For the ultimate Ontario getaway, make your way to Algonquin Provincial Park. Reserve your choice of Algonquin Park cottages, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this expansive park.
Algonquin Park has a humid continental climate, with pleasantly warm summers and snowy winters. At the peak of summer in July and August, temperatures regularly top out in the upper 70s. In the winter, temperatures hover around 0 degrees, and the park receives about 20 inches of snow per month.
If you're flying in from afar, plan to land at Toronto Pearson International Airport or Ottawa International Airport, both about three hours from most points of interest in Algonquin Provincial Park. Since the park covers about 3,000 square miles, you'll want to have a car, truck, or SUV to access most of the highlights. Once you've settled in, you'll find that you can hike, canoe, or snowshoe right out the front door of many Algonquin Park cottages.
Start your trip to the park with a stop at the Algonquin Visitor Center. Located along Highway 60, the center offers educational exhibits on the park's history, a theatrical presentation, and a viewing deck. This is also the ideal place to purchase park permits, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy an outdoor picnic. During the warm months, cycle along Byers Lake Mountain Bike Trail or the Old Railway Bike Trail. If you're feeling adventurous, plan a canoeing day trip into the park's backcountry. Spring is the best time for trout fishing in both the lakes along Highway 60 and the more remote backcountry lakes. In the winter, get out your cross-country skis and make your way to the Fen Lake Ski Trail, the Leaf Lake Ski Trail, or the Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail. Dog sledding is also popular throughout the winter months, especially on the Sunday Lake Dog Sled Trail.
From May through September, Algonquin Provincial Park hosts a number of special events focused on science, culture, and outdoor adventures. Kick off the summer season with the Wildlife Research Weekend in late May, when the whole family can join researchers in the wild as they learn about local plants and wildlife. In early June, attend the Demystifying Algonquin Park Bird Song Workshop to learn more about the wide variety of bird songs and calls you'll hear in the park. In July, Rock Bass Family Fishing Day offers a family-friendly day of learning to catch, clean, and cook at Whitefish Lake. In late July, Loggers Day will entertain everyone with logging demonstrations, an old-fashioned lunch, and live music performances. Though most Algonquin Provincial Park events are scheduled during the warm summer months, you won't want to miss the park's major Family Day Weekend event, the Winter in the Wild Festival. Held in February, this festival celebrates the best of this chilly season, from snowshoeing to ice skating to igloo building to wildlife spotting.
Whether you plan to visit in summer or winter, there's always plenty to do in Algonquin Provincial Park. Choose Algonquin Park cottages near Lake Traverse, Cedar Lake, or Kiosk, and enjoy the park's natural wonderland.