Canoe in Algonquin Park

Enter the realm of the canoe in Canada’s oldest provincial park. Algonquin boasts over 2500 lakes, pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, and one of the country’s great mysteries too. Newbie and experienced canoeists can embark on fully-equipped overnight expeditions with the help of outfitter Voyageur Quest, led by strapping wilderness guides. You’ll quickly see why Algonquin’s forests, lakes and islands inspired the country’s greatest art movement.

Overview

Length of Trip : 3 Days, 2 Nights

Cost : $425 per person plus tax. The trip includes: Two nights camping accommodation All meals All group equipment Algonquin park permits Wilderness guide

Best time to go : Late June to Late September

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Your wilderness guide prepares all meals, over the fire in the campsite. Nobody goes hungry!

Official Site : http://www.voyageurquest.com/ Ph: 1.800.794.9660

Where to Stay : You will be camping overnight in the park. Tents and sleeping bags are provided, although you are free to bring your own. As you'll read in the book, look into spending a couple nights at Voyageur Quests's island cabin. It's absolutely stunning. The Island Cottage features a loft bedroom (linens are provided) with walk-out upper deck (lounge chairs and table), private washroom with shower and portable toilet for nighttime use, outhouse for daytime use, fully equipped kitchen (gas stove and small propane fridge with freezer), living room/dining room, woodstove, deck with a BBQ and front porch.

Getting There : Voyageur Quest offer a shuttle service from Toronto, leaving Monday and Friday morning directly to Access #1 (where you'll be geared up for your trip). If you're driving from Toronto: Distance is 302km or approximately 3 1⁄2 hours driving

  • Take highway 401 (east or west) to highway 400
  • Go north on highway 400 towards Barrie
  • At Barrie, follow signs for highway 11 to North Bay and follow past Huntsville to South River.
  • Look for Boundary/Mountainview Rd Exist 282
  • Take this exit 2.5 km towards South River
  • Turn left onto Highway 124 (old Hwy 11) at the intersection beside the new high school (on your right) and follow for 2.5kmAt South River:
  • Turn right on Ottawa Avenue and follow it east out of town. It will bend a number of times and you will travel past Swift Canoes, Tracs Outfitters and eventually over a bridge.
  • Once over the bridge, follow the road approximately 25-30 minutes
  • You will pass a few intersections including a road with a sign to Project Dare/Keep going straight! This road takes you straight to the Algonquin Park Access Point # 1 parking lot
  • Our office is located at the end of the parking lotFrom Ottawa: Distance is 430km or approximately 5 hours driving
  • Take highway 17 west to North Bay.
  • Travel south on highway 11 to the town of Trout CreekAt Trout Creek:
  • Make a left at the General Store on Main St (going east).
  • Follow this road east of town; up a hill 1 km to Forestry rd. Turn right
  • Follow Forestry Rd about 11km to the first Y junction – stay right
  • At the second Y Junction 500 metres later, stay left. Continue driving past Wendigo Lake/Projectg Dare and you will arrive at T junction and a stop sign
  • Turn left - This road takes you straight to the Algonquin Park Access Point # 1
  • The Voyageur Quest office is located at the end of the parking lot
 

Gallery

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Here Moosy Moosy. Pic: Voyageur Quest

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Portage: Not a street in Winnipeg

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Sunrise paddle

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Sunset over Algonquin

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Paddle Chow

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A Canoe Runs Through It

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Reflection outside Algonquin

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Voyageur Quest's Island Cabin

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Travels with my Dad

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Tom Thompson artwork in the McMichael Gallery

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