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Backcountry Permits for Algonquin Park

Issued: April 2, 2015
Spring 2015 Advisory

Ontario Parks, the government organization responsible for the management of Algonquin Provincial Park, is advising…

Ontario Parks Logo”Due to another bitterly cold winter and the slow onset of warmer temperatures, ice out in Algonquin Park is anticipated to be much later than average (average is April 27). Ice thickness recently measured in the South Arm of Lake Opeongo remains at 64 centimetres (25″). Measurements have been kept since 1964 and current ice depths set a new record for this date in time.

It is anticipated that ice will linger on some lakes well into May. At this time, permits will not be issued for overnight backcountry canoe camping until May 8, 2015. Backpacking campsites will remain available on a first-come first-served basis until April 24, 2015 when it is anticipated backpacking trails will close due to flooded sections.

Ontario Parks staff will be contacting everyone with a reservation before May 8, 2015 over the coming week. For backcountry reservations that currently exist, full refunds will apply. No penalty for cancellation or to modify arrival dates. If you booked your reservation online, please contact the reservation call centre to cancel or modify your reservation.

Thin or shifting ice and fast moving rivers make any recreation around water very dangerous this time of year. Please exercise caution and good judgment by staying away from lakes and rivers.

As conditions continue to change, please monitor this webpage for updates or call the Park Information at 705 633-5572 for more information. If lakes become ice free and safe for travel before May 8, 2015, permits may be issued at that time.”

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