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Show #154 May 16 2012 Remaster of #125 September 07, 2011

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Join us for a focus on folk rock with a unique blend of Canadian, local, folk, and world music. Connect up with clubs on the Club Roundup, find out what books we have been reading on the On-Air Wireless Book Blog, and find out about small business on the Small Biz Net. On Science Rules find out what is new in the world of science and on the Trail Head learn about great outdoor places to visit. For today's music selection and topics see below...

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The Pubcrawlers - Itchy Fingers / The Wreck of the Old '97 - Gram Hillman - Boys Of Summer - Band of Annuals - For the Sake of the Song - Merissa Wilson - Lost - Kate Rusby - Elfin Knight - Rick Shea and Patty Booker - Summer Wine - Sharon Shannon - Shifting Summer Sands (Radio Edit) - Blackie and The Rodeo Kings - Summer Side Of Life - The Good Brothers - Summer Wages - David Mallet - Summer of My Dreams - The Hit Crew - Summer Breeze - Allison Crowe - Let It Be - Andy Lowe - The Berry Picker - Liza Martin - Run For The Roses - Art Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence - Bill Cosby - The Playground - Blue Mountain - Mountain Girl - Brent Wohlberg and The Blazing Elwoods - Big Red Rooster - Brett Kissel - Navajo Rug (duet) - Kevin Closs - O Canada

Club Roundup - Burlington Amateur Radio Club Inc - Small Biz Net - Small Business Notes Website Writing Off Your Business Start-Up Costs - On Air Book Blog - The Code Book by Simon Singh - Science Rules - First Signs of Ozone-Hole Recovery Spotted - $25,000, 350-Mile-Per-Charge Electric Car Could Be Reality by 2017, DOE Says - The Trail Head - Park-To-Park Trail


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       1  Foxhole Morse Code Special C morse_letter_c.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:02

       2  Foxhole ID JP jp_cooCooBird_BeGoodTanyas_stationID_foxhole stationId 1:00

       3  The Pubcrawlers Itchy Fingers / The Wreck of the Old '97 One Too Many Again 4:45

       4  Gram Hillman Boys Of Summer - Gram Hillman Hotel California - The Eagles Tribute 4:32

       5  Band of Annuals For the Sake of the Song - Band of Annuals More Townes Van Zandt by the Great Unknown 4:46

       6  Alex Koren ak_StationId_foxhole_theDancing foxhole 0:27

       7  Merissa Wilson Lost Lost 4:19

       8  Merissa Wilson Time To Love Time To Love 2:18

       9  Kate Rusby Elfin Knight The Girl Who Couldn't Fly 4:04

      10  Foxhole IDs AR arno_cklu_foxhole_id_wildwoodflower1.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:23

      11  Rick Shea and Patty Booker Summer Wine Our Shangri-La 4:03

      12  Sharon Shannon Shifting Summer Sands (Radio Edit) Shifting Summer Sands 3:18

      13  Blackie and The Rodeo Kings Summer Side Of Life - Blackie and The Rodeo Kings Beautiful: A Tribute To Gordon Lightfoot 4:06

      14  Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Farmers Song) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:10

      15  The Good Brothers Summer Wages - The Good Brothers The Gift: A Tribute To Ian Tyson 3:08

      16  David Mallet Summer of My Dreams - David Mallet Live at the Iron Horse 2:20

      17  The Hit Crew Summer Breeze 30 Greatest Summer Hits 3:23

      18  Foxhole ID AK ak_StationId_foxhole_righteousHeart foxhole 0:15

      19  Allison Crowe Let It Be Tidings (Bonus Tracks Edition) 3:07

      20  Andy Lowe The Berry Picker A Sudbury Songbook 4:05

      21  Liza Martin Run For The Roses - Liza Martin Great Songs About Horses 4:13

      22  Alex Koren ak_foxhole_id_payTheMan foxhole 0:20

      23  Art Garfunkel The Sound Of Silence Across America 3:31

      24  Bill Cosby The Playground Wonderfulness 3:22

      25  Blue Mountain Mountain Girl Omnibus 4:12

      26  Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Never Did Like that Train) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:23

