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.
Outboard motors are limited to 10 hp on Grand Lake. A boat launch and dock are located in the campground.
Campers at the Achray Campground can enjoy a day paddle on Grand Lake. This lake is also the starting point for a number of interior canoe routes through the park.
Join Discovery staff at an Exploration Station during the months of July & August. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book (or pick one up at the Exploration Station), and use the equipment and materials provided to explore the park, observe plants and animals, and discover the wonders of nature. Be sure to share your observations with park staff and to take the Discovery Ranger Pledge! For more information keep an eye out for weekly calendar of events posted throughout the park.
Dedicated anglers on Grand Lake may be rewarded with a catch of Lake Trout. Outboard motors are limited to 10 hp on this lake.
Barron Canyon Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) moderate
The trail is located 10 km from the Sand Lake Gate entrance to the park and 35 km from the junction of the Barron Canyon Road and the Trans Canada Highway. It is a 14 km drive from the campground. This trail leads to and runs along the north rim of the spectacular 100m deep Barron Canyon. The trail guide uses six stops to explain the formation and history of the canyon. Caution: This trail travels by an unfenced cliff; please keep children close and pets on a leash at all times.
Berm Lake Trail - 4.5 km (2 hours) moderate
This trail circles Berm Lake and runs through pine and oak forests typical of the area. A trail guide discusses the ecology of a pine forest. This trail may be accessed at the campground.
Eastern Pines Back Packing Trail- Loops of 6-15km
Eastern Pines is an overnight backpacking trail which may be accessed at the campground.
Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local Ministry of Natural Resources office.
Like all lakes at Algonquin, Grand Lake is clean, clear and inviting for swimming. Two sandy beach areas are located in the campground.