsite, right of centre in the image.

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View from the canoe.

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We paddled a little more around the point to the light house but the wind got a little funky along the cliffs and with the tide starting to go out the currents where starting to swirl and get stronger.  So we headed back towards the hole in the wall hoping the sun would be overhead enough to get some good images.

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Whale cove was still super calm so we decided to paddle across to the point on the north side of the cove, and we heard these guys long before we could see them, they were about 200 m out further than us. Shot with my 50 – 500 lens.

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The cove itself was still very calm and very hot in the sun.  We saw several types of Jelly fish.

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This one was neat and if you look close you can see a small fish that was eating whatever little things that grown on it.

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Northern end of Whale Cove.

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When we got to the end of the cove we stopped on shore for a snack and to take in our surroundings.  With the tide going out the canoe was quickly high and dry.

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Looking south.

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We saw a couple of seals here, and a local fisherman warned us about the point.  He said be careful as the currents here are never less than 4 knots. ( 7.41 kph)  We paddled up and put ourselves between a couple of boulders along the shore so we could get of pics of the currents, and we watched a young seal struggling to get back into the bay.

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On the way back to the boat launch we passed a couple of small water falls.

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Herring season was just getting set to begin so the fisher people were out repairing their traditional herring traps and this Cormorant was just hanging around looking for an easier meal.

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What started as a 2 hr planned paddle became a 5 + hour over 12k, in just unbelievable conditions.

Now just for second lets talk about small communities and what they see is going on.  It was not only funny but pretty amazing how many locals knew who was out paddling in Whale Cove, funny because we felt watched, protected and amazed because just how many knew.

Nothing is very far on the island but the services are scattered a bit so we needed a grill to BBq so we headed off to the local Home Hardware, we got a very good grill he can use on his trips  and I found some glass fuses that I needed back home and  I could not find anywhere else unless I bought a multi pack of various sizes.  It was a multi pack but only of the size I needed, I bought 2 packs. 🙂   All the prices were very reasonable (similar to GTA)  considering the effort it takes to get supplies here.

Then we invaded the bakery! No disappointment this time! We wanted an early supper so we could go to the Long Eddy Point light house for Sunset.  This is one of the typical Herring boats, this one nice and new.

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And it was a great Sunset!  Looking to the neighbour to the north, the State of Maine.

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Day 3 was very windy and the winds accelerate along the cliffs, no go on the paddle today.  So we decided to head out to check out the rest of the island.  We passed the road that takes you to the small car ferry to White Head and then realized it would be a good thing to go in the morning.  It is a first come first served and we where # 4.

Ferry pulling into White Head.

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On the ride you get to see why it is called White Head.

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The roads on this island are very good and they are working on a hiking trail that goes all the way around the light house.  To get to the light house was quite the walk for me and my ankle, but my Sherpa carried my camera gear as I gingerly and very slowly made my way along. You can not see it in this image but about 300m to the right of the light house is one of those tidal rapids with extreme currents,  They are constantly changing, waves, holes and whirlpools. not something to be trifled with.

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There is a little general store/snack bar by the ferry dock on White head, and it is typical of what you would expect from any remote town, but the burger we had was pretty amazing fresh homemade patty with the option of fresh or fried onions! we took the fried!  Another wonderful surprise.

So the next stop of the day was the Southwest Head Light house. Be warned:  If you come here there are NO Safety Barriers. Which is great for un-cluttered views.

As much as my ankle was hurting I was going to slog up the trail the  500m to the first lookout,  and yes if was worth it.  Looking south at the light house.

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Looking north towards the next lookout point.

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The little dot is PJ hiking to the next point.

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And through the big lens zoomed in, showing PJ following the rules of taking pictures in vicarious places by getting strongly anchored before even setting up for the pic.

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Next stop…. “Flock of Sheep” A group of erratic rocks that from the water look like a flock of sheep.  The main trail is not short or easy, we did not find a lot about this until after we got back, it took some more digging, but it seems it would be better from the water.  We did not go the whole way in but we did find one ladies sandal in a mud pit. You need good hiking shoes for this one.  But the sign showing the start of the trail was priceless and worth the stop alone.

