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April Fools in Algonquin (Wolf Den) (3/31/2017)

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: Wolf Den Hostel
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 31 2017, Sat, Apr 1 2017, Sun, Apr 2 2017  5:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 5:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Mar 8 2017 9:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 nights
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Dave M
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Member Cost:$85.20/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 19 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 12 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

It’s no joke! Join us for the first April weekend at the venerable Wolf Den Hostel! But there is one trick: being quick enough to sign up. (Hint: although registration says it opens @ 9 PM, the web server seems to be in a different time-space continuum, so try for an hour earlier.)

Andrew’s annual January event here was so in-demand that we jumped at the chance to book the hostel again ASAP. This time, though, we’ll be a more intimate group, and we only booked the entire inside lodge, which is 5 rooms of various configurations. For those of you who don’t know of this place yet, we’ll describe it, but also check out their website. There’s a large, fully equipped kitchen. You bring your food, but don’t need to bring any cooking pots or utensils (unless you consider tin foil a utensil, which you should bring if you need it.) There’s a huge restaurant-style fridge to store all our perishables, and lots of room to sit and eat in a group environment. Off the kitchen area are the bathrooms and showers. Upstairs we find a large loft with a fireplace and lots of comfy seating, books and games, conversation pieces, and some guitars for the musicians amongst us! Downstairs are the 5 rooms that we have booked. Outside is a sauna!


We’re aiming to do a group hike with everyone during the day on Saturday. It’ll still be early enough in the year that there will (should!) be snow, but this year so far has been really unpredictable (it’s going to +7 this weekend!) So the name of the game is flexibility, and we’ll come to a final decision closer to the date. We’d like to try for Mizzy Lake which is 11km and but conditions could dictate a shorter route.

Sunday will probably be the short hike to the falls before heading back home.

Icers will be mandatory, and snowshoes will probably be recommended!


Bring your own food/snacks/drinks. We’re hoping to order some croissants/muffins from a local baker to supplement your breakfast (or pack along with your lunch) for Saturday morning, which we’ll all pitch in for (it’s very affordable!)


There are 5 rooms. One has a double bed and one a queen (+ a single) that needs to be shared in order to bring as many people as possible. If there is a couple signed up, they can have the double room, but there might not be any, so… please indicate in the notes if you are a couple, or if you are willing to share a bed with a same sex member. We really want to maximize the participants, so those willing to share might get preference on the wait list! The other rooms have singles, but still are shared rooms.

Linens are provided, as are pillows and one towel each.

Car Pool

Car pool time is 5 PM at Downsview. It’s a bit early for some people, but if you sign up you’re committing to be there on time. There’s a possibility for a group to go up earlier if there’s enough of you and a driver. We’ll be coordinating car pool drivers / passengers via email before the day.

Required Items to Bring:
Weather appropriate hiking clothes
Food / snacks
day pack
water bladder/bottle
passengers: car pool cash
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
hiking poles
board/card games
bathing suit (for the sauna)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be mailed to drivers
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):540Km
Carpool Departure Time: 5:00 PM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $108.54 (calculated at total Km * $0.201, effective Saturday, November 18, 2017). 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.

photo credit: Stacy - Ragged Falls @ Oxtongue River
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$85.20/Person
Cost Includes:2 nights accommodations based on minimum 10 person stay: $41.36/night = $82.72 + 3% transaction handling fee = $85.20
Cash refunds will be given out at the event if more than 10 people are signed up by registration cut-off.
Cost does not include car pool or Algonquin park entrance fees
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the TOC on Wed, Mar 8 2017.
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: There is no partial attendance. Normal TOC cancellation policy will be followed. See link above!