      27  Brent Wohlberg and The Blazing Elwoods Big Red Rooster Jan 2011 Single 2:32

      28  Brett Kissel Navajo Rug (duet) Tried and True, A Canadian Tribute 2:58

      29  Foxhole ID JP jp_cooCooBird_BeGoodTanyas_stationID_foxhole stationId 1:00

      30  Sound Effects Coyote Sounds of Birds and Other Animals 0:14

      31  Foxhole Morse Code cklu_morse_code.mp3 [Unknown] Foxhole Morse Special CKLU 0:05

      32  Kevin Closs O Canada Homecoming 1:26



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Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (October 6, 1866 – July 22, 1932) was a Canadian inventor who performed pioneering experiments in radio, including early—possibly the first— transmissions of voice and music. In his later career he received hundreds of patents for devices in fields such as high-powered transmitting, sonar, and television

Club Roundup:


Burlington Amateur Radio Club Inc

A Commentary on and about QRP Frank Gue VE3GUE

I have been licensed and active for 65 years; 67 if you count the time my Dad, VE4FF, supervised my use of his station in the days when VE4 covered the geographic area from Manitoba to British Columbia!

It is sad that any segment of our hobby holds and utters such intolerant opinions as “Lifes too short for QRP”, as reported by Sean KX9X in the September 2010 issue of QST magazine. QRP operation means transmitting at reduced power levels while aiming to maximize one's effective range while doing so.

One wonders whether such amateurs have read The Amateur‟s Code, the first page of every Handbook since 1942, when it was the first page of every Handbook from which we trained as Wireless Electrical Mechanics since 1942 in the wartime Royal Cana-dian Air Force. You know “considerate, friendly, balanced...”

High power can be, and sadly often is, used to trample down weaker signals or as an expression of how many thousands of dol-lars someone can spare to pour into heavy wiring, massive amplifiers, and antenna farms.

Amateurs are good at accepting challenge. QRP is a technical and operating challenge of the highest order. Indulge me with some personal history!.

My Dad was annoyed when Canada was assigned “VE”, because he

was sure the “E” would go unheard. He worked Australia in the 1920s with two watts to a one-tube battery-powered transceiver, using one of them new-fangled vacuum tubes - you know, those glass bottles that glow in the middle.

Perhaps it was an OA3. He was riding a solar high, about which nothing was known at the time, and there was no QRM. One continuing job during such QSOs was chasing the other guy as both stations warmed up and drifted off of frequency.

Post World War II equipment surplus was a ham‟s paradise. In 1947, for $11 each, I bought new in their tropical packing three ARC5 receivers, two transmitters and their mounting racks. The lure was irresistible: I reworked the coils to create a triple super-heterodyne that QST magazine subsequently printed in 1952. It would have cost hundreds of dollars on the retail market even if such a thing had been available, it wasn‟t. The selectivity of the last stage, which had an 85 kHz IF that could be loose-coupled to make it even sharper, was astounding; especially when reinforced with a little regenerative feedback consisting of a couple of inches of wire soldered to the plate terminal of a 12SK7 and bent over near the grid.

It all reminded me of the ham radio operators with their crystal filters that we had in the military. I still have the device. Talk about a junk box! Further, in case you ever need to know a string of 12SK7‟s and 12K8‟s works just fine with 24 volts on their plates

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and screen. Was prompted to do this when I recalled that many radios with 32 volts on filaments and plates similar to the 32L7 worked quite well powered by a farm windmill charging the standard 32 volt battery banks.

A little amateur radio knowledge can help your career in other places. Some years ago I was casually studying a production line of our Linatrol computer assisted natural gas cutting template-followers. Noticed their 6AG7 screens were grounded rather than being wired to their screen supply.