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Next stop was the historic fishing village of Seal cove with many of it’s old Herring smoke  houses still intact, with some being converted for tourism.  Found out after we got back that Grand Manan is an Arthur Lismer (Group of Seven) painting location, and one paintings looks like it could still be here.  We would have looked a little harder had we known.  It would be a great place to paddle at high tide, but it was beautiful.  Like stepping back in time.

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The old harbour break walls of Seal cove.

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We headed back to the bakery on our way back to camp for dinner and to get one last stop on our last night here.  The Swallow tail light house. The goal was to catch it with the setting sun and catch the departing ferry in the image with it.  This is immaculately maintained and worth the visit.  Away from this point it was windy, but once on the point it was nuts!  Such an amazing example of what the cliffs, the point and the water do when they come together, this was it’s own weather zone, and you could see why they anchored the light house down with wires.  You get to walk from here to the light house.

Good thing I had my camera Sherpa to drag all  my gear around!

Light house in Golden hour light – Check!

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Light House and Ferry – check!

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Light house in perfect photo conditions – no filters needed – Check!!!!

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We had been truly blessed with the weather we had, even the locals said it was amazingly good,  but that was all coming to and end.  We had planned and booked the late ferry so we could spend the day exploring some more but once we heard the forecast we decided to see if we could re-arrange our spot, Bonus! we could!  The weather they were calling for was so bad they cancelled the trips for those that were going to visit Seal Island, (Puffin and bird sanctuary, and a manned light house on a tiny island that is contested with the U.S. )  and if you had been on the waiting list for up to 2 years you would have been really disappointed.

Last night camp fire, and that look tells you just how well the trip went!

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The last morning was nice enough and reasonalby calm and we saw more whales, which had moved into whale cove where we had paddled, dolphins, seals and a “Common Elder” a goose that is on the “threatened” list.

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Once the weather turned we had a few more errands to run.

1 Raid the Bakery & stock up!

2 Pick up some Dulse, (famous local edible sea weed)

3 Pick up some smoked salmon from the Post Office pizzeria!  (they do more than pizza! )

(I bet you are hungry now 🙂 )

Then we signed in for the ferry and had a nice meal at the restaurant  beside the dock.

This place is an amazing jewel! and you really should visit it if you have chance before it gets discovered by the hordes.

There is a ton of stuff to do, even if you have some mobility issues

I give Grand Manan 5 stars!

It is exotic as any place I have paddled over the last 50 years, and that is just a “few” locations. 😉

Jeff

 

Queen Elizabeth II Wild Lands Prov. Park April 21, to 27, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Wild Lands Prov. Park

April 21, to 27, 2017

The Route this year was to paddle the Gold creek Route from Smudge Creek up to the ponds in the Flat lands above the northwest side of Smudge Lake.

Two weeks earlier we had 5 boats and 10 people…. but we ended with 3 boats and 5 people,  And I know Paul was really upset getting hurt the week before, so maybe he will be up for a fall trip.

Ray the older Statesman, Margaret, Greg, Matthew and me!

Lets just say that the combined age for this trip… is pretty good… except for Matthew who was the “kid” on the trip.

I had paddled much of this route before with my son several years ago so I was somewhat familiar with parts of it, but since the known entry into “Bon” lake (unofficial name) now has a pretty long ugly portage since some ponds went out, the idea was to find something a little more paddle friendly.

Big bonus this time is much better Satellite images available than there was in 2009.

And that is important if you plan a pond hopping trip into this park as when ponds are out, you need to be able to have a plan “B” “C” and so on.  In certain areas it is pretty easy to jump over to other pond chains or find another way in.

To go in with just the topo maps, there is much information missing from them to be able to help you.  The SAT. shots from “make a topographic map, Ontario “ can fill in a lot of blanks and if a pond is out, you can make a good decision on what might be the better way.  Also the ability to zoom in is a wonderful bonus once you can “read” the land features.  You can make reasonable guesses on the better way to portage or approach a pond.

(SPECIAL EDIT: Since we went in and I wrote this they have had exceptional high waters and there is reports of ponds out in other areas. So you should plan appropriately if you plan a pond hopping trip in to this park)

Pond hopping Route Maps Topo and SAT. From Smudge Creek to Northwest arm of Smudge Lake.

