Algonquin Manitou Cottage
Relax in a comfortable cottage and canoe and hike right from your door! Relax in your comfortable cottage Take your first dip of the year and heat up in the floating sauna.
In 2017, our amazing customer and friend, Stacey B. asked us to run a 7-day canoe trip in early September to spend time with new friends and enjoy the warmth the late summer brings! We made it happen and now have made this September date an annual trip. This seven-day, six-night Algonquin canoe trip travels a classic lake loop in the northwest corner of Algonquin Park. The trip moves at a relaxed pace with a focus on wildlife viewing, nature interpretation, and backcountry exploration.
Backcountry camping refers to camping in Algonquin Park’s interior campsites. On our canoe trips, the guide finds the best campsite for the group. Each campsite has tent sites, a firepit, and a “thunderbox” (ie: toilet). We provide the tents, stoves, tarps, and any other equipment required to make a backcountry campsite into a backcountry palace. Water is taken from the lake and purified for drinking. All backcountry travel follows leave-no-trace principles as directed by the guide.
For our Algonquin Canoe trips which are longer than 5 days we recommend our guests have some level of camping and canoeing experience.
Voyageur Quest’s guides are skilled outdoor professionals who ensure your canoe or cabin trip is an adventure of a lifetime. On top of being well versed in the natural and cultural history of Algonquin Park, our guides are warm, personable, and service-oriented. Most are gradates of post-secondary programs related to outdoor adventure and all possess industry certification in wilderness first aid, life-guarding, and canoe instruction.
You only need to bring your personal items: clothing, toiletries, and cameras. We provide all of the equipment. A complete list of what to bring will be emailed to your after booking. You can rent sleeping bags and mattresses for a small cost. If you forget anything, do not worry: we can rent, lend, or retail whatever you need from our fully stocked outfitting store.
Voyageur Quest canoe trips are participatory by nature. This includes learning how to paddle, portage (carry canoe overland
between lakes or around rapids). The longest portage on a 3-day trip is 350m. Depending on the trip, you will paddle, portage and
camp each day while our professional wilderness guide provides leadership and instruction on all aspects of living and traveling
in the wilderness. You will be encouraged to participate in as far as you are comfortable doing so. This includes: learning how to
paddle and portage a canoe, camping comfortably, preparation and creation of delicious meals, learning about the
natural world, and the enjoyment of living in the outdoors.
Solo travelers are welcome! Our groups have up to eight guests per trip. Everyone becomes fast friends while canoeing and camping!
For canoe trips, there will be as many as eight guests plus your guide. This guest to guide ratio is an industry standard for warm, flat-water canoe trips. Our guests range in age and nationality. We do our best to sort our guests into like-demographics (ie: families together; adults together). It is not unusual for guests to be trading emails at the end of their trips – it is easy to make friends when you are having so much fun!
We provide fresh and mostly whole-foods meals that are prepared with care and skill. Whether you are in the backcountry or in our Algonquin Log Cabin, you will be served appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Our guests are consistently impressed with our elevated cuisine. Please explain in detail any special dietary needs or allergies you might have during your booking. Kid-friendly foods are added to Family Trips.
We are happy to accommodate any dietary requirement. For special diets such as vegan, gluten free or lactose free we do charge a small fee in order to properly accommodate your needs. Please be sure to describe your requirement in detail when making your booking. For severe allergies, it is recommended that you bring at least two EpiPens with you.
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For canoe trips: best advise is to bring liquor and/or wine. Decant glass bottles or cans into plastic containers. It is forbidden to bring glass or cans into Algonquin Park.
Nearest locations to buy alcohol:
-Voyageur Quest’s Broken Patio. Located at Algonquin Park Access Point #1
-Magnetewan Distillery. Locally made craft spirits. Located in Sundridge
-Highlander Brewery. Locally made craft beers. Located in South River. Products sold in most local LCBOs and BeerStores
-LCBO and BeerStore. South River
-General Store. Trout Creek. Small selection
Specializing in Algonquin Park Canoe Trips, Lodge-Based Adventure Trips, and Private Cottage Rentals.