Algonquin Provincial Park is located in southeastern Ontario, Canada. Its forests, rivers and numerous lakes, including the large Lake of Two Rivers, are home to moose, bears, fox and loons. Kayaking and canoeing are common activities along with fishing and hiking. Camping in tents, yurts, an RV, or renting a cabin are the majority of your options for staying in the park. There are only a handful of food options (only open during high season). There is a small town just outside the park (Huntsville, about a 45min drive away) that we suggest to fill up on gas and any needed supplies before heading into the park on scenic highway 60.
Moose are a major highlight while visiting Algonquin. Along with its mystical remoteness and vast landscapes. Algonquin expands 7,653 square kilometres (2,955 sq mi) housing over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers. Most of the hikes and opportunities to see moose are along Highway 60. Highway 60 runs through the south end of the park, accessible by car. All other areas of the park are mostly accessible by foot or canoe.
Best Time to Go to See Moose
Spring is the best time to visit Algonquin Provincial Park to see Moose. Make sure to book your stay after the ice has melted and before the black fly season in June. Algonquin can still have snow and ice as far as mid May. The end of May is a great time to visit. Camping will be chilly at night, but well worth it to beat the crowds and bugs.
Tips / Things to Bring
- Bring an indoor safe propane heater to stay warm in your tent at night. Temps drop to the high 30’s at night. Mini campers or yurts are a nice alternative to keep warm.
- Rain is common during this time. Bring rain gear and a nice wind/rain proof 3 season tent.
- Hiking Boots – Hikes and camp sites could still have muddy areas, the later in May the better chance of ice melting
- Research bear protection rituals such as keeping a clean camp site, keep food locked in vehicle and bring bear spray. If traveling over the border, research if you have the approved bear spray. (Canadian Customs will allow the importations of USEPA-approved bear spray into Canada. Specifications state that the bear spray must have USEPA on the label. Check with your local customs to prior.) It is best to hike in groups early in the morning or late in the day. Research tactics for when confronted by a bear, click here for more information.
- Hiking poles if planning on doing any strenuous hikes.
Where to Stay
Camping is one of the most prevalent options for staying in Algonquin, even though there are yurts and cabins available for rent. Yurts need to be booked far in advance and most campsites are not open year round. We like Mew Lake Campground. It is open year round, with nice private spots right on the lake. There are yurts, RV hook ups and private tent sites available with clean bathrooms/showers and clean pit toilets. For those looking for a more private tenting experience, we recommend staying in the Dog Free/Radio Free campground area. I saw a moose walk through the field located in this campground. Keep your eyes peeled!
Things to Do
- Hike the Spruce Bog Boardwalk – Easy 1.5 km loop hike with possible animal sitings including bear. Hike early or late afternoon for a chance to view bear. Obviously be prepared during any hiking while in Algonquin.
- Hike Booths Rock Trail – Moderate/Advanced 5.1 km loop. Well worth the views. Located in Rock Lake Campground. Hiking poles recommended. This trail is strenuous with extreme inclines and declines.
- Drive up and down HWY 60 to spot moose and other animal activity
- Eat Ice cream at the Lake of Two Rivers Cafe and Grill
- Rent kayaks or canoe the many lakes located in Algonquin. Use a delivery service if needed to your campground or one of the other 25 access points.