My grandmother and great grandfather, T. H. Reid, on Lake Nipissing , 1920
Elzwood Barker, my grandfather , on the South River. June 1921
On the other side of my family, Ken Langford, a cousin of my father’s great grandfather, started one of Canada’s oldest canoe companies Langford canoes, located in Dorset, Ontario. My love for the Algonquin area, canoes, and a sense of adventure come from these family roots.
Since taking out our first trip in the summer of 1991, Voyageur Quest has evolved from a one-person operation to one of Canada’s most recognized adventure travel companies. Our journey has been immensely satisfying. Growth has been slow and steady- one customer at a time. Our customers are what have made this journey feel so special. Our business is small and unique, not exactly the type of place you find in mainstream travel agencies. Our customers have had to search to find us and when they did find us, it was like a reunion of old friends. Kindred spirits who love to be off to be off the beaten track. We have been so incredibly lucky to work in a business that attracts such interesting and well-traveled guests.
Our Algonquin Log Cabin, built in the fall of 1997, was created as a way for our guests to enjoy a wilderness trip but avoid camping. Our Algonquin Cottage Outpost purchased in 2000 and renovated in 2003, offers deluxe solar -powered comfort for those couples and families looking for a private adventure.
In 2009, we purchased what was locally known as “Wattie’s Island” in the middle of Kawawaymog Lake. Once owned by Algonquin Park Ranger Tom Wattie, the Island has a great historical to past Ranger life connection to famous Canadian painter Tom Thomson. This tiny island is a wonderful spot for couples and artists keen to paint and photograph.
Our adventure vacations are considered “Best in Class“. Going all the way back to 1998, the Canadian Tourism Commission selected our 3-day Algonquin Park winter adventure, Footsteps of the Pioneer as the Best Winter trip in Canada in the Learning and Culture category. In 1999 and again in 2000, Voyageur Quest was again selected by the CTC as one Canada’s top 50 Ecotourism and soft adventure companies. We are proud of our past but continue to work very hard to find new ways to improve our trips and offer excellent value to our guests. In 2011, and continuing to today, Voyageur Quest’s Algonquin canoe and log cabin adventure has been selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission as of of Canada’s “signature experiences”.
Our growth continue as we continue to search for new ways for our guest to discover Algonquin. In 2013, we added Voyageur Outfitting, a canoe outfitter to our operation. Perfect for a DIY adventure, Voyageur Outfitting offers canoe, kayak and SUP rentals , overnight cabins before and after your trip and best of all – the Broken Paddle Patio . The Patio is liscened with cold beer , wine and excellent BBQ fare.
Voyageur Quest today is a small team of hard working individuals who are determined to provide the best possible adventure experience to our clientele. Collectively, our mission continues to be to outdoors in a fun and comfortable way.
Hope to see you soon,
Director and Owner
Voyageur Quest and Voyageur Outfitting
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