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Wilderness Paddle Trip in Algonquin Provincial Park

If you have been looking for a trip that gets you away from the hustle and bustle of life (no cell phones, no music, no engine noise, no boss, etc) but don't have either the experience, or the time to plan such a trip...this is the trip for you!!













For Pics of last year trips click on the link below and view albums named Algonquin:

When I was five my family did a 5 day trip into the Algonquin wilderness. I still have fond memories of that time. In the coming years my brothers and I returned several times with our dad and then several more without our father. As we got older the 3 Chapman brothers and a rotating crew of friends have since gone back to Algonquin…but then the families grew and it got harder and harder to make it to Algonquin. Last year I was able to bring 4 people to this magical land and it was a trip never to be forgotten. We were blessed with great weather and tons of laughter (some of that laughter was thanks to Rizza's homemade concoction that I call "Blue Heaven"). We all have fond memories of waking in the morning to the magical sound of the loons echoing off the lake. Taking side trips to explore a hidden pond, the exertion of getting to our next destination, followed by the restful sleep after a day in the woods. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention our evening happy hours gathered on a nice lookout and sharing many laughs. There is something magical about this trip!

I won’t lie to you…there is some work involved on this trip. We will have to work for every inch of ground we cover. We will paddle several miles and haul our kayaks and gear over land, scour for firewood, set up and break down camp everyday but that’s what makes it even more enjoyable. We will work as a team since we are only as strong as our weakest person. At the end of the day when we are sitting around the fire sharing stories and discussing the adventures of the day there will be a peacefulness that we miss in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You will experience a contentment that will last long after you leave Algonquin. After dinner it’s great to go for a little paddle out on the dark lake and just float as the moon and stars shimmer on the lakes surface. In the morning, if you get up early enough, you will be able to walk to the lake and see a mirror image of the landscape on the glassy surface of the calm lake. At the end of the trip you will be ready for home but at the same time you won’t want to leave. When you arrive home you’ll be thankful to have your bed, but you will still long to be back in Algonquin.

This trip is a true wilderness trip. Once we shove off we will be completely on our own. There are no hospitals, phones, cell service, running water, help, or the option to quit. The only way out is the way in. In several places we will have to portage our boats and gear overland to get from one lake to another lake. Everyday we will break camp and paddle & portage to a new campsite. Due to the nature of this trip I will impose a restriction on the weight of everyone’s gear. We will work as a team at the portages to get the gear and boats across but you should pack as if you needed to portage your gear and your kayak by yourself in two trips.



Trip Description

Day 1 - Meet at Eastern Mountain Sports in Collegeville, pack and drive 6-7 hours. Sleep in a motel.

Day 2 - Drive to put in and pack our boats. Be on the water by noon and paddle about 5 hours to our first campsite. We will have a couple short portages.

Day 3 - Paddle about 6-7 hours (with a couple portages) and arrive at our campsite for the next 2 nights.

Day 4 - Day trip - We will do a day trip paddling. You will be amazed how great it feels to paddle without all of your gear.

Day 5 - Day trip or a day of rest, fishing, hiking, reading

Day 6 - Pack up and start heading back. Paddle about 6-8 hours (with portages). Set up camp and have our final happy hour in the wilderness.

Day 7 - Paddle out and head home. Paddle about 2-3 hours and drive about 6-7 hours and sleep in hotel. We will find a good place that serves good food and quality beer near our hotel where we can ease our way back into civilization.

Day 8 - Drive about 4-6 hours home.

