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post #46 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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bluepeak, you seem to be in the know. Are you with Parks Canada or another group?

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post #47 of (permalink) Old 02-06-2016, 03:10 PM
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The two locations mentioned by bluepeak were written about in the local paper (Fitzhugh). There was a full article last summer about the Jasper trail crews, with one of the main focal points of the article being installing the food locker at Athabasca Island. All three campgrounds on Maligne Lake have lockers. Hidden Cove is a new campground developed for families and beginning paddlers who might not be able to paddle to Fisherman's Bay, so expected to see lots of traffic.
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Upon our return to the area this October, we found the bear storage cables at Astoria campground to have been left unattached :-( This is particularly troublesome as the food storage area is immediately adjacent to the trail, which invites animals to pass between the poles. The new Parks sign was posted, but really the image of a caribou snared in the wires is simply too dark and too small to have any impact, or so it would appear.
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Upon our return to the area this October, we found the bear storage cables at Astoria campground to have been left unattached :-(
I want to comment this is unfortunately not isolated case. This summer I've seen unattached cables at couple of back-country campsites; Merlin Meadows (Skoki) is recent memory.
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post #50 of (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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It seems logical if Parks is going to close the entire Tonquin Valley from Nov-Feb, they should conduct a patrol to secure all the campgrounds beforehand. Heck, I'd volunteer for the task if we could get access up the Cavell Rd.

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Went up to Tonquin early March this year. Five days, in via Astoria and out Maccarib, but not a single caribou or their tracks sighted.

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@Trail Talk, what's tonquin look like in March?
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@Trail Talk, what's tonquin look like in March?
Depends on the warming trends. Usually the last of the snow bridges are collapsed by mid March and snow pack is going isothermal. Pretty well impassable until June once that happens.

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