Like all Ontario Provincial Parks, Algonquin has its own yearly newspaper / information guide. It's really great to browse through the paper and read everything about the park. Of course it has a lot of practical information but also great stories like how the tradition of the 'wolf howl' in August started, history of the park, etc, etc.
You'll get a free copy of the newspaper when you enter the park. If they forget to give you one (they hardly ever forget) you can pick up free copies in several places in the park, like the campground and the visitor centre.
- National/State Park
to portage or not to portage, that is the question
The Canadians gave it a fancy French sounding name, but portaging a canoe amounts to one thing, carrying that bad boy on your shoulders from lake to lake. I had never done it before and wondered just how I was to get the damn thing on my shoulders while I was wearing a loaded backpack. Well, I got some instruction and then lots of practice on this trip. Actually, it was easier than I thought and thanks to Te (epicult) I rented a Kevlar Ultralight canoe. At a little over 40 lbs, it was well worth the extra loot.
The Canadians love to go camping
Canadians love to go camping and be in the outdoors. One thing you can do on the many lakes that are here is canoe. And when you do, you have to look closely and you might spot one of these frogs :-)
Interpretive Trail Guides
I already mentioned them before, but I would like to mention them again in these local custom tips : The Interpretive Trail Guides. Algonquin has 13 interpretive hiking trails along the highway 60 corridor and for each of them there is a little guidebook. In these guidebooks you can read all about the trail and some great facts, background info and stories about Algonquin Park, wildlife, nature, etc. It's only a small guidebook of about 14 pages, but it is really fun to read. All trails have a specific theme and you can read all about it in these guides. Even if you don't do the hike it can be fun to read them, because there is so much info in them. The guidebooks are published by "The friends of Algonquin Park".You can pick up a guidebook at the start of every hike, and please don't forget to donate the CAD 0,50 for the guidebook when you do that. The Friends of Algonquin do such great work, and the guidebooks are really worth it.
Another option to get these guidebooks is to go to the bookstore at the Visitor centre or order them online. Here is the webaddress :
There are 17 of these trailguides in total.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park