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Formally established as a provincial park in 1893, Algonquin Park is located at approximately 45°N, 78°W. The vast park cover over 7000 square kilometers of land, lakes, rivers and marshes. Famous for their extensive canoe routes, and stunning scenery and wildlife, Algonquin was the first provincial park in Ontario. It currently protects a variety of natural, cultural, forestry, and other park features. Each year, Algonquin attracts over half a million visitors who come to sightsee, camp, canoe, hike and more!
First open to the public late 1993, the Algonquin Visitors Center offers a variety of attractions to the public. Showcasing the parks history, as well as containing a relaxing restraurant, bookstore, and gift store, the visitors center is a tourist favorite. Outside visitors can look for moose or bears from the viewing deck, with a spectacular view of the Park.
One of the best ways to start your visit is the Algonquin Logging Museum video presentation that sums up the logging history of the park. After watching the video, go hike the easy 1.5 km trial to see for yourself the location of the logging in the 1900's. See a steam-powered amphibious tug boat called an "alligator", used to move logs floating down the river onto trains and out of the park.
Located just off kilometer 20 of the park, there is a large hollow sculpture, carved out of stone. Created in 1953, this is the original Park Museum. Fast forward over 100 years, and the museum is now a breathtaking art center, showcasing spectacular art from around the area. Featuring both an indoor and outdoor art gallery, as well as a "green" gazebo where you can sample various treats, teas, coffees, and more, the Algonquin Art Museum is one of the park's best features!
Algonquin is home to over 1,500 lakes, and more than 1,200 km of streams, ponds, and bogs. There are recorded 54 different species of fish in the park, including trout, bass, whitefish, perch, pike and walleye, all great for fishing!
In addition to the fish species, Algonquin is home to 272 recorded bird species, however many of these are seasonal birds, whom migrate to warmer temperatures in the winter. Only a small select amount of birds actually brave the long winters in the park, particularly Gray Jay.
To date, there are 53 species of non-domesticated mammals in the boundaries of the park. Ranging from the Moose, Beaver, Black Bear, Wolves, and Deer, Algonquin boasts a wide variety of mammals both big and small. Algonquin is also known as one of Ontario's best spots for moose sight-seeing.