The shop superintendent was advised if the situation continued there could be grief as well as a lot of expensive test and rework problems. The superintendent was astonished an apprentice engineer would have such detailed knowledge and I was later ad-vised the episode had not harmed my promotional prospects. When our house was being built here in Burlington in 1955, the income of an apprentice engineer wouldn‟t extend to such things as beam rotators. I had the builders bore holes down from the peak of the roof through all the framing members emerging in the basement.

TV mast was then passed down through this hole. It was steadied at the

peak using junk yard automotive wheel bearings mounted in steel plates to which guy wires were attached, and terminated at the bottom by a discarded steering wheel turned by the arm strong method. Sadly, when the wind blew the television masting transmitted assorted squeaks, groans and whistles. As finances improved the arm strong method was replaced with a regular rotator.

There‟s a WAC on my wall, earned with a home-brew transmitter running 8 watts to a 6F6 vacuum tube, mostly on CW. It drives a tri-bander atop a folding mast that was in QST in 1962 and in the Antenna Book for some years. Made with timber and ordi-nary hardware, it turns raising and lowering the beam from a massive job into a safe, easy, one-man chore.

An HC in Quito, Equador, hearing that same little a.m. transmitter, exclaimed, “I dont get it! You are barely moving my meter, but youre Q5! How do you do that?” With home-brewed clipping, filtering, and Automatic Gain Control in the modulator .

I am amused by hams running tests looking for a “natural” sounding,“ i.e. hi-fi, voice, which is the last thing one needs. As told in every Handbook we must cut everything above 3 kHZ and below 300 Hz. The Royal Air Force used women dispatchers during the Battle of Britain because of their higher pitched voices. Their voices could penetrate the engine and battle noises booming through the cockpit of a Spitfire. That modulator still sits behind my operating position like “the little toy soldier, red with rust”, awaiting a call that won‟t ever come. Anyone want to know the pin connections of a 6F6.

Closer to home, there was the Winnipeg amateur 600 miles away who told me I owed him a loudspeaker, because his old cat was taking his speaker apart to reach my female cat who was imprisoned in my shack in Edmonton, seems she was making her springtime troubles loudly known on 75 metres.

There was teenager Donna, lying in a coma in Edmontons neurological hospital while her parents, nearly as badly injured. were in a different hospital far away. On schedule with another ham I reported Donna‟s condition twice a day to her parent‟s. There came the day I was able to report Donna had opened her eyes and was responding. She made an almost complete recovery.

One cold, wet October day our children and their friends were making noises happily around on tricycles behind me. I contacted an XE1 who told me his name was Jesus. I soon realized the noise behind me had stopped. There was a semicircle of wide-eyed children listening to Daddy talk to Jesus. I said to the XE1, “Is not your name pronounced in Spanish „Hay-seus‟?”.

“Yes,” he replied, pleased that a Canadian would know that, “You call me Hay-seus and I will call you Pancho” which, he ex-plained, is a family diminutive for Francisco. My wife says I blew it: I should have left the kids thinking that, if they misbehaved, I would go down to the shack and talk to Jesus about them.

When you live a long time, coincidences abound. One Saturday I replied to a 10-metre “CQ Burlington, Ontario‟. It was an LU9, a priest at a remote Argentine mission station. His International Harvester pickup truck had a broken distributor cap. A good local friend was the stores supervisor at the nearby International Harvester (now Navistar) parts depot. Inside of an hour we had the priests distributor cap on its way, cutting one to two weeks out of his down time along the primitive riverboat transportation sys-tem.

After a hurricane that hit Jamaica, found myself acting as a makeshift Air Traffic Controller. Owing to an unsuitable combination of frequencies and equipment, worsened by hurricane damage, I was able to talk to both Montreal, where a private company airplane with relief supplies was waiting, and Kingston, who could not reach Montreal by radio or telephone. I was able to advise Montreal when the Kingston runways had been cleared of hurricane debris, and their airplane could safely land. It didn‟t occur to me to consult the authorities, and my operation was probably 100% illegal.

