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A Paddler's Guide to Algonquin Park

by (author) Kevin Callan

Boston Mills Press
Initial publish date
May 2020
Canoeing, Ontario, Adventure
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2012
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price

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New in this edition: Ten new routes, 64 added pages, updated text -- an essential purchase of a revised classic.

Review of previous edition: The book is much more than a trip guide. Callan weaves in anecdotes from his own trips, so there's all the nuts and bolts info but with some good stories thrown in. -- The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing

Ontario's Algonquin Park is one of North America's foremost canoeing destinations. Only a day's journey from the Great Lakes and much of the Eastern Seaboard, and 200 miles from Toronto, it's a paddler's paradise of spectacular lakes, rivers and marshes surrounded by maple hills and rocky ridges. The only way to explore the interior of the park is by canoe or on foot, where you will be rewarded with a chorus of wolves howling and the echoing call of loons. You may also see more of the abundant wildlife that call it home: moose, white-tailed deer, beaver, black bears, and more than 300 bird and 30 reptile species.

This revised and updated edition of A Paddler's Guide to Algonquin Park has 64 more pages, 10 new canoe routes for a total of 35, new photographs by Callan, and detailed redesigned maps showing portages and permitted campsites. Callan has chosen routes of varying difficulty and experience, from easy to deep backcountry.

Along with updates of information according to changes in park conditions, regulations, closed routes and so on, the book includes this essential information:

  • Route difficulty
  • Portages
  • Campsite locations
  • Put-in and take-out recommendations
  • Alternative access points
  • Updated list of local outfitters and guides
  • Updated web sites and more.

Kevin Callan has paddled Algonquin Park for three decades. His practical advice and lively descriptions are like having him sitting in the lead canoe -- and that would be an adventure.

About the author

Kevin Callan is the author of over 15 books, including his incredibly popular series of paddling guides. He has been a key speaker at major outdoor events for over 25 years in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. He is a regular contributor and columnist for Explore and CanoeRoots Magazine, is listed as one of the top 100 modern-day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society, is a recipient of a National Magazine Award and is a Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. He is a recurring guest on nationally broadcast television and radio programs and maintains his own very popular "Happy Camper" YouTube channel, drawing thousands of viewers.

Kevin Callan's profile page

Editorial Reviews

[Review of earlier edition:] I'm amazed at the level of detail... the maps are concise and [Callan] goes to great lengths to describe water conditions, portages and campsites.

Kitchener Waterloo Record

Algonquin Park contains some of the finest canoe routes in Canada. This guide combines the author's enthusiastic exploration of the area with some truly stunning photographs. Very Highly Recommended.

Fire Reviews

Selection, Holiday Gift Guide 2020... Travellers can also map out next year's canoeing routes with this book by Kevin Callan, who offers interesting stories of the routes he has travelled over the years, beautiful pictures and maps and information needed to go on your own Algonquin adventure -- this year or next.

Followsummer Blog

Kevin Callan has canoed those routes for decades. His advice in these descriptions are clear and precise. He outlines and describes 35 routes that make it possible for anyone to plan and enjoy a perfect wilderness adventure... The photographs are worth the read and the information is priceless.

Irene Roth's Canadian Book Review Blog

Those living in Canada, especially Ontario, know of the uniqueness of Algonquin Park... Kevin Callan is an adventurer... He has an affinity for the park and has created the ultimate guide for Park lovers and those who wish to explore it via canoe... The author also notes the time it takes to travel that route, number of portages, distance, and degree of difficulty. There is a concise travelogue for each route, mentioning the wildlife one would see as well, how good the fishing is, and other points of attraction.

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