Trail Blazing in Algonquin Park

Hikes for every level, along with some spectacular views

For day hikes, Algonquin Park offers 20 walking trails, each designed to highlight a different aspect of the park. Three backpacking trails are also available for those wanting to explore Algonquin’s backcountry. Here is just a sample of the options. 


Algonquin Logging Museum Trail

This wheelchair-accessible 1.3-kilometre loop trail showcases the logging history of the Algonquin area and includes a recreated camboose camp (the living quarters for loggers) and a steam-powered amphibious tugboat called an “alligator.”
Level of difficulty: Easy

Spruce Bog Boardwalk
Set aside about an hour for this leisurely looped walk right off the Highway 60 corridor. Sections along the boardwalk give you an up-close look at two northern Black Spruce bogs. It’s also a great spot for bird watchers.
Level of difficulty: Easy

Mizzy Lake Trail
You’ll need a full day to experience this 11-kilometre trail that guides you past nine ponds and small lakes within Algonquin’s marshlands and meadows. It also gives you a chance to spot some of the park’s signature wildlife.
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Track and Tower Trail
A little on the longer side, this 7.7-kilometre loop will likely last about three hours but will take you to an amazing lookout over beautiful Cache Lake. And if you’re up for it, another trail branches off following an abandoned railway for 5.5 kilometres to Mew Lake.
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Brent Cater Trail
Located in the northern region of the park, the strenuous 2.5-kilometre trail takes you to the floor of a crater that was formed thousands of years ago. Begin at the wooden observation area that overlooks the canyon before you start your descent. Along the way, six interpretive stops teach some of the geological and historical importance of the crater.
Level of difficulty: Advanced

Lookout Trail
If you’re not afraid of steep slopes, this almost two-kilometre trail will take you through a young Algonquin forest and up to a Cliffside lookout with breathtaking views of the park and three of its lakes. A variety of geological features are also highlighted on this trek.
Level of difficulty: Advanced

 

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