At the last minute I decided that I would squeeze in one last trip for my year off. It was the Thursday before the long weekend when I decided that I would try to head camping for some if not all of the long weekend. As it turned out, there were not any close sites in Algonquin’s back country available for 2 or more nights. I could have had one site on Booth Lake for just the Friday night, but nothing was available for the Saturday that would be within a relaxing paced trip distance. So I decided to try one of Ontario’s newest provincial parks, Kawartha Highlands Signature Series Park, near Apsley. They had one site within reasonable paddling distance, but again for just one night. I decided that it would be better than nothing. So I took the site and headed out Friday morning to this new park. I stayed on site 301 at Wolf Lake. Wolf Lake is easily accessible and has many cottages on it, but the 2 sites seem to be afforded sufficient privacy. I headed back out on Saturday mid morning and explored the lake a little. The other site on the lake (300) seems like a nice flat airy site with a lot of space. I will be checking this park out again. It also seems to have relatively short portages to reach different lakes and parts of the park. I also took the opportunity to experiment a little bit with my camera. It would have been a perfect night to take some pictures of the star trails had I not forgot my remote shutter release at home.
We took our first trip to Kawartha Highlands from Thursday to Saturday (before the long weekend). What a great park. It’s very accessible to families. I took my 7 year old son and 4 year old daughter. We stayed on Shark Lake (site 450). The small beach at the site was great for the kids. We all had a great time and will certainly be returning.
Good luck with the start of the school year.