Aug
24
Sat
Wilderness Traverse 2019 @ Dorset Recreation Centre
Aug 24 – Aug 25 all day
Wilderness Traverse 2019 @ Dorset Recreation Centre | Dorset | Ontario | Canada

Wilderness Traverse is a 24 Hour Adventure Race hosted annually in Ontario, Canada. Teams of 3 or 4 navigate using map and compass over 150 kilometers of rugged Canadian Shield back-country on foot, mountain bike and canoe. It is one of the toughest team-based endurance challenges around and simply reaching the finish line is a massive achievement.

I believe the very essence of adventure racing is captured with phrases such as teamwork, wilderness navigation, route-finding strategy, and overcoming physical and mental limits. These are just words on a page until you get out there and experience it for yourself. Believe me, there is no greater feeling of satisfaction (and yes, relief!) when you cross the finish line in a classic adventure race.

My goal in the creation of the Wilderness Traverse is to place a challenge before your team that captures your collective imagination and no matter what the outcome, gives you an indelible memory of a very special place in Canada.

You will love it. You will hate it. You will feel powerful. You will want it to end. Then, when it’s all over and you’re back to your regular day-to-day life, you will crave to do it again.

I will do whatever I can to get your team to the finish line. All I ask is that you come to the start line, face the racecourse with an open mind, and push like hell until the time is up. You’ll be glad you did, I promise you

Bob Miller
Event Organizer

 

2018 Wilderness Traverse – Stoked Oats V Snowpants

An epic Adventure-Battle for the Beaver in Ontario, Canada. Wilderness Traverse is a 30-hour adventure race taking place annually in the province of Ontario, Canada. Teams of 4 navigate a 150km wilderness route on foot, mountain bike and canoe using only map & compass to guide their way. Video Produced by AW Media

 


Event Overview

When: August 24th-25th, 2019
Where: Dorset, Ontario, Canada
Host Site: Dorset Recreation Centre
(1049 Main St, Dorset, ON P0A 1E0)
Click Here for a Google Map Link.
Categories: Teams of 3, or 4, can be Coed, All-Male, All-Female
Disciplines: Trekking, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, each requiring
wilderness navigation
Duration: Teams have up to 30 Hours to complete the course
Distance: +150km
Trekking 35km, Paddling 30km, Mountain Biking 85km*

*Distances are approximate and are largely impacted by individual team route selections

Short Courses: In order to give all teams the best chance of finishing, there will locations along the route where teams can choose a shorter course, or may be directed onto the shorter course if they miss a time cut-off.
Unsupported: The event will be completely “unsupported”, meaning the organization will transport your gear between the various transition areas. If you have friends and family who would like to follow the event, we’ll have maps available detailing “ideal” spectator points along the route. Or, better yet, have them sign-up as a volunteer for an inside look at the sport and your progress.

Entry Fees

Early: $300 per person
(until April 11, 2019)

Regular: $325 per person
(until July 18, 2019)

Late: $350 per person
(until August 8th, 2019)

Registration closes on August 8th, 2019 at 23:59.
(Fees do not include online processing fees, or Ontario, Canada’s

Harmonized Sales Tax of 13%)

Click here to Register

Entry Includes: Professionally designed and managed race-course,
transportation of all gear between transition areas, canoe rentals,
custom designed event t-shirt, finishers memento, use of emergency
communication devices (YellowBrick GPS Tracking and Texting
device), pre-race breakfast, post race brunch.


Schedule of Events

Friday, August 23, 2019
Race Check-In: 16:00 – 20:00

Registration procedure:

  • Check-In
  • Gear Check (must show specific gear indicated on the gear list with an asterisk)
  • Navigation Test (teams who have finished comparable events, won’t need to complete this check). We’ll be testing knowledge of: topographic maps (symbols, contours, scales, distance & time estimates etc.), UTM grid system (identifying locations), and compasses (features & deriving bearings).
  • Emergency Communication Device Pick-Up (teams will be shown how the Yellowbrick Tracker works & what to do in case of emergency)

We’ll aim to make registration as smooth as possible and don’t expect it will take more than 1 hour. Teams can check-in without all team members present, however they’ll need to have missing team-mates signed waivers and gear-check equipment in order to complete the check-in process.

