Algonquin Provincial Park
A Canoe Tripper’s Paradise
A canoe tripper could spend a lifetime exploring Algonquin Park. Covering 7,653 square kilometers (2,955 square miles) of rugged Canadian Shield country, the park boasts over 2000 km (1242 miles) of canoe routes. Paddlers can follow lakes, streams and portage trails through the vast forested interior. Most of Algonquin Park is only accessible by canoe, and solitude is not far away from the put-in. Motor boats are restricted to a few lakes, fly-in access is prohibited and road access to the park is limited to the Hwy 60 “corridor” and peripheral access points. Campsites and portages are marked and well maintained and good maps are readily available, so navigation is relatively easy.
The park is home to an abundant wildlife population. Many Algonquin visitors see moose, and, if lucky, a fleeting glimpse of a wolf or black bear. During late August and early fall, people who try howling for wolves are often rewarded with a mournful response from a nearby pack. Smaller mammals like otters, fox, chipmunks, squirrels and raccoons are often seen. Over 250 bird species have been recorded in Algonquin Park. Everyone’s favorite wilderness bird, the common loon, is found nesting on most lakes.
If you don’t feel quite ready for venturing into the park interior, 12 drive-in campgrounds offer visitors a slightly different camping experience. Most of the campgrounds are along the Hwy 60 corridor, with easy access to park facilities, day canoe trips, hiking trails and other activities.
You don’t have to be a canoeist, or even a camper, to enjoy Algonquin Park. Many visitors stay at lodges and resorts both in and outside the park and enjoy day excursions. Canoe and kayak day rentals are available at all four Algonquin Outfitters bases for shorter outings. The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail is a great ride for fat tire fans, and the Old Railway Bike Trail offers a more sedate riding experience. Bike rentals are available right at the trailhead from the Lake of Two Rivers Store. For those who prefer to hike, three backpacking trail systems and numerous day hiking trails allow travel on foot. In the winter, lakes and streams will be frozen but the park is open to travel by ski and snowshoe.
Ontario’s oldest provincial park is easily accessible from major centres in eastern Canada and the U.S. There are picnic areas, beautiful sand beaches, day hikes and some amazing scenery to be seen. With our wide range of locations, products and services, Algonquin Outfitters can help your visit be a better one, no matter how you choose to experience Algonquin Park.