Fall in Ontario’s most popular national park
You still have some more days left before you decide a trip to the Algonquin Park in Canada.
Maybe you already have heard that the best season to visit Ontario is October when the leaves turn with the fall season.
The scenery indeed is just a spellbinding. Spectacular fall foliage and colourful nature will greet you while you drive along the way and since the Ontario region is full of lakes, the reflections on the water are even magical. Not only has the fall colour in the Algonquin Provincial Park impressed us, but so has everything around. The silence, the sense of peace and relaxation are also elements that surely have completed our experience.
Algonquin National Park in Canada is in south-eastern Ontario. It covers 7,653 square kilometres and its forests, rivers and numerous lakes are said to be home to moose, bears and common loons (We have seen nothing). The park’s many trails and each has specific characteristics offering the ultimate outdoor experience to the visitors. Its size, combined with its proximity to major urban cities like Toronto and Ottawa, makes Algonquin Provincial Park one of the most popular parks in the province of Ontario and the country itself.
We were driving from Toronto and we arrived to the west gate of the park by our rented car. In fact, if you wish to visit the Algonquin Park you definitely need your own vehicle. Just before the west entrance (and I think also at the east entrance for the ones who start from the other side) there is an information point where you can get informative leaflets and tickets.
Admission to Algonquin Park
A 56 km highway corridor (Highway 60) runs through the park from the west to the east so the entrance to the park is ticket free if you don’t stop your vehicle along the way. Otherwise, you must have a valid Park Permit; we paid for our day Vehicle Permit 17 Canadian Dollars. It included access to trails, museums, lakes, and picnic areas. A park permit is absolutely required and it must be well displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. Considering that it is easy to get a ticket in Canada we highly recommend you buy and display it properly.
They also sell seasonal packages and multiple entry packages.
Things to do at Algonquin Park
The information paper we received at the ticket office was perfectly done and it helped us a lot to best manage our day in the park. It showed the names of all the trails with their km and walking time so that we could plan the better one for us. We had reserved only a day for Algonquin Park so we had to hurry a bit. This is a reason
why we could visit only the Canoe Lake, Lookout Trail, Art Centre, Spruce Bog Trail, Visitor Centre and the Museum. We would have loved to stay 2 more days there.
All of these activities have terribly excited us. Lookout trail is the most popular in Algonquin Park. It is only 2.1 km and in less than 45 minutes it leads you to the view point. The view at the top is probably the best of the short hikes so I especially recommend this one for those short on time. Spruce Bog Trail is probably the easiest one and it is the only one with wheel chair access. It took less than an hour to do the loop and along the way, there are some benches for sitting and relaxing. That is a perfect solution for all ages and mobility levels. Art Centre, Visitor Centre and the Museum are very informative.
As I told you, we were in a hurry so we had to leave but we plan to return back soon to experience the other activities! Unfortunately, we had just a few days available and all our stages were previously planned so we couldn’t change the dates. We really felt like we missed a huge part of the park.
Can’t wait to return to Ontario’s most popular national park and probably on our next trip to Ontario we should stay at least 2 days in the Algonquin Park area. I’m sure we won’t get bored.
Where to sleep in Algonquin Park
For the ones who exit at the east gate I recommend sleeping at Barry’s Bay Golf Resort Motel. It is really worth it to drive out of the Algonquin park and stay here.
We loved that location.