Ontario man paddling 100 lakes in Algonquin this summer
Drew Czernik poses for a photo on Tonakela Lake, in Algonquin Park, Ont.
Published Friday, July 1, 2016 8:41PM EDT
An Ontario man is spending his summer weekends attempting to paddle through 100 of Algonquin Park’s more than 1,500 lakes.
Between Victoria Day and Canada Day, Drew Czernik has already crossed 47 lakes off his list, although he says many of those were low-hanging fruit.
Czernik has made plenty of new memories, including when he and his wife found themselves just a few metres from a moose cow and her two calves.
“That was really cool, but also a little terrifying,” he said. “A moose with kids is very protective.”
Czernik has also discovered some awesome new camp sites, including one at Harness Lake that he says is great for swimming.
“It’s a big rock face so the actual site is about 20- to 30-feet off the water,” he said. “You can walk in, go deep if you want (and) it’s right in the sun so you’re pretty warm the whole time.”
This is a pretty perfect site on Harness Lake (#46). Great swimming rocks, lots of tent sites, fantastic view of the lake, that tree thing on the left. Everything you want in a site. Especially the tree thing. #algonquinpark #algonquin #algonquinparkig #paddlecanada #harnesslake #ontarioparks #camping
Czernik is looking forward to making more memories on the next 53 lakes, particularly when he takes his daughter along a few weeks from now.