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Reviewed September 7, 2014

The details of our weekend excursion lead us to believe that we were headed on a high class journey into the Algonquin wilderness. Oh, we did head on a journey into the Algonquin wilderness, but certainly not high class. I believe that this company over charges their guests for what is included in the packages, and leads guests to believe completely different from what will actually be taking place. We love the wilderness, we love adventure, and we love getting our hands dirty. However, we walked into that weekend thinking that a relaxing paddle across some lakes is just what we needed to unwind, having gourmet "chef" cooked food, accessories and living accommodations being provided and carried for us as well as a cool portage or two to stay fit. NOPE. We ended up needing a vacation from our vacation. Packs weighing in at 85 lbs. We were not warned as to what footwear to be wearing or even the basics of what to expect. Sorry. I could go on and on.

Basically, I loved the experience, I just wish that the company didn't charge so much considering we did all of the work, cook, clean, set up and take down. I also wish that this company would provide correct information, detailed information and accurate information to its' clients prior to their trip so that there is no miscommunication.

Room tip: Choose one by the lake or with a double bed. Otherwise you will get bunk beds.
Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2014

Thank you for providing a review of your canoe trip experience. Our team provides a full welcome package of information for all of our experiences. Our Algonquin Park adventures are experiential journeys where our guests learn hands-on how to travel overnight in canoes and camp in Algonquin Park. Our guests help us choose a level of adventure that is based on their desires - giving them experiences off-the-beaten track, sometimes with a bit more portaging when requested. Our lodge-based stays offer days of adventure with more creature comforts including sleeping in a bed under a feather duvet. Choosing the most appropriate adventure or lodge-based experience is a shared decision-making process. We hope your Algonquin Park adventure provided the experience you were looking for.

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Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well this place is pretty much as advertised, if you stay at the centre expect a mixture of glamping and a spiritual retreat. I stayed here one night before setting off on a 3 day canoe trip in a small group with one of the guides. The food was very good and the regime similar to a youth hostel - if you like your mod-cons then don't go. The cabins which you stay in are scattered through the woods surrounding the main building - they are well appointed for what they are but do suffer from the damp atmosphere and no electric lighting seems to be a pointless and inconvenient ommission.

The canoe trip was quite good and the guide pleasant, hard working and competent but it didn't live up to my expectations. I think the key things to understand about these trips are:

If the wind gets up it will limit your ability to range across some of the larger lakes.
The wildlife is almost impossible to spot because the area is densely wooded.
There is a wide range of abilities in the groups which will limit what you can do to the least capable. I for example ended up in a small group with a 6 year old girl on board on her first trip and it was really just too much for her.
The flies and mosquitos are vicious if they are active, I tried non DEET repellants as requested but still got bitten a lot (but not badly enough to spoil the holiday). It's probably best to bring both types and break out the DEET if it becomes intolerable.

Good enough I suppose but I would have liked to range much further and do more.

Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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1  Thank David H
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2015

Hi David.
Thank you for taking the time to share your story.
While most of our cabins have solar-powered electrical lights our forest canvas cabins do not yet feature electrical service. Most guests staying in these cabins are going on an overnight camping canoe trip, so we've never really thought about adding electrical lights to these spaces.

Recent availability of LED lighting has made it possible to add lights to these cabins. In fact, in late 2014 we renovated the entire facility adding LED lights throughout. The amount of power we're saving now makes adding lights to these cabins a real possibility. Stay tuned!

We encourage guests to do things here that they might not be able to do anywhere else, so we ask our guests to leave their technology at home and connect with our Algonquin Park forest. Despite the lack of visible technology, there are quite a few technological marvels behind the scenes - making power from the sun the most obvious. Most guests are surprised at the level of care we provide despite being off-the-grid so far from the big city. The only modern convenience we ask guests to leave at home is blow dryers which use a tremendous amount of power and would damage our electrical system.

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Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful Explorers weekend. We slept in a cozy, canvas-roofed cottage. The bed was warm and comfortable with our duvet despite the rainy weather. The food that was prepared for us by Gregor and Alistair was delicious. I have celiac disease and the chefs made sure that I always had alternatives. Be prepared to gain weight. Jeff, Kim, and Kieran were excellent guides. We had a canoe/kayak trip into Algonquin Park with a picnic lunch. We also went paddle-boarding and then had a delightful afternoon in the wood-fired sauna and swimming. The facilities were beautiful and very clean. Overall, a wonderful experience and we will certainly be returning.

Room tip: If you aren't a camper, you might prefer a more traditional cabin. If you like tenting, try the canvas covered cabins.
Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thank you for sharing the story of your stay with us at the Edge. Our team appreciates you mentioning their contributions.
We hope you can visit us again soon.

Todd.

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Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I just returned from an Explorers Cabin weekend. The accommodations were great. We had a little cabin with a canvas roof. Despite the rain that weekend, we were cosy and dry. The bed was warm with a comfy duvet. The food was amazing. I require a gluten-free diet, and Chef Gregor created delicious food that included gluten-free alternatives. Gregor is very keen to follow a 100 mile diet, and the meals were excellent and plentiful. Be prepared to gain weight! Our guides Kieran, Kim, and Jeff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and encouraging. We went on a kayak/canoe trip into Algonquin park and had a picnic lunch beside the river. We tried paddle-boarding on the beautiful lake in front of the lodge and then relaxed in the wood-fired sauna. We can't say enough good things about this place, and we would definitely return. The buildings are beautiful and the scenery is spectacular. The facilities are very well maintained and extremely clean. This is glamorous camping at its best!

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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to describe your Explorer's Cabin experience. We do our best to deliver an experience that will not only be remembered, but treasured.

All the best,
Todd.

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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic and well organised setup and operation is managed by all staff. Kim and Jeff's warm welcome and knowledge of the great outdoors. Our son loved Jeff's fireside stories and I heard him relay the story to a friend later in our holiday.
Greg the chef - boy the man can cook. The food at the retreat and during our camping experience was extremely tasty. Having eaten at some gourmet restaurants I can say hand on heart that the food Greg turned out was of equal quality.
Our guide Tom was fantastic with us and our children. He was an inspiration to our son and sympathetic to our daughter when she needed reassurance. His knowledge, patience, maturity, professionalism and attentiveness were demonstrated in bucket fulls. His removal of his shirt was truly appreciated by my wife and daughter along with the female members of the other camp.
Mother Nature was extremely kind to us and we felt blessed to have shared the experience with her and all the natural beauty that surrounded us.
All the staff were very well appointed and incredible at putting everyone at ease where any apprehension was felt.
Kieran (the other guide) was a complete contrast to to Tom and they were both well matched to their respective groups. When Tom and Kieran were together they had a great rapport which shone through and helped the fun of the camps.
If you're considering going on a similar adventure I would certainly advise you go and do it. It will be challenging but extremely satisfying and a great achievement.

Date of stay: August 2014
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thank you for writing about your canoe adventure with Tom. Our guides certainly do their best to provide a memorable Algonquin Park experience . . . although not always with their shirts off!

We hope you can visit again soon.
All the best,
Todd.

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