The park has
plenty of front country camping in two campgrounds. You'll find
over 500 sites in Mazinaw Lake, on the lake of same name and in
the more secluded Hardwood Hill campground. There are plenty of
serviced sites and the campgrounds have showers and toilets. There
are also eight group camping sites (qualifying groups are advised
to book well in advance) which can accommodate 15 to 40 people in
each. You'll also find a laundromat in the park.
campers have a choice of backpacking into sites along the Abes and
Essen Trail or paddling and portaging to campsites on Joeperry and
Pearson Lakes. In addition there is an extended canoe circuit which
begins and ends in the park, with wilderness camping on crown land.
The canoe circuit connects with others in eastern Ontario allowing
you to put together a route which will take you to the Ottawa River.
The park has
several hiking trails as well as the multi-loop Abes and Essen backpacking
trial. Hikers can follow the 4.8km Shield trail as it loops through
a variety of terrain or the shorter Shield, Bon Echo Creek or High
Plains trails. Our favorite is the Cliff Top Trial (access to the
trail head is by canoe or the small ferry only - - some sections
of the trail are steep) which takes you to the top of the cliffs
and provides you with a stunning view of the park( make sure you
bring your camera).
Bon Echo Creek - 1km, easy. A short walk to the
mouth of the creek where it empties into lower Mazinaw Lake.
Cliff Top Trail - 2km (one way) linear, intermediate.
While some sections of the trail are steep it's well worth the
effort for the spectacular view you get from the top Mazinaw Rock.
There are several viewing platforms along the length of this linear
trail which are steep The trail is accessible by water only.
High Pines Trail - 1.4km, easy. The trail follows
through a mix of forest, field along side a pond. There is an
excellent view of the Mazinaw Rock about half way through the
walk. Access to the trial is from the visitors parking lot just
passed the park office in the Mazinaw Lake campground.
- 4.8km loop, easy. An easy trail which follows along the historic
Addington settlement road as it heads south then swings west passed
two small lakes (ponds) before loopin back to the start. The tralhead
is located at the parking lot on Joeperry Road just off highway
can choose from three interconnected loops which allow for hikes
of 4 to 17km in length with lakeside campsites on each of the loops.
The shortest of the loops makes for a great introduction to the
art of backpacking for beginners. The number of camp sites is limite
and reservations are required. You should make a point of booking
early particularly in high season.
There are a
lot of options for paddlers in the park. If you just want a day
paddle put in on Mazinaw Lake and you can paddle out to the cliffs
to study the petroglyphs. If you want something a little more challenging
take the (day trip only) Kishkebus canoe circuit which will take
you all around on a loop from Mazinaw through Kishebus Lake with
a couple of portages (one of 1.5km, but remember you only have the
canoe to carry since you won't be camping out) which you can complete
in about 6 hours. Another popular option is to combine a paddle
with some backcountry camping on Joeperry or Pearson Lakes (if you
bring your own canoe, an intial portage is required from the parking
lot - rental canoes can be picked up on the lake avoiding the portage).
If you want an extended trip you can launch from the park on the
Mississippi Canoe Route (5-6 days) which is made up of a system
of lakes and rivers and includes over 13 portages. The canoe circuit
connects with others in Eastern Ontario allowing you to put together
a route which will take you to the Ottawa River. Canoes are available
for rent in Cloyne and within the park. Back country campers must
register and pay a fee for overnight camping.
Bon Echo Rock
which towers out of Mazinaw Lake is over 100m high and is one of
eastern Ontario's best known climbing areas for both rock and ice.
Climbers must register with the park office and must be experienced
with expertise that is suitable for the cliff face. Some established
routes are The Joke 5.9, Sweet Dreams 5.8 and Veriginous 5.5. The
park does not allow new routes to be established or the placing
of fixed protection. Please respect all of the parks rules and ensure
this area is kept open to climbers. An ecological impact study is
currently in progress. For more information contact the park and
the Alpine Club of Canada
which has a cabin there. The cliff face can only be reached by water.
Some routes are closed to better protect the parks falcons.
Rumor has it
that the park is in the process of creating some mountain bike trails.
Check with the park for more information.
Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
In the winter
the park is open for cross country skiers and snowshoers with yurts
available if you want to stay overnight. For more information on
Park Ontario's yurts see our feature article The
Yurts of Algonquin Park.
There is also a cabin available for rent, contact the park for details.