Algonquin Park is the oldest park in Ontario with the area of 2,946 square miles. It's located about 3.5 hours drive north of Toronto. The highway 60 runs through the Algonquin Park from east to west and provides the main access. Most of the campgrounds and facilities are situated along this highway.
The Algonquin is one of the best places to see Fall Colors in Canada. Every year, between the second week of September and second week of October thousands of tourists and photographers from around the world flock to the park to see majestic colors of the Fall season. Walking trails and lookouts can be found in many locations in the park.
The peak viewing time usually falls on the very end of September. This is when the maple trees turn bright red, while birches and other trees start to turn yellow, before the leaves fall off the tree tops. The Ontario Parks website provides the fall color report every year. Well-equipped camp grounds function from April or May to October. There are several ranger cabins, some only accessible by canoe. Mew Lake Campground is open in all four seasons.
Many visitors chose to explore Algonquin wilderness on a canoe or kayak. The vast amount of lakes, streams, rivers and ponds provide a well-developed network of canoe routes. There are several stores along the way and in the park where you can rent a kayak or canoe. Do you like biking? There are two mountain bike trails and a 16 kilometer (10-mile) family biking trail called Old Railway Bike Trail that runs on the route of a former railway. What about fishing? Algonquin is famous for brook and lake trout. There is also a museum and an art centre.
The wildlife is thriving in Algonquin. The park is home to moose, deer, beaver, black bear, wolves and many other animals and birds. If you like wildlife photography, bring your telephoto lens and a lot of patience. Animals are shy here and rarely want to come close to humans. In my several visits to Algonquin I only saw a deer, turtles, beaver and many different birds.
The name Algonquin comes from Algonquins, First Nation people who lived on this territory long before the European settlers arrival. The European loggers came to the area later n search for White Pine, which was then in great demand. The Algonquin Park was established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary and protection for headwaters of several rivers that flow from the park.
The Algonquin Logging Museum tells the story and features several exhibits, including the Alligator. The Alligator is the name of the steam-powered amphibious tug. Scroll down to see more photos.