Fall Colours along the Bonnechere River at Bonnechere PP

Toronto – Algonquin – Ottawa Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

This classic route features the iconic Algonquin Provincial Park, along with Ontario’s abundance of natural waterways and stunning vistas.

Visit majestic waterfalls, scenic whitewater rapids on heritage rivers, and Lake Ontario’s graceful shoreline. Most parks along this route offer rentals to explore by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

Toronto-Algonquin-Ottawa Map

Parks you’ll want to explore en route:


Arrowhead Provincial Park

fall water fall at Arrowhead

Nestled in the heart of Muskoka, this gem is known for scenic fall photo spots. Don’t miss the big bend lookout. Walk down to a pretty waterfall or rent a mountain bike and try one of Arrowhead’s designated trails.

Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park

chutes at Oxtongue River Ragged Falls

The perfect spot for a picnic! A short hiking trail leads to the waterfall.

Algonquin Provincial Park

fall lake at Algonquin

The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. Hike, bike or paddle through its distinctive wilderness. For visitors, the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Provincial Park offers a Visitor Centre, Logging Museum, Art Centre, developed campgrounds, paddling access points, interpretive walking trails, park lodges and outfitters, and childrens camps.

Come fall, Algonquin’s East Gate gets extremely busy. Find solitude at the northern or western edges of the park, or stop in on a weekday.

Bonnechere Provincial Park

RV at Bonnechere

Explore the quiet Bonnechere River, a great spot for introducing friends and family to paddling. The park rents kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, which visitors can pick-up at the boat launch.

Fitzroy Provincial Park

Carp Trail, Fitzro

Fitzroy offers excellent family camping, hiking, and swimming along the Carp River and Ottawa River. The park is a great base for exploring the Ottawa Valley, and the nation’s capital.

Rideau River Provincial Park

RideauRiver paddlers

Rideau River is an excellent basecamp for campers and RVers to explore the City of Ottawa (only 40 minutes away!). Explore the waters of the Rideau by canoe or motorboat; perhaps fish for muskie or bass.

Charleston Lake Provincial Park

family group gathered around campfire toasting marshmallows.

Charleston Lake is an ideal family camping destination, offering excellent swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, and hiking. The 2.6 km Sandstone Island Trail features incredible geology, overhanging cliffs, and a rock shelter that was used around 1,200 years ago by the Indigenous peoples of the area.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

beach at Sandbanks

Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, giant sand dunes and golden beaches form two of the largest freshwater baymouth sandbars in the world. Outlet Beach is perfect for families, with shallow waters and a gentle drop-off.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

lighthouse on beach

A spring/fall migration hotspot on the shores of Lake Ontario, 336 bird species have been recorded in the park. Access the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Ontario by walking along the 1 km Marsh Boardwalk Trail. The park is also home to the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the province.

Darlington Provincial Park

family walking sandy beach

End your trip at Darlington, located just outside Oshawa and close to drop-off points for rental RVs. Campers love the sandy beach, gentle trails, and sheltered waters of McLaughlin Bay.

Toronto-North Algonquin-North Ottawa

Enhance the Toronto-Algonquin-Ottawa route by travelling around the borders of Algonquin Provincial Park along the picturesque Ottawa River.

From towering bluffs to dramatic landscapes, Ontario’s pristine natural environments can be explored by canoe, kayak, or by foot.

Mikisew Provincial Park

Beach on Eagle Lake, Mikisew Provincial Park,

There are three sandy beaches for swimming located along Eagle Lake in Mikisew Provincial Park. The lake is also great for boating, paddling, and fishing.

Restoule Provincial Park

boat docks in fall. fall colour reflection in water

Paddle along the base of the Stormy Lake Bluffs, or hike to the top for a view of the local landscape. More than 90 species of birds frequent the waters and forests of Restoule, including Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, and Osprey.

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

Gate house at Samuel de Champlain PP

This park is located on the historic Mattawa River fur trade route in the scenic Mattawa Valley. The refreshing, clear waters of Moore Lake offer a relaxing way to spend a warm day. Natural heritage education staff provide interactive programming suitable for all ages. Visitors can take part in the voyageur adventure interpretive experience, where they will paddle a replica Voyageur canoe.

Algonquin Provincial Park (Brent Campground)

hikers looking at sign

Located at the northern tip of Algonquin, Brent Campground offers secluded RV campsites that make for a quiet getaway. Campers will enjoy the sandy beaches, pristine waters, and lookout over Cedar Lake.

Driftwood Provincial Park

Trailer camping at Driftwood PP,

The cool, clear waters of the Ottawa River provide a relaxing way to spend the day. A sandy campers’ beach stretches the entire length of the Ottawa Campground adjacent to many of the campsites.

Bonnechere Provincial Park

RV at Bonnechere

Explore the quiet Bonnechere River, a great spot for introducing friends and family to paddling. The park rents kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, which visitors can pick-up at the boat launch.