2 independent reviews for Algonquin Park tours in Canada, canoeing & moose

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review 23 Jul 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was great fun to be out on the water in the sunshine, paddling along the lakes and rivers. It was a beautiful, peaceful trip in which time did not exist. Portaging was fun and what a great invention: the mosquito jacket! The ecolodge staff and our guide Kieron were brilliant. We were taken good care of and the food was delicious.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go for it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We made all sure to not leave anything behind at the camping sites we stayed at. During the paddling Kieron made sure we did not disturb wildlife, for example when we got near to a Loon's nest. At the ecolodge they explained that all food had been locally sourced and all energy was solar power. I loved the seat under the solar panel at the side of the lake!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great memories, a sense of peace - overall a brilliant time in the Algonquin park!

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Annemarieke, Thank you for your review of your canoe trip with us at Northern Edge Algonquin! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. We appreciate your words, as they can help other travelers to decide if the experience is a good fit for them. I hope you can visit us again! Thanks, Tim

review 3 Jun 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Gentle paddling during the day enjoying incredibly vast skies, calm blue water and forests of white pines. And lying back on sun-warmed rocks in the evening watching the Milky Way emerge and listening to the loons calling across the lakes. Learning how to track animals, brew pine needle tea, make rope out of bark, start a fire in the rain and read weather patterns.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The camp sites are simply a natural clearing in the forest near the water, with some rocks for a campfire. Every site has a ‘toilet,’ i.e, box over a hole a short walk from the tents. Most days it was warm enough to swim and we washed on shore, abiding by park rules, with a bucket and bio-degradable soap. The weather changes fast so bring thermals and a wooly hat for nightime or to warm up after rain. I was worried that 7 days would be too long but in fact 10 would have been better.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The trip encouraged total respect for the environment and showed me how to live in the wild with minimal impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Wonderful. Came back feeling healthy in mind and body. It’s not all silent mediation. Much of the time is spent setting up camp, cooking supper before it gets dark and lugging gear over the portages. But this chance to focus single-mindedly on physical tasks created the distance from my everyday life that I was looking for.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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