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When most people think of the great Canadian outdoors, images of the Rocky Mountains rising from dense forest and surreally turquoise lakes generally come to their heads but all the spectacle aside, the lakes region of Eastern Canada offers perhaps a more genuine Canadian experience. This is cottage country at its very best and though the natural terrain of the area lacks the grandiose scale of its western cousin’s, it is a gently beautiful one that is bound to beguile anyone that investigates it. Perched on age-old granite near the edge of the Canadian Shield, Algonquin Provincial Park offers a microcosm of this landscape within its 7725 square kilometer borders. Once the realm of a few hardy aboriginal inhabitants, this area only came under man’s closer scrutiny due to the logging of white pines that once grew in generous profusion. The park was created in 1893 to help stem the tide though by no means stop this activity as wildlife protection and restricted logging existed side by side. Located in a transition zone between north and south Ontario, the park is prime habitat to 45 species of mammals, 262 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, 50 species of fish, and approximately 7000 species of insects (and no, they are not all mosquitoes!). With its close proximately to urban centers like Toronto, it is no wonder it is popular and once one visits, it is easy to understand the affection regulars hold for this special corner of their woods. Though an easy park to scratch the surface of via a corridor road that bisects the enormous tract of land, it is the park interior that affords its true appreciation. With over 15,000 kilometers of canoe and portage routes traversing an innumerable number of lakes, streams, rivers and bogs, one can literally get lost for weeks on end without ever crossing the same area. But no matter how you visit, the cry of a loon or wolves at night will quickly have you joining the legion of park fans in realizing, proximity aside, just how far this place is fundamentally from civilization.
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