|Sunset on Kingscote (from NW site)|
Website: Friends of Algonquin Ontario Parks
Map: Canoe Routes Map Google Maps
Camping Facilities: Backcountry exclusively
Stargazing: Excellent, watched Persieds from here.
Summary: Nice enough
Thoughts: This was a one-nighter for me, just a quick get away to have a look at the Perseid meteor shower back in 2007. It was an ideal meteor watching night, with no clouds in the sky, and barely any moon to drown out the night sky. This is a part of Algonquin that is a bit of a mystery to me. Even though it's at the southern-most tip of Algonquin park, nobody goes here because you'd have to rely on slower two-lane highways to get you to the park (the Highway 400 is of little use here). Hence it takes a little longer and there are fewer access points (limiting the number of trip options). But we were already in the Ottawa Valley, so it made for a reasonably good stop over with a pretty dark sky.
|NW-most site on Kingscote|
I'd like to go back in sometime to explore the York River and the Scorch Lake hiking trail, to see if there is more the southern part of the park of interest (it's not exactly well kept either, with many of the lakes further up the "stem" of the park having low maintenance frequencies.
Anyways, if nothing else, you now can see a few images of the lake and the site on the northwestern bay (have a look at the map). This part of the park has potential, not much in the way of scenery and seclusion on this lake, but might be worth investigating further.