Kawartha Lakes and Trails (Spring)
Distance from Toronto
About this Trip
Less than two hours from Toronto lie a series of charming towns, sprawling farms, meandering rivers and two of Ontario’s largest wilderness regions. On a spring weekend in the Kawarthas we’ll venture into the rugged Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands to watch as the region’s wildlife emerges from winter hiding and migrations, cycle from town to town, and learn to fly fish in picturesque thawing rivers.
+ Watching for spring wildlife
+ Exploring the rugged Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands
+ Learn wilderness travel and living skills including navigation, fire-building and fly fishing
+ Delicious meals from local farmers and dairies
The trip begins in the evening before our first day of adventure, you'll check into your lodge in the late afternoon and meet your guide in town for a snack and to chat about what to expect over the next few days.
Day 1 - After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands, Southern Ontario’s wildest provincial park. Your guide will lead the way as you hike through rugged trails and search for active spring wildlife including moose, beavers and turtles in this largely untouched wilderness. Our exploration of the Wildlands will be tailored to your group! We can do a full day of hiking, extending the mileage and venturing deep into the park, or we can make use of this unique wilderness area to learn skills of wilderness survival and primitive living including shelter-building and fire-building, animal tracking and more! Whether we’re hiking, learning new skills or both, after an adventurous day in the Wildlands we will head into town for some fresh food and hot drinks, before an optional evening of night-sky stargazing.
Day 2 - Today we’ll start off by exploring one of the region’s many unique birding destinations, searching for the migratory species making their way back north for the summer. After some relaxing bird-spotting accompanied by freshly brewed coffee (& hot chocolate!), we’ll head out for the day’s adventure. We can pick up our bikes and ride from town to town passing by lakes and farmland, and stopping for treats along the way. Or we can head down to the river, grab our rod and reel, and try our hand at fly-fishing, hoping for a catch and fried fish lunch on the riverbank. Whatever our adventure, we’ll cap off the day with a meal cooked over a campfire before heading home, rejuvenated from an adventurous weekend escape.
April - May (dates availably by request)
To experience the Kawarthas in the summer, with hot days and cool lakes, check out our summer lodge-based trips.
2 Days & 2 Nights
Eganridge Resort & Spa provides luxurious accommodations in an historic estate overlooking Sturgeon Lake.
What's Included | What to Bring
+ All meals except for dinner upon arrival and departure
+ Private guide for all excursions
+ Equipment rentals
+ Applicable park permits and fees
What to Bring
+ A packing list will be provided upon booking.
Spring is a great season to explore the Kawarthas as there are few tourists and wildlife viewing is abundant. Spring weather conditions can also be unpredictable and bugs can be a challenge depending on location and weather; activities can be modified to adapt to prevailing conditions.
All guides leading the Kawartha Lakes & Trails trip are experienced guides with appropriate first aid training and certifications.