Muskoka and Algonquin Park, with their abundance of lakes and rivers, offer ideal conditions for canoe trips both long and short for both experienced and novice paddlers.
Never been canoeing before? Don’t let that stop you. It’s an experience not to be missed, says Randy Mitson, Marketing Manager at Algonquin Outfitters. The company has been providing equipment and guiding people on canoe trips in and near Algonquin Park for more than 55 years.
“You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy a canoe trip, whether it’s a half-day introduction or a multi-day, backcountry guided adventure,” says Mitson.
The first things to consider when planning your trip are where and when. If you’re planning a multi-day trip, be aware that reservations for backcountry campsites disappear quickly, particularly on weekends. Plan early or consider a mid-week trip.
Once your dates are decided, you can start planning your route. The Algonquin Park Canoe Routes Map is a good place to start – it’s available here – or check out routes at the Canadian Canoe Routes website. One of the benefits of renting a canoe or complete outfitting from Algonquin Outfitters is you can also get the expert advice of their canoe tripping staff on suitable routes for the time of year and your paddling experience.
When planning a multi-day Algonquin Park trip, remember that you can only access interior camping sites from specific points and a limited number of permits are available for each access point. When you purchase your permit, you must specify your route, indicating which lake you intend to camp on each night. Your camping permit will secure you a site on each lake you intend to camp on, although you can’t reserve a specific site – if you have your heart set on a specific site, know that there may be a bit of luck and good timing involved.
Now that you have your dates and your routes confirmed, you’ll need to determine what food and equipment to bring along. Algonquin Outfitters has a variety of complete and partial outfitting packages available – from all the food and equipment you’ll need, to a food-only option or specific gear to round out your own.
Then all that’s left is for you to have a fantastic adventure. Sound like fun? You’ll find full details on how to plan your own canoe trip here.
And if you love paddling, don’t forget to get your tickets for the Reel Paddling Film Festival hosted by Algonquin Outfitters at the Algonquin Theatre on June 2 and in Haliburton (NEW!) at the Northern Lights Theatre on June 9.
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