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We will be riding around the great lakes during the last 2 weeks in July. We will be riding on the north side of Lake Huron and Superior, probably on CA 69 and 17. I was just wondering how much a problem mosquitoes will be. Also if you know of any campgrounds that cant be missed, I would love to hear. Thank you!
 

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We will be riding around the great lakes during the last 2 weeks in July. We will be riding on the north side of Lake Huron and Superior, probably on CA 69 and 17. I was just wondering how much a problem mosquitoes will be. Also if you know of any campgrounds that cant be missed, I would love to hear. Thank you!
A nice and simple campground along the north shore of Superior is Pukaskwa Park. There are deep bush hiking trails there where you can get lost forever or simple trails with breathtaking views of the lake. Manitoulin Island also has some nice spots and it a great way to get from the edge of Lake Superior into Lake Huron, via Hwy 6 south from Espanola and then ferry across to Tobermory.

Mosquito's should be ok in July - Black flies might still be biting. Bring repellent anyways!
 

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We will be riding around the great lakes during the last 2 weeks in July. We will be riding on the north side of Lake Huron and Superior, probably on CA 69 and 17. I was just wondering how much a problem mosquitoes will be. Also if you know of any campgrounds that cant be missed, I would love to hear. Thank you!
the further north you go the worse they will get.

Agawa Bay campground is beautiful, do not miss the sunset!
 

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mango, if you are looking for mosquitoes, Ontario can be just your ticket. As the saying goes, in summer you can swing a pint pail and gather a quart of mosquitoes easy.

My latest-in-the-year kill was a wizened and shivering wreck of a mosquito that I put out of her misery on December 24 1972 near Hunstville Ontario. What she had been feeding on before I showed up is a mystery to me.

Fortunately, Ontario beer is delicious when cold, and enough of it will help you
rebuild any loss of blood, and also minimize the suffering from itchiness.

Now, black flies are a horse of a different kettle of fish. Where a mosquito takes a drop of blood, a black fly takes a morsel of meat, and leaves a nasty welt behind. If you encounter enough black flies, you will earnestly wish for mosquitoes instead. As the song goes, "Gonna die with the black flies a-pickin' my bones in North Ontar-eye-oh!"

Bon apetit!
Keith
 

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I know a song about Black Flies. Wretched little bugger a crawling in your whisker and crawling in your hair. It's a Canadian song too about the Little Abatibi
 

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Burn mosquito coils, wear repellent, make sure your tent has a mesh that will stop no-see-ums...which are smaller than mosquitos and bite like hell...Oh, and watch out for the black bears - don't pitch your tent near the garbage cans and practice safe food storage habits.
 

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No Mosquitos , no black flies around ontario. It's perfect. That's what your suppose to say to promote tourism. Just be aware you will be donating blood to mother nature
 

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A Black Fly in your Chardonet (Alanis Morrisette)

It's an acquired taste, when there is literally a "cloud" of Black Flies surrounding your head and you accidentally breathe one in! Yum!
I've spent many a day in the forests of Northern Ontario, and donated more than my share of blood and meat to those relentless flies!
Don't wear any scented products...stop eating bananas a few weeks before leaving, there's something in them that draws the flies. The best repellent has the highest concentration of DEET, the active ingredient that fends them off, so look closely at the repellent bottle before buying. Oh, and believe it or not, the longer you go without bathing also helps!
Nothing like the smell of campfire smoke and DEET in the morning !!
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You DO NOT want to run into blackflies. NO!

Come prepared with a bug hat and deet and tape for your cuffs. If you run into them, you will learn to hate them passionately.
 

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Sounds like the Mosquitoes in the coastal Oregon and the mosquitoes at Crater lake. Big and humming birds,it seems.
 

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Where did he go???

The Original Poster has not been back since we experienced
(and scarred) Ontario riders started explaining how our vermin feed.

Perhaps we should post some recipes. You can't cook the large
mosquitoes, because the cost of fuel is so high, but some of the
young ones are tender enough to be palatable, especially when
skinned and coated with flour.

There's no point in trying to save the pelts, though.
Any garment made from mosquito hide just natcherly itches awful.

Here in Florida we have our own awful insects, and I mean fire ants.
I found some clothing that was infested with fire ants, and I had to
save the clothing, so I battled those nasty critters and got a lot of
bites on my extremities. I think they are a tad worse than Ontario
black flies, because the welt left by a fire ant generally contains
pus, and I reckon the mass of the pus is three to six times the mass
of the ant that raised the welt, depending perhaps on what type of
liquor the ant had been drinking when I interrupted it.

In case you are wondering about the remedy for the bites, it is Rum!
Not ON the wound, you understand; the rum must reach the wound
from inside. After a few doses, the pain diminishes ... yes, it does.

Keith
 

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Perhaps we should post some recipes. You can't cook the large
mosquitoes, because the cost of fuel is so high, but some of the
young ones are tender enough to be palatable, especially when
skinned and coated with flour.
Deep fried, toss with butter and salt, and keep for snacking on when a synthetic oil thread pops up...

Glenn
 

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the closer you get to manitoba the bigger the mosquitos, it's their provincial bird. saw one fly off with a kid.

avoid sugar, not just bananas. deet is great but remember it will melt any plastics and strip paint.
 
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