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CHAPTER ONE TRIP OVERVIEW AND NAVIGATION Submitted by Rich Grover INTRODUCTION Algonquin Park is the oldest and most famous provincial park in Ontario and one of the largest in Canada It stretches across 7725 kilometers of wild and beautiful lakes and forests bogs and rivers cliffs and beaches This is why Algonquin is also known as a canoeists and campers paradise as far as the eye can see From August 27th to September 5th a group of university students mainly ranging between the ages of 22 to 25 will be experiencing the park first-hand As far as the weather this is an ideal time to experience Algonquin Park because there are only a few lingering misquotes the days are warm and the nights are cool Friends 1998 Within the group of approximately 60 people the diversity of the individuals outdoor recreation experience is varied Some have camped canoed and portaged a great deal while some will be experiencing the great outdoors for the first time Although there will be both rookies and veterans the physical fitness level of all is fairly descent Therefore it was only up to the individual to do some informal physical training before the trip if they feel training was needed However formal training took place at Northern Edge Algonquin before the group headed into Algonquins interior Activities such as paddling orienteering and first aid were addressed for the first two days of the trip ORIENTEERING One of the first aspects of canoeing that must be addressed when finding ones way through the wild is called orienteering Orienteering is definitely essential when exploring Algonquin Park The most important aids used in orienteering are a compass and map Compasses are useful for taking bearings and for orienting the map so that it is aligned with the terrain Williams 1998 It is possible to complete a course quite easily and efficiently without a compass However this would be
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