The Canadian Canoe Route

Experience the true “wonder” of the canoe! A fabulous, hands-on experience that takes modern “explorers” from Toronto to Ottawa or vice versa!
Journey through the majestic Ontario Highlands, world-renowned for its freshwater lakes and rivers. Via modern highways and the original highways—immerse themselves in all aspects of the unique Canadian Canoe. You will learn the history and legacy of this First Nations gift to the world. You will learn how to paddle flat water and, for those who wish, whitewater. You will see how the first birchbark canoes were handcrafted. You will experience (in complete safety) the turbulent waters encountered by the first explorers. You will travel to a heritage river in a modern canoe!
7 Days from $3059/person CAD
Off The Beaten Path
Private
Self-Guided

Primary Location

Ontario's Highlands

Departures

Seasonality is from mid May to Mid September

Included:

  • 6-nights of Accommodation: 2-nights at Elmhirst’s Resort, 2-nights at Madawaska Kanu Centre and 2-nights at OWL Rafting as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts
  • Entry fee to all attractions and activities as per itinerary
  • All service gratuities where applicable

Not Included:

  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

Contact us for more information and pricing!

  • This is a sample itinerary - the exact program is tailored to the preferences of the group and weather conditions

Optional Extras:

  • Upgrade your package to include all transfers with a driver and full-day services with a Canadian Canoe Route guide
  • Visit the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the base of Parliament Hill, then follow this 202-kilometre route that connects Ottawa to Kingston. Stop for a half-day paddle, or cruise the full length with your own Le Boat rental from Smiths Falls

Custom Itinerary

This is a pre-designed itinerary. At Landsby, we are specialists in creating unique experiences in Canada, due to a personal and direct relationship with our local partners.

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Itinerary

It is no coincidence that the canoe was listed first when Canadians chose “The Seven Wonders of Canada” in a national contest. No canoe, no Canada. The canoe made a nomadic, hunting life possible for the aboriginals who created this vessel. It made European exploration possible. It began the fur trade—North America’s first economy—and was critical to settlement.

Now everyone has the opportunity to know the true “wonder” of the canoe. A fabulous, hands-on, participatory experience that takes modern “explorers” from Toronto to Ottawa or vice versa while truly experiencing the history, importance, and delight of the First Nations invention that made Canada possible.

Travellers will tour through the majestic Ontario Highlands, world-renowned for its freshwater lakes and rivers. Via modern highways and the original highways—our glorious rivers—visitors will immerse themselves in all aspects of the unique Canadian Canoe. You will learn the history and legacy of this First Nations gift to the world. You will learn how to paddle flat water and, for those who wish, whitewater. You will see how the first birchbark canoes were handcrafted. You will experience (in complete safety) the turbulent waters encountered by the first explorers. You will travel to a heritage river in a modern war canoe. — Roy MacGregor

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Transfer northeast to Peterborough & The Kawarthas along the Canadian Canoe Route with your Canadian Canoe Route passport. Arrive, check-in to Elmhirst ‘s cottage resort, orientation. Enjoy dinner in a private cottage and overnight.

DAY 2: CANADIAN CANOE MUSEUM

Early morning Voyageur Canoe paddle on Rice Lake or sustainable farm tour, weather and lake conditions permitting. After breakfast, transfer and tour The Canadian Canoe Museum to learn about the canoe, its significance to Indigenous peoples, the exploration of Canada and the development of commerce/trade with Europe. After lunch, Participate in a workshop to learn how to carve your own canoe paddle or paint a decorative souvenir paddle. Receive your first CCR Passport Stamp. Transfer return to the resort, en route visit Peterborough’s Lift Lock, the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. Return to your private cottage for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: CANADIAN SHIELD

After breakfast, check-out, receive your CCR Passport Stamp, transfer north onto the Canadian Shield to the rugged beauty of Hastings County. En-route visit Petroglyphs Provincial Park, a unique setting that protects the largest Indigenous rock carvings in Canada. Arrive, check-in, orientation to Madawaska Kanu Centre. After lunch, learn to paddle a canoe or a 2-hour rafting excursion. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: RAFT EXCURSION

Early morning, enjoy a Paddler’s Yoga in Retreat Cabana. After breakfast, outfitting of a wetsuit, lifejacket, helmet and paddle for a two-hour raft excursion OR take a full day of whitewater instruction on the Madawaska River. After lunch, a continuation of whitewater instruction or flatwater canoe. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: FIRST NATIONS CULTURE

After breakfast, check-out, receive your CCR Passport Stamp. Visit The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre of the Pikwakanagan First Nations. Learn about the significance of the birch bark canoe to the people, their craftsmanship and traditions. Receive your CCR Passport Stamp. Transfer east to the Ottawa Valley, the Whitewater Capital of Canada! Arrive, check-in, orientation to OWL Rafting. Enjoy the resort’s waterfront activities. Enjoy a Riverside BBQ Dinner Campfire or local entertainment, weather permitting Overnight in Cabin or Cabana accommodation, or at a local Inn or Hotel.

DAY 6: RIVER EXCURSION

After breakfast, outfitting of wetsuit, booties, lifejacket, paddle, helmet and pack dry clothes for the return trip. Participate in Soft or Adventure River Excursion down the world-renowned Rocher Fendu Rapids. Final preparation and paddling instruction on rafts. Commence on a 4 or 6-hour river excursion, return to OWL Rafting via leisurely pontoon boat cruise and BBQ lunch. Change clothing, free time, relax and enjoy the resort setting and waterfront activities. Enjoy a riverside dinner and overnight in Cabin or Cabana accommodation, or at a local Inn or Hotel.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, check-out, receive your CCR Passport Stamp. Transfer and visit Indigenous Experiences at The Canadian Museum of History. Participate in a tour of a village, followed by a traditional Pow Wow dancing and shared ‘friendship’ dance. Receive your CCR Passport Stamp. After lunch, visit the Bytown Museum that tells the history of the Restaurant City of Ottawa situated at the base of Parliament Hill. This site also features the first eight locks of the UNESCO Rideau Canal that allows recreational boaters passage from the Ottawa River onto the Rideau Canal system. Receive your CCR Passport Stamp from Parks Canada.


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