Algonquin Park is one of those places that I have always wanted to visit but never had the chance. I had never camped or even entertained the thought of camping until I met my fiance. I wasn’t an outdoor person, AT ALL. Over the years, I have fallen more in love with the outdoors and really enjoying camping and exploring. We were invited to come camping with some friends and I was thankful that, since this was my first time at Algonquin Park, we car camped which gave me a great feel for the area. As crazy as it is, I am even thinking about trying my luck at interior camping in the near future- who am I?
If you are thinking about visiting Algonquin Park for the first time then hopefully this post will help you decide on some amazing locations to visit and make your trip awesome! Luckily, our friends had a really great knowledge of the area and took us to some pretty spectacular spots (that are easy to get to!) that were just breathtaking to say the least!
Mew Lake Campground
We stayed at the Mew Lake Campground, a first for everyone during this trip, and it was really lovely. Our campsite was right on the water and we were often visited by two families of ducks which loved to come and walk around our feet and under our chairs. I took a little video for Instagram stories of this so definitely head over there if you want to get more of a glimpse into my everyday life and adventures. I liked how this campground was really close to the Lake of Two Rivers Store and Cafe so it was easy to re-stock on items and grab some amazing Kawartha Dairy ice cream! Our first night at Mew Lake was very chill, and we managed to get some really great photos of the stars which I rarely see in the city.
Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
If this is your first time to Algonquin Park then be sure to hit up the visitor centre. It has so many amazing things to see and you can really learn about the history of the area. They have some amazing lookout points that are perfect to snap a few pictures and a live feed camera that you can tune into and screenshot a picture of yourself standing on the lookout with the never-ending trees in the background!
Algonquin Logging Museum
If you’re still hungry for knowledge, you will really enjoy the Algonquin Logging Museum. It has a long, winding trail that not only gives you a great workout, but it has interactive displays that were really interesting. During our walk, I came across this amazing vintage blue truck that had me swooning! There is so much history in Algonquin!
The second night we decided to go for a night hike on the Lookout Trail to see the stars. I can definitely see how this could be a little bit scary at night, but when you’re with a group of friends it doesn’t seem so bad. We were armed with flashlights and descended up the trail and when we got to the top the sight was breathtaking. It was 10:30 PM by the time we got to the ledge and the sun was still setting on the horizon and I can only imagine what the view would be like during golden hour in Autumn. I am so excited to head there when the leaves start to change! There are no rails on the ledge so we stayed a little ways back and laid on the rocks and watched the stars. It was humbling having the feeling of being so small looking up at all of those stars, and the sense of calmness, stillness, and peace while laying there was something I will always remember. I highly recommended visiting here for a night hike because it’s truly an experience you’ll never forget!
I’ve saved the best for last! The Oxtongue River Ragged Falls is an absolute must see when visiting Algonquin Park. It’s an easy walk on the trail to get to this amazing waterfall but takes a little bit of work to get down onto the rocks. I found a little area on a rock beside the waterfall to sit on and it was great just taking in the amazing sight. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen or visited. The water was roaring all around us and since the weather had been so warm leading up to our trip, the water was nice and warm so we all decided to go for a swim. We headed down the left side of the falls and jumped in. I can’t say I ever imagined that I would be swimming in a waterfall, and I was a bit nervous with the hard current and a large drop just a few feet away (which I made sure to stay far away from), but it was an experience I will never forget. That is definitely one thing I can tick off my bucket list!
So that concludes my little adventure to Algonquin Park! It was such an amazing experience exploring the area and has really made me fall in love with the outdoors. I am excited to visit here again in the near future and find some even more amazing places to visit and share with you.
Have you been to Algonquin Park? I’d love for you to share where your favourite places to see are!