ADD TO LISTFew travelers choose to stop at Algonquin Park when traveling to Canada, and those that do usually only make a brief stop to see the National Park. Other places in the area such as Toronto may be more interesting to explore. If you do travel to Algonquin Park, please take some time to tell us about what you saw in this Algonquin Park travel guide.
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Algonquin Park is for those who love the outdoors and are adventurous! But it's also for those who might just want to get away from the city for a nice relaxing time. Just off the highway there are several resorts that operate during the warmer seasons and offer beautiful lodges along the waterfront with great food. But the bulk of people head to Algonquin Park to visit the interior deep in the woods. You can plot your own course and camp at sites at different lakes. Make sure you pack lightly if you plan to go portaging or else you'll have to carry all that extra weight. And going with a group of friends is definitely even better so you can distribute the load and work. Each of the campsites in the park are well maintained and relatively clean. Park rangers refresh campsites with wood and make sure the facilities are relatively clean. Just remember that when you leave a campsite to burn all your garbage and make sure the fire is out! Long weekends are definitely the most busy, so make sure you book your trip well ahead of time!
Many visitors who don't canoe into the backcountry never see a Moose in Algonquin. If you want to see some, the best time to see Moose in Algonquin Park is spring time (usually May) when the snow has almost all melted and they hang out near Highway 60, drinking the salty runoff water. Just be careful driving along the highway that time of year (or any time of year). We saw 14 Moose in only 3 hours driving along Hwy 60 this past spring.
Make sure to wear lightly coloured clothing, and wear plenty of bug spray if you go in may, reason being the black flies have a very nasty habit of biting otherwise, and some reason there drawn to dark coloured clothing, if camping be sure to sling food up as bears do live within the park, other than that its great fun and so long as you use common sence it canbe one of the most enjoyable holidays to have.
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