Algonquin: Winter Wonderland

Fully escorted by Charles Whitlock and Kristen Martyn, this unique winter tour will showcase winter’s wildlife and the beauty “on foot” of the Algonquin Provincial Park.

Winter birding and nature combined with snowshoe trails! You are invited to join us on this special departure and enjoy your choice of both a birding and nature tour or the snowshoe trails of Algonquin Park.

Our Tour Includes:

  • Fully escorted by Charles Whitlock of Walkaway Treks and Kristen Martyn of Natura Tours
  • Private bus transportation throughout pick-ups in London, Kitchener and Toronto (one per city—TBA)
  • Three nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Huntsville
  • Breakfast daily
  • Two dinners
  • All park entry fees
  • All taxes and fees
  • Daily walks—snowshoeing or birding escorted by Charles and Kristen
Algonquin: Winter Wonderland
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Itinerary

Day 1: February 4
Private bus departures (one per city) from London, pick-up Kitchener and Toronto (times to be finalized). Our first day will depend on weather and time on the road. We plan to travel to Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville. Here we accommodate both birders and snowshoers where each can could enjoy their respective outings. Following our stop we travel to Huntsville for dinner and over-night.

Day 2: February 5
Snowshoe:
We will do the Track & Tower about 10 kms. We will visit an old tower look out with an outstanding view of Cache Lake. It offers a vast variety of interesting landscapes and we will look at the remains of an old railway bed.

Birding:
Today we will visit the Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail, a great place to observe Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, Evening Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatches and many more. We will also plan stops to a spot in the park which is home to Pine Martens (we may return to this spot if no martens are active upon arrival) and Opeongo Road in search of Gray Jays (Whiskey Jacks) and Black-backed Woodpeckers. Today will also include a stop at the Visitor’s Center for some lunch and birding. Many wintering birds can be spotted at the Visitor's Center including Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeaks, Red and White-winged Crossbills, Purple Finches and Ruffed Grouse. During our adventures at the various locations today we will also be keeping an eye out for the mammals of Algonquin Park including: Red Fox, Moose, Otters, Red Squirrels and if we are extremely lucky Wolves.

After this outing return to our hotel for over-night.

Day 3: February 6
Snowshoe: Mizzy Lake is a 11 km loop trail.  Many ponds and small lake surround this walk and it affords some of the best chances to see wild-life. Long boardwalks bring us to open spaces. We will get to see Whisky Jacks flying overhead.

Birding: Today's itinerary will include return visits to Spruce Bog, Opeongo Road, Visitors Center and/or visiting some of the other winter trails (depending on which trails are accessible and open). Today we hope to add on any notable species missing from our bird list and will continue to search for the parks notable mammals. Some of Kristen’s blog posts about a couple of days spent in Algonquin Park at the spots mentioned above with some photos can been viewed here.

Day 4: February 7
Breakfast and our departure back home with stops along the way.

NOTES:

  • As trail, road and weather conditions change dramatically in Algonquin Park Kristen and Charles will adjust the outings to accommodate environmental conditions. It is difficult to say what trails will be open, however all days will be spent in search of the Boreal Specialties as well as wintering species and good snowshoeing locations / trails.
  • Snowshoes, for those who will need them, are not included in the cost and will be arranged for rental locally.

Cost

    Tour Cost
  • $685 Twin cost per person
  • Single: $886
Deposit Requirements
  • Per Passenger deposit requirements:
    $200 per person
  • Final Payment Due: December 22, 2017
Cancellation Penalties
Penalties will vary based on the time at that the cancellation is received by Frederick Travel Waterloo:
  • From date of booking to December 21: Loss of deposit paid
  • From final payment date to departure: 100% non-refundable

In the event that we are able to find a replacement from wait-lists or other requests received for the land tour between date of booking and 31-days prior to date of departure, a flat $50.00 p.p. administration charge will be accessed. Within 31-days prior, we regret that all payments become non-refundable with or without a replacement. We cannot guarantee a replacement for any cancelled passenger regardless of the date the cancellation is received in our office.


Accommodations

Holiday Inn & Suites—HuntsvilleHoliday Inn & Suites
Huntsville

Located in Muskoka, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Huntsville is situated in the heart of Ontario's most breathtaking landscape. Within walking distance of stores & restaurants, our hotel provides guests with plenty to experience throughout our stay. Less than two kilometers from our accommodations, guests can re-visit history at the Muskoka Heritage Place, Perfect for a day trip, Algonquin Provincial Park and the Trans-Canada Trail are also within a short distance of the hotel. During our stay, we enjoy free high-speed, wireless Internet access and complimentary breakfast. We invite you to relax by a warm fire in the hotel's great room and bird-watch on our outdoor patio. A heated, indoor pool, a Fitness Centre, a 24-hour Business Centre and a convenience store are also available for your convenience.

Bus Departures

Private Bus

Private bus departures from London,
pick-up Kitchener and Toronto.

Times to be finalized.


About Kristen Martyn

Kristen’s explorations of the natural world began at a very young age and developed into a lifelong passion for wildlife and the outdoors.

Kristen Martyn

This same passion led Kristen to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Zoology as well as a post-graduate program in Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Management.

Kristen is an avid birdwatcher, who has birded all over North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Kristen has since spent countless hours leading birding tours, birding in the field and taking birding trips. She has also lead birding programs for the Ontario BioBlitz, Rouge National Urban Park, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and bird banded for the Long Point Bird Observatory. 

 

A popular presenter Kristen regularly gives presentations on birds for a wide variety of audiences and special interest groups. Kristen also spent some time living in Costa Rica while guiding birdwatching and other natural history tours for an ecolodge.

In addition to her passion for bird watching Kristen is also a specialist in the field herpetology (study of reptiles and amphibians). Kristen has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in the field with some of Canada’s most endangered reptiles.

Website: www.kristenmartyn.com/

About Charles Whitlock

Charles is a passionate hiker who shares his love of hiking with both new and experienced walkers.

Charles Whitlock

In 2003 Charles established Walkaway Treks to better serve his hiking adventures and to provide a variety of hiking services. Charles Whitlock is the owner/operator of Walkaway Treks.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 30+ years outdoor leadership experience
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Certified hike leader with the Toronto Bruce Trail Club and the Grand Valley Trails Association
  • Tour Manager for Novacks Adventure Tours, London, Ontario. Tours in the United Kingdom, France and Guernsey
  • Tour Manager Worldwide Central Travel and Frederick Travel Waterloo
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Grand Valley Trails Association
  • Freelance hike leader and tour manager for travel agencies and individuals

Website: www.walkawaytreks.com

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