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PostPosted: January 24th, 2013, 1:42 pm 
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Just wondering if anyone has stayed at Silent Lake Provincial Park in the winter? Just wondering what the sites are like, and if there is much to do there (ie hikes, photography opportunities, etc)? I usually head to Algonquin just because there is such a variety of things to do and different places to explore...but I'm looking to maybe try some place new.

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PostPosted: January 24th, 2013, 3:38 pm 
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Hey Steve,

I found this report over at WT
http://www.wintertrekking.com/community ... opic=789.0

A good friend of mine (Zelandoni) has also stayed there with his family.
Ive only been there once during the summer while on a bicycle tour many years ago.


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PostPosted: January 24th, 2013, 4:28 pm 
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Steve, that's my trip report on silent lake a few years back, as a matter of fact heading up this weekend with friends for the annual trip. I usually hot tent it but this year we are staying in a yurt(cheating :tsk: )
Beautiful park with lots of trails to snowshoe, cross country ski and the park host(Bill) is a great guy!
I believe this park is the only provincial park that has yurts with wood-stoves, much nicer than the loud electric things.
I think we still have room in the yurt for more,( we still have guys that cold tent it!) if you have this weekend off come up, the more the merrier.
jim
P.M me if you want more info or if you want to meet up.


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PostPosted: January 24th, 2013, 4:59 pm 
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Hey Jim thanks for the offer that is very kind! Unfortunately I will be working this weekend, so I'm looking to head up maybe mid Feb with my hot tent. Couple of quick follow up questions if you don't mind:

1. What type of wildlife could one expect to see up there?
2. Is the ranger/host there every day to drive you into whatever site you want?
3. Are the rates the typical Ont Parks non-electric rates?
4. In your opinion is there enough variety there to keep you interested for 5 days?

Thanks for the link to your report, that looks like a great time!

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PostPosted: January 24th, 2013, 6:33 pm 
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Hi Steve:
1. What type of wildlife could one expect to see up there?
-Variety of different birds
-one year we had the mascot turkey greet us at the parking lot.
Nice weekends can get busy with day visitors(cross-country skiers) so the chances of seeing wildlife might be low.

2. Is the ranger/host there every day to drive you into whatever site you want?
-you must call ahead and Bill will carry you and your gear to your site/yurt(by ski doo).
-he also keeps the supply of drinking water and washing water for each yurt!
-sometimes we pulled our gear to our sites.
3. Are the rates the typical Ont Parks non-electric rates?
-yes
4. In your opinion is there enough variety there to keep you interested for 5 days?
-depends on each individual:
snowshoeing,skiing, ice fishing, reading,.............I guess your as busy and interested as you want to be! For me getting away for the day or for 5 days, I'll take anything!

jim

forgot to mention............all the firewood you need is included with the yurt rental!


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PostPosted: January 24th, 2013, 6:37 pm 
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Great thanks for the info Jim, much appreciated! I agree with you about the wood stove in the yurt...that's a really nice touch :) (as is the firewood!). It's amazing how much wood you can go through in the short winter days eh?

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