Algonquin Wilderness Paddle (#2263)

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - Monday, August 29, 2022


Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario,


Registration is required for this activity.


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 about a day's drive from NYC, Boston, or Philadelphia, where you can expect these. Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada is such a place. It is located 190 miles north of Toronto and 190 Miles north-west of Ottawa. Algonquin Park has over 4800 square miles of territory and over 1800 miles of canoe routes. The park, founded in 1892, is the second oldest "national park" in North America. It is almost as big as Yellowstone (the first national park in North America). We will be exploring one of the gems of the park, the Barron River Canyon, on the eastern side of the park. The river is lined with steep walls of crystalline rock up to 328 feet tall. We will also visit High Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the park. Our two nights car and three nights wilderness camping will have one layover day (with hiking trails, swimming, or just a causal paddle as possible activities). August is an ideal time for Algonquin. There are very few bugs, the weather is warm, and the lakes are swimmable. When the glaciers melted 11,000 years ago, meltwater formed large rivers that flowed from the western highlands and deposited sand and gravel on the east side of the park. These sandy soils, in combination with lower elevations and warmer temperatures, resulted in the growth of coniferous forests, primarily white and red pine. The park is in a transitional zone between the boreal forest to the north and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest to the south. For the naturalist, there are 265 species of birds, 40 species of mammals, and 1,000 species of plants. The park is particularly noted for its large moose population, its wolves, and its spectacular night skies. We typically see beaver, otter, chipmunks, and squirrels in or by the lakes, occasionally moose. Loons are seen on every lake, often female merganser, spotted sandpiper, chickadees, wood warblers, grouse, gulls, woodpeckers, and herons. Participants are expected to have all their 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. To register go to online application

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $465 member / $565 non-member

Related Link(s):

2263 Prospectus
Optional Add-on to Thousand Islands
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Click map for driving directions
Algonquin provincial park


Paddling - Canoeing


Wait Listed

Nearby AMC Destination

AMC Boston Office


Wilderness Canoe vigorous 6


Adults (18+)


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Robin Melavalin has been involved with educational travel for over 25 years working with college students and faculty. She has led a variety of AMC Adventure Travel trips including trekking in Morocco, hiking hut to hut in the Bavarian Alps, kayaking in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, and trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) in Tanzania. Her research and personal travels include Cuba, Cabo Verde, Kenya, Nicaragua, China, Chile, Russia, Uzbekistan, South Africa, and Iceland.


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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.