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Northern Ontario Active Escape


Route map for Northern Ontario Active Escape (NCAO)

Day 1 Toronto (1L,1D)

Meet in Toronto at the joining point and transfer to Algonquin Provincial Park. On arrival in Algonquin, we take an interpretive hike to Music Lake. This features an introduction to boreal forest, beaver ponds and spruce bogs. We pause for lunch at Music Lake before hiking to Surprise Lake. Here, canoes are waiting for us and we island hop across the lake to our log cabin accommodation. There's time to take a break here before a great dinner and evening relaxing in the log cabin.

Overnight in log cabin accommodation.

Day 2 Algonquin Provincial Park (1B,1L,1D)

After breakfast today we gather together for a canoe lesson, and then pack our canoes, as we are going out on an overnight canoe trip. We'll start by canoeing across the lake and further into the park. We learn correct paddling and portage techniques and take a swim in the clear water of the lake. Our camp for this evening is set up on a scenic point covered in pines. Stop by the camp fire for dinner before an unusual night paddle listening out for hooting owls, howling wolves and the call of the loon.

Overnight camping.

Day 3 Algonquin Provincial Park (1B,1L,1D)

Early start today as we go out on a sunrise paddle searching for moose and beaver. This is the perfect oppotunity to get some good photos in the park! After a maple breakfast, we continue through the Algonquin lakes. Theres a chance to try canoeing solo and to learn navigational skills before we take out back at the log cabin in time for yet another delicious dinner.

Overnight in log cabin accommodation.

Day 4 Algonquin Provincial Park (1B,1L,1D)

Today is a free day to enjoy our beautiful surroundings in Algonquin. If you are looking to take it easy, then feel free to relax at the log cabin, or swim in the lake. There are a variety of hikes open to you along the trails in the park, or if you prefer, you can cover these tracks on two wheels as there are mountain bikes available for hire. Another option would be to try stand up paddling out on the lakes.

Overnight in log cabin accommodation.

Day 5 Killarney Provincial Park (1B)

Change of scenery today as we head for Killarney Provincial Park, one of Ontario's lesser known destinations, but no less beautiful for that. Clear blue lakes and white mountain ridges make this an unforgettable location. We hike up above the tree line for incredible views of the quartzite along the Laloche Mountains.

Accommodation tonight in our lakeside inn.

Day 6 Georgian Bay (1B, 1L)

Back on the water today, time to take to our kayaks. Georgian Bay is a haven for kayaking, and and after a safety briefing, we paddle around the bay to get used to our kayaks. Georgian Bay is on the shores of Lake Huron, and is named after King George IV. Traditionally home to the Anishinaabeg First Nations peoples to the North and Huron-Petun (Wyandot) to the south, this was once a major training route.

Georgian Bay is famous for the numerous islands in the lake, known in legend to have been created by one of the Huron gods, who threw a large ball of earth into the lake and ended up with over 30,000 islands.

Accommodation tonight in our lakeside inn.

Day 7 Georgian Bay (1B)

After all the activities of the last few days, today has been left free for you to enjoy at your leisure. There are a variety of optional activities for you to enjoy, or you could just spend the day relaxing.

Day 8 Toronto (1B)

Transfer to Toronto for departure in the morning.