Fun facts about Algonquin Park

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Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park is a provincial park located in the Canadian province of Ontario and was established on October 17, 1893. It is also the largest provincial park in Canada by area at 7,653 square kilometres (2,955 sq mi). Algonquin Park is part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Algonquin Park and its adjacent lands have been used for a variety of purposes since the earliest habitation by First Nations. The park preserves an incredible history in the use and management of this land.

Today, Algonquin Provincial Park provides a special place for outdoor recreation, environmental education and a unique landscape for wildlife observation, with over 12 million visitors per year. The exact address is as follows: Address: Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0.

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  • 1) Algonquin Provincial Park was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992.
  • 2) Prior to 1996, the park was smaller than its current size. The park was expanded to its current size in 1996 as a part of the Algonquin Park Master Plan.
  • 3) Algonquin Park is located in the eastern portion of the Ottawa Valley, immediately east of the Ottawa River and immediately west of Lake Ontario.
  • 4) The park encompasses a variety of climate types including deciduous forest, aspen parkland, spruce-fir forests and coniferous forests. The deciduous forests which make up much of Algonquin preserve a wide range of species including oak, maple, beech, white pine and various understory species such as dogwood.
  • 5) Algonquin is Canada's most accessible park – located close to major urban centres (Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto) and highly serviced by Ontario tourism.
  • 7) The park is administered by Ontario Parks. It has a physical presence in the park at the administrative offices located in North Bay.
  • 8) Land Ownership is divided as follows: Ontario (97%) and Parks Canada (3%).
  • 9) The park is primarily funded through user fees collected at entry points, along with revenues generated from on-site services such as parking, camping registration, grocery store sales, etc. There are no personal income taxes dedicated to the park. The park is managed for multiple uses.
  • 10) Algonquin Provincial Park is heavily forested and the boundary of the park is not clearly defined. In addition, the park borders several thousand homes in Algonquin Park's local municipalities (the six townships that comprise Algonquin Park).
  • 11) Landscapes: The Precambrian Shield underlies much of northern Ontario. Generally, the original rock surface was deeply weathered, with a thin layer of soil and scant plant cover. However, there are uplands and outcrops of younger sedimentary rocks carved by erosion during major geologic events.
  • 12) The park is a rugged wilderness of lakes, rivers and forests broken by cliffs, hills, valleys and rocky outcroppings.
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  • 13) There are over 860 known species of plants in the park. The best-known type is the Eastern White Pine that covers an estimated 30% of the park's area. Other conifers include Jack Pine, Balsam Fir and Eastern Hemlock.
  • 14) Animal species in the park include elk, black bears, moose, timber wolves, beavers, porcupines, snowshoe hares, red foxes and otters. The park is also home to 91 species of birds including neotropical migratory songbirds (scarlet tanagers), hawks, owls and Eagles.
  • 15) The beaver is a keystone species in Algonquin's ecosystem and plays an important role in maintaining healthy wetlands.
  • 16) Opeongo Road is one way in and out of the park and is the site of many fatal accidents involving tourists unfamiliar with snowy roads. In one incident in 1994, three young women from Pennsylvania were killed when their car left the road and plunged 80 feet into a ravine near Mallard Lake. The park's visitor centre has since put up a memorial to remind people of driving safely, particularly in winter conditions.
  • 17) Speaking of accidents... in 2009, Algonquin Park was the site of a tragic accident when a group of 5 Ontario Provincial Police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed while searching for two missing fishermen.
  • 18) Other accidents involve deaths in some of the rivers within the park as a result of capsized canoes despite wearing life jackets. Most people who know how to swim survive... so recommend learning how to swim! Over 70% of our planet is water, so it is an important survival skill.
  • 19) Algonquin Park is famous for its spectacular landscapes and forested trails. A visitor centre, museum, and gift shop offer educational tours, and a host of hiking routes are available for those looking to explore the park's natural environment. The park also offers camping facilities in a number of designated campgrounds. All visitors must purchase a permit to camp within the park boundaries.
  • 20) The park is also a popular snowmobile trail for trail cruising. The park provides snowmobile use on certain overnight trails but does not provide groomed routes.
  • 21) Some excellent 4 stars and 3 stars hotels we recommend are Arowhon Pines, Killarney Lodge, Bartlett Lodge. No Wi-Fi nor phone signal though, so keep this in mind. Escape technology and take a break from all that stuff and just enjoy nature.
  • 22) The park is a famous destination for many artists, including the famous Canadian group known as The Group of Seven. The group used the park as a source of inspiration and created some amazing works of art.
  • 23) The best time to visit is September to Fall, during fall. During this time it is not too hot or cold and it is not as crowded with people.
  • 24) Some popular destinations are... the Algonquin Logging Museum, Barron Canyon, Bat Lake, Beaver Pond, Berm Lake Big Pines, Booth's Rock, Brent Crater and Tower.
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  • 25) Firearms, and fireworks are not allowed. The use of alcohol is only allowed in the park with a campfire permit in designated locations.
  • 26) The park can be accessed by car, and by bus.