The Great Green North
Ontario's Oldest Provincial Park
Algonquin Park is known the world over for it's untouched forests, breath-taking rock formations and pristine lakes. It's no wonder riders are compelled to enjoy the scenery, gentle winding curves and pleasant hills and valleys from behind the bars of a two-wheeler.
A favourite haunt of Group of Seven artist Tom Thompson, Algonquin is the very definition of Northern Ontario. In late summer, the bugs are few, the air and water are clean and the trees and cliffs gently give way to lake views and deep valleys. In the fall the colours explode, with red, greens, yellows and oranges whizzing by as you cruise across highway 60.
Picnics, Ice Cream, Lookouts and Lakes
In the park, Lake of Two Rivers is the public favourite for a day-picnic. There's also a small restaurant and gift shop nearby where you can stock up on sunscreen, grab an ice cream cone or sit down for a burger and fries. If you have time for a hike and don't mind a bit of a wind down a gravel road, the Track and Tower trail has an incomparable view of the park - check out the 2:10 mark on this YouTube video to see the view for yourself. There are also plenty of options for those who want to stay overnight in the park.
One Day or Two
Motorcycle Mojo magazine has done a killer article on a trip up to the area. We've compiled a map detailing their route up from the 401 into the heart of the park. If you'd like to make a weekend of it, consider the quaint B&B Au Petit Dormeur in Huntsville before starting into the park on day 2. Their tour ends in the Kawartha Highlands - if you have the time to extend your tour through another of Ontario's iconic regions, there's a lot more you can look forward to.
View The Algonquin Route in a larger map or
Download the GPX file for your GPS.