Along a similar line, after the 1985 earthquake I answered a CQ Toronto from Mexico City and was able to patch a young lady student through to her frantic parents. Yet again, ham radio was the first system back “up” after the disaster, and remained so for several days. Wonder what we would do if there were a cyber-attack today? Dumb question I suppose - how could three or four ham channels substitute for the internet? Maybe one channel is a lot better than no channels, yes?

I extended the life of my a.m. system for a couple of years by employing a “tune” feature in the transmitter so that I could hear my own VFO and zero in on an Single Sideband signal. Yes, I know, one should keep up with the times but $1000 for a new “entry level” SSD transceiver was rising to beyond what I had long thought was the price of entry to amateur radio. When I finally succumbed, was astonished to find that its design suppressed the zero beat of a CW signal!

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Did you know that SSB was developed long before WWII for use in long-line telephone-telegraph work, using carrier frequencies as low as 6 kHz? Further, we had “40C1 teletype” technology forty tty channels on one audio band, no mean accomplishment using wire toroids and capacitors in the filters. We had “regenerative Morse repeaters” that were the forerunners of today‟s DSP, electro-mechanically eliminating bias and distortion in the TTY signal so the signal could go 300 more miles down the open-wire lines beside the Alaska Highway - so long, that is, as a moose hadn‟t scratched his back and brought down a pole.

Old Samuel F.B. Morse must be leaning over the battlements laughing because all our fancy digital technology is all still very fast Morse code: on-off, on-off. The original name of a teletype machine was “an automatic Morse code sending machine.”.

The QRP operator learns how to compete in contests; certainly not at a five-contacts-per-minute pace, but using little dodges like calling enough, off- frequency that he has a heterodyne a wee bit different from the others; using a little MCW, or sending at a different speed; and by using the techniques so well explained by OM Bernie, W3UR, in the September 2010 issue of QST magazine. The QRP operator learns also that, when they need you, they can read you.

The QRP ham can avoid the endless problems of keeping a separate station on standby for emergencies, by running his entire station off a battery bank that is kept on drip charge when off as explained in my March, 2008 QST article Battery-to-a.c. invert-ers are so cheap and reliable these days that one can afford to power things like beam rotators off a modest battery. The station at VE3GUE neither knows nor cares whether the a.c. is on or off. Our next project is to put the whole station into a single grab-and-go package, built in and on a battery box, rechargeable from any car‟s 12-volt auxiliary socket. That, too, you may see some day in QST. As a supplement to that, there‟s still under the bench a heaving great vibrator inverter purchased in Pitts-burgh and some forty-five years ago for $60.00. It uses two clanking vibrators and an enormous transformer weighs close to 25 pounds and is maybe 55 percent efficient. Its replacement cost $9.99 at Canadian Tire, weighs less than a pound, and is 90% efficient. This kind of thing is an essential component of the internet, post-9/11 age of ARES discussed by Herb, AI6AT, in the September 2010 issue of QST.

For a couple of dollars worth of resistors picked up at Dayton, a coax connector, a paint can, and a couple of hours work, one can build a sturdy, non-radiating dummy antenna having zero reactance up to 30 mHz.

A cycle is an oscillator which, like all oscillators, needs feedback, correct time phasing, and amplification. Could the economy be neutralized and stabilized with negative feedback? Indeed it could, and some day the economists will learn how, probably from a ham.

Ham radio has many fascinating facets. The light shines through, and sparkles from, all of them. We rejoice over someone‟s EME work, or that someone has a WAC with one watt. More power to the high power guys, so long as they observe the Code. But think of an alternative: Some amateurs have suggested that a legal limit of, say, 10 watts would open a brand new vista of technical innovation and improvement in ham radio. It will never happen but is fun to think about. There is a thread running through this, isn‟t there? Perhaps this is a handy mantra for QRPersons, “QRPers do more, with less.”

So here is a friendly challenge: QRP - Are you up to it?




