But if, like many visitors to the Almaguin Highlands and Muskoka, you don't have your own but you'd like to spend a day canoeing or kayaking the lakes and rivers of the area, you have many options for rentals.
Algonquin Basecamp Outfitters & Supply
Located at the Almaguin Highlands Info Centre, Algonquin Basecamp offers canoe, kayak, and peddleboat rentals by the day or weekend. You can load the canoe on your car (roof pads and straps available) for a short drive to any number of local lakes, or make arrangements with Algonquin Basecamp to pick up your canoe lakeside in Kearney and paddle the extensive lake and river system there. If you're feeling really adventurous, you can drive to one of the Algonquin Park access points for a back country day-trip.
Also in Kearney, just 20 minutes due east of Fern Glen Inn. Canoe and kayak rentals by the day. The store is across the road from the lake, so no need to put the canoe or kayak up on the car--simply portage across the road and start paddling the many kilometres of waterways.
Located off of Hwy 11 just north of Huntsville. This is a small park, but offers many ways to enjoy its lakes, river, waterfall and trails. Canoe, kayak and bike rentals for a short as 2-hours or as long as a day.
Algonquin Outfitters - Huntsville
Located on Main Street in downtown Huntsville, the store backs onto the river for easy, car-free access to extensive paddling. A nice option is to paddle from the store dock up the river to Lake Vernon and back. Canoe and kayak rentals by the day.
Algonquin Outfitters - Oxtongue Lake
Located on Hwy 60 just west of Algonquin Park. A favourite paddle for our guests is the self-guided canoe trip to Ragged Falls. A nice 3-hour round trip, it's the perfect way to sample paddling without making a whole day of it. Paddle directly from the dock to the base of Ragged Falls, pull up on the shore and walk up to the top of the falls to admire the view.
Algonquin Outfitters - Opeongo
Both unguided and guided day trips are also available from Algonquin Outfitters' Opeongo store within Algonquin Park, including a guided paddle to Hailstorm Creek Nature Reserve.
The Portage Store - Algonquin Park
Located on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, the Portage Store offers guided full-day and half-day canoe trips as well as unguided canoe and kayak rentals.