What started as a long weekend trip through a classic Algonquin Park loop quickly took a left turn when a bear arrived in the night and pulled the entire food barrel down from the bear hang, cracking the lid, and stealing the entire contents inside. That bear managed to eat enough food for four people over two days, including 8 Clif bars! We were left with coffee, dried pasta and some bean salad from the day before for breakfast and a long paddle back to the access point, instead of heading on to night two on Burnt Island Lake. Live and learn!

Just for fun, here’s a list of 2 days of food that our bear friend managed to eat in one night.

  • 8 apples
  • 150g lunchmeat
  • 300g cheese
  • 5 pitas
  • 5 buns
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 sausages
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 500g pepperoni sticks
  • 6 cups dog food
  • 5 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 Clif bars, wrappers included
  • 8 Energy bars, waxed paper included
  • 5 cups of oatmeal with assorted toppings
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 packages of soy milk
  • 8 cups trail mix
  • 1/3 bag of marshmallows
  • 1 large chocolate bar

Apologies to my wife, who thought she heard something in the night, and I told her it was probably just the other tent. I’ll have to admit, she was right.


The bear hang, where the bear was able to jump from the tree trunk and grab onto the food barrel, pulling it down from the bear hang.


A bit of duct tape on my Mountain Equipment Co-Op pack to get our gear out of the backcountry. Served me well for 10+ years!



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