Small Biz Net:

Small Business Notes Website

Writing Off Your Business Start-Up Costs


The business start-up costs for a small business can be very expensive because most small business owners must finance the start-up costs themselves. Therefore, it is important to learn what business start-up costs a business can write off. A business start-up cost is money used to start a new business before you open for business. Most expenses that are ordinary, necessary and reasonable and that a business uses to earn income can be written off. However, the expense or property must be similar to property other businesses in your field use and must advance the goal of generating revenue for the new business.

Maximum Amount You Can Write Off

The first year that you start your business, you can write off a maximum of $5,000 in business start-up costs and up to $5,000 in organizational costs. For example, you can write off expenses related to researching, hiring a business consultant, and any initial supplies that you need to start the business. In addition, licensing fees and legal fees can also be written off as part of your organizational costs. Also, any start-up expenses that you cannot write off because they exceed the $5,000 maximum amount can be amortized over 180 months. It may take you longer to see these deductions, but they are still available as long as they relate to your business start-up costs.  

Writing Off An Asset  

You may also be able to write off equipment that you need to start your business. You can take a write off for all equipment that you purchase and use for your first year. The amount you can write off changes yearly, so check with your accountant to determine the exact amount of asset purchases you can write off as part of your business start-up costs. 


If you need to purchase a vehicle for your business, you may be able to write off part of the expense. However, the car must be reasonable and necessary for your business. For example, if you are starting a plumbing business, you will most likely need a truck or van to drive when you are out visiting clients' homes.The maximum amount that you can write off in a year is a little more than $3,000. In addition, you might consider deducting mileage instead of writing off the purchase of the vehicle.

Getting Help

If you have any questions about what start-up costs you can write off, contact an accountant or tax professional to determine whether your expenses qualify for a tax write off.

On Air Book Blog: 

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

By Simon Singh

What a story. How are codes created and how are they broken. Some of the math and the history of how codes shaped our politics and thinking.

Product Description

In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy.

Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world's most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it.  It will also make yo wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.

Science Rules:

$25,000, 350-Mile-Per-Charge Electric Car Could Be Reality by 2017, DOE Says

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

In an event flanked with all the electric cars that have recently come to market, and a handful of those that are poised for sale later this year, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flipped the switch today on the 500th electric-vehicle charging station installed by Coulomb Technologies as part of its ChargePoint America network.

Coulomb, based in Campbell, Calif., received $15 million last year from the Department of Energy, and $22 million in private funds, to install 4,600 chargers across the country by the end of 2011. About 1,600 are slated for California, 210 of which have so far been installed. L.A. currently has 71 Coulomb charging stations, including the one installed today in the California Science Center parking lot.

"The Department of Energy is happy to be a part of this [event], but more importantly we're very happy to be really trying to push for the electrification of vehicles in the U.S.," Chu said. "The reason is very simple. We have to diversify our transportation energy."

First Signs of Ozone-Hole Recovery Spotted

from Nature News

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to heal, say researchers in Australia. The team is the first to detect a recovery in baseline average springtime ozone levels in the region, 22 years after the Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and related ozone-destroying chemicals came into force.

Each spring, those chlorine- and bromine-releasing chemicals eat a hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic. Thanks to the Montreal agreement, levels of anthropogenic ozone depleters detected in the region's stratosphere have been falling since around the turn of the millennium. However, detecting any corresponding ozone recovery has been difficult.

That difficulty is down to significant natural variations in average Antarctic stratospheric springtime ozone levels from year to year, which mean that the hole can be small one year and large the next. Scientists did not expect to be able to detect the gradual recovery of ozone for decades, masked as it is by these dramatic swings.

Trail Head:

The Park-To-Park Trail is a regional initiative to create an east-west link through Parry Sound/Muskoka Districts and Haliburton County. Connecting Killbear Provincial Park to Algonquin Provincial Park, this 230 kilometre length of trail is a destination for all trail enthusiasts.

The project will ultimately produce a four season multi-use trail system that will link seven of the province's premiere provincial parks, as well as area attractions, services, amenities and other trail networks such as the Trans Canada Trail. This provides a seamless trail system encompassing community trails, snowmobile routes, historic colonization and logging roads, former rail beds, new links and some secondary roads.

