Travel Ontario • A is for Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park - Casey Wolfgang

In 1893, Algonquin Park was launched as the first of what’s now 340 protected provincial parks and I’m happy to be giving a special post to this special destination.

Getting There & Where to Stay

Algonquin ParkThe first-ever Ontario Provincial Park, Algonquin is located 300km north of Toronto (or 260km west of Ottawa), accessible via Highway 60. The park alone covers 7.6k square kilometres.

Upon travelling down Highway 60, the park has provided kilometre markers for guidance to various key points in Algonquin including East Gate entry, West Gate entry, various wildlife sighting spots and other amenities.

One of the best things about Algonquin Park is the set of memories one can gift themselves with overnight camping stays. There are two categories of camping available; drive-to and back-country.

Algonquin Park - Killarney LodgeFor those wanting to be able to simply drive to/from their experience, you have the choices of tent, RV, and yurt camping, plus the availability of cabins.

Back-country camping is accessible by portage and paddling, with added availability of cabins as well.

Regardless of which type of overnight stay you choose, reservations are highly recommended.

Note: If you’re wanting to camp in winter, Mew Lake Campground is open year-round.

Not into camping or cabins? Enjoy a stay at one of Algonquin’s lodges!

Arowhon Pines Resort (June-October)Bartlett Lodge (May-Oct)Killarney Lodge (Pictured) (May-Oct)

Get Outside

As one of the province’s most popular provincial parks, there is so much to do in its great outdoors for individuals and groups of all ages.

These include, but aren’t limited to, backpacking, biking, fishing, interpretive walking trails, wildlife watching, whitewater canoeing and more.

There are also a wide range of programs available including experience workshops (historical and natural), interpretive programs, Junior Rangers, Park Helpers and programs for group education (school, youth and adult!).

Bird Photo Credit: Mark Peck

But What About When It’s Not Summer?

That’s okay! In fact, Fall and Winter are equally enthralling times to visit! With these seasons less busy, wildlife spottings come with far less odds of being scared off, plus you have beautiful untouched foliage to spare. There’s even a foliage report online to track the colour changes as they happen!

The cooler seasons also have continuations of the Fall Colours Tour (a guided walk by Friends of Algonquin), art exhibits, logging museum exploration and other special occasions. See the calendar here.

Ready? Let’s Go!

Originally written early 2018 on a former blog.

7 thoughts on “Travel Ontario • A is for Algonquin Park

  1. looking forward to our vacation … the outer Algonquin areas and showing off our Special Commemorative Coleman Globe that we had made for the parks 125th.

  2. Algonquin is one of my favourite places in Canada. I have many amazing childhood memories of canoe tripping here. Now looking forward to taking my own kids (3 years and 6 months) for a visit!

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