Canada offers a wide variety of National Parks. In the summer of 2012 I visited Algonquin. Its size (almost 8,000 square kilometres), combined with its proximity to Toronto and Otawa (5 hour drive from both locations) makes Algonquin one of the most popular parks in the entire country.
The essence of Algonquin is in its more than 2,400 lakes, its unique mixture of forest types and the wide variety of environments, that allows it to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal species.
Algonquin is an amazing place for doing canoe trips. Its large variety of camping sites and lakes allow you to have the feeling of being alone in the wild.
Our trip lasted for 3 nights and we had the best guides: our friends Sarah and Gonzalo that live in Toronto and visit the park each time they can. We rented the equipment at the Portage Store in the Canoe Lake.
At a Canoe trip you have the chance of getting close to the wildlife (we saw Deers, Bears, …), swimming in beautiful lakes just for yourself, hiking and walking well marked trails, enjoying the sunset while preparing dinner and singing songs and eating marshmallows around the camp fire 😉
If you prefer it, you can stay at a resort as Algonquin Park is the only park of Ontario to allow industrial logging. You will find very few of them though.
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