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We choose to climb the ridge from Smudge Creek approx. 200m downstream from the last portage into Smudge Lake, on the west side (river right) where the creek met the bottom of the ridge for a clean/clear (also dry) exit.

The way up. Through the cut in the rock to the left of the white pine and go around through the next cut.  And yes it is much steeper than it looks in the pics!

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We came up with a new acronym for the ridges…..

B.F.H…..Big….. “Fun” ….. Hills… 🙂

During the trip planning part I guessed this would be 400m best case scenario and 600m worst…..and besides the climb up the ridge, once on top it was relatively easy, especially after we cleared a small path through the bush, but “Murph’s” law won and it was the 600m.

The right hand side of the image is Smudge Creek.

There was signs of an older argus type trail on the ridges, heading towards the falls at Smudge Creek but the distance worked out about the same, except more walking through bush as the trail quickly disappeared in the brush and forest.

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Up to this point of our day it had been rather pleasant and warm, but the weather had deteriorated to the point is was now dull, cold, windy and damp, it was good to be on the pond we had chosen to camp.

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Greg & Ray went ahead to scout out a campsite while the rest of us continued to do laps on the first portage. They found a nice spot out of the wind near the west end of the first pond (which is over 700m long) and is along side the active ATV trail that goes from Uphill to the camps on Smudge lake.  (we saw no-one! )

It was a cool misty night with the temps around freezing, we could hear a pack of coyotes in the area, but they never came close to our camp and by the next morning the weather started to break and we could start to see the beauty of the area.

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Today we were in for a treat, at least the section from here to Bon Lake.  This is just beautiful pond hopping, good sized ponds, a few lift-overs portage routes that were gentle and did not need clearing and were incredibly easy to scout.

Portage 1 (day 2)

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Pond 2 for the day and dam 2nd Portage of the day, we saw some deer crossing the beaver dam from about 200m away.

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Portage 2 Pretty tough terrain eh?

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Along this pond chain  you can head north to Gold Creek also.

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This whole stretch was just a pleasure to paddle, there was some minor searching for what was better, lift-over or portage but it was all easy.

Last portage into Bon Lake.

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Lunch spot before heading towards Gold Creek.  From the Portage.  We ate across the narrows on that rock knob by the water.

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Ray resting up at lunch!

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Looking at the portage into Bon Lake, left side of image & Bon Lake north channel looking east towards the blocked channel. (trees and shallows)

 

 

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Bon Lake northern arm, looking east towards the blocked channel.

While paddling towards Gold Creek it was hard not to notice the brand new  orange boom above the dam… it looked really out of place considering the rest of the scenery.

We paddled north into a pretty stiff head wind as we headed up the lake to Gold creek.  It is about 2k from the main body of the lake up to where Gold Creek turns to the northeast.  Along the way you actually leave the park for a bit but you are back in by the time you get to the narrows.

When I last paddled up here with my son the first couple of beaver dams were in the process of breaking down, so whatever we found would be a surprise with the possibility back tracking and following the ponds back up to another section of Gold creek

Here is an images  from that trip.

Link to gold Creek Narrows

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This is what it looked like this year.

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What the ponds looked like in 2009

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This is what it looked like this year where the ponds used to be…… Yeah, there is a canoe in there!

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Here is a neat natural phenomena you can see the wave in the calm water from my canoe as I got in place for the shot.  It is like there was a wall stopping the wind.

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We were very lucky as there was heavy rain on the Thursday and it put enough water in the Creek for us to float/pole/push up.

This kinda of boating is “creekin” for open canoes. (White water joke)  And yes I almost managed to go for a swim when my paddle got stuck in the mud and I held on, good thing the water was not cold.  But it did take a while to find a spot where I could bail out the half boat of water…..

Creekin’ open  canoe tripping style!

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Once out of the beaver meadows Gold Creek widens a bit up to where the creek forks and Gold Creek continues to go N.E.

The flow here is split in two.

