Saturday Main Event Daytime Activities

Saturday Morning

Maple Lake Paddle (morning)

Maple Lake PaddleAll paddlers are welcome to enjoy this delightful 2-hour two-person canoe or solo kayak paddle along the east shore of magnificent Maple Lake. Starting at Camp George, paddlers will turn past the dining hall towards picturesque Prospect Island. Next on the tour is the serene Little Seguin River. Lots of sublime photo ops in this enchanted forest scene, replete with lily pads and reflections of the dense vegetation in the water! When the river gets too narrow, we turn our canoes and kayaks around and head along the east shore of Maple Lake, past a forested shoreline dotted with striking rock outcrops, sand beaches and cottages big and small. At the northeast corner of the lake, we disembark at Maple Key Beach for a short break and optional swim. Refreshed, we return to camp after a marvelous morning paddle on the water. 


Saturday Afternoon

Moderate Hike: North Shore Rugged Trail (afternoon)

Moderate Hike: North Shore Rugged TrailThis hike is without a doubt the most unique “trail” you’ll experience at JOE! There’s a reason it’s called “rugged”! The terrain includes rocky footings and some short but challenging inclines. Your reward is the opportunity to experience the geologically significant shoreline of Georgian Bay in Parry Sound. Famous Canadian artist Tom Thomson’s easel is located near the trailhead. Beyond there, the trail is unmarked; just follow the shoreline and enjoy amazing views of the bay along the way. The many scrambles up and down the rocks are interrupted at the lovely creek with a brief foray into the forest before returning to the shoreline. The hike features brushy, lakeside vegetation and windswept pine for which Georgian Bay is famous. But the all-star attraction of this hike is underfoot and right beside you…the fractured Canadian Shield, the jagged granite outcroppings, the twisted gneiss and rock pools, the smooth pebble beaches, the pink stripes running into the water’s edge. A true artist’s canvas! (Hike also available Saturday morning)  

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Saturday All Day

 Advanced Hikes: Algonquin Park Centennial Ridges & Two Rivers

Advanced Hikes: Algonquin Park Centennial Ridges & Two RiversCentennial Ridges is the longest and hilliest day trail in Ontario's world-renowned Algonquin Park. Hike up and down five ridges at a fast clip. The trail can be rough, rocky, and muddy at times. Diverse vistas, from woodland and ponds to breathtaking views overlooking Algonquin's tranquil forests and lakes will reward your "cardiac climbs"! From the trailhead, head uphill past a stream amidst scattered rock outcroppings. At the trail intersection, start the loop up to a small cliff with a splendid vantage point overlooking the forest below. The path then skirts the edge of a pretty pond with a beaver dam at eye level. Ascend once again for more panoramic views across the vast Canadian Shield. Then follow the trail as it descends steep rock steps. Cross a stream and walk alongside Cloud Lake through a boggy area. The trail passes by several smaller lakes, then climbs once more for magnificent views overlooking Whitefish Lake just below. Make your way past Rutter Lake, back to the original fork, and return to the trailhead. Time permitting, stop by nearby Two Rivers Loop for an easy ascent to a pine-clad clifftop overlooking the Madawaska River. A quick descent and it's time to rest your weary legs on the ride back to camp.  

Cycle Algonquin Park's Old Railway Bike Trail

Ready to cycle a primarily flat trail in famous Algonquin Park? Follow the route of an abandoned railway line on this scenic ride through the forest alongside several lakes and rivers. Informative interpretive panels along the route explain Algonquin's history. The path's terrain is hard-packed gravel, except for one short rocky section and possible muddy puddles after a rain. The trail is wide enough to cycle side-by-side. You may even get to see a bear in the blueberry patch, a moose, or a painted turtle sunning on a rock. 

Ride your mountain bike or cruiser along the shaded path to the old airfield, brimming with wildflowers and blueberries galore. Cycle the wider rail trail beside Lake of Two Rivers to Pog Lake. The pretty view from the bridge beckons before returning to the trail alongside Whitefish Lake. Before long, you reach Rock Lake for lunch and a dip at the beach. Turning back, stop for pictures of jagged rock cuts on the trail sides and gorgeous views of the lakes. Continue along the Rail Trail past the fork until you hear the roar of the rapids on the Madawaska River. Time permitting, proceed to the trail's end near Cache Lake before returning to the start point. A scoop of your favourite ice cream flavour at the Lake of Two Mountains store is your reward for a day well cycled! 