Race Briefing: 20:00 – 21:30 (at least 2 members from each team must be present)

  • Introduction of Race Staff & Sponsors
  • Distribution of pre-marked race maps and instructions (teams will be given 45 minutes to review the maps before the Course Overview commences)
  • Course Overview (The Event Director will describe the course and provide any pertinent information not contained on the maps or in the instructions)
  • Q&A

Saturday, August 24, 2019

  • Pre-Race Breakfast: 06:00 – 07:00
  • Gear Drop-Off: 06:00 – 07:00 (Provide Gear Bins/Bags and Bikes to Race Management)
  • Board Buses for drive to Start: 06:30 – 07:00 (Buses will depart at 07:00 sharp!)*
  • *Depending on the course layout buses may or may not be utilized. Teams will find out if buses will be required at the Race Briefing on Friday evening.
  • Arrive at Start Location: 07:45
  • Race Start: 08:00

Sunday, August 25, 2019

  • First Team Expected to Finish: 04:00 – 06:00
  • Course Closes: 14:00 (All teams must be off the course at this time)
  • Post Race Meal: available from 11:00 – 14:30
  • Awards Ceremony: 14:30 and 15:00

Finding Team-mates

Interested in finding a team, or require a team-mate to round out your roster?
Send me an e-mail (bob”at”wildernesstraverse”dot”ca) with a description of your
AR experience and goals. I’m currently keeping a list of teams and individuals and have been making matches frequently.

Adventure Racing Ontario Series

For those interested in seeing how their team stacks up against the competition in Ontario, Wilderness Traverse is a member of the Adventure Racing Ontario Series. Teams will earn points for the series by participating at Wilderness Traverse. More details can be found by clicking on the link above.

Aug
27
Tue
Tuesday Bike Night @ Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday Bike Night @ Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville | Huntsville | Ontario | Canada

Join us for our 27th year Adult Mountain Bike Ride, every Tuesday evening all summer long, everyone’s welcome.

Explore some of the places to ride in the local area with this no drop group of riders.  Bring your own mountain bike and helmet to participate.   Bike rentals are available if you book ahead.

Muskoka’s rolling hills and rugged trails are your playground for mountain and road bike adventures. Many people realize that Muskoka and Algonquin Park offer some of the best mountain bike trails in Canada but few realize that Muskoka also hosts some great road biking opportunities.

For Cancellations due to weather please call 705-787-0262 or check our Facebook Page Events

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2019 – Canceled due to weather

For more information contact

Algonquin Outfitters
86 Main Street East
Huntsville, ON, P1H 2C7
705-787-0262
[email protected]
GPS location: 45.3278°, -79.2159°
Phone: 705-787-0262 x24
[email protected]

 

Aug
29
Thu
Thursday Paddling Night @ Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

AO Thursday Paddle NightPaddleboard Nigh

Join us for this weekly, sunset paddle meeting for like minded local paddlers, outdoor and healthy living enthusiasts.

Meet Nate Smith (an other Algonquin Outfitters staffers) at the Algonquin Outfitters downtown Huntsville store (by 6:00pm)  before we head down to launch from the AO dock.

Bring you own canoe, kayak or paddleboard, for our relaxed cruise on the different scenic routes through town! OR If you need a board or boat AO will happily offer discounted ($20) rentals for the evening ride.

No experience required – teaching of skill, passing of wisdom and having of fun will be had! An amazing opportunity to experience and capture Huntsville’s majestic Muskoka river and surrounding lakes on your phone/camera(dry pocket or ziplock bag recommended!)  And a great night of soulful Muskoka exercise and networking.

See you Thursday’s – cheers!!

Algonquin Outfitters Staff
AO Thursday Night Paddling Club (Huntsville)

For Cancellations due to weather please call 705-787-0262 or check our Facebook Page Events

 
Sep
3
Tue
Tuesday Bike Night @ Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday Bike Night @ Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville | Huntsville | Ontario | Canada

Join us for our 27th year Adult Mountain Bike Ride, every Tuesday evening all summer long, everyone’s welcome.

Explore some of the places to ride in the local area with this no drop group of riders.  Bring your own mountain bike and helmet to participate.   Bike rentals are available if you book ahead.

Muskoka’s rolling hills and rugged trails are your playground for mountain and road bike adventures. Many people realize that Muskoka and Algonquin Park offer some of the best mountain bike trails in Canada but few realize that Muskoka also hosts some great road biking opportunities.

