Algonquin Outfitters

10 Years in Haliburton with AO Boatwerks


Established in 1961 at Oxtongue Lake in Haliburton County and expanding into 12 locations in the Algonquin Park, Haliburton Highlands and Muskoka regions, one can truly say that Algonquin Outfitters is the Outdoor Adventure Store of choice in Ontario cottage country. The growth has been organic over the years, driven not by a traditional business sense, but by the coolest places and the need for adventure gear at prime destinations. Each location is tailored to fit the activities you’ll find nearby. Touring all 12 is a must-do for anyone who loves canoeing, white water, biking, hiking, water skiing or wakeboarding, and pretty much everything that is all-out fun.

Algonquin Outfitters have 4 locations in the Haliburton Highlands. The Downtown Haliburton and Oxtongue Lake Stores are open all year. Minden and Gull River Paddling School are open in the summer and Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike Pro-Shop operates in the winter, making them a full four-season destination. This year Algonquin Outfitters will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in the Haliburton Highlands with Boatwerks. The only full service whitewater kayak and canoe shop in the area boasts the latest models of river running and playboating kayaks and canoes along with an extensive range of accessories. A rental and demo fleet is also on hand for the world class whitewater at the nearby Gull River. In addition, AO  Boatwerks also carries a full lineup of flatwater canoes and kayaks, wakeboards, waterskis, water toys and surfwear.

An exciting addition to the Algonquin Outfitters / AO Boatwerks management team in Haliburton Highlands is newly appointed regional manager Chris Varga. Chris will be managing the Haliburton store as the focus shifts from summer whitewater paddling and cottage watersports to all great outdoor winter activities like Skiing, Boarding, Snowshoeing.

Chris has made great strides to grow and develop AO customer experience in the local area. As the company continues to expand their horizons, they also continue to share their adventurous spirit within the communities they service. This year they will once again be featuring a winter special “buy a jacket, donate your old jacket and get a $50 AO Gift Card” offer.

They keep the community engaged with their annual photo contest. The Algonquin Outfitters 2015 Photo Contest is open to entries from Algonquin Park, Haliburton Highlands and Muskoka regions. Photos should depict outdoor activities that you enjoy like: backpacking, biking, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing,
hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, sightseeing, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, stargazing, standup paddleboarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, etc. The contest
features thousands of dollars’ worth of incredible prizes, rules and details can be found on their website. Contest closes November 30th 2015.

Algonquin Outfitters also dedicate significant time and resources to ensure that their customers are getting a fair price. They back this up with an in-store AO Price Match Guarantee. If you find a lower advertised price on an in-stock, new, identical item from an authorized Ontario dealer, now or within 14 days of your purchase, just show them the price and they will match it!

After more than 50 years of sharing your adventure Algonquin Outfitters want you to now share in some of the rewards too. It’s easier than planning your next canoe trip! Just sign up online or at one of the stores. There’s nothing to keep track of, no card, no receipts, no funny looking money. It’s so easy to just watch those AO Adventure Rewards add up each time you visit one of their 12 stores.

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Contact AO Boatwerks – Haliburton:

218 Highland Street
Haliburton, ON, K0M 1S0
GPS location: 45.0460°, -78.5088°
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Phone: 705-457-3737
Toll Free:1-866-KAYAKS-0

Contact AO Boatwerks – Minden:

Highway #35 Minden, ON, K0M 2K0
GPS location: 44.9314°, -78.7153°
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Phone: 705-286-1492
Toll Free: 1-866-KAYAKS-0


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