7 Day Algonquin Explorer – Combined Wilderness Lodge & Canoe Camping Adventure in Algonquin Provincial Park
Exploring Algonquin Provincial Park – Civilized at First & Wild at the End!
This is a great family canoe trip. A perfect way to spend some quality time with your kids in a wonderfully natural setting. You get three days at the unique Algonquin Eco-Lodge combined with a guided four day wilderness canoe trip in Algonquin Park.
Call Of The Wild’s Algonquin Eco-Lodge, located on a private lake (Moffat Pond) and a cascading waterfall, is on the southern border of Algonquin Park. It is a wilderness enthusiasts’ dream with plenty to do and see. The Eco-Lodge is a great place for hiking, fishing, nature walks, wildflower exploration, birding, swimming, and canoeing.
For kids, the Eco-Lodge is a dream come true. Guaranteed fishing (they’re small, but still fun to catch), lots of frogs, salamanders, butterflies, trails to explore, canoes, and water toys. We also do wolf howls around the bonfire, and can teach them how to howl for wolves.
The Algonquin Explorer trip is an ideal way to ease yourself into the wilderness. You will stay at the Algonquin Eco-Lodge. where you are in a wild, natural setting, but still have the comforts of civilization. Things like hot showers, indoor plumbing, and even an outdoor hot tub! And all of these comforts are thanks to our micro-hydro generator that creates all of our electricity from our waterfall. While at the Lodge you can learn your basic canoe strokes, how to start a campfire, and how to howl for wolves!
You stay at the Algonquin Eco-Lodge for three days and nights before you start your Algonquin Park canoe trip of another four days. You will have to drive 1.5 hours to our put-in point, but you have plenty of time and it is a nice way to see more of the Algonquin countryside.
Below is a suggested itinerary (self guided) for the first three days of your visit.
Day 1 – Arrive in Algonquin Provincial Park
- Arrive at the Algonquin Eco-Lodge
- Check in and Orientation
- Free Time
- Star Gazing
Day 2 – Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park
- Enjoy the free use of canoes and paddle into Algonquin National Park via the York River. Experience portaging around several rapids and waterfalls (High Falls, Gut Rapids, The Chute). The pools below the falls are excellent places to go in for a swim. Continue paddling up to Byers Lake. Spend some time swimming, have your picnic lunch, etc. This lake provides an excellent opportunity to see beaver as there are several beaver lodges in it. It is also a good place to spot deer.
- The evening is Free Time. Enjoy the wood-fired sauna, go swimming, try fishing for bass in our private lake or brook trout in nearby Little Mink Lake
- Bonfire (weather depending)
- Ghost Stories with fellow travellers
- Roasting Marshmallows
- Wolf Lecture and Wolf Howl (on request)
Day 3 – Hiking in Algonquin Park
- Hike to Scorch Lake Lookout (6 hours return) or High Falls Lookout (3 hours return)
- Picnic lunch
- BBQ Dinner – depending on number of guests and our chef’s meal plan
Activities that are available at no cost are:
- Canoeing (self guided)
- Fishing – Bass, Lake Trout, Brook Trout. Requires Fishing License which can be purchased nearby.
- Hiking our 40 km of wilderness trails
- Use of Sauna
- Outdoor Hot Tub
- Use of Bird and Wildflower Guide Books
- Paddle Boat
In addition to these activities, the following activities are also available in the immediate area. Some involve additional costs, and we will be happy to arrange any required reservations.
Self Drive Activities:
- Algonquin Park Logging Museum and Visitor Centre
- Artisans, Crafters and Studio Tours
- Shopping in Maynooth or Bancroft
- Horseback Riding
Day 4-7 – Algonquin Park Canoe Trip
After you have enjoyed an introductory taste of Algonquin Park, it is now time to experience a more rugged look at what Algonquin Provincial Park has to offer, from the bow of a canoe. We spend the next 4 days on a canoe trip adventure meandering through some of the 2,000 lakes and rivers in the Algonquin Park interior. The trip is geared for the beginner and we will teach you all the paddling skills you need in order to have the adventure of a lifetime. We also provide all the meals, the group camping equipment, and an experienced guide to make it all work. All you need to supple are personal items like rain gear, sleeping bags, flashlights, and these items can be rented. We give you a packing check list to help you get organized in advance.
You will need to drive up to our “put in” point, on Rock Lake. It is about a 1 ½ hour drive from the lodge, along a scenic highway. You will meet your canoe guide and the rest of the group at the Permit Office at Rock Lake. Once all the required camping and parking permits are obtained your guide will give you some information about your next few days. The canoe guide will go over the basic canoe paddling strokes, show you on the map where you will be going, and discuss general safety issues.
The full itinerary of the four day canoe trip is listed below.
Departures: Fridays – Self Drive only – arrive at the Algonquin Eco-Lodge after 2pm.
- All Meals (vegetarian options available)
- All Camping Equipment (except personal items)
- Canoes, Life Jackets, Paddles
- 3 days/3 nights at Algonquin Eco-Lodge
- Algonquin Park Wilderness Canoe trip – 4 days/3 nights
- Sleeping Bags, Flashlights, Rain Coat (can be rented)
- Toiletries, Insect Repellent (can be purchased at start of canoe trip)
- Transportation from Toronto (optional)