The Park-To-Park Trail route traverses a region rich in natural and cultural heritage. Highlights include visible evidence of the logging and railway history of the area. Early settlement villages and colonization roads are features common along the trail. Physically, the trail passes numerous lakes, rivers and streams, as well as extensive areas of forest, field and wetland habitat. A celebrated feature of the Park-To-Park Trail is the Precambrian geology of the Canadian Shield. The trail cuts laterally across the southern extent of the Shield exposing the glacially scarred granite bedrock.

Trail uses may include the following activities, but not on all sections of the trail. Click on the trail uses below for further details or contact our office to find out what uses are allowed on certain sections. 


In the summer of 1998, following the recommendations from a joint meeting of Town Councils (Parry Sound and Huntsville), the Park-To-Park Trail Association was formed. The Trail is nearing completion with the last section in Carling Township set to open this summer. The Park-To-Park Trail is truly a 'regional' initiative. The magnitude of the project requires the participation and support of the 10 municipalities along the route, as well as many other agencies, stakeholders and all levels of government. Since June 2003, 100% of the trail has been registered and endorsed by municipal councils.


To coordinate and promote the development, operation and maintenance; through individuals, members, groups, organizations, corporations, municipalities and all levels of government; an integrated, year-round, multi-use recreational trail, connecting Killbear to Algonquin Provincial Park, and providing links to several communities, features, attractions, and services in Parry Sound, Muskoka and Haliburton, as well as other provincial parks and trail networks including the Trans Canada Trail.


To celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Parry Sound, Muskoka and Haliburton regions.

Encourage respect for the physical environment by providing trail users with the opportunity to explore their natural surroundings.

To provide motivation for active lifestyles and promote year round trail use and participation in recreational activities.

Foster community pride, unity and sustainable economic development.


Over the winter months of 1999/2000, the Park-To-Park Steering Committee invited High School Art Departments in the vicinity of the Park-To-Park Trail to encourage their students to submit ideas and design concepts for a new identifiable logo for the Park-To-Park Trail project. Parry Sound High School, Almaguin Highlands, Rosseau Lake College and Huntsville High School were contacted for submissions. After an extensive review of the designs received, the Steering Committee selected two concepts as the winning submissions and basis for the new Park-To-Park Trail logo.

Jennifer Clark and Shaun Godard of Huntsville High School were acknowledged and thanked at an Evening Forum on the Economic Impact of Trails, hosted by the Town of Huntsville and Trains Canada Trail Relay 2000 on April 27/2000. The students were each awarded a prize of $50.00 and presented with a t-shirt with the new logo on it. The logo design was enhanced and digitally reproduced by Parry Sound graphics/printing company Taurus Offset to reflect elements of both student's designs. The Park-To-Park Trail logo depicts a pine tree typical to all regions along the trail and a stylized '2' to represent both the "to" in Park-To-Park and the trail's physical connections.


The Park-To-Park Trail Association, with President Steve Alcock (Huntsville), is comprised of municipal representatives from the ten participating communities along the trail as well as many user groups and stakeholders.


With the diverse country and trail terrain found in the Parry Sound, Muskoka and Haliburton regions, there are many opportunities to walk for an hour or a multi-day trek.

When the Park-To-Park Trail system is complete, the avid hiker will be able to travel from Killbear to Algonquin by foot. Until the trail is complete, there are a few sections of trail that are our staff's favourite. They include: 

Parry Sound Area

Rose Point Trail from James Bay Junction Road to Rose Point Swing     Bridge (4.5 kms one way with parking along James Bay Junction Road,     trail is shared with other users)

Parry Sound Fitness Trail (6.5 kms one way along Parry Sound Harbour     and beautiful shores of Georgian Bay)

Seguin Trail Orrville east to Seguin Falls (13 kms one way with parking at     the Community Centre in Orrville, trail is shared with other users)

Sprucedale Community Trail Link (5 km loop trail starting behind the     Municipal Building in Sprucedale, parking at location).

