3 days at Algonquin Eco-Lodge + a 3 or 4 day Wilderness Canoe Trip
This is a great family trip. A perfect way to spend some quality time with your kids in a wonderfully natural setting. You get 3 days at the unique Algonquin Ecolodge combined with a guided 3 or 4 day wilderness canoe trip in Algonquin Park.
The Ecolodge, located beside an active beaver pond (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, in both summer and winter. With over 60 km of groomed wilderness trails inside Algonquin Park, the Ecolodge is a great place for hiking, nature walks, fishing, wildflower exploration, birding, canoeing, and mountain biking.
For kids, the ecolodge 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, can teach them about the constellations on clear nights, or show them how to identify animal tracks.
Algonquin Park is a world famous park only 3 hours north of Toronto. Its’ area is equivalent to the size of Wales, and 1/4 the size of Hawaii! Algonquin boasts 7,725 square kilometres of wilderness, with over 2,000 fresh water lakes and rivers. Within its borders can be found deer, moose, beaver, wolves, bears, and many other wild animals, all in their natural habitats and, for the most part, untouched by Man.
The Ecolodge is ideal for those wishing to experience the Canadian wilderness without having to “rough it”. It is so secluded that we actually have our own resident wolf pack! So, when we do a wolf howl program around the bonfire at night, we have a good chance of hearing the wolves howl back in response!
A cool new option we have recently added is a “Build your own Canoe Paddle” course. Our instructor will supply all the materials, tools, and expert guidance and you get to make your very own canoe paddle. This could easily be finished while staying at the ecolodge, and then you could use your own hand built canoe paddle on the 4 day canoe trip that follows!
Below is a suggested (self guided) itinerary for the first 3 days of your visit.
- Arrive at the Ecolodge
- Check in and Orientation
- Free Time
- Star Gazing
- Enjoy the free use of canoes and paddle into Algonquin 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 sauna (just ask the staff to light it!), go swimming, try fishing for bass in the beaver pond or brook trout in nearby Little Mink Lake
- Bonfire (weather dependant)
- Ghost Stories with fellow travellers
- Roasting Marshmallows
- Wolf Lecture and Wolf Howl (on request)
- 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 60 km of wilderness trails
- Use of Sauna – ask the staff to light it for you
- Use of Bird and Wildflower Guide Books
- Paddle Boats
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:
- ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles – 45 minutes away in Bancroft)
- Algonquin Park Logging Museum and Visitor Centre
- Artisans, Crafters and Studio Tours
- Shopping in Maynooth or Bancroft
- Sightseeing Flights (in Bancroft)
- Horseback Riding
- Golf (9 and 18 hole course)
- There is also a local tavern with live bands on weekends
After you have enjoyed a taste of Algonquin Park, it is now time to experience a more rugged look at what the park has to offer, from the bow of a canoe. We spend the next 3 or 4 days on a canoe 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 food, all equipment (except personal items like sleeping bags, flashlights, etc. – a packing check list is provided, and these items can be rented).
You can watch watch a video of an Algonquin canoe trip, so you’ll know what it’s all about.
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. With our “Expedition weight” kevlar canoes we will paddle into one of the interior lakes of the park (Pen Lake). Before we start our guide will instruct everyone on the necessary skills and techniques for canoeing. After this canoe trip you won’t be an expert but you will know how to pack and steer a canoe. After a 3 hour paddle (including a 300m portage) we will arrive at our camp. Since this is a true interior wilderness camp we will have to bring everything with us, including the tents.
Once we establish camp, with the help of our experienced guide, we are free to explore the lake we are on. There are several large rapids that were once used as log chutes that are quite interesting. Also, in this area it is quite common to see moose grazing by the edge of the lake – we have seen over a half dozen in a 2 day period here!
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 we may even hear wolves howling in the distance! This is real Canadian camping!
Today we will spend by exploring a meandering river. After a short portage past an old dam used for logging, we will paddle the slow moving waters of the South Madawaska River. Since we will have to get out of our canoes to pull them over several beaver dams be sure to bring shoes or sandals for the water.
After breakfast we will roll up our tents, pack up our gear, load the canoes, and paddle out for a new camp. We have several small portages to deal with, and 3 lakes to cross. Our destination is Galeairy Lake, a beautiful lake on the east edge of Algonquin Park. After finding a nice campsite, we will go abut setting up camp. 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, or even go fishing for dinner!
After a traditional Canadian breakfast (back bacon and eggs, fresh fruits, or pancakes with real maple syrup) we pack up camp and start the journey home. We will get back to our vehicle about 2 pm and start the drive back to Toronto. We arrive back in Toronto around 6:00 pm.
- 7 Day Explorer – Fridays @ 8:30am (if transportation option is selected, otherwise check-in is after 2pm at the Ecolodge)
- 6 Day Explorer – Self Drive only – arrive at the Ecolodge after 2pm.
- All Meals (vegetarian options available)
- All Camping Equipment (except personal items)
- Canoes, Life Jackets, Paddles
- 3 days/3 nights at Algonquin Ecolodge
- Wilderness Canoe trip – 4 days/3 nights or 3 days/2 nights
- Sleeping Bags, Flashlights, Rain Coat (can be rented)
- Toiletries, Insect Repellent (can be purchased at start of canoe trip)
- Transportation from Toronto (optional)
Note: Package can be customized to include a more, or less, days prior at the Ecolodge. 3 day canoe trips start on Fridays and 4 day canoe trips start on Mondays.