Algonquin Park Guided VIP Motorized Canoe Day Tour
Daily Tom Thomson & Nature Photography Day Tour - 3 hours
Your Algonquin Park VIP private motorized canoe half day trip follows in the footsteps of one of Canada's greatest painters, Tom Thomson. Our motorized canoe comfortably takes 2 passengers (462lbs/210kg max. with cameras/bags) on an unforgettable guided exploration of the Algonquin Park interior. The 3 hour adventure is split 90% motor and 10% paddling. This tour is perfect for those who want to mostly relax or have their hands free for photography or sketching. Your adventure includes effortless travel across Canoe Lake, a visit to Tom Thomson's cairn & local ruins, a scenic picnic (Henrietta's meat or veggie sandwich & granola bar), hunting beautiful scenery reflections while paddling down a meandering stream system and a chance to cool off at a secluded swimming hole. All ages and fitness levels are welcome - we've had participants between 8 months and 82 years old on this adventure. VIP tours are usually guided by Algonquin Adventure Tours founder, Stuart Lorne Letovsky. For anyone seeking a non-motorized VIP canoeing experience (just like it's 1893, the year Algonquin Park was founded), Stuart can also take up to two adults (1 paddles & 1 relaxes) in his traditional Langford cedar wood canoe.
2017 is a special year which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson's death (July 8, 1917) and Canada's 150th birthday. So, we have decided to provide clients a choice (just tell your guide when you meet) of two different area of focus for their VIP adventure:
1) Tom Thomson Tour - Algonquin Park was Tom Thomson's inspiration. And this tour will inspire you, by literally walking in the footsteps of Tom Thomson. Your guide will recount a vast knowledge of all things Thomson. The tour will visit the locations Tom Thomson lived, worked, painted and paddled. And we will even pay respect, at his gravesite, in the old Mowat Village cemetery. Spectacular habitat areas and natural views will still be seen, but this choice will not linger in those areas.
2) Nature and Wildlife Photography Tour - This option will cater to those who are serious about their Algonquin Park photography. Your guide prefers shooting with a Canon 7D Mark 2 and has helped countless amateurs and professionals achieve wall hanging perfection. Although we can't guarantee seeing a moose (consider our safari for that), other wildlife, awe inspiring reflections and spectacular natural panoramas will make memories for a lifetime.
Price: $299 + 13% tax per canoe (210kg max. - usually 2 passengers; 3rd passenger is possible, with slightly reduced view, if within weight. 12 & under 3rd passenger is no charge. Adult 3rd passenger is $49 extra.). We have three motorized canoes.
When: DAILY @ 12pm & 3:30pm, May 1-October 15, 2017. Reservations are required.
Please see our calendar below for full/open dates - updated daily.
Where: Tours meet by the picnic tables, next to the Ontario Parks permit office (not the nearby store), actually on the stony Canoe Lake beach(access point #5). Please look for our vans, canoes or uniformed guides with the Canadian flag logo.
With limited space and rave reviews, our tours fill up quickly. So please make your reservations early.
Although we have encountered moose, deer, beaver, muskrat, heron, loon, turtle, frog, bear, racoon and fish on our Algonquin Park day trips, as with all wilderness tours, animal encounters are a rather random and rare occurrence. However, a skilled guide definitely increases the chances of a memorable and safe educational adventure. And please note that our multiday canoe safaris offer the best opportunities for successful wildlife observation.
Wind on the open water can make temperatures feel 10 degrees colder, so please dress accordingly. And note that on windy days clients will often enjoy getting a tad wet from wave spray, so having a change of clothes in the car is recommended.
Custom tours are always available - just contact us for more information. Trips are run rain or shine (as long as there is no lightning). We may delay departure by up to 1 hour. Refund/credits will be only be issued if a trip is canceled for lightning. Life jackets are provided and MUST be worn at all times.
Participants will need to purchase their car day permit at either entrance gate to Algonquin park, or at the Ontario parks office at the far end of the stony beach where we meet.
VIP Dates 2017 (small red print is full, large black print is good to reserve) - twice each day (AM or PM)
What to bring
No smoking, glass bottles, metal cans or bug repellant in an pump or spray format (drip only).