Saturday, December 29, 2007

Following the Wolf Pack

This group of avid skiers is sure keen to get their post-Christmas dose of outdoor exercise! A higlight has definitely been sighting wolf tracks while skiing accross Surprise Lake. As we skirted the lake towards The Narrows, we came accross first one set of fresh wolf tracks, then a dozen metres away a second, and then again a third set of tracks, all coming out of the forest, joining up and setting out accross the lake. As we followed them we saw that they were in pursuit of a set of deer tracks. We began following the tracks to see the culmintation of the pursuit, hoping for a carrion sighting. It was to no avail. Wolves have an immense home range and as they are such efficient travellers they can easily cover 50km in a day. The wolves may have caught up with their prey, but it was too far for us!. The daylight was fading and we were soon on our way back to the Lodge for a 'hotter than the Finns could handle' sauna, and then a super meal by Joe the chef.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Algonquin Snow Report with Randall - update December 27

Super conditions for the skiing and snowshoeing. Minus five degrees, just a little fresh snow to break trail through. Mostly grey skies, with snow flurries expected throughout the week. The overcast weather is tough on our solar panels!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dogsled the Gold Rush Trail

The sled dog association of British Columbia have invited dogsledders accross Canada to come and join them in late January 2008 for the Gold Rush Sled Dog Trail Mail run which kicks off BC's celebration of being 150 years old. Beginning in Quenel, the mush travels across the heart of Cariboo Gold country. Click here for more information.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Winter walk from Sauna to the Algonquin Log Cabin

There is nothing finer than enjoying a hot sauna after a day on snowshoes, skiis or dogsled. After a quick shower this morning, I enjoyed this walk back to the Log Cabin.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Algonquin Snow Report with Randall-update December 18

Cold, around minus 15 degrees Celsius, and more snow! Another 15 cm coming down throughout the day and night– setting up for it to be a banner year. Hope it lasts!

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Three Amigos on Skis!

Larry , Curly and Mo...our winter ski guides demonstrate good form on Surprise Lake !

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Winter team

Enjoyed a great week at the Algonquin Log Cabin getting ready for winter. Our winter team pictured above includes Randall, Anthony, Jody and the legendary master of food Joe.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Backcountry ski Algonquin

If you have been following our web log this week , you know the story is the snow ! There is so much of it -our backcountry ski today translated into epic trail breaking! The sun came out mid afternoon producing a stunning backdrop to the snow laden forest. In our 15 years of operating winter trips in Algonquin Park, I can't remember having this deep a snow pack during winter trainng. Here is a short videos to give you a feeling of what the trails are like .

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ideal Snowshoe conditions at Algonquin

Snowshoeing the double lookout trail today was fabulous ! Using our GV snowshoes, we were still sinking up to our knees in all this snow. Call me old fashioned but with all this much fresh snow, I recommend using the traditonal Ojibway , Bearpaw of Algonquin snowshoes with a much wider footprint preventing you from sinking in the deep powder. Back at the Log Cabin sauna, both young and seasoned ( ! ) guides were nursing tired leg muscles today!

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Digging out after 45cm snowfall!

Winter snow conditions could not be better as Algonquin Park's northwest corner received over 40cm of fresh snow over the last two days. Perfect timing as our winter guide team is up at the Log Cabin this week getting ready for the busy holiday season! The snow is still falling today! We'll check the snowpack and send in a snow report later this week.

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