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Trip Report: Algonquin Park – Documentary Series

Over the next year, we will be exploring Algonquin Provincial Park while filming a documentary series that takes a look at what the park offers the over 800,000 visitors who flock there each year. We will also be looking at both the native and western history of the park, the parks use as a tool for education and environmental resource, Algonquin as a source of inspiration to artists and poets, and finally, we will learn from the adventurers who test their grit in the still wild and untamed backcountry.

Sustainability Plans

Our first goal is to explore the park as tourists and build a case for why our provincial parks are an invaluable resource that should be cared for and preserved. We will be taking our audience on a journey through the park’s natural wonders, the numerous hiking trails, the biodiversity, the over two-thousand lakes and rivers, and the wildlife that inhabit the area. Our goal by building up this larger than life view of the incredible natural wonder available to us as Canadian’s is to leave audiences without a single doubt about the importance of the park.

Algonquins History

Secondly, we look forward to diving into the rich history within the park. By speaking to members of the indigenous community, we hope to learn about the value Algonquin holds from their perspective. We are most excited to learn the traditions of the area and to get a chance to learn from a community that has a history spanning thousands of years within the region. We are also looking forward to learning about our own western culture within the park, from the hearty loggers of the eighteen-hundreds to the more recent artists and adventurers of the twentieth century.

Educational Potential

Throughout our journey into the park, we will be following the hard-working people in charge of the conservation of nature and wildlife protection inside the park as they go through their working day. By following these experts, we will be able to present an honest and fact-based account of the challenges facing Algonquin Park through climate change. We will also be speaking with teachers who are currently using Algonquin Park as a tool for education, finding new paths to learning through the exploration of our nature and in the field coursework. 

The Natural Beauty & Art

Finally, to look at two groups of the Algonquin community who view the park as a constant source of inspiration, we will be speaking to the adventurers who trek out into the isolated backcountry, who look for a new challenge every day and who use the rugged environment to test their metal. As well as the artists who spend their nights and days looking for new jaw-dropping sights, searching for sources of astonishment and use the park as a haven for creativity. By learning from both of these groups, we hope to gain an honest appreciation for the brutal realities of man vs. nature and a poetic appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Please Support The Trip Report Algonquin


So, this is a call to action to members of the Algonquin community, from car campers to north men, from day-trippers to trailblazers. Please take a second to follow our social media accounts and to take a look at our Indiegogo campaign. If Algonquin Park is as important to you as it is to us, please join us on our journey, reach out to us, share your stories because this is a communal effort, and we can’t do it without you. 

Jacob Ide, Craig Myers, Brad Ball & Mitchell Lawson – Trip Report: Algonquin  

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Trip Report: Algonquin Park is a team made up of four young filmmakers with an itch for telling stories that inspire change. This project in particular hits close to home for our crew since Algonquin is viewed more or less as a second home. This is the exact reason why we came together to make this documentary series. We want to show others how amazing Algonquin truly is and learn how we can guarantee its future while being face to face with imminent global change.


  • Bill Furse says:

    I applaud you taking on this adventure. I think it is a mistake to leave out the positive contribution that cottages have had on the development of Algonquin. My mother and a friend had the first cottage built on Smoke Lake in 1932. There was no road through the Park so they paddled and portaged from Camp Minissing to get there. They were truly adventurers/ explorers of their day. They were women ahead of there time.

    • Jake Ide says:

      Hey Bill!

      Great to hear your thoughts, we actually are speaking about cottages in the fourth episode of the series, which will be focused on Cottaging, Camping, and Summer Camps! We’re currently looking for cottagers looking to be interviewed so feel free to contact us!

      Apologies for the late reply!
      Trip Report Crew

  • touristify says:

    I read your travel blog about Algonquin Park, and I really enjoyed learning about your experiences. The natural beauty and unique landscapes of this park seem truly captivating.

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