Cost - $950 per person

Cost includes:

- Transportation from Collegeville, PA to Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario Canada
- Transportation of your kayak/canoe (rentals available at a reasonable price)
- Hotel room for the ride there and back (up to 3 people to a room)
- Trip planning and guides (Certified in Wilderness Trip Planning, Wilderness First Aid & CPR)
- Emergency Location Beacon
- Daily Pre-programmed email sent out daily to let loved ones know you are safe
- Permits
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while we are out in the wilderness (I feed you well so don't expect to lose to much weight on this trip)
- Walkie talkies to use while in the wilderness
- A session at Eastern Mountain Sports on packing techniques & a coupon to EMS to gear up
- Tents (I will supply 3 three man tents or you can bring your own)


Requirements & Restrictions (a full list will be given to those going)

- Kayak must be at least 12’ long (or you can rent one)

- Must be able to paddle and carry your gear

- There will be a weight limit for how much gear you can bring along

- Whistle

- Knife

- Flashlight

- Sleeping bag

- Snack food – only meals will be supplied

- Cup/bowl & utensil


- NO ELECTRONICS (phones, radios, video games, iPods)


Recommended items
- Sun block

- Hat

- Hiking shoes/sandals/watershoes

- Bug spray

- Soap suds (bio-degradable shampoo/soap)

- Toothbrush & deodorant – PLEASE ;-)

- Deck bag

- Dry bags

- Compression bags

- Lighter

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  • Rick D.

    Hey Doug, just following up on this. Are you able to share the route? I have the Algonquin route map so ill be able to see it with only the lake names. Thanks-Rick

    June 8, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Rick, just wanted to verify that you got my email and that it made sense?

      June 19, 2013

    • Rick D.

      Sorry for not replying. Yes, I got your message and understood. On vacation will reach out later

      June 20, 2013

  • Rick D.

    Interesting trip idea. I have taken 4 paddle trips in Algonquin by canoe and have been wanting to take my kayak there. I think portages may be challenging! I'm interested but can't commit now. I would like to hear more about your itinerary and route.

    May 28, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Rick, I am doing a lot of running around in the next week and a half. I am one of the outfitters for the Schuylkill Sojourn and I am running around getting everything ready for that and then I will be camping with them for the next week. I can get you more information when I get back. If I get some free time during the days I will email you a more detailed itinerary. If you have any other questions (or more specific), let me know. The kayak definitely makes the portages more of a challange. I am running a trip 2 weeks after this with solo canoes and we will cover more ground, and more portages. It's a lighter weight, more aggressive trip. With the kayaks you have to do a couple trips on the portages and it does slows you down. We spend 2 days getting out, 3 nights at one campsite and do day trips & explore, 2 days coming back out. It's a good mix between working, paddling and R&R. Love this place!!

      May 29, 2013

    • Rick D.

      Doug, Sounds good. More specifically, I'm interested in the route. What lakes, rivers & portages.

      May 29, 2013

  • Jerri

    This is heaven on earth. What a great trip to run, Doug. When I was a kid...did a paddling/portage trip in the boundary waters with my folks. Never forgot it.

    Would love to do this w/ you guys, but the cost is prohibitive for me right now. Wishing for fantastic weather for you!

    May 29, 2013

    • Doug C.

      You said it Roz..."HEAVEN ON EARTH"!! A trip never to be forgotten!! Something about those portages...It's a love/hate relationship. They can wear you down, but they somehow make the trip so much better.

      May 29, 2013

  • Martha

    Hoping you will run other trips that are distance, but not so rugged.

    May 28, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Yup, I will be posting it soon. It's to the Adirondacks. only a short short portage and not as much paddling. With a some short day hikes with awesome views

      May 29, 2013

  • Rica J.

    Wrong week! ARG... I have the previous week off from work, not the first week in August. Boo.

    May 28, 2013

    • Doug C.

      :-( I would love to have you along Rica!!! I am running another trip (more aggressive) two weeks after also if that helps at all

      May 29, 2013

  • Rick D.

    Interesting trip idea. I have taken 4 paddle trips in Algonquin by canoe and have been wanting to take my kayak there. I think portages may be challenging! I'm interested but can't commit now. I would like to hear more about your itinerary and route.

    May 28, 2013

  • Rick D.


    May 28, 2013

  • Nora H.

    I can't go because I would get fired if I took a week off in August, but I don't see the cost anywhere. You might want to make that noticeable.

    May 28, 2013

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