Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park, established in 1893, is the oldest provincial park in Canada. It covers 7653 square kilometers and includes more than 2400 lakes. The headwaters of the Amable du Fond, Barron, Bonnechere, Gul, Madawaska, Magnetawan, Muskoka, Petawawa and York Rivers are all within the park. In all, there are over 1200 km of rivers and streams within the park boundaries. Situated on the transition between boreal coniferous and southern deciduous forest, Algonquin is home to an amazing wealth of plant and animal life.

Algonquin Provincial Park has 11 campsites with over 1400 campsites; 8 of these campgrounds are situated along the Highway 60 corridor through the park. There are also interior campsites along the 2100 km of canoe routes and 140 km of backpacking trails. There is a diverse programme of organized activities in the park, ranging from art courses at the Art Centre to nature talks at the Theatre to the Public Wolf Howls when as many as 2000 people in several hundred cars line up along Highway 60 to hear the wild wolves that live in the park answer the howls of park rangers.


Km 0:
Algonquin Park is noted for its beautiful autumn colours. The contrast of the scarlet sugar maples and golden birches against the dark greens of the evergreen trees is magnificent. This photo was taken in the parking lot at the West Gate.

Km 4.5:
The Oxtongue River from the Whiskey Rapids Trail.
West of Algonquin Provincial Park, there are two other provincial parks on the Oxtongue River: Ragged Falls and Oxtongue Rapids.

Whiskey Rapids on the Oxtongue River. The Oxtongue River flows westwards out of the park near the West Gate.
Km 15.5:
Joe Lake from the abandoned railway up the Arowhon Road.
A monarch butterfly on milkweed near Joe Lake.
Km 15.5:
A Canada jay (also called grey jay or whiskey jack) along the Mizzy Lake Trail. It was very tame and took turns sitting on everyone's finger. Photo by Bill Sherwood.
A bull moose along the Mizzy Lake Trail. It crossed the trail only a couple of metres away but luckily was intent on where it was going and ignored everyone. Photo by Jens Illigen.

Km 14:
Smoke Lake from the Hardwood Lookout Trail.

Km 20:
Found Lake from the Algonquin Art Centre parking lot. The Art Centre shows paintings by Canadian artists, including Group of Seven artists, Tom Thompson and Robert Bateman.
There are also painting courses offered during the summer.

I visited the Art Centre while Bill and our friends hiked the Mizzy Lake Trail. After looking at the art exhibits, I sat outside and painted the pictures below of Found Lake and of birch trees.


Autumn colours at the Algonquin Art Centre.
Km 30.6:
At the Mew Lake Campground we hiked along the old railway bed towards Lake of Two Rivers. We stopped to admire this waterfall on the Madawaska River.
Along the way we saw several mushrooms with bright red caps. I think it is Russula emetica and is poisonous like the ones in Europe. The name emetica means that it causes vomiting. Pretty but do not pick!
Km 31:
Across Highway 60 from the Two Rivers Store is the Two Rivers Trail. It leads to a high cliff looking down on the Madawaska River valley.
Two Rivers Trail.
Km 35:
A full house in the Algonquin Outdoor Theatre for the talk on wolves before the Public Wolf Howl. Photo by Bill Sherwood,
Cars lining up along both sides of Highway 60 for a Public Wolf Howl. Photo by Bill Sherwood.
Km 37:
Pog Lake Campground. Pog Lake is on the Madawaska River between Whitefish Lake and Lake of Two Rivers.
Setting out on a canoe trip from Pog Lake to the west end of Lake of Two Rivers and back. Of course there was a headwind all the way.
Km 40:
Fall colours along the Lookout Trail.
Kearney Lake from Lookout Trail.
Km 40:
Reflections on Rock Creek beside the road into Rock Lake Campground.
Reflections can be deceiving. This made me think of First Nation stories about Nanabush, the Trickster.
Looking down on Rock Lake from the lookout on the Booth Rock Trail which is south of the Rock Lake campgrounds.
A loon stretching its wings after catching and eating a very big fish.
This year (2015) we had several visits to our campsite by a great blue heron.
I thought I had missed him in the photo above but he came back and posed only a couple of metres from me to have his picture taken just a few minutes later.
First Nation pictographs (marked with black circles) on a cliff on the west shore of Rock Lake. Photo by Bill Sherwood.
A close-up of the pictograph at the lower left in the above photo. It looks like a deer or moose with its legs splayed out to the sides. Photo by Bill Sherwood.
First Nation pictograph on a cliff on the West Shore of Rock Lake. One interpretation is that it represents bear claws. Photo by Bill Sherwood.
Scorpius, Sagitarius and the Milky Way over Rock Lake where we had a beautiful clear, dark night sky. Photo by Bill Sherwood.
A misty morning on Rock Lake.
Sunset over Rock Lake.

Rock Lake sunset, July 2015
Another glorious sunset over Rock Lake during our July 2015 stay.
Km 43:
Spruce Bog Trail, across Highway 60 from the Algonquin Visitor Centre.
Yellow waterlilly from Spruce Bog Trail.
Part of the boardwalk on the Spruce Bog Trail.
A pitcher plant along the Spruce Bog Trail. This photo was taken on August 30, 2012. I have seen pitcher plants in the spring with dark red flowers and reddish-orange pitchers but never before a green one and so late in the year.
Km 43:
The view from the balcony of the Algonquin Visitor Centre.
Km 45:
A beaver dam on the Beaver Pond Trail.
The pond behind the beaver dam on the Beaver Pond Trail.
A beaver lodge from the Beaver Pond Trail.

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