Here’s what you need
Daypack, sized 25-40 L
Large drybag or dufflebag lined with a plastic bag to hold all personal gear neatly inside
Backpacking Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
Sleeping Bag, rated 40 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
Mug, bowl, and utensil
Small towel or facecloth
Extra warm clothes for the evening at camp (fleece, jacket, warm pants)
Sleeping bag liner
Hiking boots or trail shoes
Wool socks for hiking
Moisture-wicking or quick-drying shorts or pants
Moisture-wicking or quick drying top (sleeves recommended for sun protection)
Suggested: Paddling jacket, light windbreaker, or dry top
For women: synthetic sports bra or bathing suit top, bathing suit bottoms
For men: bathing suit can be worn as bottoms
Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
Water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet (no flip-flops please)
Round Trip Transportation from New York City
Canoe Rental with PFDs and paddles
Licensed and medically trained guide team
Meals as outlined in itinerary
Park permits and fees
Personal gear and equipment
Meals not outlined in itinerary
Gratuity for guides
This trip departs from New York City. Our early morning departure requires booking flights to arrive the previous night. Departures after 9 pm on the return day are possible or an additional night in NYC is recommended. If you would like drive yourself after flying, Montreal is the closest airport, a two-hour drive from our destination.
By the numbers, the weather trends highs in the seventies and lows in the fifties by late August. On the water, these temps can feel somewhat cooler. Rain is less than likely but be prepared for this possibility.
We'll be camping out for two nights in the backcountry and will be carrying all of our gear in our boats and along every portage. We'll be sleeping in backpacking tents. Tents can be rented for $35/ea (shared, two-person) or $60/ea (single) or you can bring your own. Sleeping bag and sleeping pad rentals are also available. Food and communal gear will be carried up by the group, so be sure to leave space in your pack!
This trip is not rigorous. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. All portages, carrying canoes as well as gear, will be on flat ground. A full day of paddling, portageing, and hiking up a mountain can add up. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience.
This trip is ideal for adventurers who want to experience an uncommon way of exploring in a pristine wilderness area. This itinerary includes intermediate hikes and portages so we recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate level of fitness. Some hiking experience is recommended and first-time backpackers are welcome.