The heart of Algonquin is its vast backcountry of maple hills, rocky ridges, great pines, and over 2,400 lakes with some of the best trout fishing opportunities in the world. The park is known for its breathtaking landscapes, old logging depots, abandoned homesteads, as well as old growth pine stands and unique wildlife such as Moose, Beaver, Otters, and Loons.
There are two ways to explore Algonquin’s backcountry: the backpacking trail network and the canoe routes network. The backpacking trail network features three different trails with loops ranging from 6 km to 88 km for a total of 140 km of trails. Algonquin paddling routes suit all skill levels, ranging from an easy paddle-in campsite, to a weeks-long paddling trip.
Every backcountry campsite is marked by an orange sign and features a fire pit, box privy, and flat area for your tent. Every portage is marked with a yellow sign that indicates the portage length and what lakes it connects to. Many longer portages feature at least one canoe rest along the way.