Algonquin Provincial Park – Ontario, Canada

21 Jun

Algonquin Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful provincial parks in Canada.

I’ve been there 3 times. Once for a weekend of hiking and twice for canoe trips.

Algonquin was stunning; however, not only was Algonquin swarming with mosquitoes and black flies, but canoeing and portaging through its lakes and forests were some of the hardest physical challenges I’ve had to face in my life.

But, I somehow kept coming back for more.

Although it was swarming with mosquitoes and black flies, it was nature at its finest.

And although it was very physically demanding, the challenge was something that made me feel so accomplished after it was over.

I love Algonquin. It’s one of the reasons I love Canada so much.

Here are a few of the many beautiful pictures (plus a few random shots) taken during my trip to Algonquin a few weeks ago.

I hate waking up early. Sunrises like this one make it worth my while though.

Even the place where we rented the canoes was beautiful.

The starting point. Second time using my backpack. It served me well on this trip.

These two canoes look like they’re in love.

Most canoe-goers will pass under this bridge. Make sure you tap it with your paddle because it’s a ritual at Algonquin!

As we were portaging, we came across these beautiful rapids. Notice the creeper in the background. Yes, Steven, I’m talking about you.

And then Chris climbed a tree and couldn’t get back down.

Around every corner – in this case, above – there were opportunities for photos like this one.

And random shots like this one. Good times with good friends. This was taken on our campsite on Sunbeam Lake.

There’s something that’s just so calming about canoeing, especially through beautiful parks like Algonquin.

There’s also something that’s just so awesome about pictures with reflections.

One with nature with my green sombrero. Life is good.

Algonquin – one of the many beautiful spots to see in Canada.

If you can deal with a few (or a lot) of bug bites and if you can adapt to changes in weather (like rain and wind) with a positive attitude then Algonquin is a place you should consider visiting if ever in Ontario and if ever looking for a little bit of physical activity.

It’s big and beautiful (and a little intimidating). It’s a great place to challenge your strength and endurance. It’s a great place to relax and chill out with friends by a bonfire and at the end of each day.

I already want to go back.

5 Responses to “Algonquin Provincial Park – Ontario, Canada”

  1. Seattle Dredge June 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Love the photos! You’re totally right about those mosquitoes & black flies.. but it’s so worth it 😀

    • Kristy June 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      I’m glad you agree! Such a fun place to go!

  2. Steven O'Neill July 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    definitely just read this, and im a little offended about the lack of shout out, especially with me creeping hard in the waterfall picture. sick blog though! cant wait till’ next year 🙂

    • Kristy July 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      HAHA! SORRY! I’m going to add a shout out right now 🙂 Next year will be epic.

      • Kristy July 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

        Definitely just looked at the waterfall picture and you are creeping SO hard. I didn’t even notice until you mentioned it haha.

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