Algonquinpark.com is your guide to information about trails, accommodations, restaurants, camping, outfitters & retail stores, tours & guiding and more in and around Algonquin Park. Algonquin Provincial Park is located just 3 hours drive from Toronto or Ottawa in the heart of Ontario's north. Mother nature's giant wonderland, Algonquin was the first national park to be established in Canada and has welcomed visitors from all over the world for more than 120 years. Algonquin Park is more than 7000 square kilometers in size and offers some of the most breath taking, tranquil and exciting experiences that Canada has to offer.
There are many access points into Algonquin Park. The premiere access points are the East and West gates along highway 60 corridor. Here you can take in nature at its best. Frequent wildlife sightings are made accessible to everyone, right from the road. Come see moose, deer, beavers, foxes, bears, turtles and a wide variety of birds and other animals. For a more intimate experience with nature, take in one of the 14 hiking trails along the highway 60 corridor. Try a night at one of the many campgrounds that Algonquin Park has to offer or go interior camping for an experience like no other.
There are also access points to the South (Harcourt) and to the North (Brent Crater) as well as some to the far East (Pembroke area)
Algonquinpark.com has virtual trail walkthroughs of the trails on the highway 60 corridor. Click here to see the trails of the park!
Whether you're looking to relax by a fire with a cold one, learn about nature and the eco system that all life is part of or experience nature at it's best. Algonquin Provincial Park is sure to give you an experience that you will remember for a LIFETIME.
Located at the East Gate Of Algonquin Park is the town Of Whitney. Whitney is the place to start every trip to Algonquin. There are plenty of accommodations for those who like a little more comfort such as the Algonquin Dream Catcher Motel which is a newly built motel right on the edge of the park. Whitney is also home to two gas stations, three restaurants, an outfitters with a chip wagon, grocery store, gift shop, pharmacy, post office and great little beach. Be sure to check out the two museums that the park has to offer or spend the evening on the lake for a scenic sunset canoe trip. Click here to download a PDF printable map of Whitney!
Located about twenty five minutes west of Algonquin Park's West Gate, the village of Dwight is small and quaint. It's main features are a general store and trading post.
The village of Madawaska is located in South Algonquin aproximately fifteen minutes drive from Algonquin Park's East Gate. Located on Bark Lake, it offers a small variety of stores including an outfitters, gas stations, general store with an LCBO inside, a public park on the river and a boat launch. Click here to download a PDF printable map of Madawaska!
The South Gate of Algonquin Park is located at access point #15, Kingscote Lake. There is a lot to explore here including the High Falls hiking trail, the Byers Lake mountain bike trail, Scorch Lake lookout and lots more. South Gate is an awesome destination for a day trip, a weekend or an extended stay.
In order to help you plan your trip to Algonquin, Algonquinpark.com features trail walk throughs of all of Algonquin Park's hiking trails. Take a moment to learn more about each trail and see what you can expect on your trip from our photo gallery More
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Take ON-400 N towards Barrie; follow ON-400 N through Orillia; merge left ON-11 to ON-60 E in Huntsville. Take the ON-60 exit from ON-11 N; merge onto ON-60 E
Take Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-417 W; continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy/Hwy 17; turn left onto Bruce St/County Rd 20 (signs for County road 20/Renfrew); turn right onto ON-60 W; turn left to stay on ON-60 W; (signs for Eganville); stay on Highway 60 all the way to Algonquin
The moose is a proud resident of Algonquin Park. Moose are the largest & heaviest species of deer. They are a browsing herbivore that can consume up to 70 lbs of vegetation a day and especially prefer willows & aspen and in warmer months, they can be seen eating aquatic plants. Female moose (cows) weigh anywhere between 600 t0 900 lbs with males (bulls) weighing between 600 to 900 lbs. Bulls grow antlers from late spring & shed them usually late fall/early winter. Mating season, otherwise known as the moose rut, occurs sometime in late September/early October with cows giving birth in June to 1 or 2 calves. The calf stays with the cow until she gives birth again the following year and then is chased away. Moose of all ages can be seen right off highway 60 as well as in and around all parts of Algonquin Park. The best viewing times are dawn and dusk and in early spring alongside Highway 60 in Algonquin Park. Moose can often be seen licking salt off roads which is leftover from winter road maintenance . Photo provided by Steve Dunsford
Black bears are the second largest mammal found living in Algonquin Park. They are opportunistic omnivores eating mostly plant matter but will also eat insects, larvae, & also on occasion deer dawn and moose calves. Female bears (sows) weigh anywhere from 45 to 70 kgs with males weighing between 75 to 150 kgs. Black bears hibernate during the winter months in caves or hollowed out trees. In late summer or early fall, bears actively feed about 20 hours a day and ingest approximately 20,000 calories. This is needed for them to fatten up to survive hibernation and in the case of females produce and feed cubs. During hibernation, bears do not eat or drink. Mating occurs in June with sows giving birth during hibernation sometime in January to 1 or 2 cubs on average. Cubs stay with their mother for approximately 1 1/2 years. Black bear encounters are rare as bears are very nervous of human interaction. However if you should have an encounter, it’s best to stand your ground and face the bear making yourself appear bigger by waving your arms or jacket and making a lot of noise such as yelling.
Deer- The White-Tailed Deer can often be spotted during a drive in the early morning and early evening here in Algonquin Park. This animal got its name by one of its largest features, it’s tail which goes up showing its white underside as it is running away. Deer are herbivores that typically consume leafy matter, grasses, fruits, fungi & lichen until fall & winter when their diet consists mainly of twigs, bark, buds & acorns. Male White-Tailed deer (buck) typically weigh anywhere from 120 – 350 lbs while the female (doe) can weigh from 75 – 200 lbs. Bucks typically grow antlers in April/May, and they shed anywhere from January to March. Mating season, also known as the rut, occurs anywhere from October to December. During mating season, the bucks use their antlers to fight over territory. The doe carries young over the winter and gives birth anywhere from May to June to 1 or usually twin fawns. The doe will leave her fawn for long periods of time while she is foraging for food. The fawn however is well camouflaged due to their markings (white spots). They also have little scent and lie very still to avoid detection from predators. White-tailed deer are typically quite shy and can spook easily, mainly using their sense of smell to detect danger.
Beavers are large semiaquatic animals seen in Ontario's north. Beavers build dams to raise the water level in ponds and they build lodges to live in. The sound of running water causes beavers to build dams and or repair leaks in dams. April is prime time for viewing beaver as the winter ice is melting & ponds are opening up. Best viewing spots for viewing are along Opeongo road, Beaver Pond Trail, and Mizzy Lake Trail. October is also a great time to view beaver during the day as they are repairing their dams and storing their winter food supplies.