Spend the Day in Algonquin!

We are only 55 minutes to the east gate of the park!

The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes – 7,635 square kilometres of forests, bogs, lakes and rivers. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by paddle or on foot.

We Are Only 55 Minutes to the East Gate of the Park

There is also a second Algonquin – along the 56 kilometre stretch of Highway 60. Here you can enjoy camping at one of eight campgrounds, hike one of 14 interpretive trails, take part in the extensive educational Discovery Program, and visit Algonquin’s exceptional Visitor Centre, Logging Museum and Art Centre.

Park Activities


    The seat of your bike is a great way to see Algonquin’s lakes, rivers, and forests.  Enjoy biking experiences ranging from family friendly pedals to challenging mountain biking adventures. 


    More than 260 bird species have been recorded in the Park. Many southern and overseas birders make special trips to Algonquin just to see northern specialties such as the Gray Jay and the Spruce Grouse, not to mention the rich variety of warblers or Algonquin’s most famous bird of all—the Common Loon, found nesting on just about every lake.


    Algonquin Provincial Park offers canoeing enthusiasts a canoe route network of over 2,100 km. A detailed map-brochure, Canoe Routes of Algonquin Park, shows the entire park network of canoe routes, portages, and backcountry campsites. Elsewhere on the map, detailed directions are given for 29 different access points, along with information on planning a canoe trip. A copy of this map can be purchased from the Friends of Algonquin Park.

    There are two outfitters which offer canoe rentals in the park:

    Opeongo Store and Canoe Centre
    Located 6 km north from km 46.3 on Highway 60

    Portage Store and Canoe Centre
    Located at km 14.1 on Highway 60

    Reservations can be made online or by phone. Permits must be picked-up at a designated access point on the day of departure. Please consider your trip details carefully and always plan for the unexpected. Information relating to trip planning can be obtained by calling the Algonquin Provincial Park Information Line at 705-633-5572. When making a reservation, you will select the lake or zone you will camp on for each night of your trip. Within your zone or lake, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Discovery Programs

    Conducted walks are led by park naturalists every day from late June to Labour Day. These consist of an hour and a half leisurely walk, exploring and learning about some part of the park environment. Times and locations are posted at bulletin boards within the parks.

    Algonquin for Kids : Come with your kids (ages 5 to 12) to the Visitor Centre for an hour of discovery with games, stories and animals. Times and topics are posted at bulletin boards within the parks.

    Evening Programs begin at dusk every evening at the Outdoor Theatre (at km 35.4) from late June to Labour Day. Each program lasts about an hour and a half and consists of a film, a slide talk about some aspect of the park, a question period and them another film. When bad weather interferes, the programs are held at the Visitor Centre. Times and topics are posted at bulletin boards within the parks.

    Special Events are listed in This Week in Algonquin Park posted at all bulletin boards in the park. Public Wolf Howls take place on Thursdays in August if a pack has been located in a suitable location and if the weather is favourable. Check the bulletin boards, call the Visitor Centre (613-637-2828) or check The Friends of Algonquin Park website on the Thursday morning to find out if a Wolf Howl is going to be held that day.


    Algonquin has a reputation for some of the best trout fishing in Canada. More than 230 lakes have native Brook Trout and 149 have Lake Trout—a fantastic concentration of trout waters that continue to yield good fishing because of the Park’s tradition of wise conservation.

    Along the highway, many of the lakes are stocked with Splake (a hybrid of Brook and Lake trout) and fishing is outstanding. Spring is the best season for trout and summer brings on more enjoyment with Smallmouth Bass. Spend a July day with the family at a prime bass location, enjoying the scenery and reeling in the night’s dinner.

    Algonquin hosts a Family Fishing Weekend in July at Whitefish Lake, offering a free fish and chips lunch, boats and equipment, prizes, and more. It is fun for the whole family and is scheduled to coincide with Ontario’s licence free fishing weekend.

    Options to target pike are available in lakes accessible through the Shall Lake Access Point.
    It is illegal to possess live bait fish anywhere in Algonquin. Please refer to current Ontario Fisheries Regulations for other restrictions that may apply.


    There are 15 trails to hike along the hwy 60 corridor with varying lengths of 1 km up to 37 kms.


    The clear, clean lakes of Algonquin offer endless opportunities for swimming. All campgrounds and picnic areas have designated beach areas.

    Here you will find a more comprehensive list of ways you can enjoy the park as a day visitor

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