Event Details

Algonquin Highlands, Ontario, Canada

Event Overview
Important Update February 2021:

Many of the details included on this page are likely to change due to

our efforts to host the event with Covid 19 protocols in place. We hope

to have things figured out by late March and will send an update to all

registered teams at that time. 

When: August 21-22, 2021 

Where: Dorset, Ontario, Canada

Host Site: Dorset Recreation Centre
(1049 Main St, Dorset, ON P0A 1E0) 
Click Here for a Google Map Link. 


Categories: Teams of 3, or 4, can be Coed, All-Male, All-Female


Disciplines: Trekking, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, each requiring
wilderness navigation


Duration: Teams have up to 30 Hours to complete the course


Distance: +150km
Trekking 35km, Paddling 30km, Mountain Biking 85km*

*Distances are approximate and largely impacted by individual team route selections


Courses: In order to give all teams the best chance of finishing there will locations along the route where teams can choose a shorter course, or may be directed onto a shorter course if they miss a time cut-off. New for 2020, the various courses will labelled as follows with the longest/full course at the top and each shorter course following below:

Expedition Course

Journey Course

Explorers Course

Challenge Course


Unsupported: The event will be completely "unsupported", meaning the

organization will transport your gear between the various transition

areas. If you have friends and family who would like to follow the event,

we'll have maps available detailing "ideal" spectator points along the

route. Or, better yet, have them sign-up as a volunteer for an inside look

at the sport and your progress.

Schedule of Events


Friday August 20, 2021
Race Check-In: 16:00 – 20:00 

Registration procedure:

  • Check-In

  • Gear Check (must show specific gear indicated on the gear list with an asterisk)

  • Navigation Test (teams who have finished comparable events, won't need to complete this check). We'll be testing knowledge of: topographic maps (symbols, contours, scales, distance & time estimates etc.), UTM grid system (identifying locations), and compasses (features & deriving bearings).

  • Emergency Communication Device Training (teams will be shown how the YB Tracker works & what to do in case of emergency)

We'll aim to make registration as smooth as possible and don't expect it will take more than 1 hour. Teams can check-in without all team members present, however they'll need to have missing team-mates signed waivers and gear-check equipment in order to complete the check-in process.


Race Briefing: 20:00 – 20:30 (at least 2 members from each team must be present)

  • Introduction of Race Staff & Sponsors

  • Course Overview (The Event Director will describe the course and provide any pertinent information not contained on the maps or in the instructions)

  • Distribution of pre-marked race maps and instructions

  • Q&A (New for 2020, the Q&A will take place from 21:00 to 22:30 via an online forum (likely a Faceboook Discussion). Post your questions in the forum and organizers will reply).  

Saturday August 21, 2021

Pre-Race Breakfast: 06:00 - 07:00

Gear Drop-Off: 06:00 – 07:00 (Provide Gear Bins/Bags and Bikes to Race Management) 

Board Buses for drive to Start: 06:30 – 07:00 (Buses will depart at 07:00 sharp!)*

*Depending on the course layout buses may or may not be utilized. Teams will find out

if buses will be required at the Race Briefing on Friday evening.

Arrive at Start Location: 07:45

Race Start: 08:00


Sunday August 22, 2021

First Team Expected to Finish: 04:00 - 06:00

Course Closes: 14:00 (All teams must be off the course at this time)

Post Race Meal: available 11:00 – 14:30
Awards Ceremony: 15:00


Accommodation Options

Roofed accommodations near Dorset book quickly in the summer months, so plan

accordingly. Follow this link for a list of options near Dorset. 

Free camping will be permitted at the host site in a field with close access to vehicles,

however vehicles are not permitted to drive on the field so a short walk to your tent site

will be required. There are no electrical hook-ups for larger campers, or RV's. Washroom facilities will be limited to portable toilets. There

will be no showers, however there is a lovely public beach across the highway from the host site. Anyone camping is expected to remove all

trash with them from the camping area. The map at this link shows where to park and camp for the weekend. 


Finding Team-mates

Interested in finding a team, or require a team-mate to round out your roster?
Send an e-mail to (bob"at"wildernesstraverse"dot"ca) with a description of your
AR experience, goals and location. We keep a list of teams and individuals and make matches frequently. We also recommend posting on the Facebook Event discussion


Adventure Racing Ontario Series

For those interested in seeing how their team stacks up against the competition in Ontario, Wilderness Traverse is a member of the Adventure Racing Ontario Series. Teams will earn points for the series by participating at Wilderness Traverse. More details can be found by clicking on the link above.