Explore Algonquin Park Gate to Gate
Canada’s favourite provincial park is a must-see for visitors to this beautiful land.
Canada’s first provincial park was established in 1893 and spans more than 770,000 hectares of breathtaking wilderness terrain. Days move a little slower here as you pass the time hiking and biking, or paddling more than 2,500 lakes and rivers that are everywhere you turn. (Algonquin is home to the best canoeing in Canada.)
Algonquin Park was also the inspiration for Canada’s most famous painters (The Group of Seven), a hundred years ago, and it remains a prime destination for travellers seeking to connect with and rejuvenate in nature. The camping is second to none, and plenty of accommodations can be found for those who want a less rustic experience.
Explore Algonquin Park From Gate to Gate: Check out this suggested itinerary (with the stops connected on the map at the bottom of this page). This stunning national gem is just three hours from Toronto, Ontario (heading north).
Day 1 – Huntsville (“A” to “B” on Map)
Make your way straight north from Toronto on Highway 400. In just 2.5 hours you will arrive in the charming town of Huntsville, Muskoka, which is nestled between beautiful Lakes Vernon, Mary, Fairy and Peninsula. Take some time to explore Muskoka Heritage Place, including its authentic replication of local pioneer and settlement communities, and the historic Portage Flyer train. Huntsville is also home to many of the 98 murals of The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery – huge replicas of ticonic Canadian masterpieces (take the tour using your smartphone or tablet at www.go7murals.ca). You can also make Huntsville your home base for day trips in and out of the park.
Day 2, 3 and 4 – Algonquin (“B” to “C” on Map)
The next three days you’re one with the water! Choose guided or self-guided packages from a number of world-class canoe outfitters in Ontario’s cottage country. Try overnight camping at a park site (permit required) with everything you’ll need to be comfortable available from outfitters. For overnight accommodations in and around the park, click here (and inquire about their equipment for rent or use on site).
Day 5 – Things to See & Do in Algonquin (“C” on Map)
Now that you’re a pro at camping and canoeing, consider spending a day exploring more of the park. Head to the Algonquin Visitor Centre for displays, souvenirs, workshops and programs; to the Logging Museum to see how Algonquin was and remains connected to one of Canada’s most important industries; to the Algonquin Art Centre for incredible Canadian works of art; and to a lecture or presentation at the outdoor theatre (including Wolf Howl gatherings on Thursday nights in August). You can also rent bikes from Algonquin Outfitters at their Lake of Two Rivers store, and ride one of three incredible off-road trails.
And be sure to stop to view the beautiful Ragged Falls vista at Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park – just outside Algonquin’s west gate.
Where to Stay: For accommodations options in and around Algonquin Park, click here.
Outfitters In & Around Algonquin Park:
For more information on Algonquin Park, click here.
For tour package suggestions, click here.
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