Algonquin Park

We are back from a great weekend. The weather was spectacular: almost too warm for this time of year but clear and sunny the whole time. Up until our drive home yesterday, we were a bit disappointed with the colour. We learned that the reds had peaked a week earlier and then been blown off by significant winds. But then we encountered some great views and colour on the way home yesterday, which completed a wonderful weekend getaway. More of that later.

After driving to the cottage on Thursday, we headed to Algonquin Park on Friday. It’s a huge provincial park, 50% larger than the state of Delaware, located more or less between southern and northern Ontario. Most of it is wilderness and a special opportunity for adventurous canoeists and back country campers. In fact, a long long time ago, I canoed into the back country and camped by a lake for several days. Our water supply was the the pure aqua of lake itself.

However, there is also a highway through the southern reaches of the park and trails that the less hardy can walk and enjoy. There are also lakes and picnic sites right off the highway that don’t require any hiking at all to enjoy. We stopped to view Brewer Lake, but I thought I would share a view away from the lake of the highway and a rock outcrop on the other side. Precambrian rock outcrops are common on the Canadian Shield which covers approximately 50% of Canada. Sometimes the rock is colourful and sometimes it is dull. In this case it is somewhere in between the two extremes.

Fall Foliage in Algonquin Park

Cuppa and I did take a short but fairly vigorous (for us) hike through the woods to the top of a cliff which offered a grand view. This is a picture of part of the path.

Fall Foliage in Algonquin Park

After a rather strenuous uphill climb, we reached the edge of the cliff and enjoyed a rather glorious view across the valley.

View from the Cliff

View from the Cliff

View from the Cliff


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16 Responses to Algonquin Park

  1. Hilary says:

    Beautiful photos, AC. I’m glad you enjoyed your time away. My son likes to canoe alone around Algonquin Park. I’d rather he have company but I’m only the mother and have no say. 😉

  2. Ginger says:

    Gorgeous colours! We have only the beginnings of autumn showing up here, along with the rainy weather. I’m so thankful for our national parks in north America…

  3. Philip says:

    These are some lovely views of the area. I have never stopped along Hwy 60. I have canoed the Park. Now I live adjacent to an even bigger and more interesting canoeing area.
    I have been talking up going to the Sault and taking the Agawa Canyon trail ride. Sadly, it has not happened. Lynne nixed it. Perhaps, next year.

  4. June Kellum says:

    Beautiful fall scenes! The last one is my favorite!

  5. Dimple says:

    Beautiful country. I love the scene on the path, it looks like a great place to walk!

  6. Paul says:

    AC, it’s a little ironic that we both posted about Algonquin on the same day and used Delaware as a reference to it’s size. When we planned our trip to the park I checked our distance from the Montreal area to see if we could visit with you but time and distance were problematic. Hopefully, next year. I’m looking for a canoeing partner. Interested?

  7. Regenia says:

    Wow! Oh wow!

  8. Mary G says:

    Spectacular! This weather has been a real gift.

  9. lorna says:

    I was breathless by the end of your hike.

  10. Pearl says:

    Spectacular-looking. Love the beauty and quiet up there.

  11. Ruth says:

    I heard from a friend that it was hard to get a place to stay near the park this weekend. I would love to go up in the fall but this weekend was exceptional weather wise. Glad you got to see some colour. I am hoping to see the peak of Niagara colour this weekend with some sunshine.

  12. VERY pretty there!
    Glad you both are home!

  13. Mary says:

    Oh, AC, these are gorgeous pictures!

  14. From the photos posted, AC, it would seem that the exertion was worth the climb. we are now seeing lots of fall colors on our day trips here in NH.

  15. KGMom says:

    As I visit blogs-I see my Canadian friends are showing their colors. Or at least Canada’s colors. Thanks.

  16. Kila says:

    Beautiful photos 🙂

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