Algonquin Provincial Park

Camp, bike and howl with the wolves

Camp

Beginner-friendly

Overnight

Kearney Lake campground is perfect for an Algonquin trip, even if you’ve left your reservations until late in the season. Pitch your tent at a waterfront site, then spend time exploring: bike the Old Railway Bike Trail, hike the Track and Tower Trail, or join a public wolf howl (they’ve been happening for more than 50 years).

Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park, ON, Canada

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Driving time from Barrie

2.25 hours

Lakes in Algonquin

1500

Planning your trip

Spend a weekend connecting with nature

Your homebase

Kearney Lake Campground has more than 100 sites in two loops on either side of Kearney Creek. Try to book a site between 201–243 – they have beautiful views of the lake. You may have more foot traffic here than other sites, but this campground tends to fill up slower than others in the park so you may not have to deal with a busy campground anyway, depending on when you choose to go.

Bike the Old Railway Bike Trail

When you wake up at camp, head out for a morning run or bike ride on the Old Railway Bike Trail, which stretches from Rock Lake to Cache Lake and the Track and Tower Trail. From Kearney Campground, you’ll hop on the trail at kilometre six and head north towards Pog Lake.

The trail is easy with gentle inclines, but if you’re planning on cycling all the way to the Track and Tower Trail, you’ll be riding a total of 20km round trip. Give yourself enough time to take some breaks to soak in the scenery, snap some photos and refuel on water and snacks – it should take approximately four hours.

Hike the Track and Tower Trail

Whether you’ve pedaled or driven your way to the Track and Tower Trail, this 7.5km loop gives you a rewarding lookout over Cache Lake. The footing here can be tricky, especially after it’s rained, so make sure you’re wearing a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots. As you follow the river, you’ll pass by a waterfall and be faced with a decision: you can either climb the staircase that leads to the top of the ridge (and stellar views of Cache Lake) or you can follow the old railbed back to your starting point.

Wanna hear some wolves?

Public wolf howls are popular events at Algonquin Park, and happen on Thursdays in August or in September before Labour Day weekend from 8pm to 11pm. If you stay at Kearney Campground, you’re close to the Outdoor Theatre, where the events kick off. You get to learn about wolves at the theatre before participants drive off to certain areas on Highway 60, where parks staff will howl out to the wolves and the whole group will listen for a response from the pack.

Make sure to check the visitor centre to make sure the expedition you’re interested in will be taking place that night.

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