An account with photos and audio clips of a solo day trip in eastern Algonquin Park, from Achray to McDonald Lake. I (Bob) started at Achray on Grand Lake, proceeded up Carcajou Bay and then Carcajou Creek. I portaged over to McDonald Creek and then worked my way upstream into McDonald Lake.
May 28, 2008
One thing I like to do is find, identify and photograph interesting plants — orchids in particular. While not all orchids are found in bogs, a good sphagnum bog is an excellent hunting ground, especially during the bug season ;-) . With this objective in mind, the McDonald Creek area looked like a fruitful area to explore. Of particular interest would be Grass Pink Lake and Pogonia Lake in June. (No Arethusa Lake, however.) But that's a little far for a day trip out of Achray, so instead, I decided that I would check out McDonald Lake. McDonald Lake lies behind the hills, across from Achray. It is a dead end lake and not part of any recognized canoe route.
I returned to Achray without incident. I ran the little rocky defile on Carcajou Bay without adding further scratches to my canoe. The wind on Grand Lake was noticeable but not a problem. While I didn't find any orchids, it was an excellent day. McDonald Creek warrants further exploration.
This file contains audio clips recorded during my paddle. They may not be present when this page is viewed with older browsers.
The wind phenomenon that I was trying to remember the name of in the second audio clip was a williwaw. I note, however, that my understanding of a williwaw and wikipedia's differ.