Algonquin

Algonquin - Backcountry

Backcountry Camping

Many factors should be considered when planning your backcountry itinerary such as; weather, time of year, equipment, fitness level, and level of experience. Proper preparation is essential to ensure both a safe and enjoyable trip into Algonquin’s remote interior. Visitors who choose to overnight in the backcountry can expect campsites to be identified by bright orange signs and feature a designated fire pit, cedar box privy, and leveled areas for tents or shelter equipment. The possession of non-burnable containers (i.e. glass, soup or beer cans) is prohibited in the backcountry of Algonquin Provincial Park and other regulations are enforced to help protect the ecological integrity of the natural environment. Backcountry users are expected to adhere to a leave no trace philosophy by packing out and taking home any garbage that they pack-in. More information relating to backcountry regulations can be found at www.algonquinpark.on.ca or by calling the Algonquin Information Line at 705-633-5572.
 
Jump off campsites are available at Cedar Lake - Brent Access Point, Grand Lake - Achray Access Point, Kioshkokwi Lake - Kiosk Access Point, Kingscote Lake Access Point, Magnetawan Lake Access Point, and Rain Lake Access Point. These campsites are for permit holders who arrive too late to enter the backcountry or who are unable to because of inclement weather.

Radio-Free Camping

All backcountry areas prohibit the possession of audio equipment (weather radio, ear phone are the only devices permitted).

Walk-In Camping

Five walk-in campsites are available at Kingscote Lake Access Point. These campsites are less than 100 m from the parking area and include designated fire pits and tent pads. Vault privies are located adjacent to the parking area. Permits are available from Pinegrove Point Resort.

Roofed Accommodation

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Wenda Lake # 754

The Wenda Lake Cabin is believed to have been built by a Park Ranger in the early 1920s. It is a one room, open concept log cabin located on the north shore of Wenda Lake.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Not accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Tattler # 761

The Tattler Lake Cabin was the living quarters for the successive towermen who manned the Preston fire tower situated on a hilltop about two kms west of the cabin. At 579 metres, or 1900 feet, it’s the highest spot in all of Algonquin. The tower itself was put up in 1932, but there is no record of the cabin’s construction.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Not accessible.

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Rain Lake # 750

The existing cabin was moved to Rain Lake in Algonquin from Cache Lake, where it was a private leased cottage in the late 1970s. It was used as an Interior access point office until 1995. This waterfront log cabin is located at the end of the public access road at Rain Lake. It features a propane fridge, stove, lights and heat.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

This cabin has a propane fridge, stove, lights and heat. Vault toilets are shared with other campers when sites are occupied. There is a beach and boat launch area. All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (vinyl covered mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Parking for 2 vehicles is included in the rental fee.

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: McKaskill # 753

McKaskill Lake Cabin in Algonquin was built in 1932. It’s a waterfront, one room, open concept log cabin located on McKaskill Lake. This cabin can be reached through Shall Lake access point # 17, travelling by canoe for one day. It can also be accessed through Basin Lake access point # 19 by biking, carting and hiking 8 kms over a forest access road.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Not accessible.

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Lost Coin # 755

Lost Coin Lake Cabin was built in 1936. This waterfront,(waterfront is not suitable for swimming - weedy shoreline) one room, log cabin is located on Lost Coin Lake in Algonquin. Visitors must hike or bike the 7 kms from the Park boundary to the cabin after driving the Bissett Road to the Park boundary. This is beyond the Big Bissett access point # 24, after turning off HIghway 17 one km east of Big Bissett Creek village.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Not accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Kitty # 752

Built in 1935, Kitty Lake is one of the larger Backcountry cabins in Algonquin. This one room, open concept log cabin is situated on Kitty Lake. It can be easily reached by canoeing one hour from Shall Lake access point # 17.

Sleeps: 8 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Not accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Highview # 758

The original Highview Cabin in Algonquin was built in 1922 as headquarters for fire rangers on patrol. It was destroyed by fire in 1928 and rebuilt in that year. This one room, open concept log cabin is located just off the Nipissing River west of the 840m portage to Gibson Lake. It could take one or two days to access this cabin by canoe, depending on your access point.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water. Appropriate cold weather gear for winter.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

Not Accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Crooked Chute # 762

Construction of the original Crooked Chute Cabin was completed in 1929. It served as a shelter for rangers covering the Petawawa log drive. It was replaced with a modified replica in 1997 using logs donated by the Shaw Lumber Co. of Pembroke and with the assistance of the Algonquin Forestry Authority.

Sleeps: 8 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

Not Accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Brent Deputy Ranger # 764

Brent Deputy Ranger Cabin was built as an ice house in the 1930s but was eventually converted to the Deputy Chief Ranger’s home in Brent. The original cabin was completely restored and visitors now enjoy a one room open-concept log cabin with an incredible view looking east on Cedar Lake.

Sleeps: 2 Amenities
  • Accessible by vehicle
  • One room open concept
  • Bunk bed – double bunk on bottom, single on top (vinyl-covered mattresses)
  • Table & 2 chairs
  • Couch & chair
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Propane heat
  • Solar-powered lighting
  • BBQ (propane supplied)
  • Propane stove-top
  • NO refrigerator
  • Vault toilets nearby
  • Drinking water in nearby campground
  • Fire pit available
  • Wash basin, metal pail
  • Shovel, broom & dustpan
What to Bring

Sleeping bags, linen, personal toiletries, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Parking for 1 vehicle is included in the rental fee.

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Brent # 763

Brent Cabin is located on a peninsula jutting out from the north shore of Cedar Lake. Construction of the Brent Deputy Chief Ranger’s headquarters was begun in 1932. This large cabin has three bedrooms (the bunks include mattresses), a livingroom with stone fireplace, and a kitchen.

Sleeps: 10 Amenities

Modern conveniences include a propane stove, fridge and lights. Vault toilets are a short walk away. All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (vinyl covered mattresses), table and chairs. There is drinking water available from the adjacent campground.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, linen, personal toiletries, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

​Park for 3 vehicles is included in the rental fee.

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Bissett Road # 756

Bissett Road Cabin is located in a very secluded location about one km inside the Algonquin boundary off the Bissett Road. This one room log cabin was built in 1922 by the first District Forester for the Department of Lands and Forests as a moose hunting camp.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Birchcliffe #760

Birchcliffe Cabin was built in 1962. This log sided cabin sits right on Birchcliffe Lake in Algonquin. It has two bedrooms with an open concept kitchen and dining area. Accessible only by canoe, it could take one or two days to reach this cabin, depending on which access point you leave from.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

Not Accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)

Backcountry Cabin

Number at Park: 1

Site Number(s) / Name: Big Crow # 757

Big Crow Cabin, with its boathouse and fire tower, was built in 1956. The fire tower was one of the last in Ontario to be used for fire detection up to the mid ‘70s. The cabin has two bedrooms complete with a kitchen and living area. It will normally take one day to reach this cabin.

Sleeps: 4 Amenities

All cabins are equipped with fire extinguishers, wash basin, metal pail, shovel, broom, dust pan, bunks (no mattresses), CSA-approved wood stove and chimney with heat shields, table and chairs, and an outside closed-in toilet.

What to Bring

Sleeping bags, air mattresses, cooking stove, pots and pans, utensils, flashlight, lantern, matches, food, drinking water.

Restrictions

Tents outside are not permitted. Domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the facility or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

Not Accessible

How to Reserve

Call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

(or 1-519-826-5290 for outside of North America)