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Note: events listed are for all of Algonquin. Due to the large geographic size of Algonquin, please ensure that the event takes place within range of the campground you're camping at.

Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Healthy Parks Healthy People Day in Algonquin July 20, 2018 July 20, 2018 Various locations along Hwy 60

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day at Algonquin Park!  Free Day-Use is offered this day at Algonquin and all Ontario Provincial Parks!  The day will feature a full schedule of special events and activities.  Please check back for updated schedule later in the season.

Loggers Day July 28, 2018 July 28, 2018 Algonquin Logging Museum

Join us for this highly entertaining and educational day when the Algonquin Logging Museum comes to life, brought to you by The Friends of Algonquin Park, the Algonquin Forestry Authority and Ontario Parks. Take in the demonstrations around the Logging Museum trail and try the old-timer loggers’ lunch served in the sawlog cookery from 12:00 to 2:00pm (or while quantities last). Event runs 10:00am-3:00pm.

Wakami Wailers Concert July 29, 2018 July 29, 2018 Algonquin Outdoor Theatre

The award winning Wakami Wailers are scheduled to play an open air concert at Algonquin Park’s Outdoor Theatre. Listen to the music of the Wakami Wailers. The Ontario-based Wakami Wailers will get your toes tapping through lively music sharing Canada’s logging history, park and protected areas, plus much more. Join the Wailers for a fun-filled evening of entertaining stories and songs from their popular releases - The Last of the White Pine Loggers, Waltz With the Woods, and River Through the Pines. This concert is brought to you by The Friends of Algonquin Park as one of summer’s Special Events. Admission to this event is a minimum donation of $2.00 per person. Concert begins at 7:00pm.

Meet the Researcher Day August 2, 2018 August 2, 2018 Algonquin East Beach Pavillion

Algonquin’s Wildlife Research Station invites you to spend time with researchers who use Algonquin Park as their laboratory. Meet those who study reptiles and amphibians, birds, small mammals, fish, wolves, and even humans (through archaeology). A fundraising barbecue (noon to 2:00pm, or while quantities last) is hosted by The Friends of Algonquin Park in support of research in the Park, and free draws take place for great prizes generously donated by local businesses and organizations. Suitable for all ages. Event runs 9:00AM- 3:00PM.

Public Wolf Howls August 2, 2018 August 30, 2018 Outdoor Theatre

Every Thursday in August, conditions permitting, join us for a famous Algonquin Provincial Park Public Wolf Howl. After a slide talk on wolf ecology, participants receive special instructions, and we then travel by car (on rare occasions, walk) to a place where wild wolves may answer the imitations given by the naturalist staff. This event is held only if weather and accessible wolves permit. The final decision to hold a Public Wolf Howl is determined the morning of the event based upon the weather and scouting by the naturalist staff on the previous days.

Check on the day of a projected Wolf Howl for confirmation. If you are in the Park the day of a potential howl, check Park bulletin boards for confirmation. If you are coming to a Public Wolf Howl, ensure you have a Park permit, arrive early, make sure your car is filled with gas, and dress warmly for this special program, which lasts about three hours. No dogs are allowed at the presentation or howl location as they can disturb the experience. If a Wolf Howl is not held, the following Evening Program will be held instead – The Wolves of Algonquin - Join a Park Naturalist to learn about the intimate world of wolves and how humans have helped shape their destiny here in Algonquin and everywhere else. Potential Public Wolf Howls take place only on Thursdays in August, or Thursdays in September before Labour Day, when weather and accessible wolves permit.

OP125 Time Capsule Event August 22, 2018 August 22, 2018 Algonquin Visitor Centre

In celebration of the 125th birthday of Ontario Parks, we will be hosting a time capsule event here in Algonquin Provincial Park, the first park in the provincial park system.  The event begins at 1PM and will include live music, interactive booths, and more.  Check out this park blog for more info: 

David Archibald-The Happiest Camper in Ontario Concert Tour August 22, 2018 August 22, 2018 Algonquin Outdoor Theatre (km35.4 on Highway 60)

 Join us August 22nd at 7PM for a concert by David Archibald.  David has written and performed for Sesame Street and Mr. Dressup and his musicals have been performed across the country.  In honour of Ontario Parks' 125th anniversary, David is performing a 30-park tour performing some of his classics as well as 5 brand new songs! 

Haunted Halloween Weekend October 26, 2018 October 27, 2018 Mew Lake Campground

The fun begins on Friday night with Haunted Tales from the Camboose Shanty! On Saturday afternoon, join us at the Visitor Centre where a Park Naturalist will guide you through a collection of animal skeletons. Mew Lake Campground will feature pumpkin carving, campsite decorating and costume contests with awards given for many different categories!  Everyone is invited to participate in trick-or-treating among the campsites on Saturday night, and later, for a howling good time at the nearby Old Airfield with a wolf howl. Mew Lake Campground (km 30.6).

Winter in the Wild February 16, 2019 February 16, 2019 Various locations along Hwy 60

Winter in Algonquin is unforgettable and Winter in the Wild highlights the best of what the season has to offer the whole family! Join Ontario Parks and The Friends of Algonquin Park to celebrate winter in Algonquin Park through this family event. Indoor and outdoor events will be held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of the park, including many at the Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food). Events include guided bird walks, guest speakers, guided snowshoe excursions, skating, winter camping demos, marshmallow roasting and a special evening program. Chili lunch and BBQ supper will be available for purchase.