This was the spot where I thought most likely we might have to use a alternate route.  The fork that heads north leads to a pond chain that can lead you to Montgomery Creek that runs east/west on the northern border of the park to where we came south from Loon lake a few  years ago.

But we were lucky as it was just wide and deep enough to float us up to the Gold Creek falls.

This is the beaver pond just before the falls, the next pic was taken from the top of the ridge in this image.  The falls and Gold Creek are to gap on the left. Right gap takes you to another pond chain in a very beautiful canyon.

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This is looking west from the south ridge of the falls looking west. The Falls/Gold Creek is to the right.

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It is a very pretty little falls here.

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Here is where the up to date SAT images saved some effort of climbing and portaging another ridge.  The topo maps just don’t show just how far the little bay raps around the ridge.  It took only a little effort to clear a very nice portage.

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Camp site 600m up-steam from the portage.  This was a first 2 night location so we could get some rest and do some ridge exploring in the area.

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The view from the camp site.

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This was a great location! We could hear the coyotes far away, We had some new visitors as the Whippoorwills returned and were full of song!

Day 3 as the day of rest/exploring is a lot of fun.  Ray hiked north of the camp and came across a ATV trail that has not been used in a few years, found the garbage from an old hunt camp including metal bed frames, but also a nice falls on one of the streams.

I went south to the major pond chains there that can take you back to Bon Lake.

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All I can say is wow!!

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Easy hiking, and just incredible huge ponds! with beaver dams around 3 m high!  Super impressive construction

An amazing canyon! This is looking back towards Gold Creek falls, to the left the canyon narrows and goes up into the pond chain that can go south or east.

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The place was eye candy! This pic looking north towards the way you would go to Gold Creek.

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On the way back I made notes and checked out a paddle route to Gold Creek from this chain. The upper blue rectangle is our campsite.

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I too also came across a dis-used ATV trail with markers.  Some of the wetter areas had grown over but it was pretty easy to follow and this would take you to the area by Smudge lake.

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After getting back to the boat, I decided  to follow the creek up-stream to scout a bit for tomorrow, and was pleasantly surprised.  When I came through here with my son is was a narrow, pretty little creek with lots of small pull-overs.  Due to our beaver friends the small valley was completely flooded all the way up to the “dog leg” lake.

link to gold creek then

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Notice the rocks are the same, I did not do this location on purpose, because I could not remember exactly where I took the pic I matched it when I got home.

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After I got back to camp we traded hiking stories  and Ray reported  he found the remnants of an old Hunt camp which we reported to the Park people when we got back.

If you ever go into this park you really need to take the time and just hike around, it is absolutely amazing and you are just cheating yourself if you don’t and your missing so much of what this area is about.

At night we were serenaded by this, what an amazing sound! This was recorded with my Samsung Galaxy tablet (I call it tabi ) It records amazing sound quality.  I played with it a lot this trip to see how it would work for trip story telling.

I got an early start before the group on day 4, because I knew there was some debris near the south end of the Dog leg lake and some very shallow marsh land leading up to the next pond Chain.

New Questions are raised here, notice the cut in the logs,  this is not a natural cut, you could still see the ax marks!  What a cool Find!  This is the narrows of the Dog Leg lake.

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Looking west back at the entrance to the portage from the Dog leg lake over to the smudge system.

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When I came through her with my son, we had one 25 m portage and several quick lift-overs to get to the “high” pond.

This time we where not so lucky but it took very little clean up to make a very reasonable portage trail to the high pond where the group was met with some Otters errrr ,ahhhh, having some fun. 🙂

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This is where Gold Creek turns north again and there is a very pretty little falls.

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This year the local engineers made things really interesting.  When my son and I came through most of the water was coming down Gold Creek, and the north-east exit was dry,  This year most of the water was going into the Smudge System.

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The portage to the creek that goes to Smudge and where it is paddle-able is about 200m, with just a bit of a bush push, along an old unused ATV trail and along side the creek.

Here we crossed the creek and headed up the ridge to the next Pond chain, this image is coming along the creek from the High point and Gold Creek watershed.

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The other two boats went up the creek canyon a bit to the water falls, and since I was slow on the portage I got the benefit of their wisdom.

