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Catch-all Discussions » Algonquin Outfitters 2021 Charity Paddle Art Auction » 9/20/2021 12:59 pm
The 2021 Algonquin Outfitters Charity Paddle (and Canoe) Art Auction is online right now until Monday, Sept 27th,  The first lot will begin to close starting at 8:00 pm EST on the evening of Monday, Sept 27th.  Bid on over 75 paddles and 7, Group of Seven themed canoes in this year's auction.

Proceeds from the auction support the Algonquin Art Centre, the Canadian Canoe Museum, Huntsville Art Society, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, the Tom Thomson Gallery and the Town of Huntsville's reserved fund for future public art acquisition.

Register for the auction online, pick the lots you want to follow and be prepared to defend your bids the evening of Monday, Sept 27th starting at 8:00 pm EST.

Equipment » Favorite Online Camping retailer? » 8/13/2021 2:32 pm

Don't forget about us at Algonquin Outfitters we launched a new online store last year and have about 4000 of our most popular products available online.

Catch-all Discussions » Algonquin Outfitters 60th Anniversary Quiz Contest » 8/13/2021 2:17 pm

Algonquin Outfitters celebrates 60 years with almost $3,000 in contest prizes

Algonquin Outfitters (AO) has a simple goal: to get people outside. The company grew from a young boy’s passion for the outdoors and for 60 years they have never wavered from their focus on authentic outdoor adventure.

The moment Bill Swift Sr. arrived at Camp Pathfinder, he fell in love with Algonquin Park. That experience set roots for what would become a beloved outdoor retailer and outfitter serving people from around the world.

From its humble beginnings as a seasonal outfitter at Oxtongue Lake, just west of Algonquin Park, AO is now a three-generation, family-run retail and outfitting operation with 12 locations in and around Algonquin Park, Haliburton Highlands, and Muskoka. They launched an online store last year and this season expanded four locations—Bracebridge, Haliburton, Minden, and Port Carling.

Today, under the guidance of Rich and Sue Swift, Algonquin Outfitters continues to embrace its roots, providing a range of both summer and winter outdoor experiences along with the gear to get outside and have fun.

What better way to celebrate six decades of sharing a love for the outdoors than with a contest that honours Algonquin Outfitters history?

From now through the end of November, AO is hosting a contest featuring a fun, online historical quiz with the chance to win exciting prizes like a $1,000 AO Gift Card and an Ultimate Canoe Trip Package worth more than $900.

All of the answers to the 30-question quiz can be found at Answers to questions like: Who has been the Brent store’s legendary manager for almost 40 years? Or what is the name of the canoe route created in memory of Bill Swift Sr. that links four AO sto

Equipment » Canoe pack » 8/19/2020 5:03 pm

swedish pimple wrote:

i have the same pack as jdbonney, i have had the pack since 88, i find the pack to be uncomfortable, maybe i am getting old,, i am using a gregory baltoro now,, very comfy ,,,

Swedish Pimple we have upgraded our packs since 1988 several times, with many of the newer features adding to the comfort level.


Equipment » Canoe pack » 8/19/2020 5:01 pm

Jdbonney wrote:

I’ve used one of these since the 90’s. dozens of trips and still going strong.

Glad to hear your 1990's AO Canoe pack is still going strong.  I have a personal one from 1999 that still looks practically new and it's seen well over 100 days on trip over the two decades I've had it.

Equipment » Canoe pack » 8/19/2020 1:32 pm

trippythings wrote:

I currently have two of the Norwester, one is started to give but the other is holding up ok. I've decided once those give out I'm going to get a canoe pack from Algonquin Outfitters:

I saw them in person at the Outdoor Show a few years ago and they seemed well built, and I've heard good things from others that have used them. They're more expensive, but seem to be better quality to justify the price.

Thanks for considering our Canoe Packs, we use them in our outfitting and rental packages so they are tried and proven over thousands of days in the backcountry each year.  You'll find them in Small, Medium and Large.  We also brought back the original design this past year for those who liked the older design we had.  Still have my original design pack from 1999, looks and functions like new still.

Any questions ask, here's the direct link to the page with them in our new online store [url=]

Equipment » Solo trip - canoe type? » 8/19/2020 12:44 pm

We do offer some great solo canoes by Swift at our Huntsville, Oxtongue and Lake Opeongo stores.

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Ice Out 2020 Contest - Algonquin Outfitters » 3/16/2020 12:22 pm

We have 15 days remaining in the 2020 Algonquin Park Lake Opeongo Ice Out contest entry phase.  We do not plan on extending the entry period due to a feeling that we will see an earlier ice-out date this year.

Enter online at

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Ice Out 2020 Contest - Algonquin Outfitters » 3/16/2020 12:19 pm

Due to recent late ice out dates (May 10th 2018 and 2019) Ontairo Parks has changed the earliest online booking date for Algonquin Park's backcountry to May 14th - see:

If you wish to go on a backcountry canoe trip prior to that just show up at Algonquin Park and the Access Point permit offices will book a route for you upon arrival pending conditions. There's lots of availability early season so this should not be a problem if you are flexible with your routes.


Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Ice Out 2020 Contest - Algonquin Outfitters » 2/12/2020 5:35 pm

Hey Algonquin Adventure's crew, it's that time of year again when we host the annual Ice Out Contest for Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park.

The contest is open from now until around the fist of April (depending on conditions).  All you have to do is submit your date guess at the link below for a chance to win some prizes.

New this year, if you're in Algonquin Park and want to share your obserations of the current contest with your entry you can now submit a photo along with your guess.  You can also post photos online and use the hash tags #AlgonquinPark #IceOut2020 to share your observations.

Here's hoping for an ealy spring (I always guess April 5th, my birthday) but I yet to receive my birthday wish of a very early ice out in Algonquin Park.

Commets here do not enter you to win a prize, be sure to submit your entry at the link above.



Equipment » December Gift Card sale at Algonquin Outfitters » 12/03/2019 1:09 pm

Save 15% on online gift card purchases for the month of December (2019) as a little Merry Christmas from Algonquin Outfitters.  Gift cards can be used on rentals, outfitting, service, products that are regular or even sale price.  They can be gifted to others or used yourself.

See more details online at:

Catch-all Discussions » AO Charity Paddle Art Auction Sept 15-29th 2019 » 9/19/2019 4:16 pm

Hey gang, check this out, Algonquin Outfitters has 182 unique art canoe paddles up for auction online with all of the proceeds going to support charities!
Auction is online so you can bid from anywhere even in your underwear...


Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 4/16/2019 6:24 am

A quick reminder to everyone on AA.  The Algonquin Outfitters Ice Out contest closes in just two weeks.  There's no better time to submit your guess for this years ice out of Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park for a chance to win prizes!


Equipment » AO 2018 Used Canoe Sale » 5/11/2018 3:18 pm

ShawnD wrote:

No way I'm portaging that..  LOL

SwiftKipawa16′6″Kevlar FusionClearcoat w White BottomAluminum gunwales, fixed bow seat, skid plates, contoured yoke. Approx 545 lbs $1698

Ha Ha Ha Ha... I think the fact that Bottom and Aluminum blended together in that post it made that Swift Kipawa 545lbs... rare aluminum bottom Kipawaw only one ever made, collectors edition.  A steel at $1698... he he Steel.  Must be made of metal!  Thanks I corrected that type-o.

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/11/2018 2:34 pm

Algonquin Park Update from the Friends of Algonquin: Opeongo's South and North Arm are officially open!  Its so hard not being allowed to announce information until it's "Official" sometimes.Facilities Now Open, With Some ExceptionsOntario Parks is reporting that they have opened all areas of Algonquin Park on Friday, May 11, 2018 as expected, except for a few areas listed below.

UPDATE - Closed Areas• Cedar Lake - ice covered, not passable by boat
• Carl Wilson Lake - ice covered, not passable by boat
• Lake Opeongo, East Arm - ice covered, not passable by boat (no backcountry permits for East Arm, permits available remainder of lake)Algonquin Park Canoe Routes - OpenMost Algonquin Park lakes are now open, but visitors should expect to be potentially re-routed due to lingering ice on some lakes and bays. Snow and ice in shaded areas may also be encountered on backcountry campsites.

Backpacking Trails - OpenSnow and ice in shaded areas will make travel potentially challenging on Algonquin Park's backpacking trails, and may be present on some campsites. Additionally, localized flooding is expected and may be unavoidable while navigating trails.

Campgrounds - OpenLocalized flooding, wet campsites and boil water advisories should be expected in Algonquin Park's developed campgrounds. Snow and ice in shaded areas may also be encountered on campsites and all Park facilities.
Park visitors requiring additional information may contact Algonquin Park #AlgonquinPark #IceOut2018 [url=]

Equipment » AO 2018 Used Canoe Sale » 5/11/2018 2:30 pm

Algonquin Outfitters used canoe sale continues this weekend at the Oxtongue Lake Store, west of Algonquin Park on Highway 60.Choose from great models like the Swift; Algonquin 16' Prospector 16', Kipawa 16'6" , Keewaydin 17', Winisk 17'6", Dumoine 16'4" and more. Quality used canoes between $1498 and $2998. Canoes as low as $900 too.See the used canoe page on our website at or call 1-705-635-1167 for more details.Better yet drop by our Oxtongue Lake store and pick the canoe of your choice before they are all gone...#UsedCanoeSale #UsedCanoes Swift Canoe & Kayak

Catch-all Discussions » 2018 Ice Out Predictions? » 5/10/2018 5:03 pm

We're going to call it! Opeongo has experienced #IceOut2018 for our Ice Out Contest. Our Water Taxi was able to safely navigate from the Lake Opeongo Access Point to the Happy Isle Portage in the North Arm of Opeongo today. May 10th 2018.Note; this does not mean that Opeongo is open for reservations yet after yesterdays notice from Algonquin Park that Opeongo will remain closed until May 15th. We only announce this for our Ice Out Contest. See for current information from Algonquin Park.

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