Duke of Ed Winter Expedition
"4 day Algonquin winter exploration by snowshoe & ski "
If you have any questions about this trip please contact us:
|• Phone: (416) 486-3605
||• Toll Free: (800) 794-9660
Participate in an authentic winter adventure to the Algonquin Log Cabin. Ski across frozen lakes and snowshoe through waist deep snow. Learn winter backcountry travel skills from seasoned guides. Rest tired bones in the wood fired sauna and sleep in heated wall tent comfort.
This winter expedition focuses on off-the-beaten path outdoor exploration and backcountry travel skills. While no winter experience is necessary, these line of participatory adventures are intended for active people who have some outdoor experience and are looking for authentic adventure.
The Algonquin Log Cabin and winter wall tent are the base for the three nights. Located on Surprise Lake, just a few kilometres west of Algonquin Park, the log cabin is the hub for meals, pack out as well as a sauna and shower cabin. Group size is limited to 12.
Monday (Day 1)
Arrive at the Algonquin Log Cabin. Fireside welcome drink and adventure orientation. Practice overnight trek to the heated wall tent
Sample traditional and modern snowshoes as you explore varied terrain around the log cabin. Return to the Log Cabin for a hot lunch and then spend the afternoon following wildlife tracks to beaver ponds around Surprise Lake. A tasty dinner in front of the fireplace completes our day.
After a hearty Canadian breakfast, we pack a lunch and head out on skis to explore the backcountry around Music Lake. Travel to a heated wall tent at Moose Bay for lunch. Learn about heated prospector tents and how to travel safely on lakes and rivers. Return for a sauna and warm confines of the Cabin! Optional night snowshoe or ski around Kitchie Island.
Explore the Ridge trail by ski or snowshoe. Learn bannock, native tea and traditional game recipes and prepare a hot lunch on the trail. Return to the Log Cabin for dinner by the fireplace.
Friday (Day 5)
Harnesses, gee and ha, and ganglines are just a few of the expressions you will learn as you spend the day at the dog yard including a mush with a team of huskies.
The all-inclusive price from Algonquin Park is $765 per person plus HST
Return transportation from Toronto is available for $195 on the Ontario Northland Train. Group prices and custom dates are available for groups of 4 or more.
The cost includes: four nights heated wall tent accommodation, meals, fully guided excursions including back country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife track interpretation, all equipment, park permits, and services of a wilderness guide.
The cost does not include: personal clothing and HST.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU NEED? WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO YOU NEED TO BE IN?
While no previous winter experience is necessary, you should have wilderness camping experience and be willing to participate in a group setting. Our objective is to have fun, try snowshoeing and backcountry skiing and relax and explore the beauty of Surprise Lake. You should be in good physical condition ie able to be active (walking pace) for a day trip on skis or snowshoes that would last for up to six hours.
Experience winter is a highly participatory adventure and ideal for people looking for authentic adventure. You will be encouraged to be fully involved in the daily flow of log cabin living including heating the log cabin and sauna and helping to prepare meals. Depending on the weather conditions, you will ski and snowshoe each day while a professional wilderness guide provides leadership and instruction on all aspects of living and traveling in the winter wilderness. You will be encouraged to participate in as far as you are comfortable doing so.
A WORD ABOUT YOUR GUIDE
Voyageur Quest guides are skilled outdoorsmen and women who are there to ensure your winter trip is an adventure of a lifetime. On top of being well versed in the natural and cultural history of northern Ontario, our guides are selected for their love of the people and the land. All Voyageur Quest guides are qualified professionals and trained in wilderness first aid.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY
Each participant will be required to sign and return to Voyageur Quest a Release of Liability before being allowed to participate in any trip we offer. This document releases Voyageur Quest from liability in the case of accident or injury for any reason.
TO BOOK YOUR SPOT
A 25% deposit confirms your reservation. VISA, MASTERARD, AMEX or cheque can make payment. Please fill out a "to book" form and e-mail, fax or mail it to our office, or you can simply call us at (416) 486 - 3605.