|Paddle the Rustic Pathways of Algonquin|
Toronto Sun Travel Section - Sunday, May 24, 2009
Howling for wolves beneath a star-studded sky. Toasting bannock over an open fire, then dipping it in maple syrup. Watching a bright red canoe disappear from shore into an early-morning mist.
Those are memories of a trip with Voyageur Quest, still vivid nearly nine years later.
The Toronto-based firm specializes in outdoor adventures. Pathways of Algonquin, the one I did, is their most popular.
Based at a two-storey log house just outside Algonquin Park, it includes two nights' accommodation, meals, equipment, excursions and the services of a wilderness guide. The itinerary is much the same -- interpretive hikes, canoe trips, time to steam in the sauna -- and the price is still reasonable, $456 per adult.
Pathways of the Algonquin is available Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. until Oct. 21. You can either drive to a rendezvous near South River or pay extra for return van transportation from Toronto.
Voyageur Quest also does guided canoeing and kayaking excursions amid stunning scenery. Two weekend ones in June, for example, will focus on photographing moose in Algonquin Park. If I thought my aging joints would take it, I'd be tempted by a sea kayaking trip in July from an island base in Georgian Bay.
Phone 1-800-794-9660 or visit www.voyageurquest.com.