How far is Algonquin Park from Parry Sound?
Many people who come to Parry Sound like to combine their trip with a visit to Algonquin Provincial Park. As it takes approximately 90 minutes to drive from Parry Sound to the west gate of the Park, It can be done as a day trip.
The Algonquin National Park was created in 1893 to act as a public park, forest reservation, fish and game reserve for the people of Ontario. In 1913, there were some chances to the boundaries of the park, and it was renamed Algonquin Provincial Park. It is now one of 800 provincial parks. Each year, over a million people visit the park to enjoy the many activities it offers for nature lovers.
It is 56 kms from gate to gate once you are at Algonquin Park, along Highway 60, which runs across southwestern part of the Park. There are campgrounds, two museums, and Art Centre, a historic interpretive site, picnic areas, outfitters who rent camping equipment and canoes and restaurants and lodges. The road through the Park is well marked so it is easy to find park facilities; however, cell phone service is limited.
The most popular activity that 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast guests like to do at the Park is to hike the interpretative walking trails. There are over 18 trails to chose from - ranging from short and easy like the Spruce Bog Boardwalk and the Algonquin Logging Museum to difficult and long trail, like the 11 km. Mizzy Trail. While the Mizzy Trail requires approximately 6 hours, it will take you past nine ponds and small lakes and provides one of the best chances to see wildlife in the Park.
However, the majority of trails are considered moderate and take approximately 2 hours to cover. From scenic lookouts to a variety of different types of forests, beaver ponds and lakes you can get a true picture of the great Canadian wilderness.
Algonquin Park is home to over 40 mammals, over 30 kinds of reptiles and amphibians (none venomous), and more than 130 breeding birds. The easiest (and generally best) place to view animals is Highway 60. The best advice we always give visitors is that if you see a moose or other animal is to pull onto the shoulder of the road, safely off the pavement. If you are driving along and see other cars already parked, slow down and watch closely to see why they are pulled over – they may have already spotted something you want to see. We don’t suggest you get out of the car – these animals are wild and not used to people.
Other tips that will help increase your chances of seeing wildlife include going around the dawn and dusk hours and looking for animals in the low-lying, wet areas as these places are generally more open. A pair of binoculars will also be helpful – we can lend you a pair if you don’t have your own.
Although Algonquin Park is open year round, many of the attractions and services close for the off-season – be sure to check if there is something specific you wish to see. To get a feel for what the Park looks like, check out their web cam.