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Wolf Den Bunkhouse [DRIVERS NEEDED] (1/13/2023)

PRE-REGISTRATION & ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.After you sign up at the bottom, you will be presented with information about how to pay. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Oxtongue Lake & Algonquin Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jan 13 2023, Sat, Jan 14 2023, Sun, Jan 15 2023  6:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jan 11 2023 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Andrew F
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Member Cost:$130.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:26
Minimum Group Size:18
Number Registered So Far: 22 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:

By signing up for this event, you agree to, and acknowledge, the following:

  1. Should this event involve a car pool, you will wear a face mask at all times when inside a vehicle

Wolf Den is back for January! After having to cancel a year ago for the Omicron wave, I'm very happy to announce we are back to Algonquin together.

Now, while my typical event descriptor is below, this year won't be entirely the same as usual.

  1. Wolf Den's prices have gone up (slightly) for the first time in many years.
  2. If on the weekend of Wolf Den you are SICK, you should not be coming on this trip. (This is something you should already know. I don't want you to spread the regular flu or the novel kind.)
  3. Because of the two items above, I will be asking for more money than usual as buffer against sick people (so they can be refunded). If (almost) everyone shows up there will be refunds in person at the event (CASH$$$) but if a few people drop out because of illness this 'buffer' means I won't personally be funding the shares of the missing participants. I hope you understand :)
  4. Please don't use this as a reason to drop out for other reasons; signing up means you intend to join us and have booked the time in your calendar.
  5. Another obvious one: because of Covid this event is intrinsically riskier than usual. You'll (potentially) be sharing a car with other people and definitely be sharing a cabin. This is a given. Please understand this before signing up.

The historical event description continues below...

OVERVIEW

Winter at the Wolf Den has become a yearly tradition with the TOC, and it has always been one of my favourites. Wolf Den is a hostel on the outskirts of Algonquin park and beautifully appointed with a large shared kitchen and communal areas.

The main facilities will be entirely ours for the weekend: we've booked the whole thing. (Or at least south of the road, I need to make that clarification these days :)


DATE, TIME, AND COST

We'll travel up Friday afternoon/evening and return on Sunday. As always, we'll try to sort out a carpool that will accommodate people's individual schedules and locations. Please remember however, that the official leaving time is 6pm on Friday at Downsview station and that should be an option for everyone signing up.

The per person cost for the weekend's accommodation will be $130.00 (which includes a 3% transaction fee and the 'buffer' mentioned above). This cost is due up front by paying the TOC's Treasurer. Payment must be received by January 1st.

Note: The full cost of the rental (including transaction fee) is $2,176.49. If we've sufficient interest and everyone is able to come, I'll bring 25 people. This potentially will mean non-trivial refunds to each person from the $130 collected above.

If you're participating in the carpool as a passenger, expect an additional cost on top of that for transportation. This I'll collect at the event and distribute to the drivers.


ACCOMMODATIONS

There are several rooms available both in the main lodge and in the satellite cabins. Expect to share a room with 2-3 others (I'll try to help guide preferences, but I don't micromanage this very much.)

There are two private rooms available to friends or couples willing to share the beds. If you want this to be you, first sign-up for the event, and second email me which two people are sharing. The first valid requests will get the room. There are no bad rooms, just ones a little chillier / further from the bathroom ;)

Shared bathrooms and showers are available in the main lodge.

Bedding and towels are provided.


ACTIVITIES

While there are skiing and hiking trails within a short walk of the Wolf Den (not to mention a great waterfall) we're also right on Algonquin's doorstep!

With this many people, there will be multiple groups heading out both days: if you're interested in skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, you're likely to find like-minded members to head out with.

If you need equipment, the Wolf Den is right beside Algonquin Outfitters.

In the evenings expect a social atmosphere upstairs in the loft, talking or playing games, and in all likelihood, a campfire outside.

Finally, I'd be remiss not to mention the available sauna :)


FOOD

The Wolf Den has a large, fully equipped kitchen available for our use.

Saturday evening we'll organize an (optional) potluck dinner which I've always found to be a great experience.

Beyond that, meal planning will be up to each of you. (Though you may wish to look for like minded people on the trip or in your carpool. We can help here.)


THE REST

Did I leave out anything? Questions, comments, concerns? Email and let me know!

Looking forward to seeing you out there.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Winter Clothes
  • Overnight Clothes/Toiletries
  • Hiking/Skiing/Snowshoeing Gear
  • Food for Meals & Snacks
  • A container to carry water
  • Money for the carpool (if participating) or rental gear (if desired)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Masks & Hand Sanitizer
  • Slippers for inside
  • Alcohol (if you like it)
  • Bathing Suit for the Sauna
  • Games, Instruments, what-have-you

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Address: 4568 Highway 60 - 45°22'59.5"N 78°54'41.7"W

Go north on Hwy 400; at Barrie, go northeast on Hwy 11; at Huntsville, go east on Hwy 60; you'll see the Wolf Den on the right-hand side of the road just past Oxtongue Lake, but before you reach the Algonquin Park gates.

Driveway is located 1km past Algonquin Outfitters Road. Start slowing down once you pass the Parkway Cottages and Trading Post on your right or you might miss the turn. Turn right into Wolf Den's lane way at the gentle bend in the road. If you pass the picnic area, you've gone too far.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):540Km
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 PM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $139.32 (calculated at total Km * $0.258, effective Wednesday, February 1, 2023). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.

Notes:
Notes on the Waiting List (as always)...
  • If extra drivers are needed, they'll get priority.
  • Beyond that, those pre-paying will get priority.

- Registration is NOT COMPLETE until you've signed up and paid by the registration cut off date. The money must be in the TOC's possession by that date. No exceptions.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with full refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met. For any events where TOC needs a minimum number of participants, there will be absolutely no refund of money if you cancel.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in TOC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Send them to safety@torontooutdoorclub.com.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Stacy, at content@torontooutdoorclub.com.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$130.00/Person
Cost Includes:

SEND ALL MONEY TO THE TOC TREASURER.

Cost includes: accommodation for two nights at the Wolf Den Bunkhouse and Cabins near Oxtongue Lake and the 3% transaction fee. Not included in this amount are costs for food, Algonquin Park permit ($21/car/day), equipment rental (if desired) and carpool expenses.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the TOC on Wed, Jan 11 2023.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.
 
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!
*Note: Payment must be received in full by Sunday, January 1st. If you cancel after this date, you will receive a refund only if someone can *reasonably* be found to take your place.