This exciting canoe trip will give you 5 days of Wilderness Canoe Camping into the heart of the world famous Algonquin Park. This huge wilderness Park is the oldest, and one of the largest in Ontario. The park was established in 1893 and comprises an astonishing 7,725 square kilometers of forests, lakes, and rivers. It is 1.5 times larger than Prince Edward Island, ¼ the size of Hawaii, the same size as Wales, 3 times larger than Luxembourg, and 7 times larger than Hong Kong! Within its borders can be found moose, deer, beaver, hawks, eagles, bears, and even wolves! For 5 days we will be living much like the Indians and early explorers did. Travelling by 2 person canoe, we paddle across many lakes, portage over forest trails, swim in clear clean waters, cook by a fire, and sleep in tents under the stars! We will cover about 10-20 km per day of wilderness canoe routes, with 1 day out for hiking or relaxing by the water! We can almost guarantee that we will come across a moose or two grazing by the waters edge! If we're lucky we may even hear wolves howling in the distance at night!
We provide all food, permits, a knowledgeable guide, and all equipment (except personal items like sleeping bags, flashlights, etc. - a packing check list is provided). We can even provide transportation from Toronto as an option.
Pickup at Finch Subway Station (optional) or meet us at Algonquin Park. After a leisurely drive through the heart of Ontario farm land and cottage country we will have lunch on the shores of Cache Lake in Algonquin Park. With our "Expedition weight" Kevlar canoes we will paddle into the interior lakes of Algonquin Park. Before we start our guide will instruct everyone on the necessary skills and techniques for canoeing. Today we will paddle across three lakes, defy two portages, and then arrive at our camp on Harness Lake.
Once we establish camp, with the help of our experienced guide, we are free to explore the lake we are on. Also, in this area it is quite common to see moose grazing by the edge of the lake. Dinner will consist of fresh food, prepared on site, and enjoyed by the side of a blazing campfire! Afterwards, we can sit and watch the Milky Way rise slowly above our heads. The sky is so clear that you can even count satellites passing by! And, if we're really lucky, a pack of wolves may serenade us with their howls! This is real Canadian camping!
Today we will canoe even farther into the interior of Algonquin Park, exploring three more lakes. We will encounter some short portages and find our camp for the night on Lake Louisa. This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Algonquin Park.
As we have already covered a fair bit of ground, we will take the day off from paddling and remain at the same campsite for 1 more night. By now everyone is an expert at setting up their tents and collecting firewood, so there will be ample time to relax, swim, read a book, explore the shores of Lake Louisa, or try your hand at fishing for our dinner!
After a traditional Canadian bush breakfast we pack up camp and start canoeing to Pen Lake. This is a challenging day, but since we are well rested from yesterday, we should easily be able to manage the 2.8 kilometer portage that awaits us. We will arrive at Pen Lake by mid-afternoon. After setting up camp for our final night, we will have the opportunity to relax, and then enjoy the sites and sounds that surround us.
Our final day begins with a hearty breakfast. We pack up camp and start the journey home. We will canoe about 3 hours to civilization and will get back to our vehicle about 2 pm. We then start the drive back to Toronto. For those who requested transportation to/from Toronto, you will be dropped off at Finch subway station at about 7 pm.
After this 5 day adventure, you can definitely say that you have
answered the Call Of The Wild!!
Tel: 905-471-Wild (Wild = 9453)
Toll Free: 1-800-776-Wild (Canada/USA wide)