City Slicker Takes On The Great Outdoors:
Camping and Portage Adventure
It all started with a conversation with a friend. He said, “hey city slicker, isn’t it time to try something new? Don’t you think it’s time for a break away from this fast-paced track of city living? Do you want to try real camping and get away from the city?” I said, ‘yup, let’s do it and I’ll feature the experience on LTC!’
Why not right? This ties into Love This City TV well, we should feature more experiences like camping, canoeing and nature hikes. And it made sense; everyone needs a break from the city once in a while. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with the body, mind and soul. There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air, walking on moist dirt and becoming one with Mother Nature.
So, our journey began.
We started researching the topic; luckily I had a good friend that’s camped and portaged for years and he gave us some helpful tips. He gave me a step-by-step guide and now I am going to share it with you, so that you and your friends can experience the same amazing adventure.
In terms of clothes, you want to make sure you pack enough gear and have warm clothing for when it’s cold at night.
Here is a list of what I packed: (Man and Women set check list)
- 2 pairs of jog pants
- 2 Water poof snowboard pants – do the trick
- 2 sweaters
- 2 t-shirts
- 3 pairs of underwear
- 2 wind breakers (water proof)
- 3 pairs of socks – 1 winter pair
- 2 winter toques
- 2 pair of running shoes or hiking shoes work or water shoes
NOW TIME TO BOOK THE BEST SPOT:
Now that you have camping gear and clothes checked off, it’s time to book your camping spot and map it out.
We picked this spot South of Cashe Lake, off access point 8 because there was a beautiful waterfall down the lake. We booked the permit online for this; make sure this isn’t a step you miss.
Ontario Parks Reservation Service:
Costs: $60 for 2 days and another $35 for another camping spot.
Three nights 4 days will be under $100 bucks
The next thing we needed to check off our list was portage gear. We hit up Google and got some suggestions from my friend. We searched, ‘where is the best and portage store’ and after seeing our options we went with the Portage Store. We gave them a call; the staff was awesome and really helpful. We got all the information we needed and it was easy because the website has a booking form.
We got to meet the owner, Vince, when we arrived. He will take care of you and guide you with some tips and tricks. The Portage Store got us all the right gear.
(2) Life Vests
(1) Large Dry Bag
(2) Rain Poncho
(1) Timberline 2 person tent
(2) Sleeping Bags w\liners
(2) self-inflating sleeping pads
(2) Head lights
(2) Kevlar 16 and 17 feet boat – Hold 2 and 3 people
(2) small pillows
If you want to fish while you’re camping then you need to make sure you have a fishing license. It’s only $30 and if you don’t have one you can get a fine of $150, so it’s not worth the risk.
Check out some photos below: Algonquin Park Ontario
The essential Algonquin Adventure starts at The Portage Store!
The Portage Store; ideally located on Canoe Lake about 14kms into the heart of Algonquin Park. We have been outfitting Canoeists and adventurers since 1937!
From land to water, our experienced team is dedicated to providing advice and instruction to make your trek memorable, safe and fun. We are passionate about promoting and preserving the magnificence and timelessness of Algonquin Park.
Visit us for:
- Outfitting packages
- Canoe & kayak rentals
- Camping equipment and rentals
- Camping & fishing supplies
- Camp friendly food supplies!
Written By: Antonio Hondo Parente