We just returned from out last camping trip of the season. *Sniff!*
We headed north to Algonquin Provincial Park and spent 2 nights and 3 days in the woods! Algonquin was established in 1893 which makes it the oldest Provincial Park in Canada. The park is not only full of natural beauty, it is also full of historic significance in logging, rail and tourism.
There are 3 types of visits you can make to Algonquin, day trips, Highway 60 corridor camping and interior camping. We, of course, did highway corridor camping but I in the past have also done some interior camping and lots of camping in the developed campgrounds. This was my first time visiting with my own family which was a really fun experience!
We stayed in Canisbay Lake Campground. There are more RV friendly campgrounds in the park but we were only able to find availability here.
The campsites are relatively large, but very basic. Our site was not level and we only had electrical hookups. You can see the electrical hook up in the picture below, it’s the yellow box on the left. That spindly tree you see up front was lots of fun to maneuver around to get right to the back of the site to reach the box!
There are no water or sewer hookups available and we carried water from home for this trip. There is one dumping station in the park which you need to drive to. It was about 30 minutes away from our campground.
The Algonquin Park Visitors Centre is a must visit and is full of wonderful information and interactive exhibits which are fun and educational for adults as well as children. They have a fantastic observation deck where you can get an amazing view of the park, art displays, park store as well as restaurant.
I quite enjoyed looking at some of the dish displays from early hotels and rail services.
A lovely tribute to Canadian artist Tom Thomson.
We did not visit but another fantastic exhibit to learn about the history of logging in the park is the Algonquin Logging Museum and Trail. This is located at the east end of the park.
We took the kiddos to hike a shorter trail. We picked the Spruce Bog Trail and it was perfect for them with no rugged terrain and under 2km in length. We all had a great time and the kids even saw some wildlife along the way!
Grouse eating along the trail.
This looks like green ground but one step and you may be waist deep in a bog!
We also had a fabulous time just wandering around our campground and trying some fun campfire meals. My parents who joined us, brought along a pie iron (similar) and we tested out fireside apple pie making skills. Next time we are going to try a few ideas a couple of Instagram followers gave me!
We had a great (but cold) weekend up north and it was a great way to finish out our 2017 RV season!
Good to know:
- The sites are uneven and somewhat tricky to get into
- Only electrical services are available
- There were no playgrounds for the littlest campers if that is a must have for your family
- Sites run about $60+ dollars per night
- There are a few places for groceries and restaurants they are not walking distance
- There is only one gas pump in the park. Fuel up before you head in!
- There are lots of well lit and spacious comfort stations with laundry
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