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Different ways to see the park

My tips for Algonquin focus on interior canoeing, portaging and camping. While quite strenuous physically, the rewards of your efforts are many. The tips comntained in these pages only scratch the surface of the knowledge I can share with you about this area. If you are planning a trip here from abroad (like many do every year) email me.Many have and... if the timing is right, I might even join you! I'm always looking for a good excuse to partake in the joys of a good trip. ;-o

Algonquin park is about three hours north of Toronto but feels a thousand miles away. There are many different ways to enjoy the park and take advantage of the almost 2000 lakes it has to offer. Below are a few of your choices:

Drive through (bound to see at least one moose);

Rent a provincially owned cabin for a few days for about 60.00 (40 USD) a night from the government;

Car Camp on one of many campgrounds OR;

My favorite - Throw your dog and pack into a canoe and disappear into the interior of the park for 4-5 days; choosing from almost 2000 designated camp sites. A trip deep into the interior requires portaging all of your supplies and canoe from lake-to-lake over varing types of terain. These portages range from a few hundred metres to 3+ Km's. Therefore, these trips are not for the physically or mentally 'unfit'. It's important to note that the further into the interior you go, the more wildlife and less people you will see so, it's worth busting your b*lls for. Trust me!

These trips can be tough but the feeling you get when you re-enter the modern world is hard to explain. Just wish I could feel like that everyday!


All visitors must pay a small fee to use the park if even for a half day. I believe it 's 9.00 a day. I can't give you pricing for any activities except for interior trekking as this is the only activity I choose to partake in. Any overnight stays in the park require reservations so book in advance. Don't take your chances. Again, my page covers mostly interior camping. VT member "sim1" has some very good information on lodgings and pricing.

Here is a good chart printed by Parks and Recreation that lists sites, fees and actvities:
Pricing Information (PDF)

As of Summer 2003, backcountry trips are priced as follows:
» 9.00 non-refundable reservation fee
» 6.00 for any changes to that reservation
» 9.00 per day
» All gear is extra

More general information regarding the park

Planning an interior canoe trip

You'll need to plan a route using this very detailed map of Algonquin Park (6 MB PDF File). I'll be posting a comprehensive packing list when I get some more time. If you have your own gear and rent a canoe you're looking at about $150 (100 USD) per person for a 4 day interior trip.

If you do not own your gear and need to rent it, you can do so at one of the park's outfitting companies. They rent or sell everything you can imagine that relates to camping in the park. Up-to-date pricing for renting canoes and other gear essentials are listed on The Portage Store site

Visit my transportation tip for outfitting yourself with the right canoe.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Too many to list
  • Cons:Many during the trip, none when completed!
  • In a nutshell:Backcountry wilderness at its best!
  • Last visit to Algonquin Provincial Park: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 18, 2005
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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    very nice tips. we canoe a lot, most recently in Boone, NC (august 2009). for Algonquin, we would like to start at the edge and remain at the edges in 2010.

  • Tourtech's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2007 at 7:46 PM

    Hey there! thanks for the b-day wishes! BTW, when you gonna head out east? Nice place out here. You should look at Kejimkujik National Park. .. Lovely place to canoe! Safe travels and congrats on graduating!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2006 at 12:25 PM

    Excellent tips on some of the do's and don'ts of back-country canoeing!! Your page brought back great memories of past trips in New Brunswick in my 15-ft wood/canvas Chestnut canoe. Ah, those were the days (but not much portaging!!).

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2006 at 6:55 AM

    Great tips, I hope to visit Algonquin this summer. Thanks for the rundown on the different types of canoes to rent.

  • nebulaflash's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2005 at 11:24 PM

    Brings back breathless memories. Thank you.

  • shashasharon's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2005 at 12:30 PM

    you realize it was a joke. I am coming to Toronto about as fast as you are coming to Montreal. r u still pissed about the bagels, I promise I'll bring you to chex parée. Scouts honour!

  • mim95's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2004 at 5:33 PM

    Great tips on canoe camping...never done it before...should give it a try some day.

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2004 at 2:28 PM

    wonderfully informative page with great photos

  • worldtrekker's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2004 at 11:22 AM

    Great wilderness adventure page! It's always nice finding environmentally conscious people on VT! Haven't experienced much of eastern Canada - will need to check this park out one day...

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2004 at 4:29 PM

    Cool! Moose!!


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