Camping - This moose was photographed in Algonquin Provincial Park



    There are four campgrounds we frequent on a fairly regular basis. These are all Provincial or State parks that we camp at because we like the seclusion and peacefulness of them. Private campgrounds usually pack the camp sites in real tight with no real privacy. We like to go back to nature, where Mother Nature rules, not to a place where kids are screaming and cars driving by, another words, like home. We like to get away from home during the holidays. Our entertainment is the scenery around us, whether hiking or biking or canoeing. Below is a brief description of the park with our photos that highlight the beauty of each place. Enjoy!

Campground Locations
Location of these campgrounds

Algonquin Provincial Park: Click to see Pictures

Location: See map at

Link to their site: Algonquin Provincial Park

Total camp sites in parkway corridor (highway 60):

Tea Lake
Mew Lake
Two Rivers
Pog Lake
Coon Lake
Rock Lake
42 242 131 241 286 104 48 121

Map of highway 60 corridor campgrounds
1995 detailed map of Algonquin Canoe Routes
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    Our favourite spot has always been Algonquin, but that seems to have slipped in our ratings. The beauty and nature are still there, but there just seems to be too many people up there any more. You used to be able to go on one of their many beautiful hiking trails, and not see a single person. Now, all the hiking trails along the highway 60 corridor are very busy. There are many campgrounds along this highway in the park, and during the peak July and August months, it's very difficult to get in. Its hard to take a hike to enjoy the "sounds" of nature without being disturbed by fellow hikers. That's what happens when the word gets out. Everybody enjoys a beautiful campground and Algonquin is one of the most beautiful. A place where you can see moose most nights right along that highway 60.
    If you want to really get away, there is interior camping. This is done by either using another access point than the highway 60 corridor, or by canoeing in along one of many canoe routes. Now this is truly peacefull!
    Hiking is one of our favourite things to do here. There are 13 hiking trail situated along the corridor with various lengths and difficulties, plus a beautiful biking trail that connects several of the campgrounds

Whiskey Rapids Trail: located at km 7.2 - 2.1km (1.5hours) moderate
Hardwood Lookout Trail: located at km 13.8km - 0.8km (1 hour) moderate 
Mizzy Lake Trail:
located at km 15.4 - 11km (4-5 hours) moderate
Peck Lake Trail
: located at km 19.2 - 1.9km (1 hour) moderate
Track and Tower Trail: located at km 25km - 7.7km (3 hours) moderate
Hemlock Bluff Trai
l: located at km 27.2 - 3.5 km (2 hours) moderate.
Bat Lake Trail: located at km 30 - 5.6 km (2.5 hours) moderate
Two Rivers Trail
: located a km 31 - 2.1km (1 hour) moderate
Centennial Ridges Trail: located at km 37.6 - 10 km (3-4 hours) strenuous
Lookout Trail: located at km 39.7 - 1.9km (1 hour) moderate
Booth's Rock Trail: located at km 40.5 - 5.1 km (2 hours) moderate
Spruce Bog Boardwalk: located at km 42.5 - 1.5 km (1hour) easy
Beaver Pond Trail: located at km 45.2 - 2 km (1 hour) moderate

Algonquin Provincial Park
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Restoule Provincial Park: Click to see Pictures

Location: See map at

Link to their site: Restoule Provincial Park

Total camp sites: 278
Electrical: 99 

    White tail deer are abundant in this provincial park. These deer are used to seeing campers and aren't afraid of people as you can see from the below picture. This park maintains three hiking trails, ranging from an easy 30 minute trail to a demanding 3 hour trail that peaks at the old fire tower, which offers beautiful a beautiful view of the surrounding territory. This campground is located quite a ways from major highway 11; you must follow the countryside of highway 534 to reach Restoule. The park is situated between Stormy Lake and Restoule Lake. Off of Stormy Lake is the Restoule River, which connects to the French River

Restoule Provincial Park
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Allegany State Park: Click to see Pictures

Location: See map at New York State Parks

Link to their site: Allegany State Park

Total camp sites: 424 

    This is a large park of 65,000 acres. Along with regular trailer/tent camping, this park has 375 cabins and over 150 are winterized, it's open year round. To view the beautiful countryside, there are 18 hiking trails for your enjoyment. This is one of my favourite places to go for our Canadian Thanksgiving in October, the autumn colours are fantastic!
    The park offers sandy beaches, picnic areas, museums, hiking trails and naturalist walks. Walkers and bicycle riders can take advantage of the 5 miles of paved trails around Red House camping area.

Allegany State Park
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Letchworth State Park: Click to see Pictures

Location: See map at New York State Parks

Link to their site: Letchworth State Park

Total camp sites: 270

    The Genesee River flows right through the middle of the 14,350 acres of Letchworth State Park. This river flows over 3 falls that can be seen in a single day's walk. The Gorge Trail, which includes the falls, is 7 miles long and is not a loop. You might find it best to start at one falls, walk to the other two and then return the same way you came. If that's not enough, there is over 66 miles of hiking trails to choose from and has two large pools to cool off in afterwards.
    As well as a campground, the park has restored the old Glen Iris Inn. It offers overnight accommodation and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Another interesting stop to see is the Mount Morris Dam. This dam was built in the late 1940's by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding down river. It is the largest of it's type east of the Mississippi.

The fast water of Middle Falls in Letchworth State Park
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