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Algonquin provincial park abandoned railway info?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Motojournalism, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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  2. ULELUZE

    ULELUZE Been here awhile

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    I was just in brent... I wish I had known about this spot, I look forward to hearing more about it...:clap
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  3. elroho

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    Hey Anthony,

    I looked up the place that is visible on their GPS in one of the photos and this is what came up. Maybe it can be of help?

    Achray, Ontario

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    <!-- start content --> Coordinates: [​IMG]45°52&#8242;4&#8243;N 77°45&#8242;26&#8243;W&#65279; / &#65279;45.86778°N 77.75722°W&#65279; / 45.86778; -77.75722 Achray is a campground on Grand Lake in northern Algonquin Provincial Park. Achray is located in Southern Unorganized Nipissing in Nipissing District in northeastern Ontario.
    It was originally a station on the main line of the Canadian Northern Railway, since taken over by Canadian National which no longer runs through Algonquin Park. Once a major center for park administration, only a small complement of backcountry rangers still operates out of Achray. The old park operations centre is now a cinema/interpretive centre and the bunk house is now a tourist lodge at the canoe rental place on the Achray Road.
    Tom Thomson's painting, The Jack Pine, was inspired by the scenery in this area. Thomson worked as a fire ranger at Achray in 1916. The cabin in which Thomson is reputed to have lived in now has some exhibits on the park history and Tom Thomson.
    The campground has 45 campsites without electricity. The facilities are primitive but more than enough for those that belong in the woods. The stone staff house that the campground is centred on was built in the early 1930's from rock quarried from the other side of Grand Lake. Its a grand old home, be sure to stop in and say high to the rangers if you have time.
    Hiking trails are available including the small interpretive Berm Lake Trail and the longer Eastern Pines backpacking Trail, which takes you to a beautiful waterfall on the Barron River as it exits Stratton Lake. Camping is available at several designated spots but they are very popular and should be reserved in advance.
    The campground is a popular starting point for multiday canoe trips into the Barron Canyon (the highway). Try to avoid long weekends if you don't want to end up in a traffic jam on the portages or in line at the slides of High Falls.
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  4. kirbike

    kirbike Been here awhile

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    I've been on a section of it on my MTB many years ago. From what I recall it was very sandy.
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  5. Laros

    Laros Been here awhile

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    From the sections I know of this railway, you will not be able nor permitted to ride it on a motorized vehicle (not even a Dualsport :cry )

    The section from Mew lake to Rock Lake is a very well used Bicycle path. You will be constntly coming across people walking and biking and almost certainly be told by them, if not the Rangers, to get off the trail with your Dualsport :deal .

    The section approaching Mew Lake from the west is not as well used, but that is because there are two bridges crossing Cache Lake which are totally rotten and unpassable, even on foot.

    The section near Achray is clearly marked "no trespassing" - You are not even allowed to walk in there.

    There is a Hydro Line that goes north from Highway 60, just east of Whitney, which would be a better bet. The service road is good, has well maintained bridges built for pick up trucks, and, as far as I know, you are permitted to ride there. I have gone in quite a ways and the scenery is awesome, and the "road" is a lot of fun. I don't know what happens when this service road hits the Park boundary further north - I have been meaning to find out. Report back if you try it!


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    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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    No useful info on the trail IN the park, other than the section from Rain Lake into the interior (going above islet lake) is for hikers only. That, and there's a ton of washed out sections that would make riding for any distance an exercise in futility.

    Now, check out the Seguin Trail (runs from Killbear PP to Algonquin PP). THAT is a trail that MUST be ridden by anyone dualsporting in Ontario. Full open access to bikes, but it's multipurpose - jeeps, atvs, bicycles, pedestrians, so be careful.

    Rain Lake is at (or near) the eastern terminus of the Seguin Trail.

    More info here:

    http://seguintrail.ca/

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  7. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Aha, thanks for all the info folks :thumb

    Yep, that was my main worry, sketchy rotten old trestles :eek1
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/3885638595/" title="algonquin railway by antontrax, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2640/3885638595_b47df1ea41_o.jpg" width="880" height="406" alt="algonquin railway" /></a>

    I'm making my way out to BC, looking to avoid the Trans-Canada as much as possible, is the drive through the park (60) worth the park fee?

    That Seguin trail is just the sort of thing I'm looking for!
    I'll be checking that out for sure :thumb
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  8. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    You dont have to pay the fee if your just driving through on 60. Its a nice drive, but try to avoid the busy times, i.e. peak colours in the fall or weekends.

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    H e a d N o r t h (take the high road)

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    Dusk and Dawn can be sketchy due to the moose being bigger than you.
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    vcrash Been here awhile

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    Both abandon railways are for bicycles and walking only, your bike will be confiscated and not returned in addition to a large fine.
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  11. Motojournalism

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    Thanks for the tip :thumb

    Did Newfoundland last year, know all about the moose issue:D
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/2863297862/" title="Maritime-1200952-323.jpg by antontrax, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3091/2863297862_8b4862b08b.jpg" width="500" height="321" alt="Maritime-1200952-323.jpg" /></a>
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  12. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Boy, Ontario seems to be pretty uptight from a legal point of view :eek1

    Hopefully I can make my way to Manitoba without being thrown in jail :D

    (from a trip to Toronto)
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  13. Motojournalism

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    Perfect, should be headed through wednesday.
    So, re: Ontario law: Can the OPP string you up by your toenails for stealth camping?

    (not so stealth if you're caught, I suppose...)
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  14. where2next?

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    I snowshoed a big section of it a few years back and the brdges are out in a bunch of spots. I don't really remember exactly where but we started in about the middle of the park and headed east till we came out at a town.

    Ontario has few legal riding areas and not much crown land in the south (yes, look at the map- Algonquin is in the southern part of ontario). most good areas in the south will require one or more passes, memberships, or fees...
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  15. xrayboy

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    Yesterday I rode from Pembroke east towards the park on that abandoned rail line. According to my GPS this bridge marked the south east edge of the park.

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    There are no signs at all. About 2km before this point where Snowmobile trail B turns off of the rail line there are these signs and a blown down snow fence.

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    After this snow fence the rail line got considerably narrower, but had plenty signs of use by ATV's. I didnt go past the point at which my GPS said I was in the park, but it looks like plenty of people do. Between the snow fence and where I turned around was this bridge. It was really high, and made some strange noise about half way across. I was determined to go slow, but by the time I got to the end I was in third.

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  16. ULELUZE

    ULELUZE Been here awhile

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    xrayboy, where did you get onto that trail in I want to go do that!! Looks great!
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  17. Arctic cat

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    The northern rail line would be an amazing ride, likely really grown in by now, with bridges out. A map does say that the rail line is not part of algonquin park, since neither CN or the government of Ontario claim to own it. Because it is chemically contaminated and neither want to pay for cleanup. Would be a long run with no fuel stops either. What a gem this trail could be though
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