Algonquin Provincial Park is beautiful in every season, but experiencing Algonquin in the winter is truly something special! As winter draws to a close, it’s time to take advantage of the exceptional combination of activities that Algonquin offers, including camping, skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, wildlife viewing, and exploring the park visitor centre.
There are several different ways to stay in Algonquin during the winter, from backcountry camping to accommodations that feel just like home. Try one of the two Winter RVs currently available at the park. Each unit contains a double bunk, and a couch and dinette that convert to small beds. You can store and cook your food with the fridge and freezer, microwave and stove. The RVs also have heat so you can stay warm, and even a television! Both RV units are located on Mew Lake Campground, which also has a heated comfort station available for use as the RV’s do not include running water.
For more information or to reserve an RV, please visit Motor Home Travel Canada Inc. at www.motorhometravel.com
If you prefer a more simple style of roofed accommodation, try a yurt: a spacious tent-like structure with basic furniture and electric heat! Or, for a different kind of adventure, you can try backcountry camping.
Now that you know where to stay, here is what you can do when you get there:
- Algonquin has three excellent networks of cross-country ski trails: Leaf Lake Ski Trail, Fen Lake Ski Trail, and Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail
- Algonquin offers almost unlimited snowshoeing possibilities all over the park. Snowshoeing is not permitted on ski trails.
- Dog-sledding is offered by commercial operators and are available in two locations in the Park (one along Highway 60 and one in the northwest section accessible from the village of South River on Highway 11).
- Keep your eyes out for wildlife in the park! With the snow come many unique opportunities to view wildlife tracks, and if you’re lucky you may see the animals themselves! Winter birds such as the gray jay, boreal chickadee, common raven, and crossbills can often be seen as well.
- The Algonquin Visitor Centre is open on weekends through most of the winter and daily during the March break. The exhibits and book store are a great way to learn about the park.
A winter adventure is waiting for you at Algonquin! Remember to stay safe and pay special attention to weather conditions.
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