Guest blog by Adrian Camara
When I paddle my canoe through the twisting creeks and grasslands of Algonquin Park, I often wonder what creature of the north is tromping through the marshlands on the other side of the tall grasses that tower around me. At times, my curiosity has gotten the better of me and I have stood up in my canoe to get a glimpse of a moose or black bear. This has not always ended well, as, on more than one occasion, I have tipped the canoe.
Thus I was very excited to learn about Northern Edge Algonquin’s innovative solution for wildlife viewing in Algonquin Park. They offer guided stand-up paddleboard (SUP) wildlife safaris. Because you are standing, instead of sitting in a canoe or kayak, you have a higher vantage point and can see down into the water and over grasses and bushes. As Todd Lucier of Northern Edge Algonquin says, “you have the chance to actually see the moose that is standing fifteen feet away that you may not have noticed in a canoe.”
Stand up paddling is a great way to see wildlife.
Upon early afternoon arrival at Northern Edge Algonquin’s Nature Retreat at Kawawaymog Lake, you’ll settle into your private forest canvas cabin.
Jeff Lunn, your SUP teacher and safari guide will provide a full orientation and a SUP skills clinic. Then after a flavourful dinner, Jeff will brief you on the details of the exciting three-day/two night wildlife safari.
Enjoy a gourmet dinner made with local and organic ingredients.
ABOUT THE SAFARI
Each day you can expect to paddle two to four hours (approximately six kilometres) on pristine rivers and lakes. As the entire route has been designed specifically for paddleboards, there are no long portages or open-lake crossings where there might be high winds. The most breathtaking part of the trip is the Amable du Fond, a calm access river known for plentiful moose, otters, beavers and other wildlife.
Paddling on the Amable du Fond River
When you’re not on the water, guided hikes, gourmet camp food, and learning wilderness skills like making tea from the forest, reading topographic maps to plan expedition routes, starting fires, and tying knots are just some of the activities that will keep you entertained.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a campfire under the bright stars of Northern Ontario and retreat to your comfortable tent for a restful sleep. In the morning, your explorer spirit will awaken with the call of the loon and the aroma of a delicious breakfast being cooked for you.
After three days and two nights in the backcountry, you’ll return rejuvenated by nature and with wild tales of moose, loons and new friendships.
BOOK THIS TRIP
The 4-day, 3-night, SUP Wildlife Safari in Algonquin Park is a fully outfitted, paddleboarding expedition perfect for beginners or more experienced paddleboarders looking to test their skills in the backcountry ($550 or less per person, plus tax and park fees).
With a five-star Trip Advisor rating, you better book early to get in on the fun! To book,