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ALGONQUIN

Canoeing Algonquin Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in Ontario and one of the largest parks in Canada. It encompasses 7725 square kilometers, and is located on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River.

Algonquin Park is home to an amazing diversity of life. There are over 260 species of birds, 40 types of mammals and l000 species of plants. Commonly sighted birds and animals include; ravens, gray jay, grouse, moose, porcupine, raccoon, beaver, hare, deer, turtle, mink, otter, chipmunk, and if you are lucky enough to see one, a timber wolf or black bear. Courtesy of Exploring Algonquin Park - Runtz/Michael

Algonquin Park is covered by both deciduous and coniferous forest. Some of the more common deciduous trees found in the park include sugar maple, yellow birch, and beech trees; the northern coniferous forest includes pine, spruce and balsam fir trees.

Hiking, Canoeing and Camping are some of the more popular activities people can enjoy in Algonquin Park. There are overnight and day walking trails, interior and car camping and an art museum and visitors center. There are 3 lodges in Algonquin each with a unique atmosphere and lodging experience. There are also several kids' camps.

Algonquin can be enjoyed by both first time and experienced paddlers. Flat water canoeing as well as white water canoeing is available. Park users can paddle and portage on over 1600 different kilometres within the park. This gives campers the flexibility to stay for a few night's, or a few weeks and still see different areas of the park. The Petawawa River runs from the top North end of the park to the East end of the park and is a seasoned white water paddlers dream in the spring!

Moose Picture A packaged trip can be a great way to see Algonquin. There are quite a few outfitting and guiding companies, which are located just outside, or inside the park gates. A package trip offers a certified guide that knows the canoe routes, and all the best campsites! A guide help you to learn how to skillfully paddle, camp comfortably, prepare creative and delicious meals, learn about the natural world and enjoy living in the outdoors.

Most packages offer a certified guide, camping permits, camping equipment including canoes, tents, sleeping pads, cooking supplies, packs, and food. Some outfitters offer the added bonus of transportation from Toronto.

For more information on Algonquin Park, you can visit the Algonquin Park website, or check out the Friends of Algonquin Park publications.

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