Last minute camping trip

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.

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  1. 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.

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