Algonquin National Park Trip
24.09.2006 18 °C
Well decided to pull an all nighter friday night and finally will get to sleep after writing this entry (40 hours later). Anyway was up and ready by 6:30am, so I went to the shops to buy some food for the trip and a drink to keep me awake!
Chowny, Luke and I headed off to the underground at 7am and we had to travel to York Mills to catch a 3 hours coach ride to the Algonquin National Park. The tour guide thought Luke was either German or Jewish (surname is Stein) and thought I was and Aussie as I said I am with the two Aussies. I don't even sound like an Aussie! So as soon as we arrived at Canoe Lake (one of the smaller lakes) we had some lunch (included in the price of the trip). I had cheese and tomato butties with vegetable soup with a cookie and an apple for desert! Was nice to my surprise! Had our canoeing lesson, which was really just how to paddle, but because both Chowny and I have been canoeing before the guide just threw the canoe in the lake and asked the three of us (Chowny, Luke and I) to get in and paddle away for 2 hours. So we did! Chowny and I must have paddled about 4km up and down that lake as Luke was too low in the canoe and didn't want to tip us over so he relaxed for two hours. The views on the lake were incredible! All the colours of autumn were in full bloom! All the reds against the yellow and greens were just .... words can't describe it fully! At times we just floated in the middle of the lake to take in the views and the silence as there were no cars nearby, the odd beach house and other canoes but pretty much undisturbed.
After coming back ashore, we grabbed our cameras and took some photos of the lakes and other canoes. We then got on the coach and went for a drive to a hiking point where the three of us lead the way (ahead of the tour guide) to our destination, which was a look out point like Alderley Edge where you have the rocks overlooking a valley! That site alone was worth the $80 (£40) we paid for the trip.
We also went to a logging museum....joy...fun fun fun... it was the worse part of the tour and a complete waste of time for me but the walk around was good in the woods whilst going round the open museum.
After a stop at Huntsville for a KFC tea we arrived back in Toronto and Neill Wycike at 10:15pm so we were out for a good 15 hours but for the three of us it was the best 15 hours as we were away from the bustling city and got to see the "real" Canada!