People travel the world to come to Algonquin Park and for good reason! Unspoiled nature, wildlife, camping, and canoeing soothe the soul and calm the spirit of anyone who visits. In Algonquin Park you will find three world class attractions: The Algonquin Visitor Centre with exhibits, gift shop, restaurant and theatre; The Algonquin Logging Museum connecting Algonquin's human history to the Ottawa Valley; and The Algonquin Gallery, a yearly wildlife/wild landscape art display featuring several renowned artists including Robert Bateman.
Algonquin Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for visitors. These opportunities include outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from high-intensity day use to low-intensity wilderness experiences.
Some of the most asked about activities include:
Barron Canyon Trail is a 1.5 km loop trail that leads along the north rim of the spectacular 100 metre deep Barron Canyon and then returning to the parking lot. Please remember that this trail visits a very high, unfenced cliff top from which a fall would be fatal. You may also explore the Barron Canyon by canoe by accessing the canyon from the Brigham Lake Parking Lot and/or the Barron River Parking Lot.
Barron Canyon Trail is located at km 29.0 of the Barron Canyon Road, 11 km north of the Sand Lake Gate.
High Falls is a small waterchute, perfect for a picnic and a favourite spot in Algonquin Park for a swim to cool off in the heat of summer. This well-marked trail through mixed forest is a pleasant and direct walk to the falls. For a longer walking trip to High Falls, use the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trails that begin from Achray.
How to get there:
From the intersection of Hwys 17 and 58 west of Pembroke, drive eight kilometers northwest along Hwy 17, pass the Forest Lea Road turnoff and take the next left turn onto Doran Rd (Cty Rd 26). Travel 300 metres, and then turn right onto Barron Canyon Road. Drive 26 km on pavement, then gravel to the Sand Lake Gate on the Park boundary, where you can purchase permits for day-use or camping and excellent publications by The Friends of Algonquin Park. Continue on for another 13 km, passing by the Brigham Lake access point and taking the next left down a short dirt road to the parking lot. Information and safety tips are given in the pamphlet, Backpacking Trails of Algonquin Provincial Park, published by The Friends of Algonquin Park.
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