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"Hiking on the old railway road" Top 5 Page for this destination Algonquin Provincial Park Things to Do Tip by sim1

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  Hiking on the old railway
by sim1

The last part of the hike (about one third of the total hike) takes the old railway tracks. The tracks themselves are gone, which makes this an excellent (and easy) hiking trail. It's amazing though to imagine that a train ran through this area, which now seems to be claimed back again by nature. This trail, that now looks so peaceful and quiet, used to be the busiest railroad in all of Canada! Around the time of World War I, a train passed here every twenty minutes. The train track was built in the 1890's and it was used to bring timber from Algonquin Park or grain from western Canada towards Ottawa. This part of the railroad track hasn't been in use anymore since 1944, and now it is just so quiet. All you can here are the lovely sounds of the leaves moving in the wind, the sound of the water of the lake washing ashore, birds singing and insects zooming.

Directions: Booth's Rock Trail is at a sideroad of highway 60, 40.3 km from the west gate of Algonquin Park. Follow the sideroad for 8 kilometers and you will get at the start of the trail.

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  • Updated Nov 28, 2003
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