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Algonquin Provincial Park

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If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway from Ottawa, Toronto or Montreal, look no further than Algonquin Provincial Park, just a few hours away from these major Canadian towns. The Algonquin area is ideal for exciting wilderness adventures - canoeing, sea kayaking, trout fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, dogsledding, and snowshoeing. Algonquin Park is located in the Canadian Shield between the Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River, an area that is splendid for canoeing and sea kayaking.

In winter, the snow flies and the stillness shatters with the yelp of huskies dashing through the snow, pulling sledges. Dogsledding requires skill and stamina, and if the excitement gets too much, try snowshoeing instead.

You can drive through the Algonquin forest or follow one of the innumerable walking and hiking trails. Choose between brief, half hour trips, and long backpackers hikes that take a few days, with plenty of camping in the wilderness thrown in. Try the 13 km Hardwood Lookout Trail or the 2 km Whiskey Rapids Trail that follows a river.

Algonquin is a park for all seasons. The colours of fall are truly spectacular - fiery forest reds, oranges and gold; maples, aspen and oak leaves crunching under your feet. This is the time you can hear wolf packs howl, and see big bull moose in full-antlered anticipation of the mating season. And while you are on the look out, you might spot an otter, beaver, osprey, raccoon or mink or look up to see hundreds of birds and waterfowl fluttering over the lakes.

Best time to visit

September and October are unusual but splendid months to visit here. The days are still sunny, the nights cool, and the mosquitoes have gone away, making camping and hiking pleasant. This is also a great time to spot moose and bay at wolves!

Trivia

Head to Algonquin if you want to sight a moose! Some 3,300 of them roaming around in this park. But watch out for the black bears – one bear per 3 sq kilometres.

Timing

Open through the year.


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