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Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019

Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019
Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019
Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019
Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019
Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019

Ontario Canoe Expedition and Paddling Retreat 2019

Start Location: Toronto

Duration: 15 days

Level: All abilities

Date: 9th September to 23rd September 2019.

Price £1995 Early Bird Offer £1795

Ontario Expedition Deal includes:

Free moving water day in Matlock*

  • A Date will be provided in Spring for a Matlock intro to moving water. You will need to be available to meet the published dates
  • Discounted price for the Best of Scotland Trip from £849 to £549 saving £300 as a perfect taster and training session for the Yukon

Whilst not essential we would recommend that you attend the Best of Scotland canoe and bushcraft course to gain more experience of paddling on moving water.

Please Note we require a 25% non refundable deposit to secure your place. You can pay in instalments.

Price: £1995 early bird price of £1795 (excludes flights to Canada which you book)

It does include your float plane into and out of Temagami Wilderness and all equipment and food whilst on the trail

The Canoe Trail team have paddled the in Ontario taking part in the Muskoka River X race as well as exploring Temagami wilderness with our hosts for the second week.

Hap and Andrea Wilson. Hap, the 'Ray Mears' of Canada has written 14 books including 9 guide books on Canada's wildernewss. Hap and Andrea own the only cabins within Temagami and will be hosting us and helping to provide the trip of a lifetime including a stay at their Cabin Falls Eclodge. 

Hap and Andrea have spent a lifetime working in the wilderness helping to save the ancient pine forests, providing trails and creating the illustrated guide books for the region and many of Canada's iconic rivers. Hap is the former ranger for Temagami. We will walk, swim and paddle the incredible wilds of Temagami for a week based from the Cabin Falls Ecolodge (located on the top of a 7 metre waterfall) accessing the wilderness in a Dehavilland Beaver Float plane.The lodge is equipped with a variety of dorm and roomed cabins which will be alocated on a first come first served basis. The ecolodge includes a wood fire sauna with a waterfall plunge pool experience!

The trip also includes a 4 day canoe trip in Algonquin Park working with our friends at Algonquin Outfiters. Algonquin park is home to a huge collection of wildlife including plenty of moose, otters and beavers and of course bears. We will have the opportunity to explore some beautiful creeks within the park at a leisurely pace ensuring we get the chance to make camp, see wildlife and enjoy home cooked meals over the camp fire!

Algonquin Outfitters is a family run company and use Swift Canoes (made by the brother) which are lightweight and a paddling Ferrari! Our stay includes camping in historic Safari wall tents on arrival and departure. 

 It is said that whilst America was created by men and women on horseback that Canada was pioneered by Canoe. Settlers and pioneers would have travelled by canoe including large portages between the lake and river systems.

You will have plenty of opportunity to improve your paddling skills with our qualified and experienced coaches eager to share their knowledge on this fast-moving water.

Dates: 9th September to 23rd September 2019

A mixture of camping grounds and wild camping will make this a memorable experience. Wildlife  includes bears, moose, and wolves.

  • 13 days exploring and paddling the mighty Yukon River
  • All canoe equipment
  • Accommodation on arrival in Algonquin (3 nights)
  • Professional instructors and coaching
  • Wild camping on the trail in Algonquin Park and Temagami 
  • Float plane into and out of Temagami Park
  • Transport and shuttle service back (excludes flights)
  • Food for expedition days (excludes meals in town locations)
  • Coaching on moving water
  • Includes free introduction to Moving Water day course with our coaches at Matlock
  • Access to discounted equipment
Please Note:

Itineraries are for guidance purposes only. We will make every effort to deliver your trip as outlined however to account for weather conditions and ensure the safety and enjoyment of your group these may be altered.

Please contact us for further details.



  1. Cabin Falls (Ecolodge site)
  2. Bridal Veil Falls (or Twin Sisters)
  3. Fat Man’s Squeeze (or FM Chutes)
  4. Helen Falls (as high as Niagara)
  5. Center Falls (or “Golden Staircase” with natural waterslide)
  6. Portage Chutes (a very large natural jacuzzi)
  7. Shangra-La Falls
  8. Dry Creek Falls (or Fairy Falls)

Possible Itinerary:

Day One: floatplane arrival, orientation at lodge, local treks

Day Two: Shangra-La Falls camp-over & exploration

Day Three: Dry Lake Ridge hike (one of Ontario’s highest points) back to ecolodge

Day Four: Helen Falls (afternoon) plus camp-over

Day Five: Center Falls hike and wild swim then return to ecolodge

Day Six: Bridal Veil & Fat Man’s adventure & return to ecolodge