What should I pack?
Algonquin Park Canoe trip - 3,4 & 5 days
No smoking. Please use chewable, dermal or vapor substitutes for nicotine delivery.
We supply bug jackets on all multiday trips, so toxic repellents are not needed. If you must bring repellents, please do not bring aerosol or pump dispensers. They are terrible for the whole environment. Creams are the only responsible way to handle these toxins.
Canoe day trips -http://www.algonquinparkcanoetrips.com/algonquin-park-canoe-day-trips.html
Should I tip my guide?
Generally speaking, Canada is a service tipping culture. This is definitely the case in the tourism sector. Although never expected, gratuities are especially appreciated in adventure tourism because most guides can only work part of the year. That all said, tips should be reserved for "good service". Please see this CNN travel article for more information.
Do you require a minimum number of people to run a tour?
We love playing in Algonquin Park, so most of our tours run no matter how many people sign up. Glamping has a double occupancy minimum booking policy.
Do we accept solo travellers?
For everything except Glamping. For multiday canoe safaris, there is no problem or extra charge. But solo travellers may need to share a tent (with other same sex singles), or sleep in a https://hennessyhammock.com/products/deep-jungle-asym-zip . Usually, we have space for solo tents.
Glamping requires double occupancy minimum. Singles would have to pay for 1 adult and 1 child.
For our 6h guided group day paddle, solo is ok. All other day tours are private and the same price for 1 or 2 participants.
What about health and safety?
At all times, safety is our highest priority. Personal flotation devices are mandatory while canoeing. And the supplied helmets are required for our biking tours. All wilderness related activities are supervised by a experienced guide and instructor. Algonquin Adventure Tours guides travel with an advanced first aid kit, the training to use it and emergency satellite communications. All meals served during our adventures are nutritious, well balanced and prepared according to strict sanitary guidelines.
Do you have an office?
Yes, we maintain an office and live in Dwight, Ontario (10 minutes west of the park's west gate off highway 60) all year long. You can call us anytime (0800-2200EST) at 705-783-7566 or 877-757-5704. Visits are by appointment only as we are usually outside enjoying the beautiful wilderness.
Why Algonquin Adventure Tours?
Is a payment required when I register?
Yes, full payment is required at registration. We are a small company with a limited busy season. We literally can't afford to have cancellations (see policy below). That is why we only want committed bookings.
Where do the tours start?
All our regular tours start off the highway 60 corridor in Algonquin Provincial Park. The map showing our meeting points for our tours can be seen @ http://goo.gl/maps/WxLAL. Custom tours can go anywhere in the park.
Can I get there without a car?
For the Glamping Extravaganza, you must have a car. It is Glamping, after all. The Special Fall Colours Bike Across Algonquin Extravaganza ONLY can work for people taking the bus.
For all other tours, a car is, unfortunately, the easiest and often cheapest option. But if you can't drive, please see below:
Daily service from Toronto: www.ontarionorthland.ca . This service goes to Huntsville and would require arriving in Huntsville the night before departure. The last daily bus to Toronto @ 5:30pm can work perfectly for returns since our multiday tours finish in the park by 2pm. Taxi and shuttle is available (see below) between Huntsville & Algonquin.
Ottawa service requires using www.greyhound.ca for Ottawa - North Bay. And then
www.ontarionorthland.ca for Huntsville - North Bay. Taxi and shuttle is available (see below) between Huntsville & Algonquin.
Daily service from Pearson Airport: From Toronto's Pearson International Airport, you can get a direct shuttle to Huntsville with http://www.northernairport.com/index.php/northern-airport-schedule. Taxi and shuttle is available (see below) between Huntsville & Algonquin.
Taxi (about $110 each way) or shuttle ($40 per person, each way) can be arranged from Huntsville to Canoe Lake (Canoe trip starting location) in Algonquin Park and back. The drive takes about 1 hour.
Bus clients are often able to get a free ride back to the Huntsville bus station from other tour participants.
Non-safari baggage can be left with us. We can't assume responsibility for it, but it will be as safe as our own gear.
Please contact us for further details.
Is it possible to get a refund after I register?
All trips go rain or shine. Only day trips may be canceled if lightning delays departure by at least one hour. In that situation, a credit or refund with be issued at the client's discretion.
If a request to withdraw is received by us ninety (90) calendar days or more before the start of your program, Algonquin Adventure Tours will return all funds except transaction fees(up to 3.9%). If the request to withdraw is received by us between ninety and 31 calendar days before the start of your program, Algonquin Adventure Tours will immediately return 50% of trip cost. If another participant(s) can be found to fill your vacated place(s), your remaining fees (minus up to 3.9% transaction fee) will be refunded at that time. 30 days or less before a scheduled trip all fees become non-refundable.
To prepare for unplanned events that might cause a last minute request for a refund, we recommend travel insurance.