Algonquin Provincial Park is located about 210 K north of Toronto, Ontario. It can be accessed from both Highway 11 and Highway 17. It has 7,630 square kilometres of forests, lakes and rivers. It provides a true wilderness experience.
If you decide to visit in the spring you will be there in time for some of the best trout fishing imaginable. If fishing is not your thing just take an early morning drive to see the most wonderful moose viewing in Ontario and to see the forest at it’s spring best. It may not be as famous as the Autumn colours but in spring you will see pastel green Trembling Aspen leaves, pink Red Maples, white Cherry blossom and silvery Largetooth Aspen.
Summer in Algonquin is the most popular time for visitors. You can enjoy camping and canoeing, fishing and hiking, photography and nature walks, raspberry picking and toasting marshmallows on your camp fire. This is a fabulous time of year for the whole family from tots to Gran. There is something for everyone to do and plenty of activities and facilities to keep everyone happy on their summer vacation.
Although summer may be the best time to visit Algonquin, Fall, comes a very close second. The fall colours alone make a trip worthwhile, especially if you catch the maples at their peak in the last week of September or, in the first few days of October. The spectacle of hundreds of square miles of red and golden orange forest, blue lakes, and evergreen shores is one that no one should miss. As it is cooler you can enjoy camping and hiking with no biting insects!
Canisbay Lake, Mew Lake, Lake of Two Rivers, and Rock Lake campgrounds remain open until Thanksgiving (second Monday in October), as do the three lodges in the Parkway Corridor. After Thanksgiving, Mew Lake Campground (at km 30.6 along the Highway 60 Corridor) continues to remain open year-round offering a limited number of campsites (some with electricity) and a fully-winterized comfort station (flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities).
For anyone wishing to take part there is a group education program offered through the Friends of Algonquin Park. The topics range from plants to wolves and from early logging history to modern Park management.
Algonquin is equally fascinating in Winter. Ski through winter woods, over ridges and down the long hills. You will find tracks of deer, moose, otter, fox, wolves and martens. You are also quite likely to see the animals themselves. There is still plenty of bird life too. For the most hardy among you there are also a limited number of campsites available. The Mew Lake Campground also has seven Yurts available in winter for an unusual winter adventure holiday. There are more than 100 kilometres of cross country ski trails and unlimited snow shoeing possibilities. There is also dogsledding available at two locations in the park.
Whatever time of year you visit Algonquin you are sure to have a wonderful time especially if you follow a few of their simple guidlines:
Wear appropriate clothes and foot wear for the time of year, be prepared for cold weather emergencies, during the winter – time your hikes for daylight hours, avoid ice travel, winter camping requires special care and equipment, make sure someone knows where you are and when you are due back, choose a trail suitable for your abilities. Generally just use your common sense and remember you are in a wilderness area and go prepared.
Algonquin Provincial Park is a marvelous wilderness area. It has provided millions of visitors with wonderful holidays and wonderful memories and we are sure it will be doing so for many years to come.