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Backpacking the Highland Trail in Algonquin - Beginner Friendly ! (5/26/2018)

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.

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: Algonquin Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 26 2018, Sun, May 27 2018  7:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 20 2018 11:00:00 AM
Event Duration:Saturday Morning - Sunday Evening
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Jessie
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Member Cost:$19.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a beginner friendly backpacking trip for those who want to experience the joys of camping in the backcountry, along with the challenges of walking on rough terrain with a backpack.

The trip is well suited to those who have some experience hiking on rough terrain as well as some experience car camping. Experienced backpackers are very welcome but please keep in mind that this is an intro level backpacking trip.

We will leave Toronto on Saturday morning, head to the Mew Campground to get our permits. We will then backpack the 19K loop of the Highland trail on Saturday and Sunday, returning back to Toronto on Sunday night. On Saturday night, we will camp on one of the beautiful lakeside campsites on the trail.

It is the start of the bug season so be prepared !

If we are short of carpool drivers, those willing to drive will receive priority.

For those new to backpacking, a mandatory pre-meeting will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:30pm at Chalkers Pub at 247 Marlee Ave., North York to discuss car pooling arrangements, trip expectation and route, food planning and equipment. If you are unable to make the pre- meeting you must contact me to make alternative arrangements or you will be dropped for the trip.

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. If you have questions about gear or what to pack, we could discuss at the pre-meeting.

  • Backpack (at least 50-60 litter)
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes, well broken in
  • Suitable clothing for weather (Absolutely NO COTTON!)
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Toiletries + toilet paper
  • Headlamp + spare batteries
  • Nalgene wide-mouth water bottles or hydration bladder (total capacity should be or exceed 2 litter)
  • Personal cup, bowl, eating utensils
  • Food (To be discussed at pre-meeting)
  • 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 - to be discussed at pre- meeting).
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

    At pre-meeting we will discuss who will volunteer some of the common gear.

    Suggested personal items:

  • Knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent/Bug Jacket
  • Hat
  • Garbage bag(s)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles

    Common items (To be discussed at pre- meeting):

  • Stove + lighter
  • Saw
  • Pots + cookware
  • Water filter or treatment
  • Rope for bear bags
  • Tarp

  • How to Get There:
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):600Km
    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 $133.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.223, effective Thursday, October 18, 2018). 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- Jessie Kaur
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    Cost & Payment:
    Member Cost:$19.00/Person
    Cost Includes:1) Backcountry permit per person for Saturday night
    2) One time, non-refundable reservation fee, split by number of attendees

    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!