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Algonquin Wilderness Canoe Trip (#2157)

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - Monday, August 23, 2021


Algonquin Provincial Park,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Pristine rivers and lakes, sandy beaches sloping into clear, clean water, a loon calls, the northern lights, a wolf howl. There are very few places within a day's drive of Boston where you can expect these. Algonquin Park in Ontario is such a place. It is located 300 km. north of Toronto and 300 km north-west of Ottawa. The park, founded in 1892, is the second oldest 'national' park in North America. It is almost as big as Yellowstone. We will be exploring one of the gems of the park, the Barron River Canyon. The river is lined with steep walls of crystalline rock up to 100 m. tall. We will also visit High Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the park. The trip will start with a day trip on the Barron River and end with a four day wilderness canoe trip on Grand and Stratton Lakes. We will have one lay-over day, with hiking trails, swimming, or casual canoeing all possible activities. August is an ideal time for Algonquin. There are very few bugs, the weather is warm, and the lakes are swimmable. You should be a person who enjoys an active vacation and socializing with other participants. You must be healthy, and in good physical condition for this trip, be able to paddle 20 km per day at a relaxed pace, carry a 35 pounds pack over portage trails for up to half a mile. Portaging a canoe is not difficult. The canoe will weigh 35-40 pounds and is balanced on one person's shoulders. Not everyone will need to portage the canoes and we can teach portaging skills. Those who do not carry a canoe will carry packs on the portages. You do not have to be an expert canoeist. This trip is suitable for the novice as our route is entirely flat water with 1-3 portages per day. Participants are expected to have all their own personal gear including tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. The leaders will bring communal cooking gear, water purification, tarps, stoves. Food will be stored in bear-proof barrels. Canoe camping will be at established backcountry campsites. All will have a box-type privy. Bears are reported in the park but are rarely a problem.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $490 member / $590 non-member
*The trip price includes all camping fees, camp food and canoe shuttles. It does not include canoe rentals.

Related Link(s):

2157 Prospectus

Click map for driving directions
Canoeing in Algonquin Park 1920's, hand tinted


Paddling - Flatwater
Paddling - Canoeing


Wait Listed


Wilderness Canoe vigorous 5


Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 6-9 PM)
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Bob learned to canoe and love the wilderness from his grandfather. For most of his adult life, he has been active in AMC. In his younger years, he led white-water canoe trips for Connecticut AMC. In more recent years, he has been a sea-kayak leader for Connecticut AMC. About 15 years ago, he and his wife discovered Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada from a New York Times article. He has led numerous family and AMC wilderness camping trips in Algonquin and elsewhere in Canada.


(best time to call: 9 am - 10 pm)
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AMC Paddle, Bike, and Hike leader. Lead multiple trips hiking, biking and paddling with several other groups as well. Have organized several large-scale group events.