Algonquin Provincial Park is 7,653 km of breathtaking natural wonder. With its many trails on miles and miles of land, this provincial park entices you – in all the right ways. We traversed the trails twice in a matter of months – that’s just the charming allure of this park.
Algonquin Provincial Park boasts about 20 trials – we’ve taken the liberty of providing a breakdown of the 5 must-see trails. I’ve included the hike difficulty level to help you determine if it’s the right fit for you.
Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail
The Boardwalk trail is a 1.5 km loop that introduces you to Algonquin Park’s spruce bogs’ history and ecology. Half the hike’s length is on a boardwalk, which showcases two separate bogs. This hike is by far the easiest as it is on flat terrain. I’d say if hiking isn’t your forte, then start here.
Beaver Pond Trail
The Beaver Pond Trail is a 2 km loop, with a view of Amikeus Lake and a beaver made pond. Who knows, you might even get lucky and spot yourself a beaver. This is an easy hike, with some up and down, but the terrain isn’t too difficult to maneuver.
Tip: If you want to avoid the hike, but catch the view, then enter at the trail exit, and you’ll reach the view within a few minutes of walking.
Two Rivers Trail
The Rivers trail is a 2.1 km loop that takes you through a young forest with a gorgeous view from the clifftop. The clifftop views give you miles and miles of nature to admire. This hike takes you through terrain that some might find rough, but you don’t need to be a StairMaster pro to complete it. I’d rate this as a difficult hike as there is uphill, downhill, and slightly rocky terrain.
Whiskey Rapids Trail
The Rapids Trail is about a 2.1 km loop that follows the Oxtongue River and features a view of the Whiskey Rapids. This trail is known to flood during spring melt and after heavy rains, so check the advisories before planning this hike. This trail is a moderate hike with a steep uphill section towards that end. We had to jump over puddles of water – expect to get your shoes muddy.
Saved the best for last! The Lookout trail is a 1.9 km loop that involves a steady climb to a clifftop for the most magnificent views of Algonquin Provincial Park. Personally, I found this hike to be on the moderate to difficult side as it is fairly steep and rugged. I had to pause multiple times to catch my breath and let me tell you – those views were worth every gasp of air. If you’re planning to visit this trail, I highly recommend you do so during the fall season to watch the leaves in their element.
I certainly hope you found this helpful in deciding on the trails you’d like to complete while visiting Algonquin Provincial Park. When planning your trip, please remember to check the Park website for the most recent updates. Plan ahead, stay safe, and enjoy!
In my opinion, these are the best trails at Algonquin Provincial Park, but I would love to hear your thoughts on the trails – in the comments below.