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Enjoy the Outdoors This Summer in Algonquin Park

Algonquin Provincial Park is a popular summer destination for good reason. Camp, hike, canoe and kayak your way around this scenic spot.

A wooden dock on the water with six Muskoka chairs sitting at the end of it, facing the lake and a cloudless sky and the sun shining down on it.

Spending time in the great outdoors is one of the greatest joys of summer, and there’s nowhere better to do that in Ontario than Algonquin Provincial Park, a sprawling park with 7,635 square kilometres of beautiful lakes, forests, cliffs, beaches, wildlife and hiking trails to discover.

Where to stay

A bedroom with pine plank walls and a wooden bed frame painted in light green. There are white lamps on night stands flanking the bed, which has light pink sheets and two decorative throw pillows with pinecones on it.

While Algonquin Park is a popular camping destination, those looking for less rustic accommodations can check into Killarney Lodge. Located in the heart of the park on the Lake of Two Rivers, this all-inclusive resort offers private waterfront log cabins appointed with luxe linens and toiletries, full-service amenities and gourmet fine dining at the on-site Killarney Lodge Dining Room.

Hit the water

Three young people are paddling in yellow kayaks. They are each wearing helmets on gentle rapids with dark green trees behind them.

Navigating the Madawaska River by canoe or kayak is a thrilling introduction to Algonquin’s whitewater rapids. The Madawaska Kanu Centre’s family-friendly guided rafting tours take thrill-seekers of all ages on a winding ride along the tumbling rapids.

If you’d prefer to explore Algonquin’s waterways at a more relaxed pace, Algonquin Adventure Tours has a VIP electric canoe daytrip. There’s minimal paddling required so passengers can relax and take photos during this hands-free, motorized tour, which includes a stop at Tom Thomson’s memorial cairn and totem pole.

Explore the trails

Two people wearing backpacks and hats with their backs to the camera are walking along a trail. There is a stream to the right of them, and they are surrounded by trees and plants.

Algonquin is home to dozens of well-maintained trails that are accessible from the Highway 60 corridor. With stunning scenery and marked routes varying in length and difficulty, you’re sure to find a hike to suit your comfort level.

The popular Track & Tower Trail is a challenging 7.9-kilometre loop with technical terrain and steep climbs that’s ideal for a day hike.

Located on the east side of the park, Barron Canyon Trail hugs the north rim of Barron Canyon and boasts spectacular views of the Barron River, which is situated 100 metres below. The remote location makes this forest trail a true hidden gem.

For a quick hike, try the Hardwood Lookout Trail, which takes less than an hour to complete. The easy-to-navigate forest path leads to an impressive viewpoint overlooking Smoke Lake.

Get expert advice

Looking for more ideas in Ontario? Visit Hidden Gems or speak with a CAA Travel Consultant who can help plan your ideal trip. Visit CAA Travel or call 1-800-992-8143 to start planning.

Image credit: Christopher Dew, Destination Ontario