Muskoka Area:

Fairy Vista Trail (3.4 kms one way with parking the Water Treatment Plant     off of Highway 60)

Trans Canada Trail (link off of the Fairy Vista Trail follows through     Huntsville's historic downtown to the edge of Hunters Bay. Check out the     150' floating trail and walk through beautiful Orchard Park)

Haliburton & Surrounding Area:

Oxtongue Lake Road (seasonal road off of Highway 60 which travels along     the Oxtongue River, picnic facilities available)

Cycling on the Park-To-Park Trail is one of our core uses therefore when the project is complete, cyclists will be able to travel the trail from Killbear to Algonquin. Although the trail standard changes from urban to rural sections, the trail is best suited for mountain or hybrid bikes. 

Staff Picks of Places to Ride:

Seguin Trail (Trail Pass Required)

Orrville east to Seguin Falls (13 kms one way with parking at the     Community Centre in Orrville, trail is shared with other users)

Parry Sound Information Centre (Highway 69) to Swords (13 kms one way     with parking at the Info Centre, trail is shared with other users)

Sprucedale west to Seguin Falls (19kms one way with parking at the trail     parkette in Sprucedale, trail is shared with other users)

Fairy Vista Trail

3.4 kms one way with parking the Water Treatment Plant off of Highway     60, Huntsville

Parry Sound Fitness Trail

6.5 kms one way along Parry Sound Harbour and beautiful shores of     Georgian Bay

Honda to Park to Park

Parry Sound North Star | Jun 29, 2011

As published in Parry Sound North Star

Park-To-Park Trail Association manager Peter Searl, left, gets a few instructions form Derek Verheyen, Honda team lead for the region, and Larry Lamanna, Honda's district sales manager, earlier this spring outside the company's new distribution centre in Markham. Honda Canda donated two TRX500PGB Rubicons to the non-profit trail association. Park-to-Park Trail, which manages more than 250 kilometers of trail stretching from Killbear Provincial Park north of Parry Sound to Algonquin Park, will use the ATVs for trail maintenance, inspection and to monitor the trails to ensure riders cary valid Park-to-Park Trail passes. 

Park-To-Park trail system finished

Sarah Frank | Jun 24, 2011 - 10:09 AM

As published in

PARRY SOUND - The trail system that connects Killbear Provincial Park to Algonquin Provincial Park is finished. The Park-to-Park Trail Association is now working on a strategic plan detailing marketing and enforcement for the trails.

Peter Searle, Park-to-Park manager, said there is one final piece in Carling that needs a little "shining," but based on the trail association's original plans, the trails are ready for biking, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing - just about anything. 

ATVs, however, don't have access to the whole system. Sections in Huntsville and Parry Sound, which use municipal roadways to connect trails, don't allow ATVs.

Searle hopes to eventually see the entire trail system taken off-road. 

"That's a dream for further down the road," he said. 

For now, the association is looking at ways to monitor and control the use of the trails, making sure users have a trail pass, and cars and trucks aren't entering the system.

"I've heard reports of people hauling trailers down the trails and camping," said Searle, who noted Park-to-Park will also create new partnerships for trail maintenance. Searle said part of the marketing initiative will include new, detailed trail maps. 

Hosting a recreational event on the trail, like an adventure race, has also crossed Searle's mind. 

"We may entertain something like that on our own," he said. "It could be a mixture of biking and hiking from Killbear to Algonquin. Something unique to us."

The association is also forging private sector partnerships and now patrols and inspects the trail system with two new Honda ATVs donated to the non-profit organization by Honda Canada last month. 

Park-To-Park has been working on creating the trail system since 1998, with the idea of linking up Parry Sound and Huntsville. 

The trail currently provides connections to several provincial parks including Massasauga, Arrowhead, Ragged Falls/Oxtongue River, Algonquin, Killbear, and Oastler Lake. 

The trail is 230 km in length and passes through numerous lakes, rivers, streams as well as forests, fields and wetlands.