Hike Algonquin Park

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The only way to explore the vast interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. Covering 7,630 square km of maple hills, rocky ridges and lakes, Algonquin Park offers something for everyone. It is equipped with nearly 20 interpretive walking trails for all fitness levels, each specifically designed so that hikers can explore a different aspect of the region. Whether you’re interested in hiking the northern rim of a 100m deep canyon or gazing up at large white pines, Algonquin Park’s diverse ecology can provide you with it.

As you would expect in one of the country’s largest provincial parks, visitors don’t need to go outside the park if they’re interested in more than hiking. Algonquin’s backcountry is made up of countless clear, clean lakes, providing the perfect opportunity for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Amenities: Washrooms; showers; laundry facilities; campsites; boat launch; canoe and bicycle rentals; stores; roofed accommodations.

How to get there: Located in south-central Ontario, Algonquin Park is only a few hours drive from Toronto, Ottawa, and Sudbury. The park’s only major highway is Highway 60, which runs through its southern tip. Off Highway 60, the park’s west gate is located east of Dwight, Ontario, while its East Gate can be found just west of the town of Whitney. There are also a number of access points that run off Highway 17, bordering the north end of the park.

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