The Albany River Adventure
The ultimate whitewater paddling experience through the Boreal forest of Northern Ontario! Take a step on the wild side; to let go, relax and add a little extra thrill to your life. Wilderness North’s Albany River Whitewater adventure brings you a rejuvenating experience that leaves the everyday behind and transports you to a world of adventure amongst a pure wilderness setting.
A whitewater adventure with Wilderness North is the ultimate way to escape and enjoy the Canadian Wilderness. Our lodge to lodge journey; the perfect balance of adventure and comfort. Challenge yourself on a guided canoe trip, fully immersing yourself in a wild and remote part of the world. Your first and last night are spent at our fly-in full services lodges while the majority of nights are sleeping in a tent next to rapids. Our experienced whitewater guides pair with local first nations to provide the ultimate in adventure, safety and connection to the land. This journey is welcome to participants of all ages and skill levels. Paddling preparation takes places on the river and the journey can be adapted to novice or more experienced paddlers. Adventure also meets comfort, as our trips focus on luxury, whether you enjoy a cheese platter by the fire, or a glass of wine next to a rapid, we know how to make the wilderness that much more enjoyable.
Start your journey into the Boreal Forest by sky. Fly over hundreds of lakes and rivers buried between thick evergreens. After an hour flight, Miminiska becomes your runway and eventual home for the next two nights.
Enjoy your stay at the tranquil Miminiska Wilderness Lodge. Treat yourself to full service wilderenss living; with house keeping, locally inspired meals, and endless site amenities at your fingertips.
Paddle to the Albany River and discover the beauty of a traditional way of travel. Paddle the traditional routes of Anishnaabe First nations, exploring and learning from your local guide.
Finish your stay with a dreamy visit to Makokibatan lodge. Enjoy your own private lakefront cabin and a truly Canadian experience.
Arrive in Armstrong where the true adventure begins with a float plane flight, providing you an aerial view of the Canadian wilderness and the chance to land on water at your remote wilderness lodge. There you will be greeted by a First Nations elder for a welcome ceremony and cleansing followed by a feast of local fish during our shore lunch. The afternoon will be spent exploring the property, getting out on the lake and enjoying the beautiful Boreal forest. In the evening there will be a complimentary happy hour with cocktails and appetizers before dinner is served in the main lodge. Spend your evening by the bonfire under the stars and then head to bed in our newly renovated cabins.
Wake up to a warm cup of coffee and spend your day enjoying Miminiska Lodge. The morning is yours to enjoy our lodge amenities and leisure activities. The afternoon is spent preparing for your paddling adventure! You will discover new strokes from our certified river guides who will also get you all set for your week in the wilderness! Our keen guides love adventuring and will ensure a safe and exciting journey!
The adventure begins! Paddle to the Albany River and discover the beauty of a traditional way of travel. River travel is unique in that both sides of the shore are close enough to truly soak in the beauty of two shore lines. Paddle the traditional routes of Anishnaabe First Nations, exploring and learning the history from your local guide.
A day with us on the river balances comfort and challenge. Wake up to a hot cup of coffee, warm cinnamon buns and the sun rising above a Boreal forest. Then, a day of paddling begins! Our guides offer you all the skills needed to paddle down a remote river. Through flat and whitewater you get a truly Canadian adventure. The canoe is a quiet way of traveling, providing the chance to see plenty of wildlife including moose, caribou and black bear!
The days are exciting and the evenings can be just as rewarding, as the night sky is often illuminated by the Aurora Borealis and the big dipper.
Meals on the river are cooked over a fire, but embody the gourmet style that our lodges are known for. Food just tastes better over the fire, from fresh baked pizza to fish from the bottom of a rapid you just paddled, our guides have mastered the art of outdoor cuisine.
Our guides are masters in what they do. They excel at luxury camping, outdoor cuisine, paddling whitewater; while each also have unique skills including landscape art and yoga to traditional Anishnaabe crafts. Some specialize in ornithology while others in medicinal plant use. We pair guides who have lived on the land their whole life with experienced whitewater guides to ensure you are getting the most out of your wilderness experience.
Arrive at the Makokibatan Lodge and treat yourself to a hot shower as our lodge staff prepare you a delicious lunch to welcome you in for the day. Spend your afternoon SUPing, kayaking, hiking or simply relaxing on the beach. In the evening you will be treated to a 3-course dinner inspired by the Boreal forest and paired with a local craft beer.
Wake up to a warm cup of coffee or tea delivered right to your cabin! Breakfast is served and it is your last morning to enjoy the beauty of the lake from ground level before your private plane whisks you back on your journey home!