BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING IN THE INTERIOR
The simplest is to call the toll free Ontario Park’s reservation service at 1-888-ONT-PARK or (519) 826-5290 outside Canada and the United States, daily from 7am to 11pm EST as early as 5 months before the intended start of your trip. There is a $15 fee for any park permit reservation.
Please note before you call the reservation line, you should know your Algonquin Park canoe route and the lakes and rivers you intend to camp at. The best resource for sorting out a canoe route is getting a copy of the Canoe Routes of Algonquin Provincial Park. Check out this link for a look at the map. If you are travelling out of Access point #1, you can check out this map which shows the lakes and river routes of Algonquin Park’s North West corner. Hard copies of the map can be ordered through the Friend’s of Algonquin website and in some stores like Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Voyageur Quest Outfitting has convenient self guided Algonquin canoe trip packages that make this planning stage simple. Our “ready to go” packages include your park permits, canoe maps, canoe rentals, pfds and all your camping equipment. If you are taking our shuttle from downtown Toronto, we can also add a meal package that is packed and ready for you when you arrive.
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When speaking with the park reservation agent, you will also need to know:
1) Which access point you are starting your trip from. Algonquin Park has 29 access routes. Voyageur Quest Outfitting is located at access point #1 on Kawawaymog lake
2) Where you plan on camping each night
3) How many people in your party (this can be amended on your departure day)
4) Address and telephone
5) If you are driving – they will ask for your licence #
6) Credit Card number to pay for the actual permit and reservation fee
LAST MINUTE PLANNING AND PARK PERMITS
Please note you cannot make a park reservation 3 days or less before your trip start day. The Ontario Parks staff cannot book anything less than 72 hours before a trip start. You can however simply show up and purchase park permits on your arrival day from the Park office at select access points. The park office at access point #1 is right across the parking lot from Voyageur Quest Outfitting. Please note that long weekends and some days in August can be busy with all backcountry permits booked out.