Algonquin Park

Moose are plentiful in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

First established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary and to conserve the headwaters of the rivers that flow out of the park, Algonquin Provincial Park has earned a worldwide reputation amongst those who value its natural and cultural heritage.

Pioneer loggers were the source of the first pressure on the park area, having come up the Ottawa River in search of white pine trees, a source of lumber for the British market.

Tom Thomson and the "Group of Seven" painters discovered the park and through their work popularized the park to tourists who came by train and stayed at early park hotels.

Moose are solitary creatures.  It's best to keep your distance.

Later development of Highway 60 as the "Parkway Corridor" has made the 7,725 square kilometer park accessible to thousands of visitors each year. Millions have canoed and camped in Algonquin Park and made it their means of touching base with nature throughout their lives.

The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. There is also a second Algonquin - along the 56-kilometre stretch of Highway 60. Here you can enjoy camping at one of eight campgrounds, hike one of 14 trails, take part in extensive education programs, and visit Algonquin's superlative Visitor Centre, the Art Gallery, and the Logging Museum.

This oldest provincial park in Ontario is a focal point for environmental research while at the same time serving as a prime source of recreation and inspiration for Canadians and international visitors.


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