Beginner Backcountry Canoe Trip

Beginner Backcountry Canoe Trip

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Learn everything you'll need to know to confidently go on your own canoe trip on our guided backcountry trip in Algonquin Park

Our adventures give you space to learn everything you need to know to safely and confidently go on your own canoe trips. Better yet, you'll have a chance to do this while exploring one of the most beautiful places we know of - Algonquin Park. 

With the help of one of our trained guides, you’ll learn essential skills like navigation, fire building, safe paddling techniques, and plenty of other necessary skills. 

Make sure to read through the details below before booking.

Check out some of our frequently asked questions here. 


Trip Details

Algonquin Provincial Park

On this trip, you’ll learn everything you need to know to safely and confidently go on your own canoe trips with the help of one of our trained guides. This starts on day one, going over each of our packs, understanding why we’re bringing what we’re bringing, and how to travel with it through the wilderness. For first time paddlers, this first day will be an introduction to being on the water: how to paddle, how to steer a canoe, and how to navigate the backcountry lake systems. 

Once we’re in the backcountry, you’ll have the chance to pick your own site and practice essential skills like setting up your tent, how to assemble a weatherproof tarp system, building a fire fit for royalty and, of course, cooking over that open flame. 

On travel days, we’ll dig into these skills even further, offering the chance for you to put them into practice, while also learning about the local flora, fauna, and cultural history of Algonquin Park. 

Our trips also run well into September and October. To us, autumn is one of the best times of year for canoe tripping - while also offering the element shift to colder weather. Fall trips have specially outfitted gear and take all necessary precautions to manage cold weather risks. 

  • Planning and Permit Booking
  • Check-list and Packing
  • Canoe Travel Basics
  • Navigating Open Water - paddling, reading a map, dealing with emergencies
  • Campsite Set Up - pitching your tent, hanging a tarp, collecting firewood, dealing with furry visitors
  • Campfire Cooking - prep, cooking and cleanup - enjoying gourmet meal over an open flame
  • Setting Off for New Sites
  • Basic Wilderness Survival Skills & Emergency Preparedness
  • Local Flora and Fauna Identification

*Note that Algonquin Park limits the number of campers on their backcountry sites to 9 people. This typically results in our trips have 7-8 spots open for guests while accounting for 1-2 guides. 

Whats Included

  • All tripping gear,
  • Canoes, paddles & PFDs
  • Park permits
  • Fresh & healthy home cooked meals
  • Licensed guide
  • Memories to last a lifetime

Whats Not Included

  • Transportation to and from the park
  • Personal toiletries & clothing
  • Additional vehicle permits ($13.00 per vehicle/night)
  • Guide Tips