Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin’s Provincial Park in Ontario encompasses 7,725 sq km (4,800 sq mi) of forests, lakes and rivers, reminiscent of wildemess from a vanishing past. The park is set in a transition zone amid both deciduous and coniferous forests, with a lush landscape of maples, sprace bogs, beaver ponds, lakes and wildflower-strewn cliffs, each of which provides ample opportunities to see a wide array of plants and wildlife not commonly found together,
Within the park’s boundaries you will find 53 species of mammals, 272 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles and amphibians, 54 species of fish and roughly 7,000 species of insects! More than 1,000 species of plants, as well as more than 1,000 species of fungi are also found here.
Originally inhabited by aboriginals who came here to fish, hunt and pick berries, the rugged Algonquin highlands were not settled by
loggers arrived from the Ottawa Valley in search of white pines whose wood was increasingly in demand by a growing British economy.
Algonquin Provincial Park was established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary to protect the headwaters of the five major rivers that flow from the park. Eventually this area of maj estic beauty was ‘discovered’ by adventurous fishermen, then by Tom Thomson and the famous Canadian landscape painters, the Group of Seven, and a host of other visitors. People travel from around the world to hear the howls of wolves echoing in the beautiful area, as well as to catch sight of the moose that inhabit the park in large numbers.
Mclntosh Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park.
WHAT IS IT
One of Canada’s largest provincial parks.
WHERE IS IT
Immediately east of Muskoka in Ontario.
HOW DO I GET THERE
The main access points are via Highway 60, east of Huntsville. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
It inspired the famous Group of Seven Artists.
WHAT ÎS THERE TO DO
You can canoe in the 1,610 km (1,000 mi) or so of canoe routes, hike among the 6-88 km (4-55 mi) of backpacking trails, ride a mountain bike, cross-country ski, fish or birdwatch.