The barren Barron

Barron Canyon, Algonquin Park, November 5-7, 2004

stripslashes(It\'s the flap hats versus the headbands today on the Opalescence Lake Reach for the Top)

It's the flap hats versus the headbands today on the Opalescence Lake Reach for the Top

stripslashes(Big rock. Small canoe. Barron Canyon)

Big rock. Small canoe. Barron Canyon

stripslashes(On Stratton Lake: Dot seems impressed with the surroundings.)

On Stratton Lake: Dot seems impressed with the surroundings.

Introduction

Once upon a time I thought mid-October (Thanksgiving in Canada) was about as late in the season as one would want to go paddling. But one day late in October I looked at my calendar and realized I'd let the good weather go past me without going paddling. I went to the YCCC web site and was delighted to see there was at least one person who thought it would be fun to go paddling in November.

These pages are the tale of a weekend canoe trip I took with five other YCCC members though the southeast end of Algonquin Park, from Grand Lake to Squirrel Rapids through the Barron Canyon.

The weather

Nov 5 Petawawa
max temp: 4.7 C
min temp: -1.9 C
mean temp: 1.4 C
precip accumulation: 3 mm
Nov 6 Petawawa
max temp: 11.4 C
min temp: 1.1 C
mean temp: 6.3 C
precip accumulation: 1.5 mm
Nov 7 Petawawa
max temp: 12.7 C
min temp: -3.9 C
mean temp: 4.4 C
precip accumulation: 0 mm

(Source: the Weather Network)

The Reader's Digest version:

Gratitude

Thanks to Lester Kovac for leading the trip and for supplying all the good photos. Thanks to my trip mates and especially to my paddling partner and tent mate, Catherine Wilde. May the wind be at your back and your boots on your feet. (How many jokes can I make about that?)

Disclaimer

Yeah, I know the page header picture makes it look really hospitable. But that water was really cold. If we had made a mistake or had had a run of bad luck, we wouldn't have lasted long. Canoe tripping is risky. It's even riskier when the weather is cold. Don't do this unless you know what you're doing.