Frontenac Provincial Park Sign

Frontenac Provincial Park

Big Salmon Lake, Little Salmon Lake & Little Clear Lake

July 27 - 29, 2004

Ontario Provincial Park Camping Permit

Canoe Trip Reports

Frontenac Provincial Park

Trip Preparation
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
What worked well
Lessons Learned
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Lessons Learned

  1. Hard granola bars come in packages of 2. No one ever eats 1 granola bar out of a package, but for some reason the box always states the # of granola bars, not the # of packages. Fortunately on a 3 day trip Dad can afford to skip a snack or two. (Actually, that would probably be true for a 5 day trip too, but lets not push it.)
  2. I'm too old to be leaving the sleeping pad behind. It was summer, so we didn't really need them for the warmth, but that ground was darn hard. The big reason for leaving them behind was to save space since we wanted to stick to one canoe. Next time I'll take the sleeping pad even if it means taking a second canoe.
  3. The tent pads at Frontenac are not large enough for 2 tents, you are better off with 1 larger tent. In our case we had a 3 person and a 2 person tent for the 2 adults, 3 kids and the dog and it was a real squeeze to get them to fit on the tent pad. A 5 person Canadian Tire special would have fit much better.
  4. We were disappointed with the location of the tent pads, particularly at the site on Little Salmon Lake. We had a choice of two unoccupied sites there and both of them were laid out so that the runoff from the rain was funneled right onto the tent pad. The tent pads are a good thing to have to help control the environmental impact in a high use park like Frontenac, but a little more care in laying them out would have been appreciated.
  5. We did as much portaging as paddling for the first 2 days. The lakes in Frontenac really are tiny and next time around I would seriously think about setting up a base camp, probably on Big Salmon Lake and then doing day trips from there.
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