Backpacking the Western UplandsTrail in Algonquin (38km) - Sat, May 20 2017, Sun, May 21 2017, Mon, May 22 2017

Backpacking the Western UplandsTrail in Algonquin (38km) (5/20/2017)

PRE-REGISTRATION 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.You will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the TOC.

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The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Algonquin Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 20 2017, Sun, May 21 2017, Mon, May 22 2017  7:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 14 2017 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Saturday Morning - Monday Evening
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): César
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Member Cost:$30.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Days are getting longer and warmer, providing a good excuse for spending the long weekend backpacking, as a way to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

We will leave Toronto on Saturday morning, head to the West Gate to get our permits, and then we will hike approximately 15kms to our first campsite along Maggie Lake, where we will spend our first night. On Sunday morning, we will break camp and hike 10 kms to our next campsite along Oak Lake, where we will spend Sunday night. On Monday we’ll hike out 14 km to the parking lot, and then drive back to Toronto.

Please read the points below, as they will affect your registration:

  • Please note that this event is classified as a D5 in the Toronto Outdoor Club (TOC) Difficulty Rating Scale. For more information about what this means, please click the corresponding link on the left (blue) column on this page for details.This trip is for experienced backpackers, who have the proper gear. If you do not have a backpacking history with the TOC, please describe your previous experience in detail in the Notes Section when you sign up, or you will be moved to the waiting list.
  • Total number of participants could increase, subject to confirmed numbers of drivers and their vehicle capacity, as well as subject to park regulations. Please note that people might be moved from the confirmed list to the waiting one if there are not enough drivers, but will be added back to the confirmed one as drivers/cars become available, and as long as the experience and gear requirements are met.
  • Planning will be done by email, so please be sure you can/will respond in a timely manner, or you will be dropped from the trip. Please do not make plans to be back at a specific time in Toronto on Monday, as unforeseen circumstances can contribute to a late return to the city.

  • Required Items to Bring:

    You will carry what you bring for your personal use, so pack light! Also, keep in mind that everybody is expected to assist carrying items for common use: please ensure that there is some room in your backpack for them.

  • Backpack, 50-60L
  • Hiking boots, well broken in
  • Suitable clothing for weather (Absolutly NO COTTON!)
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Toiletries + toilet paper
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp + spare batteries
  • Nalgene wide-mouth water bottles or hydration bladder (total capacity should be or exceed 2L)
  • Personal eating utensils, cookware and stove
  • Food
  • Dry sac to hang your food/toiletries overnight
  • Personal first-aid kit / medications
  • Tent or shelter (due to park regulations regarding maximum number of pieces of shelter allowed per campsite, participants are expected to show flexibility in case there is need to share with other participants.
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

    Suggested personal items:

  • Knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Garbage bag(s)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles

    Common items:

  • Saw
  • Water filter or treatment
  • Rope for bear bags
  • Tarp

  • How to Get There:
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):570Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 AM
    Carpool Location:   Log in for location
    Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
    Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $114.57 (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: © Cesar Guerra
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    Cost & Payment:
    Member Cost:$30.00/Person
    Cost Includes:1) Backcountry permit per person for Saturday and Sunday night
    2) One time, non-refundable reservation fee split by number of participants

    The cost does not include carpool cost, common meals, voluntary donation, or any other supplementary cost.

    Group expenses such as carpool, food are extra and will be calculated at the conclusion of the trip.

    Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the TOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.
    Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
    Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
    Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!