Algonquin

Algonquin - Whitefish Lake

Biking

The Old Railway Bike Trail runs from Mew Lake Campground to Rock Lake Campground but can also be accessed from the Whitefish Lake Campground. This 10 kilometre leisurely trail runs along the abandoned rail bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway built across the park in 1895. The trail has several interpretive panels along the route which explain Algonquin’s history.

Birding

More than 260 bird species have been recorded in the Park. Many southern and overseas birders make special trips to Algonquin just to see northern specialties such as the Gray Jay and the Spruce Grouse, not to mention the rich variety of warblers or Algonquin’s most famous bird of all—the Common Loon, found nesting on just about every lake.

Boating

Power boats with a maximum of 20 horsepower are permitted on Whitefish Lake.

Fishing

Algonquin has a reputation for some of the best trout fishing in Canada. More than 230 lakes have native Brook Trout and 149 have Lake Trout—a fantastic concentration of trout waters that continue to yield good fishing because of the Park’s tradition of wise conservation.

Along the highway, many of the lakes are stocked with Splake (a hybrid of Brook and Lake trout) and fishing is outstanding. Spring is the best season for trout and summer brings on more enjoyment with Smallmouth Bass. Spend a July day with the family at a prime bass location, enjoying the scenery and reeling in the night’s dinner. Whitefish offers excellent Bass Fishing.

Hiking

Algonquin offers many opportunities for hiking. The following trails are located near the Whitefish Lake Campground.

Lookout Trail located at km 39.7 - 1.9 km (1 hour) moderate
This trail is relatively steep and rugged but affords the hiker with a magnificent view of several hundred square kilometres of Algonquin.

Booth’s Rock Trail located at km 40.5 - 5.1 km (2 hours) moderate
This trail visits two lakes and a spectacular lookout, returning via an abandoned railway.

Spruce Bog Boardwalk located at km 42.5 - 1.5 km (1hour) easy
Several boardwalk sections in the looped trail give you an excellent close-up look of two typical northern Black Spruce bogs. The trail is located right off of the Highway 60 corridor, making it very accessible for bird watching.


Beaver Pond Trail located at km 45.2 - 2 km (1 hour) moderate
This trail provides excellent views of two beaver ponds.

Hunting

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or a Ministry of Natural Resources office.

Natural Heritage Education

Conducted walks are led by park naturalists every day from late June to Labour Day. These consist of an hour and a half leisurely walk, exploring and learning about some part of the park environment. Times and locations are posted at bulletin boards within the parks.



Algonquin for Kids : Come with your kids (ages 5 to 12) to the Visitor Centre for an hour of discovery with games, stories and animals. Times and topics are posted at bulletin boards within the parks.



Evening Programs begin at dusk every evening at the Outdoor Theatre (at km 35.4) from late June to Labour Day. Each program lasts about an hour and a half and consists of a film, a slide talk about some aspect of the park, a question period and them another film. When bad weather interferes, the programs are held at the Visitor Centre. Times and topics are posted at bulletin boards within the parks.



Special Events are listed in This Week in Algonquin Park posted at all bulletin boards in the park. Public Wolf Howls take place on Thursdays in August if a pack has been located in a suitable location and if the weather is favourable. Check the bulletin boards, call the Visitor Centre (613-637-2828) or check The Friends of Algonquin Park website on the Thursday morning to find out if a Wolf Howl is going to be held that day.

Swimming

A beach is available on Whitefish Lake for campground visitors.