On the weekend I took my family to Algonquin Park for the day. This is something we will do 4-5 times a year not including the 2 camping trips we will do over the summer. I posted a picture on social media proclaiming “Algonquin Park, My Favorite Place in the World”
Then, I had someone ask me why. That was a great question. It was not an easy answer. It certainly could not be answered in a quick reply. Heck, I could not answer this all in this blog post. So, I thought I would take pieces of the park that make is so special and write about them over a few blogs.
This all said I have only experienced the surface of what Algonquin Park has to offer. I expect it would take a lifetime to see it all and experience the special things this place has to offer.
Entering the park from Whitney from the east end of HWY 60 the first sight of the park is the East Gate. It is a large magnificent building that you drive under to enter the park. At this location, you will also find a park office that is open year round. You can purchase park permits, maps, shirts and gather info on the park.
At the East Gate, you will find a beautiful Totem Pole erected in 2015 to signify “Peace and Reconciliation” in the park. This artwork was created and carved by a man named Dan Bowers. For more information on the pole “click here”
The kids love the Algonquin Park Logging Museum. One of their favorite stops. This area tells the stories of the logging days and the men who lived and died in this grueling profession. When you enter the building (top right of the photo) you will see some interesting scaled displays, gift shop and two helpful employees that will answer any questions you may have. From there you are invited into a small movie theater for a quick documentary and when the movie is done the back wall opens up and you are invited to walk a well-maintained trail to exhibits. Click here for more information
Lake Openongo Access Point #11 is a fantastic spot. The lake views are stunning. At this access point, you will find canoe rentals, boat launch, an amazing well stocked Outfitters that has Ice Cream for those who are really roughing it and park picnic benches. This is a definite stop. Below, we saw this Beaver on the way into Openongo. No shortage of wildlife views.
Algonquin Park offers 20 Interpretive Walking Trails that will have you learning while hiking. This is one of the girls favorite trails, the “Lookout Trail”. My son’s favorite is “Big Pines”. Once we walk and conquer a trail as a family we stop at the Visitor Center and purchase a trail badge so we can proudly display we hiked the trail.
Tom Thompson, a legionary figure in Algonquin Park painted some of Canada’s most historic paintings at Algonquin Park. Tom passed away on Canoe Lake under suspicious circumstances on July 8, 1917. On Canoe Lake you will find on a point jutting into Canoe Lake, a modest cairn for Tom Thompson next to a gaudy totem pole. We will explore more of this another day and blog.
Of course the Lakes. The awe-inspiring lakes of Algonquin Park. 1500 of them. We have just been on a handful of them, but again you need a lifetime to see them all.
There is so much more to show you and tell you. I will write the blogs as I visit. Stay tuned.
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