For Cancellations due to weather please call 705-787-0262 or check our Facebook Page Events

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2019 – Canceled due to weather

For more information contact

Algonquin Outfitters
86 Main Street East
Huntsville, ON, P1H 2C7
705-787-0262
[email protected]
GPS location: 45.3278°, -79.2159°
Phone: 705-787-0262 x24
[email protected]

 

Sep
4
Wed
Opeongo SUP Yoga with Muskoka Hot Yoga @ Algonquin Outfitters Opeongo Store
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discover SUP Yoga on Lake Opeongo – Rescheduled

Two classes offered 3pm & 5pm on Wednesday September 4th 2019 – $20

NEW – lower price of just $20 gets you a FREE paddleboard rental from Algonquin Outfitters and 1 hour SUP Yoga Lesson from Muskoka Hot Yoga at Lake Opeongo!

Discover SUP (Paddleboard) Yoga with Muskoka Hot Yoga and Algonquin Outfitters, on location at Lake Opeongo  for this special event.   Join yoga instructor, Trinity O’Brien

I invite you to explore bringing yoga into your life or to expand your existing practice.Yoga has the power to remind you how good you can feel. Imagine yourself awakend. Inspired. Expanded. Connected. Stand taller. Reach farther. Feel clearer. Feel calmer. Glow like never before. Yoga has the potential to bring this out of you….and so much more.

It’s not serious, it’s just yoga. Get outside of your head, be in the moment, detox. Yoga has so many benefits. Most importantly you will learn the way you are on your mat, is the way you approach life. Yoga is more than a physical practice. Without you even knowing when or how, it will change your life.

Attendance Bonus:
Door prize draws for both 3pm session.
Everyone attending will receive a “Save $25 when you spend $100 AO coupon”

Call Algonquin Outfitters to book.

Phone: 613-637-2075
Toll-free: 1-888-280-8886
Email: [email protected]


Trinity O’Brien – Owner/Instructor Muskoka Hot Yoga

Trinity had her first yoga experience over 26 years ago, during her third pregnancy to deal with stress and pain. She immediately was drawn to the peace and tranquility experienced, and a deep connection to self. Many years later when hot yoga was introduced, she had found her passion. It was the perfect mix of strength, cardio, stretch, breath, and relaxation. She never felt so complete, after any other type of workout. As an avid meditator, and fitness buff, hot yoga was the perfect blend of the two worlds.

After 15 years as a personal trainer, facilitating bootcamp to woman, she made the full time transition into the world of hot yoga and opened Muskoka Hot Yoga in 2014. She is passionate about providing others a safe space and support, to release stress, rediscover and invoke the power within themselves and feel balanced in body, mind and soul. In addition, Trinity is an IAKP practitioner, at www.kambomuskoka.ca .

Trinity is a Certified QSCA Coach, and an Energy Healer. She is passionate about holding space to give you an opportunity to remember, cultivate and share the light inside of Yourself.

www.muskokahotyoga.comFacebookTwitterPinterest

 

 

 

Sep
5
Thu
Thursday Paddling Night @ Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

AO Thursday Paddle NightPaddleboard Nigh

Join us for this weekly, sunset paddle meeting for like minded local paddlers, outdoor and healthy living enthusiasts.

Meet Nate Smith (an other Algonquin Outfitters staffers) at the Algonquin Outfitters downtown Huntsville store (by 6:00pm)  before we head down to launch from the AO dock.

Bring you own canoe, kayak or paddleboard, for our relaxed cruise on the different scenic routes through town! OR If you need a board or boat AO will happily offer discounted ($20) rentals for the evening ride.

No experience required – teaching of skill, passing of wisdom and having of fun will be had! An amazing opportunity to experience and capture Huntsville’s majestic Muskoka river and surrounding lakes on your phone/camera(dry pocket or ziplock bag recommended!)  And a great night of soulful Muskoka exercise and networking.

See you Thursday’s – cheers!!

Algonquin Outfitters Staff
AO Thursday Night Paddling Club (Huntsville)

For Cancellations due to weather please call 705-787-0262 or check our Facebook Page Events

 
Sep
13
Fri
Algonquin Outfitters Muskoka River X 2019 @ Hidden Valley Resort
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all day

The Seventh Season of the Algonquin Outfitters Muskoka River X

 

Muskoka River XRiver X Racing is Rob Horton and Mike Varieur with the ongoing support of Algonquin Outfitters. The flag-ship event is the Muskoka River X; the longest single day expedition paddling race in the world. For the story behind this race watch the mini doc below.

