Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
Are you planning a visit to Algonquin this year?

Algonquin Provincial Park is internationally recognized and holds a special place in the hearts of many Ontarians.

It’s no surprise, then, that it’s also one of the most popular parks in the province! Reservations, especially for the park’s busiest summer and fall seasons, are subject to intense competition each year.

That’s why we’re excited to share that last year we built four cabins and four yurts, some of the park’s most requested features!

Two of the four new cabins (#41 and 46) and two of the four new yurts (#35 and 38) are available to reserve now, while the rest will be available on May 6.

We know these are extremely popular reservations. If you’ve been lucky enough to snag a spot at Algonquin this season, read on for some great opportunities at the park that you shouldn’t miss.

Otherwise, check out our top tips for booking your spot and some suggestions of other great parks to visit.

Do you have your trip blocked?

You’re probably already dreaming of the hiking, paddling, and other quintessential Algonquin experiences that await you.

But here are some must-see experiences we want to make sure you save time for…

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1. Flex your community’s scientific muscles with iNaturalist

iNaturalist is a way for visitors like you to share nature sightings online. The platform helps you identify any photo you upload, then park managers and scientists use this data to help us care for the parks.

The iNaturalist platform can record species anywhere in the world, but we have created special projects within the platform to track observations in each of our parks.

And guess which park is currently in the lead…

Screenshot of the naturalistic classification, showing Algonquin at the top

Learn more about Algonquin’s rich biodiversity while making a real difference in its protection!

Even a single observation can change what we know about our park; it could be a completely new location for a rare species, or draw our attention to an invasive species we didn’t know was there.

Here’s how to get started with iNaturalist.

2. Learn from our amazing Discovery team!

These are the people who lead the guided walks, children’s programs, and evening program and special events! They are interpreters of the landscape and stories of the parks and are here to share them with you.

(Here’s a quick fix while you’re still waiting for summer 🙂

Check back on the park’s social media accounts and events page throughout the summer to find out what programs are offered.

Haven’t been able to reserve a spot at Algonquin yet?

We feel you. At popular parks like Algonquin, there can be dozens of families competing for the same spot when it starts at 7:00 a.m., especially during peak season and for competitive spots like cabins and yurts.

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Here are our best suggestions:

Try a different park

If you’re looking for covered accommodation, such as a yurt or cabin, try a park further north.

Finlayson Point Cabin is right on the water!

Great options include:

Once again, July/August is a very popular time in Ontario, so try combining this tip with the next one…

Try a different season

Algonquin is a popular destination, especially in the summer and fall. Vacancies are most common in winter and early spring. Other parks may be booked for the summer, but will have space in the fall.

Quetico log cabin in winterQuetico Cabins are a great winter getaway!

Likewise, covered accommodations, such as yurts and cabins, are hot items throughout the province. For popular places like these, try to book some combination of:

  • less popular parks
  • during the shoulder season (spring, fall, winter)
  • weekday

Check cancellations

We all live busy lives and plans change often. When a reservation is canceled, it immediately turns green again on our reservation site.

If you’re able to be flexible with your vacation dates, check back – sites become available every day!

Whether we meet at Algonquin or one of our many other beautiful parks, we wish you a wonderful summer season!