Algonquin Provincial Park

Grand Trunk Railway System

Grand Trunk Railway, was an early Canadian railway line, incorporated in 1852–53 to build a railway connecting the key cities of the Province of Canada (the area now known as Ontario and Quebec) with the American seacoast city of Portland, Maine.

The highway to Algonquin Park was not constructed until 1936, so until that date, the railway was the only means — aside from the canoe — by which people could reach the park. Both the Grand Trunk Railway and later the Canadian National Railway (CNR) actively promoted travel to wilderness destinations within Canada. In the early twentieth century, the railway’s promotion of travel to wilderness destinations was extended to the building of hotels or lodges. In Algonquin Park, the CNR operated three lodges: the Highland Inn, Camp Minnesing, and Nominigan Lodge.

Below are some images of the rail system that was built.

How many lakes are in Algonquin Provincial Park?

1,500 Lakes

Algonquin Park has over 1,500 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of streams spread out across 2,955 square miles of the Canadian Shield. And we have recorded 54 different species of fish in the park. In addition, Algonquin Park is home to some of the finest Brook Trout and Lake Trout fishing in the world!

What is the largest lake in Algonquin Provincial Park?

Opeongo Lake is a lake in the Saint Lawrence River drainage basin in the geographic townships of Bower, Dickson, Preston and Sproule in the Unorganized South Part of Nipissing District in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. It is the largest lake in Algonquin Provincial Park and the source of the Opeongo River.

It is the largest lake in Algonquin Provincial Park and the source of the Opeongo River. The lake’s name comes from the Algonquian word opeauwingauk meaning “sandy narrows”.

Opeongo Lake

What is the deepest lake in Algonquin Park?

Eustache Lake is the deepest lake in all of Algonquin Park.

Eustache Lake

What is Algonquin Provincial Park known for?

The oldest provincial park in Ontario and the first provincial park in Canada, Algonquin Provincial Park (established 27 May 1893, 7723 km2) is located 250 km north of Toronto. The park is famous for its wildlife, which includes a large population of Moose, White-tailed Deer, Beaver, Black Bear, Wolves and various birds usually top the list.

Black Bear
Partridge with baby
Partridge in a tree
Blue Heron
Bald Eagle


Why do people go to Algonquin Provincial Park?

Algonquin Provincial Park is a favorite amongst Canadians and visitors from abroad for enjoying nature.

The perfect view!

The park is over 7000 kilometers squared of wilderness, and has over 1500 inland lakes. There are 14 designated hiking trails within the park, and over 2000 canoe routes (including portaging).

Gorgeous sunsets!

Amazing Views

What is the best provincial park in Ontario?

Algonquin Provincial Park.

Quetico Provincial Park.

Killarney Provincial Park.

French River Provincial Park.

Bass Lake Provincial Park.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park.

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Are there campgrounds in Algonquin Provincial Park?

Algonquin Provincial Park is the most popular park in Ontario for camping, with plenty of campgrounds to accommodate a large number of campers. Most of these are set along the Highway 60 corridor, about three hours north of Toronto, where many of the hiking trails are located. Also in the vicinity are a restaurant, store, and bike rental shop, which add an element of simplicity to the whole experience.

Listed are the 8 best campgrounds in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Lake of Two Rivers Campground

Pog Lake Campground

Achray Campground

Mew Lake Campground

Kearney Lake Campground

Canisbay Lake Campground

Rock Lake Campground

Tea Lake Campground

Camping Details

Reservations can be booked up to five months in advance through the Ontario Parks online reservation system or by phone. If you are planning on camping in July or August, you will need to make a reservation to be sure to secure a campsite. Campsites can be reserved for a maximum of 23 consecutive nights. Canceling reservations less than four months out will incur a fee.

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