In 2015, the Muskoka River X expanded by adding a traverse of Algonquin Park as an optional expansion to the Classic event, and the Coureur des Bois was born. Continuing to push the envelope of ultra-distance marathon paddling, the boys at River X have added the 24 Hours of River X in 2017. This 24 Hour relay event is a first for North America and challenges teams to go as fast…and as far as possible in 24 Hours. All within a close-course festival style setting.

For 2019 we once again offer something different, let me introduce you to our new race series The Ox on Saturday June 15th 2019.


Muskoka River X
Sprint – B Side
September 14, 2019

Back again for 2019! Starting with the MRX Classic paddlers, Sprint Teams will paddle 58km of the North branch of the Muskoka River starting in Penninsula Lake, through Port Sydney before ending their journey in Bracebridge. For those paddlers who want an MRX experience at a shorter distance, not needing to tackle the upriver-overnight Stages 3 and 4, or wanting to race shorter under-17’ C2 Rec canoes, the MRX Sprint is a great way to start your career in expedition paddle racing. Limited Spots Available.

Muskoka River X
Classic – B Side
September 14-15, 2019

The world’s longest single day expedition paddling race is back for its seventh year with a twist. Teams will paddle the same 133km route, but in the reverse direction. Starting in Penninsula Lake, teams paddle the North branch of the Muskoka River through Port Sydney to Bracebridge. Then they paddle upstream on the South branch of the Muskoka River to Baysville, finishing they race on Penninsula lake. Teams paddle two rivers systems, three lakes and 20 portages for a total of 133km in less than 24 hours. The Classic is completely self-supported. That’s right, no outside assistance, no support teams and no re-supplies. Considered the toughest single day canoe race in the world, the MRX Classic is not your traditional marathon-paddling event.   Challenge your self. Your expedition is waiting ~ The 2019 Muskoka River X Classic. Limited Spots Available.

Muskoka River X
Coureur des Bois
September 13-15, 2019

The Coureur des Bois is back! The River X Crew first hosted this expansion course to the Muskoka River X Classic in 2015 and 2016.  After a 2-year absence and at the request of our Alumni we will again host this epic race. Building on the heritage of the canal expeditions of the 1800’s, the Coureur des Bois will challenge even the most experienced expedition and marathon paddlers. Teams travel along the heritage routes of the Algonquin Peoples and early explorers as they traverse Algonquin Park east to west from Whitney to Oxtongue Lake. Using only the supplies that were carried teams will overnight in a wilderness camping setting at Oxtongue before merging with the Muskoka River X Classic B-Side for a second full day of paddle racing. 223km. 39 portages. 48 hours or less. No resupplies. No support. Navigation with only map and compass. Flat-water. Up-river. Down-river. Marshlands and swamp. A true Canadian back-country expedition race. Are you tough enough to be called a Coureur des Bois? Here’s your chance to find out….

See www.muskokariverx.com/muskoka-river-x/ for full race description

 

 

May
1
Fri
Lake of Two Rivers Store Opens @ Lake of Two Rivers Store & Cafe
May 1 all day
Lake of Two Rivers Store Opens @ Lake of Two Rivers Store & Cafe | Ontario | Canada

 2018 Opening – Open May 3rd / Algonquin Park officially opens for spring (May 11th 2018)

The Lake of Two Rivers Store has a great assortment of fresh produce and fruit, fresh and frozen meats, dairy, groceries, drinks and ice. Don’t forget your Algonquin Park souvenirs too! The store also features a full range of camping and fishing supplies from the best brands in the biz. The new Cafe & Grill is serving great gourmet coffee as well as hamburgers, french fries, pulled pork poutine, wraps, fresh salads and more healthy and gluten free options than ever before!  Get a scoop of your favorite flavour of Kawartha Ice Cream or cool down with a milkshake!

Mountain bikes are available for rental at the store. All of our bikes are mid to high end products from great brands like Specialized and Salsa, they are available in a variety of frame sizes and include a helmet in the rental rates. We also rent youth bikes and Trail-a-Bikes for the early years riders. How about a trailer for the infant or your extra gear? We rent those too!  The Old Railway Bike Trail is easily accessible from the Lake of Two Rivers Store and is a great way to see the park from a new perspective!

