Province/Territory: Ontario

Ontario's Largest Parkland

  • 7725 square kms of forest, lakes and river
  • 1893 Algonquin Park was established
  • 2500 lakes within the boundaries of the Park.

Welcome to Ontario's oldest, largest and best-known provincial park. This is the winter destination for skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, the summer destination for campers and hikers and always the best getaway for those who long to trade the noise of the city for the peace of the wilderness. Because Algonquin Park encompasses the headwaters of seven major rivers, it is Mecca for those who love to canoe, kayak, fish and swim while nature enthusiasts come to view the more than 3,300 moose, 2,000 black bears and 200-plus resident wolves, as well as the 1,000 species of plants, 40 other species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians and 260 species of birds.

Outdoor adventure

  • Go backcountry camping and learn how to live with nature - and without your cell phone.
  • Cross country ski or snowshoe through untouched wilderness.
  • Hang on tight as you try your hand at dog sledding across vast frozen lakes and along snowy trails.
  • Rent a mountain bike at a local shop and explore one of the many trails through the park.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Bring your binoculars to help you spot wildlife that most people only see on television. You'll find everything from bears to wolves, deer, coyotes and even the king of the forest - the mighty moose.
  • At the small village of South River at the northern edge of the park taste artisanal beer, then tour the park on foot or by rental bike. Enjoy the comforts of an Algonquin Park lodge at night.
  • Experience the wilderness by as you call the wolves with experienced park guides.
  • Enjoy a walk on a warm summer day, while a Park Naturalist from the Summer Interpretive Program introduces you to Algonquin Park's wildlife and natural setting.

On the water

  • Paddle remote lakes. Hike backcountry trails. Swim in fresh water. Enjoy traditional, campfire fare. Rejuvenate in a rustic, log cabin in Algonquin park.
  • Fish for brook and lake trout - Algonquin Park's specialty.

Weather

  • Warm summer weather extends from late-May until late September.
  • Winter, from December until April, brings cold weather and snow, great for cross-county skiing, skating and snowshoeing.
  • Spring stretches from late March until early June, and brings milder temperatures.
  • Fall, from late-September to November, brings cooler weather, making Algonquin Park blaze with colour as the leaves turn.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 7,725 sq-km
Closest Major Cities: Ottawa and Toronto
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Provincial Motto: “Yours to discover”

When to go
  • Cross country ski season runs from December until early April.
  • Wildlife viewing, hiking and camping are wonderful all year round.
  • Lakes are warmest from late May until late September.
  • The Visitor Centre is open year round.
Getting Here
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