Just a three hour drive from Toronto and Ottawa, Algonquin Provincial Park is a ‘must see’ for jaw dropping wildlife encounters and spectacular scenery. Algonquin is easily accessible from Muskoka or you can stay in a rustic luxury lodge in the park. The size of Devon, Algonquin is home to a population of over 3,000 moose as well as white-tailed deer, black bear and wolf. The park’s dramatic landscape consists of rocky ridges, spruce bogs, crystal-clear lakes and rivers and Beech, Sugar Maple and Pine trees as far as the eye can see. Summer brings a carpet of wildflowers and when Autumn comes, the forest is ablaze with reds, oranges and yellows. The best way to explore is by canoe or on foot; there are routes and trails for all levels of fitness and experience.
Algonquin Park & Muskoka Lakes Region
Algonquin, the first provincial park in Ontario, offers a variety of natural, cultural, and recreational features. As one of the largest in Canada, Algonquin is diverse and offers something for nearly everyone. 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.
Muskoka, two hours north of Toronto has been named one of the best places to visit in Canada time and time again. The quaint and charming region, affectionately known as Canada’s cottage country, has received some tremendous recognition over the years as one of Canada’s top spots.
During the summertime, the picturesque lakeside location of Muskoka Lakes encourages visitors out onto the water for swimming, boating, fishing, and water skiing. Santa’s Village resides on the shores of the Muskoka River on the 45th Parallel and is the summer home of Jolly ol’ Saint Nick, offering fun for the whole family. For those who love to dive into the past, Muskoka features ten museums showcasing the fascinating heritage of the surrounding area, including The Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre and The Muskoka Heritage Place. Be sure to take the world’s smallest commercial railroad – the Portage Flyer.
Paddling through calm water in a canoe or kayak is one of the most popular outdoor activities to experience. On land, there are dozens of trails for you to explore, with one of the most popular being the Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail. These rocks are some of the oldest in the world (well over a billion years old), and the 2.5km hike leads to one of the most magnificent views in all of Muskoka. Georgian Bay Island National Park is another great place to explore. Nestled in the famous 30,000 islands, Muskoka’s only national park features a dozen different hiking trails, bike rentals, and countless photo opportunities.
134 miles north of Toronto, Huntsville is located in the hilly terrain of the Canadian Shield and is dotted with many lakes. With its natural beauty and abundant natural resources Huntsville is a great place to visit. Huntsville also acts as a western gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park, ideal for hiking, biking, or simply admiring the beautiful scenery. There are three large lakes within the township boundary, Mary Lake, Lake Vernon, and Fairy Lake, as well as countless smaller lakes where you can enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking or simply sit back and take a lake cruise.
Only two and a half hours north of Toronto, Minett is located in the heart of Ontario’s “Cottage Country,” with its endless blue lakes, countless islands and stretches of sandy beaches.