Sunday, December 11, 2005

Winter fun in the great outdoors

Winter fun in the great outdoors is the theme of the 12th Annual Winter Assembly, hosted by Algonquin Outfitters, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. This free, family-oriented, event takes place at the Oxtongue Lake location, just west of Algonquin Park, on Hwy. 60, about 30 km east of Huntsville. The Winter Assembly is designed to introduce people to self-propelled (or at least non-motorized) winter activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skate skiing, kick-sledding, winter camping, ice-climbing and dog sledding, as well as provide a host of opportunities to have fun in the snow.

This year’s event will pack a host of activities into a single day. You could drive a dog team, learn how to build a snow shelter, try skate skiing, go on a snowshoe hike, learn about winter camping, make a snow sculpture, enter a snowshoe race (and hopefully finish!), play snow games and more! Representatives from a variety of manufacturers will be on hand to talk about the latest in cross-country ski equipment, ski waxing techniques, snowshoes, winter camping gear and demonstrate new winter products. Lunch is always a highlight of any winter activity and barbeque fare, like hamburgers and sausages, will be available.

Equipment for all activities will be provided free of charge for Winter Assembly participants and a heap of door prizes will be given away throughout the event.

For more information, please call Algonquin Outfitters, 1-800-469-4948 (705-635-2243).

Please note that there is a charge for dog sled rides and a family rate is available.

The final schedule for the 12th annual Winter Assembly is not yet cast in stone, but in the meantime, here is a general overview of the day:

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006:

9 am: Algonquin Outfitters opens

10 -12: morning program (x-c ski lesson, ski and snowshoes demos, snowshoe hike, quinzee building, dog sled rides, etc.)

12 - 2: lunch

1 - 5: afternoon program (skate ski lessons, ski and snowshoe demos, winter camping workshop, wax clinic, dog sled rides, etc.)

Sunday, Feb. 19:

10 - noon: 12th annual Ragged Falls Snowshoe Adventure Hike

Advance registration is not required - simply show up! All events take place in the immediate area of our Oxtongue Lake store (except the Ragged Falls hike - car pooling req'd).

Dog sled rides are provided by Winterdance Dog Sled Tours.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Banff Mountain Film Festival at Algonquin Theatre, Jan. 19

UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2006

This event is SOLD OUT for the fourth year in a row! There will be no tickets available at the door. If you were unable to get a ticket this year, we hope to see you next year! Tickets will go on sale on or about Dec. 1, 2006. The festival tours across Canada, the US and the world - check the World Tour page for other locations!

Hot on the heels of the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has hit the road, with stops planned in more than 250 communities and 25 countries across the globe.

This year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking active, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2005/2006 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre, and features award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered in the annual festival in Banff.

After three sold-out years at the Delta Grandview Resort, Algonquin Outfitters made the decision to relocate the film festival to the Algonquin Theatre. Gordon Baker, event coordinator for Algonquin Outfitters, said, “The new venue offers theatre-style reserved seating, on-line ticket purchasing, a huge screen, a fantastic sound system, easier access and more convenient parking. Anyone that has been to the theatre will know that there are no bad seats! All-in-all, the Algonquin Theatre will offer a higher quality viewing experience, which is what it's all about.”

While the event may have left Grandview, Algonquin Outfitters has maintained the partnership with the resort's Nature Trails program, and will continue the fund-raising aspect of the film presentation. Funds generated by ticket sales will be donated to the Muskoka Heritage Foundation to support wildlife research in Algonquin Park.

Join Algonquin Outfitters when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Huntsville, at the Algonquin Theatre on Thursday, January 19 7:30 PM.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets are available at the Algonquin Theatre box office at 37 Main St. E., on-line at or by calling the theatre box office at (705) 789-4975, or 1-888-696-4255, ext. 2352.

For more information on the Banff Mountain Film Festival, visit