Contact Information

South of Highway 60 at km 31.4
between Mew Lake and Lake of Two Rivers campgrounds
in Algonquin Provincial park
Get Directions

c/o Algonquin Outfitters Oxtongue Lake
1035 Algonquin Outfitters Road, RR#1
Dwight, ON, P0A 1H0

Phone: 705-635-2243 (Oxtongue Lake)
Phone: 613-637-2075 (Lake Opeongo)
Toll-free: 1-800-469-4948 (Oxtongue lake)

Features

  • General provisions
  • Groceries; fruit, meats, dairy and ice
  • Cafe & Grill; coffee, burgers, pulled pork, salads, and more
  • Ice cream & milkshakes
  • Camping and hiking gear
  • Algonquin Park souvenirs
  • Mountain bike rentals (Adults & Children)
  • and more

Store Hours

Spring

 Opens on May 3rd 2018
Monday 8am to 7pm
Tuesday 8am to 7pm
Wednesday 8am to 7pm
Thursday 8am to 7pm
Friday 8am to 7pm
Saturday 8am to 7pm
Sunday 8am to 7pm

May 4th until 2nd Thursday in June

Summer

Monday 7am to 9pm
Tuesday 7am to 9pm
Wednesday 7am to 9pm
Thursday 7am to 9pm
Friday 7am to 9pm
Saturday 7am to 9pm
Sunday 7am to 9pm

Second Friday in June up to and including Labour Day

Fall

Monday 8am to 7pm
Tuesday 8am to 7pm
Wednesday 8am to 7pm
Thursday 8am to 7pm
Friday 8am to 7pm
Saturday 8am to 7pm
Sunday 8am to 7pm

Tuesday after Labour Day until Monday of Thanksgiving Weekend


May
9
Sat
Port Carling Opens @ Algonquin Outfitters - Port Carling
May 9 all day
Port Carling Opens @ Algonquin Outfitters - Port Carling | Port Carling | Ontario | Canada

The Algonquin Outfitters Port Carling location is a new addition to the Algonquin Outfitters family but carries on the same tradition of quality and service started back in 1961. Nestled between Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph in Steamboat Bay in Port Carling.  Our Port Carling store features the active lifestyle of cottage country in true summer fashion. This location features a great stock of surfwear, outdoor clothing & footwear for all ages, along with the best names in wakeboards, water skis, and water toys for the cottage.

Contact Information

119 Medora Street
Steamboat Bay Units #3 and 12
Port Carling, ON,
GPS location: 45.0412°, -79.3108°
Get Directions

Phone: 705-765-2074

Features

  • Surf clothing, swimwear & footwear
  • Stand up paddleboards (SUP)
  • Wakeboards, waterskis, & towables
  • Packs, bags and purses
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Souvenirs

Store Hours

Summer

Monday 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 10am – 6pm
Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Open 2nd weekend in May until Labour Day weekend

Fall

Monday 11am – 5pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Tuesday after Labour Day until Thanksgiving weekend

Spring Swift Canoe Sale @ Algonquin Outfitters Oxtongue Lake
May 9 all day

Where can I buy a good new or used canoe?

This question comes up more often than you might think.  Whether it’s the beginning of paddling season or the middle of winter, people always want to know where they can buy a good used canoe, and many of them turn to us as they know our rental fleet consists of some of the best canoes on the market.

Swift Canoe will be featuring a spring sale at our Oxtongue Lake location.  There’s not better time to buy and enjoy a new, or new to you, canoe than the spring.

Every year we sell off a number of retired rental canoes that have seen several seasons of rental use and will always have scratches and patches on the hull. All of our canoes have been reconditioned to a “no leak” condition, some may even have had new paint jobs. All are a good value.

Most used Kevlar models sell between $1000 and $2000 (about half to a third of their original retail price) and fiberglass models sell between $500 and $900. The most popular used models are Algonquin or Prospector 16 & 17 and the Swift Kipawa 16’6″.  Please visit our Used Canoe page for a list of models currently available.

Estimated Price Ranges

•    Used fiberglass canoes $500-$900
•    Used Kevlar canoes $1500-$2500
•    Used plastic recreational kayaks $300-$700
•    Used touring kayaks $500-$1200
•    Used whitewater kayaks (call 1-866-KAYAKS-O)

The Elusive $300 Used Canoe

We do get a lot of calls from customers looking for the elusive $300 ultralight Kevlar canoe. Considering that most new Kevlar canoes cost $3000-$4000, you can just imagine what a used one valued at $300 would look like! One thing to consider is that usually the lower the price, the more TLC your used canoe will require (or the heavier it will be).