A winter playground that has it all breathtaking scenery and heartstopping fun!
Algonquin, the oldest provincial park in Ontario, is a massive 7770 square km of wild and beautiful rivers, lakes, cliffs and beaches and attracts people year round for activities or just to unwind. It is on the southern end of a geological formation known as the Canadian Shield, lying between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River. Larger than some countries, it is a paradise for canoeists, campers and anyone who loves being at one with nature.
Its many trails offer a wonderful playground for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and camping in Mongolian yurts. People share the park with moose, deer, bears, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, wolves, martens, otters and a wonderful array of birds such as ravens, grey jays, chickadees, woodpeckers and spruce grouse.
Spring visitors enjoy excellent trout fishing and moose spotting. Each Thursday in August is the time for public wolf howls, when people try to imitate and get responses from wild wolves. In September the park's maple forests turn to marvellous colours.
Around 1500km of well-marked canoe routes and backpacking trails with loops from 6km to 71km let you spend days, or weeks, exploring the landscape. There are rangers' cabins for rent, should you want a change from sleeping out. Less physically demanding are the eight campgrounds, beaches, and 15 walking and cycling trails.
Algonquin Park Visitor Centre has an excellent museum, a historic logging display, gallery, restaurant, bookstore and viewing deck.
Deerhurst Resort is in Muskoka on the western side of Algonquin Park. It was built in 1896 on less than two hectares and was accessible only by steamboat. Now it has 325 hectares and 425 rooms, from hotel style to self-contained two and three-bedroom apartments. It is family orientated with an indoor wading pool and three restaurants. Summer holidays are popular at Deerhurst, offering golf and a range of water activities.
Visitors love spotting deer quietly foraging through the maples and watching the spectacular sunsets across the lake, just as they did over 100 years ago.
Sean Ardis runs Snowdogs Adventures in the winter months. His Siberian huskies, Irish wolfhounds and malamutes are bred for sledding and just love to run. Once harnessed, they are ready to take off and they hit 40 km/h in just six strides.
If you have a driver's licence, you can rent a snowmobile. On one of these you can fly around the property or go on set trails. All rides are accompanies by an experienced guide.
Just 8km from Deerhurst is the Rock Ridge Recreation Park where snow tubing has been turned into an art. Rather than walking back up the hill, the park has made life easy and installed tow ropes. You just attach your tube, sit on it and get winched up the hill, set for another ride. Luge-like alleys are formed with banks of snow and offer degrees of difficulty. They provide so much fun, Rock Ridge summer tubing is to be introduced.
Back at Deerhurst, from mid-March to mid-April maple trees are tapped for their delicious syrup. Taps are connected by pipelines to sugar shacks where the sap is boiled to become the syrup so popular in North America. Everyone loves to be involved in taffy pulling. This is when hot syrup is poured onto the snow and is then pulled over and over until a delicious crunchy sweet is made.
The historic town of Huntsville is well worth a visit. The lumber town was established in the late 1800s and its history has been beautifully preserved. Country roads are dotted with classic log buildings, grand and modest stone houses and intricate rail fences.
Air Canada flies daily from Sydney to Vancouver (via Honolulu) with connections to all major Canadian cities. Connections are also available from most major Australian domestic cities.
Algonquin Provincial Park is in Ontario.
Explore Holidays has six-night packages including return flights to Toronto with Air Canada and three nights at Deerhurst starting at $3299 per person twin share from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Air Canada is currently having a seat sale ex-Sydney to most major Canadian cities. Fares are effective for sale immediately to October 5, 2002 for travel now until December 5, 2002 or from January 21 to March 31, 2003. Taxes and surcharges are around $200-$280. Conditions apply.
Return economy airfares are $1749 to Vancouver or Calgary and $1909 to Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto.
Call Air Canada or your local IATA or AFTA travel agent.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
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