Your day-by-day itinerary
Arrival in Huntsville
Leave the bustle of the big cities behind and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Canadian wilderness. You’ll drive past thick green forests and small picturesque towns, on certain days, you may drive past the local markets – you can take a short break to pick up fresh strawberries and maple syrup from the region. You’ll arrive in Huntsville, located just outside of Algonquin and stay in a local style, small bed and breakfast lodge.
Explore Algonquin Park
Today you’ll wake up bright and early and tuck into a lush home-made Canadian lumberjack breakfast before heading to explore Algonquin Park. On arrival, you can stop off at the visitor centre. The centre displays the parks wildlife, history and geology. In the park, you are spoiled for choice, with over 20 well-signposted trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. One moderate trail, known as the ‘Mizzy Lake’ is a beautiful path that leads through forests, lakes and gives you an excellent chance to see some diverse wildlife.
If you want to challenge yourself, you can take the ‘Booth’s Rock’ trial which follows an abandoned railway for breath-taking views of the sweeping lakes and forests. For those of you who want to explore the park the ‘Canadian way’, you should take the time for a tour by canoe or kayak. Your hosts at the bed and breakfast will gladly organise a guided 3-hour canoe tour, who will show you the most scenic lakes in the park. If you’d rather paddle around by yourself, there are places where you can rent a canoe and explore how you’d like.
It’s time to say goodbye to the wilderness, after another breakfast with your hosts’ you’ll set off on your next stop of the journey. Head towards the east and in the afternoon, you’ll reach the English charm of Ottawa or drive two hours further to historic Montreal.
3-Day Log Cabin Adventure
Fancy a real Canadian adventure with an authentic nature-based twist that’s truly off the beaten track? Take a 3-day guided log cabin adventure in Algonquin National Park. You’ll howl for wolves, hike the pathways, canoe through the mists, learn about the flora and fauna and finish the days relaxing on the dock, in the sauna or in front of the toasty fireplace. You’ll share a log cabin with up to 12 other people but stay in your own rooms. There is no electricity here, so night-time lighting is lit with candles and lanterns; adding to the classic, rustic Canadian charm. You’ll be served delicious home cooked meals, take paddle board lessons and stargaze in the evenings.
£375 - per person