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Algonquin Park SUP Wellness Retreat

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Algonquin Park, ON, Canada 4 DAYS $1995 + HST (subject to 2024 rate adjustments)

Explore the Lakes of Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park is world-renowned for its natural beauty and we are so lucky to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to paddle board through the park at the peak of Ontario's fall colours. You will have the chance to see some of the most stunning scenery in Ontario while enjoying the tranquillity of being on flat water.

Paddling into the seclusion of the wilderness will connect you to nature in ways you may have never experienced before. Observe moose grazing on water drenched lily pads, busy beavers preparing their lodges for winter and if lucky, listen to the howl of a wolf pack and the haunting call of loons across the water.

Fresh swimming waters, and Group of Seven shorelines beckon to the lover of all things outdoors.

3 Nights at Nipissing Cottage & Cabins

Welcome to the Algonquin Cottage Outpost. This incredible retreat boasts over 650 feet (200m) of shoreline, a main cottage, and two chalet suites. With docks, decks, campfires and even a floating sauna, it's a dream destination for a group of water-loving adventurers. 

The off-grid cottage and cabins are powered by solar energy, ensuring ample lighting and running water from the well. Additionally, a propane heater is available to provide warm shower water. Each building is equipped with a flush toilet for your convenience.

Relax in the quiet of Algonquin Park, disconnecting from your devices and connecting with nature, yourself, and your fellow SUP community.  

Learn Basic to Advanced Flatwater SUP Skills

On this 4 day adventure, we delve into the world of paddleboarding on inland waterways (lakes and slow-moving rivers) sometimes with wind and waves. Our comprehensive course provides you with the theory and techniques needed to navigate these dynamic conditions with confidence. 

You'll learn essential techniques such as efficient paddle strokes, how to paddle better in a straight line, foot positions, edging, and bracing, rescues, navigation and trip planning allowing you to take your paddle boarding skills to the next level. Beginner paddlers will also become confident through our "Challenge by Choice" philosophy and positive, patient learning atmosphere.

Join us to to enhance your paddling abilities and explore new horizons on the water in a relaxed and supportive space. 

Practice Wellness for Paddlers

Pam has created a series of "Wellness for Paddlers" rituals that she uses daily throughout the year to help keep her mind calm and body relaxed, mobile and fit. Twice a day we will gather on the deck, dock or on-water and ease into a gentle combination of breath work, meditation and mobility moves that will warm you up for the days adventures, then relax and stretch your paddling muscles with a mindful flow at the end of the day. You will feel the difference this daily ritual makes, as it bookends the serenity you will find in this natural setting.

Wood Fired, Floating Sauna - A Slice of Heaven

The wood-fired, floating sauna in Algonquin Park is a unique sensory delight, especially in the crisp October ambiance. Amidst the tranquil waters, immerse yourself in this warm haven as autumn paints the landscape in shades of red and gold. The sauna's crackling fire blends with the rustling foliage and distant wildlife calls, creating an enchanting symphony. 

Alternating between the sauna's heat and a cold lake plunge invigorates the body, stimulating blood circulation, metabolism, and immunity. This revitalizing ritual detoxifies the body and clarifies the mind, with each breath becoming a meditation. Stunning views of Algonquin's wilderness enhance this experience. More than physical cleansing, it's a profound connection to nature's rhythms, our primal instincts, and ourselves. The blend of fiery warmth from within the sauna and chillier outdoor temperatures is both soothing and exhilarating, providing a momentary escape from everyday life. 

In essence, the wood-fired floating sauna at Algonquin Park in October indulges the body and soul, refreshing tired muscles and offering respite for busy minds while basking in nature's awe-inspiring autumn display.

Fall Colours

As autumn unfolds, Algonquin Park in Canada transforms into a mesmerizing canvas of crimson reds, fiery oranges, and striking yellows. This exquisite display of fall foliage offers an ever-changing backdrop to the expansive wilderness and serene lakes that define the park. The crisp air is filled with an earthy scent that invigorates your senses as you traverse the park's numerous hiking trails.

This time of year also promises less crowded paths, allowing for intimate encounters with nature and wildlife. The solitude makes it ideal for bird watching, as many species begin their migration south. Additionally, the cooler temperatures make outdoor activities like canoeing and exploring more enjoyable while providing spectacular sunset views over the beautifully hued treetops.

Chef Yvonne

Yvonne Lamb joins us on this trip to keep you well fuelled with healthy, delicious fare using locally sourced ingredients and recipes inspired by the bounty of Northern Ontario from farm to lake. Yvonne finds adventure outdoors but especially in the kitchen where she creatively prepares scrumptious breakfasts, picnic lunches for our busy days paddling and exploring, as well as special dinners to share around the campfire. Yvonne shares her culinary expertise with fun activities for guests to take part in the cooking. We know some guests come just for the laughter and magic Yvonne brings to the table.

Meet Your SUP Guide

Hi! I'm Pam!

I am a certified Paddle Canada SUP Basic & Advanced Flatwater Instructor, as well as a Coastal Touring 1 Instructor. My goal is to share a love of the water, from the perspective of paddling and marine literacy in order to foster connections between people and between people and the water. My teaching style emphasizes safety & technical skills while having fun in a positive, supportive environment.

Having studied Marine Biology at the University of Guelph & Commercial Photography at Sheridan College, I am blending my passions through teaching SUP in BC and ON. My love of the water has led me to many aquatic pursuits - canoeing as a child, competitive sailing, sprint canoe/kayak racing and long-distance Outrigger Canoe racing before discovering the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. 

All Skill Levels Welcome

This is an entry level to advanced paddle adventure with options to level up based on the groups skills and interests. 

  • Must be comfortable in and on the water, able to swim with a PFD and keen to learn SUP skills. 
  • You do not need to be an expert paddler but must have the fitness to paddle leisurely for approximately 4-6 hours with frequent rest and snack breaks on shore.
  • If you or a friend are interested in attending, but would rather spend more time onshore, you are most welcome to come for the paddles you desire, wellness practices and other activities of your choosing such as hiking, relaxing or canoeing.

Please book a time to talk to Pam if you are unsure if this trip is right for you. 

Rentals: Touring board, paddle, PFD, leash, throw bag with tow line

Select this option if you need us to book you a paddle board, paddle, PFD, leash and throw bag with tow line. We'll have everything waiting for you on the dock.

What to Bring

Wondering what you should bring with you to the retreat?

Here is a handy checklist to help you prepare:  ALGONQUIN  SUP WELLNESS RETREAT PACKING LIST

Have some questions about the Packing List? Reach out and we'll be happy to talk you through it. We will also have a virtual session closer to the trip date to answer any questions you might have :)

Optional

Girls On Boards Donation

Price : $25
As a licensed provider of Girls On Boards events, all of our other trips and programs contribute a donation towards this program. You can learn more here: https://www.girlsonboards.co/ 
Location
Algonquin Park, ON, Canada
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