Algonquin Visitor Centre

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ChrisL12
Winnipeg, Canada89 contributions
Rip Off
Oct. 2020
Black flies, deer flys, mosquitoes, and that annoying guy, Jeff, just everywhere. I mean, like, really? What is with Jeff and his blood sucking proboscis minions? Totally ruined the Tom Thompson memorial upside-down canoe exhibit. Oh, and just to confirm, bears DO you-know-what in the woods! It's 2020 bears - get with the program. And I didn;t get blown by big foot - not even once.
Written November 18, 2020
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada693 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Sep. 2020
Any trip to Algonquin Park should include a stop at the Visitor Centre. You can get information about the park, check out the gift shop and library, enjoy the art gallery and have a bite to eat (when the restaurant is open). In addition, there is an Interpretive Centre (i.e. museum) that presents info on the topography, flora, fauna, history and more. Don't forget to go out the back onto the elevated deck to look at the spectacular scenery. Plus, from the front, there is a short walk to a Fire Tower from where you can also enjoy the views. A bulletin board in the lobby tells you about the latest wildlife sightings in the park. All in all, very impressive!

Of course, there are some changes during the time of COVID-19. Many steps have been put in place to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. The number of the persons in the Centre at any point in time is limited, and there is an electronic board out front to tell you the current occupancy. Hand sanitizer is available. The restaurant is closed but the washrooms are open. Arrows indicate the traffic flow to help ensure social distancing. They have been very careful.
Written October 16, 2020
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CHIRAYUUPADHYAY
St. Catharines, Canada64 contributions
Informative, fun, engaging
Sep. 2020 • Family
The large size museum, art gallery, gift/book store, and outdoor viewing platform make a memorable 1-2 hour visit. Attend when it is raining, or scorching heat for restful leisurely browsing. Kids have engaging activities and life size diorama and display. Kudos to the design team. The audiovisual display/diorama are designed to demonstrate monthly changes in Algonquin are spellbinding! It invites you to visit the park in every season.
Written September 11, 2020
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vdputte
Hamilton, Canada174 contributions
Always loved this centre
Jul. 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately due to Covid 19 only the store is open. We always enjoyed the museum and the AV presentations. Not this time. Also the cafeteria is closed.
Written July 26, 2020
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Lets_Cruise_13
Ottawa, Canada1,220 contributions
Driving through Algonquin Provincial Park
Jul. 2020
On Wednesday July 8th, 2020, leaving the Town of Pembroke, my wife and I drove west on Highway 60 which is a provincial scenic highway open all year-round that passes through the villages of Wilno, Barry’s Bay, Madawaska and Whitney before travelling through Algonquin Provincial Park, the oldest provincial park in Ontario.

If you enter the Park and intend on using park facilities along Highway 60 such as trails, beaches, picnic tables, bathrooms or campgrounds, they require that you stop at the east or west gates or the Algonquin Visitor Center to get a Daily Vehicle Permit or an Overnight Camping Permit. The Visitor Center has a small museum, a theater where you can watch a short video about the park. It also has a gift shop, a self-serve cafeteria, and an observation deck with a beautiful view. However, if you are driving straight through the Park, you do not require a permit.

Algonquin Provincial Park is a vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, spruce hogs, and thousands of lakes, ponds, and streams. The only way to explore this rugged beauty is by canoe or on foot. For those who desire a less strenuous holiday, camping, fishing and other activities are available along Highway 60 which travels 60 km through the southern portion of the Park. Kilometer markers at one km interval indicate distances from the West Gate (km 0). By referring to these numbers and an online map you will be able to locate Park facilities quickly. When coming out at the West Gate you will go through the small villages of Oxtongue Lake, Dwight, Hillside, Grassmere and then the Town of Huntsville at the junction of Provincial Highways 11 and 60.

For nature lovers, hikers or just anyone wishing to be in nature, Algonquin Provincial Park provides for opportunities for outdoor recreation and education at its best. We would recommend it to family and friends.
Written July 16, 2020
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Tania M
Toronto, Canada123 contributions
Panorama paradise
Feb. 2020 • Couples
The visitor centre includes a short historic journey into the background stories of Algonquin and its origins. Many interactive displays of wildlife and those of loggers and pioneers. There is a cafe and small restaurant available for visitors. However the breathtaking panoramic view of the park is worth the drive!
Written February 10, 2020
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Jerry
Amsterdam, The Netherlands589 contributions
beautiful park in wintertime
Jan. 2020
Roads were shoveled and sanded. A couple of roads to trails are closed in the winter. There are wintertrails; for example the two rivers trail with view from a cliff. Beautiful nature. Information center is very informative and on the balcony is a webcam you can send to friends and family so they can see you standing there with a nice view in the background. Upon entering the park you can buy a ticket for the park.
Written January 12, 2020
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Ashish D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India575 contributions
Wonderful view of the park!
Oct. 2019
We had an excellent view of the park from the gallery at the back. The fall colors were in plentiful!
Written December 29, 2019
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK1,203 contributions
PANORAMIC VIEWS
Oct. 2019
My wife and I passed through whilst touring East Canada and enjoyed the sights at Algonquin Park. We paid a visit to the Parks visitors centre and appreciated the sights, particularly the panoramic views provided by the lookout. There are some excellent exhibits, a fascinating museum and other pastimes. Well worth a visit.
Written November 6, 2019
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Tania K
Ontario, Canada12 contributions
Must visit
Aug. 2019 • Solo
I have drove past many times over the years, first time I decided to stop in this year. Incredible, view from the back deck is amazing. Museum, gift shop, cafeteria and art on site. Make sure to buy a pass and make use of the amazing trails in the area as well!
Written November 5, 2019
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