This multi-sport tour in Algonquin Park offers an excellent introduction to several winter sports; dog sledding cross country skiing and snowshoeing. On arrival day you will experience the thrill of a half day of dog sledding, complete with instruction. The second day you will head out onto the groomed trails on your skis and explore this winter wonderland. The last day has you blazing your own trail as you snowshoe through the forests.
On the first day you arrive at the eco lodge on the southern border of Algonquin Park, by early afternoon. It is here that you meet up with our dog sled teams. Following an introduction to the dogs and instruction on how to handle the sleds you set off for a 3-4 hour sled ride. This is always an exciting experience - the dogs barking and pulling at the sleds, the trees whipping past us, and the breeze in our faces. you sled into the majestic forests surrounding Algonquin Park along private trails. There is also a good chance that we may see some wildlife like moose or even a lone wolf!
The second day's activity is cross country skiing. You strap on your cross country skis and follow the groomed trails through Algonquin Park. The path will lead you through hardwood bush - an excellent place to see moose or their tracks in the snow at the very least. The group will stop for a trail lunch in a quaint prospectors' tent for a chance to rest and warm up by a roaring fire.
You trade in your skis for snowshoes on the third day. Again you voyage into the forests of Algonquin, but today you make our own trails! As you push your way through the crisp and untouched snow you should keep an eye out for the ever present signs of wildlife! This is how much of Canada was travelled - you can almost imagine yourself as a seasoned explorer!
During the trip you stay in the cozy comforts of a remote wilderness eco lodge. Remote but comfortable it comes complete with an outdoor, wood fired hot tub and sauna! Perfect for relaxing after a hard day of having fun in the snow! It is lit with propane and kerosene lanterns, and is heated with a wood furnace and a woodstove, so you don't need to worry about sleeping in a tent and being cold at night. Unless you'd like to try your hand at building a Quinzee (a traditional snow hut) and sleep there for the night. Knowing that there is a warm room nearby always makes this idea more appealing!
Only 3 hours north of Toronto, Algonquin Provincial Park is Ontario's oldest park and one of the largest in Canada. It boasts over 7600 square kilometers, with over 2000 fresh water lakes. Within its borders can be found deer, moose, beaver, wolves, bears and many other wild animals, all in their natural habitats. This park is so large and so varied that one end of the park can have entirely different weather from the other end! This park is the perfect location for your next winter adventure.