  • Eligibility: able to cycle 40 km (25 mi.) in 4 hours
  • Cost: if renting bike $28 CA / $22 US (transportation fee) + $59 CA/ $48 US (park entry + bike)
  • Cost: if bringing own bike: $21 CA park entry (Pay on site). Must also transport own bike to & from the activity.
  • Select mountain bike or cruiser
  • Select bike size: S = 5’3” or shorter; M = 5’4 – 5’7”; L = 5’8” or taller
  • Bike ride distance: 39 km (24.2 mi.) / 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain: 179 m (587 ft.); rail trail is mostly flat; grade changes are gradual
  • Estimated time away from Camp: 7:30 am ~ 5:30 pm
  • Total round trip driving distance / time: 270 km (168 mi.) / 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Vehicle: van or car
  • Links: Old Railway Bike Trail (algonquinoutfitters.com)
  • Old Railway Bike Trail Map (algonquinpark.on.ca)
  • Algonquin Rail Trail (ontariobiketrails.com)

Easy Port Carling Walk, Fish Hatchery Hike & Swim

Easy Port Carling Walk, Fish Hatchery Hike & SwimIs a leisurely stroll through a charming village, a short hike in the woods, and a refreshing dip at a gorgeous waterfall your idea of a sensational Saturday? Then sign up right here! We begin in Port Carling, a pretty little town at the hub of two lakes. Starting at serene Hanna Park, walk past delightful homes and shops on our way to the main attraction. The Port Carling Mural, "The Wall Looks Back," is an eye-catching image of a steamship passing through a lock. Check it out up close! What do you see?

Next, we drive to the former fish hatchery. Strange machinery amongst the vegetation is a reminder of the area's previous function. Interpretive signs along the river walk offer information on local flora, fauna, and the fish farm. The short trail takes you into a deciduous forest, river shoreline, meadow, and wetland. Can you find the little gnome fairy house? At the trail's end, descend the steep path beside the double cascade waterfall. Cool off in the "purdy little swimmin' hole" at the base of the falls to end your perfect day!

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All Day in Parry Sound

  • All participants going to Parry Sound must select one-morning activity and one-afternoon activity. (There is no opportunity to return to camp mid-day.)
  • Please select Full Day Out of Camp Parry Sound Options to pick from the listings below

Parry Sound Morning

Easy Hike: Rotary Fitness Trail (morning, Parry Sound)

Easy Hike: Rotary Fitness TrailEnjoy the splendid sights along this urban hike! The Rotary trail winds its way through Parry Sound and along the spectacular shoreline of Georgian Bay. Start at the eye-catching Butterfly Garden. Cross the bridge, admire the wild rapids and the train trestle way up overhead. Follow Bay Street past the restaurants, the cruise boats, and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. The paved path becomes hard-packed gravel, still suitable for wheelchairs. Trees and rocks frame your fantastic views of the water. Exercise at the fitness stations along the route. Continue past Canada's Coast Guard HQ and its odd-looking marine equipment. At Waubuno Beach, admire the outdoor ping pong table. Then take the narrow path hugging the shore, which ends near the municipal building with the dramatic rooftop lookout. Turning back, enjoy the birch trees, elegant lighting poles and jagged rock edges along the Rotary Fitness trail on your way to your lunch destination at the Stockey Centre/ Island Queen area.  

  • Cost: $14 CA/ $11 US (transportation fee)
  • Length of hike: 4.3 km (2.7 mi.) / 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain: 12 m. (39 ft.); primarily flat trail, with one long, gently sloped hill
  • Estimated time away from Camp (including afternoon activity): 8:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
  • Total round trip driving distance / time: 71 km (44 mi.) / 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Vehicle: bus
  • Links: Rotary & Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail (parry sound.ca)
  • Pictures of Rotary Trail

Easy/ Moderate Hike: Rose Point Trail (morning, Parry Sound)

Easy/ Moderate Hike: Rose Point Trail The Rose Point Trail, located in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, is designated as an "Amazing Place" in Ontario. The Canada Atlantic Railway that once connected Parry Sound to Ottawa across central Ontario provides a solid base for this broad, hard-packed gravel or compacted soil path. The trail is relatively flat, with shallow slopes here and there. This multi-use route is shared by pedestrians, cyclists, and ATV riders. That striking charcoal/ pink rock in the parking lot sets the tone for the sculptural jagged rock cuts encountered along the hike. The Rose Point Trail crosses the meandering Boyne River three times, providing picturesque views of the stream. Multiple small lakes and marshes harbour blue herons, ducks, and other waterfowl. Watch for wildlife like moose, deer, beaver, and otter. Listen to the songbirds and marsh birds calling from the forest and wetland habitats along the trail. On warm sunny days, look for turtles basking in the wetlands near the trail. Return to the start point with lots of glorious photos!

