Algonquin Park

"The Gem of Ontario”. 

“The Park”. 

The “land of lakes and rivers”.

We couldn’t pick a better place to start off a trip in Canada. It shows off the spectacularness of our great outdoors and many of our favourite pastimes.
 

  • Hike to beautiful viewpoints and gaze at the rocky ridges, rolling hills and lookouts – maybe even for sunset

  • Keep your eyes open for wildlife that call this place home including moose, black bears, white-tailed deer, beavers, loons, and wolves

  • Rent a canoe and explore the beautiful landscapes Canadian style

  • Swim in the pristine lakes - one of over 1.5K in the park

  • Settle down with a bonfire in the evening and enjoy a Canadian favourite dessert - S’mores

  • Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the park at the beautiful visitors center

  • There are over 2 thousand kilometers of canoe routes and 1.5 thousand lakes!

  • It is  25% the size of Belgium. It is also larger than Prince Edward Island (one of Canada’s provinces) that many of you will visit.

  • Visiting Algonquin and the areas around  is a favourite hobby of people from Ontario. The beauty and opportunity for day paddling and canoe tripping are unparalleled.

  • You can also enjoy yourself by swimming in the pristine lakes and relaxing on the sandy beaches.

  • 4K moose!

  • 2K bears!

  • 35 packs of wolves!

  • Chipmunks & Squirrels. Loons (on our "Loonie" coin).

  • ~Infinite beavers.

  • You might be wondering how would someone get between all the lakes with their canoes and gear? Well you gotta carry it all! Portaging!

  • You can try that “Portage” thing  (carrying a canoe) when we are there. Where you might ask? At the appropriately named “Portage Store”.

  • One of our favourite trails includes Track & Tower that allows you to explore abandoned train tracks – and lookout towers. Another is the short Lookout trail which is perfect for sunset.

  • Take in the views which inspired an entire generation of artists - the Group of Seven. They are also sometimes known as the Algonquin School. They were predominantly a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933.

  • They believed that art could be developed through direct contact with nature – which happened for many in Algonquin – the Gem of Ontario.

  • You can see some of their great work at the National Art Gallery of Canada in Ottawa – the next stop of the trip.