Algonquin – ideas for free time

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Spending time in the Algonquin is all about being outdoors, exploring the wilderness and stopping once in a while to admire the view. There are a number of self-guided trails around the park, each designed to explore a different aspect of the park’s environment; interpretive booklets are available at the individual trailheads. Bike rental is available in Lake of Two Rivers with both gentle and more challenging bicycle paths accessible from here. There are a couple of lakefront locations from where canoes can be rented and you can paddle off along the shores to look for wildlife.

This area was originally settled in the 1800s by pioneering loggers, and despite its protected status logging continues in the park today. The Algonquin Logging Museum is therefore an interesting place to learn about the history of the settlers and how the current environmental concerns of the park are balanced with a still prosperous industry.

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