Another way to explore Algonquin is on foot. Pack your tent, sleeping bag, gear and food into a backpack and take to Algonquin Park's extensive network of. Information Backpacking Trail. U (overnight). $ Fee Collection D Interpretive (day) Trail. O Telephone a Interior (backcountry). Access Point. B Bulletin Board A. Park features on this map are representative only and not accurately Longitude: ; Algonquin Trailhead - Bat Lake Trail Trail Maps (pdf).
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Backpacking trails allow you to explore loop routes ranging from 6 to 88 kilometres in Backpacking Trails of Algonquin Provincial Park (map) · Backcountry. Looking for the old Algonquin Park map in Acrobat PDF format? Along with campsites and portages, hiking trails, canoe routes and points of interest are. Although this map is published by The Friends of. Algonquin Park, all information on canoe routes, portages, campsites, and backpacking trails.
The rest of the trek on that first day was uneventful with an occasional drizzle. We made frequent stops to rest, get some snacks and enjoy the beautiful lakes and tranquil forest.
We hit the split between Maggie West and Maggie East shortly after 6. My original intent was to camp on the western side of the lake. However, when booking a site over the phone, I mixed up my East and West and we ended up on Maggie East.
After a long day of hiking, everyone was happy about my mistake because Maggie West required a detour and would have added a considerable number of kilometres to the route. The first campsite on Maggie East was free and it was easy to see why: there was no good space for even one tent, no good access to the lake, and the thunderbox was in plain view of the main trail, which would mean greeting every passer-by while doing our business.
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A few members of our group were insisting that the site was perfect because the alternative was to keep going.
My husband and I decided to check what lay ahead.
The next two sites looked great but both were already occupied. After about 25 minutes, we arrived at the last two sites on Maggie East.
They were very close together and both were perfect with ample room for tents, easy access to water, and beautiful views all around. Most importantly, both were available. We chose the one on the west side to enjoy the fading light of the afternoon sun.
The rest of the evening was spent on campsite chores: setting up camp, collecting firewood, making dinner, and hanging up food. The night was warm, the sunset was beautiful. As we were going to bed, the moon inched its way into the sky illuminating the forest like a giant flashlight.
Day 2: Maggie Lake to Ramona Lake — In fact, it was so beautiful that we lingered not ready to leave this wonderful place.
By the time we hit the trail, it was almost 1. Choosing a campsite further down the road the night before helped us shave off about a kilometre and a half from the distance we had to cover on Day 2. We arrived at Ramona close to , soaked through but surprisingly upbeat and happy well, most of us. We were looking forward to dry clothes, warmth of the campfire and a hot cup of soup. There were four sites on Ramona Lake, all within a close walking distance, and only one of them was occupied.
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The last site of the four was the best. It had a bit of a slope but enough room for our three tents could potentially fit even more and a great view of the lake. Someone had left a kettle near the campfire, and the rope was already hung up between the trees for our wet clothes. The commissioners remarked in their report: "the experience of older countries had everywhere shown that the wholesale and indiscriminate slaughter of forests brings a host of evils in its train.
Wide tracts are converted from fertile plains into arid desert , springs and streams are dried up, and the rainfall, instead of percolating gently through the forest floor and finding its way by easy stages by brook and river to the lower levels, now descends the valley in hurrying torrents, carrying before it tempestuous floods. Only licenses to cut pine would be issued. The commissioners had recommended that when the hardwood was mature, it too should be cut. Current logging[ edit ] Survey of Park Lands Industrial logging continues in significant portions of the park's interior.
After amendments to the park management plan, As of [update] , the Algonquin Forestry Authority is currently reviewing an application that would allow for expansion of current logging roads and the addition of new ones.
The planning process includes public consultation opportunities at several stages of preparation. Although called a "national park", Algonquin has always been under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. No provincial parks existed until Algonquin, but there was a new movement to create national parks since Banff's establishment in The name was changed to Algonquin Provincial Park in Archibald M.
The tract of land was to be set apart, as a public park, health resort and pleasure ground for the benefit, advantage and enjoyment of all the people of the province. The year following the park's creation saw portions of six new townships added to the existing park's boundaries Paxton, McCroney, Finlayson, Butt, Ballantyne, and Boyd. The first four were put up for auction that same year.
The production of the lumber companies operating in the park at the time increased from , m3 million board feet in to , m3 million board feet in Peter Thomson, the first chief ranger of Algonquin Park, was responsible for establishing park boundaries, constructing buildings, and posting notices to warn hunters and trappers against trespassing. He liaised with timber operators, oversaw the removal of settlers and their homes, and notified local Algonquin natives that they could no longer hunt or trap in the area.
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By wildlife numbers were increasing. Thousands of people had visited the great pleasure resort and it was said to be undeniably one of the most beautiful natural parks in the Dominion , if not on this continent. There was no fee for camping permits, though a nominal charge was introduced for fishing and guides' licenses when "an Act to establish the Algonquin National Park of Ontario" was again passed by the legislature, March 19, This new legislation included the original area as well as portions of ten townships annexed into the park since , and allowed for further expansion by the addition of adjacent townships, should it become necessary.
Another notable figure in park management was Frank MacDougall , the park's chief ranger from to He was the first ranger to supervise the park by airplane, flying a Fairchild KR He eventually became deputy minister for the provincial Ministry of Lands and Forests, and the portion of Highway 60 which passes through Algonquin Park has been named the Frank A. MacDougall Parkway in his honour.
While the park's purpose was to control settlement within its boundaries, the families of railway workers as well as those of the lumbermen took up residence in the park. The village of Mowat on the west side of Canoe Lake was first established in as a logging camp for the Gilmour Lumber Company. From there, logs were driven down the Oxtongue River towards Lake of Bays and eventually on to Trenton.
In the same year the park headquarters was established near the logging camp. The arrival of the railway had provided easy access for the lumbermen as well.
The Gilmour firm decided to put up a sawmill closer to their source of timber. The same year saw the official opening of the railway between Ottawa and Depot Harbour. Park headquarters were also relocated in from Mowat to a point of land on the north shore of Cache Lake, adjacent to the railway.To the west side of Highland Inn, land was cleared and raised wooden platforms erected, on which tents supplied by the hotel , were put up to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing tourist trade.
Highway 60 was completed in , further opening the Park to visitors. The beginning of the end of rail service in the park happened in when a flood damaged an old Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway trestle on Cache Lake.
There, an easy 1. See[ edit ] There are many natural and historic sites in the park. The rain had stopped but throughout the morning the clouds would drift in and out of view eliciting debates about the weather ahead. Maps are available online for free viewing and durable, waterproof print versions can be downloadd at stores like Algonquin Outfitters.
Its original primary purpose was as a timber reserve designed to keep forest-clearing settlers out of valuable timber lands.