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Call Of The Wild

Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada
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Guided wilderness camping canoe trips in Algonquin Park. Spend the day paddling across remote and wild lakes, while looking for moose along the shoreline. Swim in the clean, clear lakes. At night enjoy a campfire and delicious fresh cooked meal. Later, gaze at the countless stars in night sky free of any light pollution. We supply all the equipment, including light weight expedition class kevlar canoes, meals, permits, and a guide. Transport from Toronto can also be arranged. These trips are suitable for all ages and all experience levels. We will teach you everything you need to know! During the winter we offer dog sledding day trips, and award winning multi-adventure trips that include dog sledding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Have fun in the snow all day and in the evening relax in a cozy wilderness eco-lodge complete with an outdoor hot tub!
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Emmer H wrote a review Aug. 2020
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Our guide was fun, knowledgeable and clearly an expert canoe trip leader. He worked hard at each campsite with boundless energy and enthusiasm. As anticipated, all participants were expected to carry canoes and the heavy packs which was a great part of the experience. The food was plentiful and surprisingly good. This was a great canoe trip refresher for me and a wonderful introduction to canoe tripping for my daughter. We will do this again next year!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Robin B, Owner at Call Of The Wild
Responded Aug. 27, 2020
Glad that you enjoyed your trip so much! We look forward to seeing you again.
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KellyBobo wrote a review Aug. 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada18 contributions33 helpful votes
We were one of the few canoe trips going in this lovely pandemic year. We had a group of 6 including the guide and we all got along. It was great to get transportation from Toronto to make this a relatively stress-free trip. We left from access point Shall Lake and spent 1 night at 1 camp site and 2 nights at another site. We did 3 portages (both ways), 1050 km, 500 (or was it 625 m? :)) and a very short 90 m -- it took 2 trips of carrying equipment to do a portage. The guide was very well organized and took care of all the cooking which was great. It definitely felt like a true wilderness experience. We didn't see any big animals but there were tons of loons and chipmunks. There were very few bugs except for 1 part of 1 portage where we all got swarmed for 20 minutes or so. We ate fresh food but the punishment was that we had to portage it :) My only warning would be that even though we all felt like relatively fit people, portaging is tough ... awkward with canoes and the group equipment was heavy. Be prepared. Make sure not to overpack your own belongings (everything in 1 backpack is best). Personally I could have done without the fresh melon in the food barrel :) A day of portages and canoeing will leave you exhausted. I think my ideal trip would have been 4 nights, but 2 nights in each camp so more chill time.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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88Traxx wrote a review Feb. 2020
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The multiday winter adventure was a wonderful experience! Robin arranges for your cross country ski rental in Bancroft where you go and pick them up. Then you head 20 mins down the road to go dog sledding. After that you drive 20 mins to the eco-lodge parking lot and you can either hike, ski or snowshoe in a winter wonderland to the lodge. If you have a lot of luggage, Robin with snowmobile it in for you. The food was tasty and hearty, we had: Night 1: beef stew on rice, salad and freshly baked brownies with kawartha icecream Day 2: Breakfast- scrambled eggs, bacon, freshly baked croissant and fruit, milk, juice, coffee or tea Lunch - cold cut sandwich with avocado, cheese and lettuce, granola bar, fruit and juice (ate at the top of a mountain while snowshoeing) Dinner - cheese, bread, cracker and sausage appetizer, chicken cacciatore with quinoa, salad and freshly baked cinnamon swirl cake with kawartha icecream Day 3: Breakfast - omelet, bacon, toast, fruit, peanut butter and jam, milk, juice, coffee or tea Lunch - cold cut sandwich Robin has a sustainable lodge that generates its own energy using hydro electric power. The lodge is located on a private lake and has an outdoor hot tub and sauna where you have a nice view of the wilderness around you. He will even cut a hole in the ice so you can do a polar dip! He has a variety of beginner and more advanced cross country ski and snowshoeing trails, and give you a lesson in either if you need it. Overall it was a one-of-a-kind Canadian (Southern Ontario) winter experience that we always remember. Don't be shy to meet new people, as others stay up in the lodge as well.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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M&C wrote a review Aug. 2019
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Canoeing in the Alqonquin was just wonderful. Our guide Rick was a fantastic wildlife expert, canoeing instructor, cook, and also a charming and interesting person to talk to.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Brandon wrote a review Jun. 2019
Buffalo, New York37 contributions9 helpful votes
I just took part in the 4-day canoe trip at Algonquin Provincial Park out of Rock Lake with Call of the Wild. My group had a great time on the trip! The canoeing was fun, the nature was exquisite, the food was great, and the adventure was very memorable. Rick was our guide and he was great – very knowledgeable, prepared, friendly, and flexible. He is also a good teacher as our canoeing skills improved significantly over the course of the trip. The itinerary of the trip was great. We canoed three lakes and did a few portages. We also hiked to a couple of other lakes and got to stretch our legs that way. The itinerary was flexible and had enough space in it for us to customize some of our time, which included looking for moose (we saw two), hiking, and swimming. Overall, Call of the Wild put together a great trip and I highly recommend them. We went in mid-June, which has some advantages and disadvantages. The only real disadvantage is that the bugs are out in full force then. However, that keeps the crowds away. It felt like we had the entire place to ourselves, which was awesome. Once we launched the canoe on the first day, we saw only 5 other people throughout the trip. The weather was also great – primarily sunny but not too hot with a small breeze at times. We were also near the summer solstice so the days were very long. The lack of crowds, long days, and great weather made for great canoe conditions. We were able to fly around the lakes but also just take our time when we wanted. Combined, it allowed us to have a lot of free time and gave us the pick-of-the-area for anything we wanted to do. It allowed us to really move while canoeing in a relatively effortless manner (no fighting the wind or being forced to really move it so that we could get a good campground). I’m guessing we might have had the best canoeing conditions of the entire year. Rick really positioned us well to make the most of it. The wildlife viewing was great as a result too.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Robin B, Owner at Call Of The Wild
Responded Jun. 25, 2019
I'm glad to hear you had such a memorable trip! June is one of the best months for moose spotting, and lack of crowds. Later in the summer we still see moose, but there are more people, and less bugs! basically anytime of the summer is a good time to go canoeing.
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