This is one for everyone’s bucket list. We have visited a few places during our travels, but few of them qualify for must see / experience locations. Lets just start off by saying Algonquin is amazing, far beyond any expectations we had going in. Far beyond what these words and photos can portray.
ohhh and, there is only one way to see the park- from a Canoe.
We didn’t waste any time, and lined up a Canoe for our first day. The rentals are reasonable at under $30 per day for a lightweight Fiberglass Canoe. If you line up your rental at an outfitter outside the park, it is about half price, and they will deliver it for free to the most popular Lake- Canoe Lake.
Canoe’s are serious business around here, a rental shop has about 10 different types of vessels for rent. When you are portaging a canoe, such as I am above, weight is a serious issue.
As we only had one day, we set our sights on paddling across Canoe Lake, portaging to Joe Lake and finding a place to stop for lunch and then reversing the plan back home.
So we made it across Canoe Lake, successfully portaged the short 300 M to Joe Lake, and launched into Joe Lake, and were met with glassy, peaceful, non canoe invested waters.
Algonquin is famous for its backcountry, canoe in Camping. You can travel for weeks by canoe. Algonquin is home to 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of streams and rivers. We were on the water for 6.5 hours and only saw two lakes! With more time, or backcountry camping equipment we could have made it to Tom Thomson Lake. There is always next time, I guess.
Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one – Tom Thomson
We found an unoccupied campsite and stopped for lunch.
We explored Joe Lake after lunch, and then it was time to head back.
We wrapped up our Canoeing day with sore shoulders and cold beers!
The next morning we were greeted by an army of Mosquitos. We could see them lined up at the screens on our windows, waiting for their breakfast. We flanked the first platoon, and were hit hard by the second platoon. After bathing in bug spray, we set off for the day.
We visited the visitor’s center, went for a walk, drove around in search of Moose, and checked out the outdoor Logging Museum. Algonquin has a very rich Logging history, they still allow commercial logging in the park today.
We were unsure what to expect at the Logging Museum, but it is included with your daily $17 entrance fee, so we wanted to have a look.
The next few exhibits were some more modern logging equipment (1950’s)
Really, you must visit Algonquin Provincial Park!