  • Cost: $14 CA/ $11 US (transportation fee)
  • Length of hike: 8.7 km (5.4 mi.); min. 6.2 km (3.9 mi.) / 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain: over max hike: 44 m. (144 ft.); flat rail trail
  • Estimated time away from Camp (including afternoon activity): 8:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
  • Total round trip driving distance / time: 71 km (44 mi.) / 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Vehicle: bus
  • Links: Rose Point Recreational Trail (alltrails.com)
  • Rose Point Trail (YouTube)

Moderate Hike: North Shore Rugged Trail (morning, Parry Sound)

Moderate Hike: North Shore Rugged TrailThis hike is without a doubt the most unique “trail” you’ll experience at JOE! There’s a reason it’s called “rugged”! The terrain includes rocky footings and some short but challenging inclines. Your reward is the opportunity to experience the geologically significant shoreline of Georgian Bay in Parry Sound. Famous Canadian artist Tom Thomson’s easel is located near the trailhead. Beyond that, the trail is unmarked; just follow the shoreline and enjoy amazing views of the bay along the way. The many scrambles up and down the rocks are interrupted at the lovely creek with a brief foray into the forest before returning to the shoreline. The hike features brushy, lakeside vegetation and windswept pine for which Georgian Bay is famous. But the all-star attraction of this hike is underfoot and right beside you…the fractured Canadian Shield, the jagged granite outcroppings, the twisted gneiss and rock pools, the smooth pebble beaches, the pink stripes running into the water’s edge. A true artist’s canvas! (Hike also available Saturday afternoon)  

Parry Sound Afternoon    

Tower Hill Lookout & Garden, Museum & Moderate Hike (afternoon, Parry Sound)

Tower Hill Lookout & Garden, Museum & Moderate Hike Looking for an enjoyable "workout" in nearby Parry Sound? A vigorous 130-step climb up the 30 m (96 ft) Tower Hill observation tower will get your heart pumping. The reward? A stunning 360-degree view of Georgian Bay, the mouth of the Seguin River, and the surrounding 30,000 Islands landscape.

At the foot of the tower is Heritage Garden. Wander amongst the flagstone paths connecting rock gardens, a goldfish pond, and a raised pedestal sundial enhanced by flowering shrubs and perennials. Stroll along Lilac Walk. Learn about native plants that attract birds and butterflies at the Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Garden.

Step into the Museum on Tower Hill and experience the rich history of Parry Sound. From the cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe people to the logging boom, the Museum demonstrates the area's transformation from remote wilderness to the gateway of Northern Ontario.

To round off your "workout," take a short hike down the hill through the woods to the Trestle Brewery. Time permitting, enjoy a sampling of their craft beers before climbing the steep hill back to the Museum.

      

Island Queen Flagship Cruise (afternoon, Parry Sound)

Island Queen Flagship CruiseWelcome aboard the Island Queen's 3-hour Flagship cruise through Lake Huron's 30,000 Islands! Enjoy the pristine beauty of Georgian Bay's remote island wilderness and the rustic charm of its grand summer cottages. See exquisite granite-sculpted shorelines and the signature windswept white pine forests that adorn the islands. The area's unique ecosystem earned it UN World Biosphere Reserve status. A highlight of the cruise, "Hole in the Wall," is one of Ontario's "Amazing Places." The captain brings the ship surprisingly close to the rugged shoreline of Parry Island and the remote outer islands, meandering past granite shoals into narrow channels. Get your camera ready as you cruise past The Big Sound, Huckleberry Park, Killbear, Massasauga Provincial Park, and the Rose Point Swing Bridge. The Island Queen, designed for maximum comfort and viewing quality, is wheelchair accessible and fully equipped with comfortable seating, large viewing windows, outside observation decks, a snack bar, and full commentary. Truly a cruise to remember!

Islander Huckleberry Island Cruise, Hike & Swim (afternoon, Parry Sound)

Islander Huckleberry Island Cruise, Hike & Swim Georgian Bay's famous 30,000 Island landscape offers adventure at every turn! See this marvel of Canada's wild ruggedness aboard the Islander, a 40-passenger zodiac style boat, for this short ride to picturesque Huckleberry Island. The vessel will cruise through the "Hole in the Wall," so get your cameras ready for an "Amazing Place" in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. After you disembark at Huckleberry Island, a Reserve naturalist will lead a casual half hour stroll over the granite rocks. After the short hike, a seductive, secluded, shallow beach beckons, so bring your swimsuit for a quick dip! Passengers will be onshore for about one hour before heading back to Parry Sound. From windswept pines to the extraordinary granite rock of the 30,000 Islands, from smooth rock, lapping water, and the smell of juniper, there's no place on earth like Georgian Bay and no better way to experience it than a ride on the Islander.

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