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On this trip, you’ll deepen your understanding of landscape and natural history of Algonquin Provincial Park along with the help of one of our trained guides and Ryan Morin, an ecologist and botanist. 

Make sure to read through the details below before booking.

Trip Details

Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Park is home to many unique ecosystems, including a convergence of Boreal and Great Lakes St. Lawrence habitats. On this trip, we’ll focus on the vascular plants - a diverse biological taxa, with each species having unique preferences for growing conditions and habitat. A recent study has confirmed over 1000 species of vascular plants in Algonquin, with several hundred more non-native or invasive species. Learning these species and their preferred habitats is one of the best ways to understand the ecology, geology and natural history of any landscape. Join us with local Algonquin area Botanist Ryan Morin, as he provides an introduction to the vascular plants of the region by canoe and portage trail.


Learn how to deepen your understanding of landscape and natural history of Algonquin Provincial Park through:

  • Introduction to the identification of the Trees, Shrubs, Forbs, Ferns, Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Algonquin Park.
  • Learn about wetlands and the difference between a Fen, Bog, Swamp and Marsh.
  • Learn about the different forest types found in Algonquin Park, by looking from the canopy down to the forest floor.
  • Learn the difference between native and non-native species, the importance of monitoring invasive species and the health of native ecological communities.
  • Pass through the largest remaining stand of Old Growth White Pine in Central Ontario.**
  • Visit a stand of one of Ontario’s rarest ferns, that calls Algonquin Park home.
  • Increase your understanding of the unique ecological conditions of the Algonquin dome and its natural history.
  • Observe and identify wetland and lakeshore plant species from canoe.
  • Try and stump Ryan on a plant identification by pointing out difficult specimens.
  • Learn how to use the most popular citizen science app, iNaturalist, to continue to catalogue, identify and share your own discoveries.

As a group, we will compile a list of all the vascular plants observed on this trip, and Ryan will provide an excel sheet checklist in the following weeks to all participants. This information will also be shared with Ontario Park’s Ecologists to improve knowledge of the plants of Algonquin Provincial Park.

    *Note that Algonquin Park limits the number of campers on their backcountry sites to 9 people. This typically results in our trips have 7-8 spots open for guests while accounting for 1-2 guides. 

    ** Subject to accessibility. The access road may be washed out or impassible at times. If so, an alternate route will be used. 

    Whats Included
    • All tripping gear,
    • Canoes, paddles & PFDs
    • Park permits
    • Fresh & healthy home cooked meals
    • Licensed guide
    • Memories to last a lifetime
    Whats Not Included
    • Transportation to and from the park
    • Guide Tips
    • Personal toiletries & clothing
    • Additional vehicle permits ($13.00 per vehicle/night)
    Payment Info

    The payment included here is simply a deposit to reserve your spot on the trip. The Trip Shed will reach out shortly after your deposit is made to discuss the specific trip logistics.

    Total Trip Cost: $715 per person

    • Our canoe trips operate rain or shine, however we will never paddle in dangerous weather and will let all participants know leading up to the trip.
    • If a trip is cancelled due to dangerous weather, a full refund will be given.
    • Four weeks before the trip a 100% refund will be given less a $25 processing fee.
    • Two weeks from the trip date, a 50% refunded will be given.
    • Within one week from the trip date no refund will be given.
    Covid-19 Precautions
    • All equipment is thoroughly washed and sanitized in between trips
    • Only individuals who request to share a tent will do so, all others will be in individual tents to reduce indoor contact
    • For ease of physical distancing on our multi day trips we will have a maximum of 7 guests and 2 guides.
    • Trip Shed staff will be equipped with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and will have PPE for guests.