Solo Canoe Trip Outfitting
Truly get away from it all on a solo canoe trip into Algonquin Park’s interior backcountry. You will literally leave everything and everyone behind after we help you pack up all of your gear and head off into the wilderness, solo style.
This is not a trip for everyone – it takes a special type of person to tackle a solo adventure. Traveling alone means that you are the paddler, portager, navigator, tent-setter-upper, cook, dishwasher and your only resource for help in an emergency. Another option is to travel with a companion but use solo canoes. This style of tripping offers the freedom of solo paddling but the security of having a partner to share the load. This modified Lightweight Outfitting package offers the use of lightweight Kevlar solo canoes.
Canoe or Kayak?
While kayaks are certainly fast and fun to paddle, we generally try to discourage people from using them on trips with longer and/or many portages. Portaging kayaks and gear is tricky and time consuming, using up most of the time you gain by faster paddling. A good compromise might be paddling a solo canoe with a kayak paddle. This offers the ability to travel with close to the speed of kayak but the carrying capacity and ease of portaging of a canoe.
What is a Solo Canoe?
Algonquin Outfitters is one of the few outfitters in North America to rent modern solo and pack canoes. If you are traveling by yourself, or with a group preferring the independence of solo paddling, this modified version of Lightweight Canoe Trip Outfitting offers the use of solo canoes, which are not available with other plans.
We rent a variety of solo canoes, including Swift solo models like the Shearwater, Keewaydin 15 (standard canoe and Pack version) and Pack 13.6. All are 14 to 16 feet long, weigh 35 – 40 lbs and come with a detachable carrying yoke, since the seat is in the centre of the boat. Gear space varies with the model. They all tend to be narrower than tandem canoes. For a longer solo trip, we recommend the Shearwater or the Keewaydin 15 since they are the most roomy. For more information on the Keewaydin 15, Shearwater and Pack Boat series, check out swiftcanoe.com.