Up the ridge had some very nice natural ramps. Looking from the ridge. Left (west) is to Gold Creek, Right (north) to another pond chanin.

 

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Looking west towards the Gold Creek system.

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Looking south towards the south west arm of Smudge Lake.

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But it was a very pretty location not just for the neat falls but the all around views.

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The smoothed rocks tell a great story on how long the water has been running here.

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So this part of the route was new to me as we would pond hop up to the Northwest arm of Smudge lake.

I left the Snowmobile trail on the map as that was our plan “B” in case of ponds being out.

Pond entry into NW Smudge

I marked the Granite rock face marked because that is where you want to get out to portage into the last pond before Smudge, it saves you some grief of walking back or pushing through some very dense wetland growth.  This could use some trail marking as the old ATV trail has grown over but it is not very hard terrain .

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On top of the Rock face, we came into this pond from the left, to the centre you can go north to the Ganaraska trail.

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Last pond before the decent into Smudge Lake.

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At the east end of the pond above Smudge lake looking west.

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If you ever try this section of this pond hopping route, as a day trip, you really want to to go clockwise and go through the southwest arm of Smudge Lake. Going clockwise lets you go downhill into Smudge Lake and yes this his has some attitude to it (yes I did that on purpose) It is another one of those BFH’s but the way through is actually quite nice.

It is an old ATV trail to the lake, and the vegetation is not dense. Looking towards Smudge Lake.

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Looking up.

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View is looking northwest from the campsite on Smudge.  Portage is in the bay between the rock face in front and the cliff face to the right of it.

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Even though the image does not due any justice to the height of land, it does give you an idea how much you have to climb. The ridge line runs from the lake all the way beyond the last pond we paddled, it is a great day hike from a Smudge Lake base camp.

There is a small stream that flows from pond on the other side of that ridge, but the bush is more than just a little thick is some places and walking even with day pack is very tough. Portage/trail to the west is at the left of this image.  The cliff face here is also a Turkey Vulture Rookery so avoid it in the nesting season please.

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Day 5 brought us our second rest day on Smudge Lake, which are usually a lot more active because it is such a nice lake to do base camps out of.

Forecast from the weather radio was for 40% chance of showers….. but that quickly became  several hours of rain (not in their forecast though)

But we tarped our selves in and enjoyed the fire.

The day started off nice enough!

Just before the rains came in the Turkey vultures came in, landed on the cliffs, and then took off again,   I think they knew it was more than showers.

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The rains ended in time for supper so it ended up being a good night by the fire.

Day six started off cool, grey and misty and our target for the day was to go back down Smudge Creek and camp by the Head Lake dam so we would have an easy paddle day out on day seven.

The rains actually put some extra water in the creek so we had an easy time at the shallow sections.

It was really nice to see the Beaver pond at the top of the portage out of Smudge lake occupied and rebuilt.  It is about 7 years since it gave way a bit and no-one was home.

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Bottom of portage looking south

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Some black flies were sitting on top of the water on the way down, so

By the time we portaged up over the two rapids on the Head River it was now Sunny and still with no wind it was great to set up camp in the warmth.

Ray, Greg & I hiked up the “Mountain”, we always called it “old Baldie”

After all these years the plateau section still fascinates me on how big and flat it is.

When I was a kid there was very little growing here besides the moss.

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I had a visit with my Mom, and we all enjoyed the view from up top

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Ray and Greg checking out the view.

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Looking south towards Head lake.

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It was a great calm night and we could hear the Whippoorwills, and this night we heard the Wolves off in the distance to the north east.

We got an early start on day  7 which was a good thing, the weather forecast was for warm temps but winds over 40 k out of the SE. which would have been blowing right into us as we crossed the Lake.

My brothers who we met on the way in for a day trip were not so lucky later on in the afternoon.

All in all it was a good trip, good company and we got to see some very remote areas of the park and confirmed some very interesting and enjoyable routes.

And of course we will be back!

Here’s a link to the slideshow.
http://s682.photobucket.com/user/Jeff_McColl/slideshow/Queen%20Elizabeth%20II%20April%2021%20-%2027

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Oh by the way, next springs (or maybe this fall ) adventure is now in the planning stages!