Sunday, May 29, 2005

Clean Up Algonquin Park for Free!

For the last nineteen years, on the first full weekend of June, Algonquin Outfitters has sponsored this popular event to help clean up Algonquin Park canoe routes. It is an excellent opportunity for individuals and groups to give something back to Algonquin Park.

The Clean-Up Weekend is open to all, even to those who don't need to rent a canoe! Individuals, families, outers' clubs and Scout troops have all participated in the past. This event is run at Algonquin Outfitters' main canoe outfitting store in Oxtongue Lake. Participants usually arrive and register early on Saturday morning. Staff members explain the guidelines of the event, provide participants with garbage bags and flagging tape and help select canoes and other equipment. Participants are responsible for routing their canoe trip and paying for camping permits. While paddling and portaging through the park, participants are responsible for stopping at campsites and portages to pick up litter and look for natural or human-caused damage to report to Ontario Parks staff.

Clean-Up Weekend participants can take advantage of free canoe rentals for aluminum canoes, a discounted rate for Kevlar canoes and 50% off complete outfitting. Trips can start on Friday or extend to Monday and still qualify. On Sunday afternoon, prizes are presented, with awards for the most litter collected, the most unusual item found and most bug bites. There are also draws for some great door prizes!

You must make a reservation with Algonquin Outfitters to receive the discounted or free rentals. Call 1-800-469-4948 (705-635-2243) for more information or to reserve.

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