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Canoe Opasquia PP in Ontario
Dec 23rd, 2018 at 9:16am
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Good news if this park is on your bucket list:
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Reply #1 - Dec 23rd, 2018 at 5:04pm
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Marten,

Sounds to be about the same deal as offered by Steve & Evie.

Those canoes are heaviest Royalex I've ever carried. That solo was in rough shape several years ago when MagicPaddler tried to use it.  He had to return to base after a mile or so because of the really bad leak and trade it in for a heavier tandem.  Maybe it's fixed by now?

Despite those less-than-desirable vessels, I'm glad they have elected to keep up with the canoe outfitting.  Prior management was reluctant to expand, in large part due to trying to maintain "status quo" with the nearby First Nation folks whose attitude towards canoeists is, apparently, problematic.  Maybe that can be improved?

Opasquia has a lot to offer and I'd certainly like to get back up there.  About the only reasonably-priced option to do so is through Big Hook.

Thanks for posting, Marten!

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Reply #2 - Jan 19th, 2019 at 7:19am
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An update on the canoes supplied by Big Hook in Opasquia.

I attended the All Canada Show in Green Bay last night and spoke with Ryan the owner of Big Hook.  Ryan indicated that he had replaced one of the Roylex canoes with an aluminum canoe.

Starting to kick the tires on a three week trip up there in 2020.  Looking forward to talking to you guys about that at CI&S on Friday and Saturday.

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Reply #3 - Jan 19th, 2019 at 9:14am
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I could see doing another trip up there especially if they had a canoe I could carry.
  
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Reply #4 - Jan 20th, 2019 at 7:34am
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Jimbo.... do you know how much the Roylex canoes weighed?  I'm thinking 80 lbs. or so? 

MP.....I'm just starting to research the trip, looking like 2020 as I'm already planning WCPP again this year with a few family members.
I'll be talking to you guys more about it as we go along.

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Reply #5 - Jan 20th, 2019 at 9:56am
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Although Jimbo did all the carrying, 80 pounds sounds about right.  I’d say the one that Jimbo and I used had been torqued a bit because regardless of how we loaded it, it wouldn’t track straight.

“Portages” were mostly relatively short, but crude (where they existed).  Many were marked by roller logs laid across the path ... used by First Nation travelers to drag their aluminum boats across.

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Reply #6 - Jan 21st, 2019 at 8:43am
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mpeebles,

Yeah,"80 pounds or so" sounds about right.  They were every bit that heavy!  Also, I had forgotten about the poor "tracking" until DD mentioned it.  Still, the cost of bringing your own canoe is probably prohibitive.

Like Magic, I can definitely see myself heading back up there.  It is a TRULY "remote" and wild place.  Also, you can't beat the fishing we found on some lakes.  On the other hand, be prepared to deal with contrary winds and skeeters.  You'll find BOTH, in abundance!

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Reply #7 - Jan 21st, 2019 at 1:40pm
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Thanks.  Look forward to chatting with you at CI&S Fri./Sat.

Do you know if they make a park map of Opasquia like the Chrismar map of WCPP?

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Reply #8 - Jan 21st, 2019 at 2:42pm
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I don't know how much info you can get but it looks like you could print a map here?

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Check out Crown Land maps and Topographic maps.
Agree to terms and type in the name and you get something like the Paddle Planner map.
  
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Reply #9 - Jan 21st, 2019 at 3:15pm
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ChrisMar lists 40 titles of their Adventure Map series, but no Opasquia.
  
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Reply #10 - Jan 21st, 2019 at 3:39pm
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Thanks again.  I was looking at the topos on a couple of different sites.  Once I figure out where I'm going (my wife says hell if I don't mend my ways  Wink, I'll get some ordered. 

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Reply #11 - Jan 21st, 2019 at 11:53pm
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OPP maps?  Why would anyone produce them with such a TINY market.  There is literally almost no one paddling this park.

My solution was to produce my own (based on all the intel I could find).  I might bring the electronic version of these maps to our gathering.  Sounds like my traveling companions (Jimbo & Magic) might be contemplating a return visit.

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Reply #12 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 8:02am
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I think we were told that only four people, including us, paddled that park the year we went in!

Going back? Maybe. I was reading an article about “brain science” recently which concluded that humans tend to allow bad experiences to fade from memory while holding on, hopefully, to the more positive aspects of an event.   I remember the fishing and the exploration quite fondly. Nevertheless, my note pads are replete with references to “Biblical-level” plagues of mosquitoes and wind gusts out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

Maybe, if I keep my reading to a minimum, I’ll have nerve enough to go back!

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Reply #13 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 8:18am
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I think we were told that only four people, including us, paddled that park the year we went in!


When I looked for that park in the info I posted the only thing I could see clearly is that fly-in fishing camp/outfitter. My graphics card isn't very good but I think you could make a map from there IF you can get a better definition than I could?
  
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Reply #14 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 9:36am
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[ftp]http://myccr.com/canoeroutes/opasquia-pp-ontario/ftp]

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This trip report will explain how a trip to Opasquia works.
  
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Reply #15 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 3:55pm
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The above link references a map that I did which gives you an overall perspective from "10,000 feet."  However, I also developed maps that can be produced at a tighter scale.  I generally produce 1:35000 scale for overall usefulness while not creating a large number of printable pages.

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Reply #16 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 4:20pm
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I started printing off and producing my own as well.  I'll bring them along to CI&S.  I'm going to target August 2020 for a three week trip in there. 
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Reply #17 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 7:23pm
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Jimbo.  That's one of the reasons I like to trip in mid/late August......almost no bugs!  Some of the fish camps tend to slow down around then as well.  Looking forward to hear about your fishing in OPP. 
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Reply #18 - Jan 22nd, 2019 at 7:25pm
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DD maps are the best!
  
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Reply #19 - Jan 24th, 2019 at 7:34am
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MP.....+1 on DD's maps!  Mine are Scotch Taped together in b&w!

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Reply #20 - Jan 24th, 2019 at 12:32pm
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I generally print these maps, both sides, on 13” X 19” waterproof paper.

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