The key to having an enjoyable, safe and unforgettable camping trip is to plan ahead.
There are two main types of camping experiences to choose from in Algonquin Park. They are Camping With a Vehicle and Camping Without a Vehicle.
Camping with a Vehicle:
There are 12 campgrounds that are accessible by vehicle. The number of campsites at each campground are as low as 18 to as high as 286. The types of amenities vary at each campground and range from electricity, running water, toilets, laundry beaches and pet-friendly. All allow tent camping while some can accommodate recreational vehicle (RV) and yurt camping. Campground fees range from approximately $40 to $52 per night with 20% discount for Ontario seniors and a 50% discount for Ontario Persons with Disabilities (PWD). RV camping is allowed on campgrounds that are large enough to accommodate an RV. Not all RV sites have electricity. There are 2 campgrounds that have Yurts (structures that are more sound than tents that provide electricity) on them. Yurts accommodate up to 6 people with basic indoor and outdoor camping necessities. Pets, tents, RVs and trailers are not allowed on these sites.
Camping Without a vehicle:
Backcountry camping is primarily with tents and locations are mostly accessible by canoe only . There are 29 points of entry to backcountry camping around the perimeter of the park. The nightly fees for backcountry camping are under $6 per person from ages 6 – 17 and about $12 for adults. Ranger cabins are wooden cabins with a capacity of 14 people that can only be accessed by canoe (some by vehicle also) and can be rented. They are available from late April to mid-October. Nightly rates are from about $92/person to $135/person and weekly rates are also available. There are several places to rent equipment for backpacking and canoeing through the backcountry.
Know the type of camping experience that you are looking for and book it early.Since there is such a wide variety of camping styles, it is important to provide as many details about your camping expectations, what type and length of camping vehicle and equipment you have what amenities and utilities you require when making reservations.
Reservations can be made as early as 5 months in advance and some campgrounds require a specific site to be chosen at the time of booking. Campers can reserve from 1 to 23 nights at a time with a maximum of 6 people per site unless all are from a single immediate family. The fee is due at the time of reservation and one vehicle is included in the cost. Check-in is before 2 pm, check-out is after 2 pm. There are penalties for not arriving by 8 am on the date after the reservation and there may be a penalty fee. Cancellations or changes may be subject to an administration fee.
Wildlife in the park:
Use caution and keep a safe distance between you and the animals. Sunrises and sunsets are the best times to see wildlife and certain trails provide the best opportunities. June has a lot of blackfly and mosquito activity and tends to be the least popular time of summer in the park.
Knowing the Regulations:
Keep the permit with you at all times. Anyone under the age of 16 must be with a parent or guardian when staying overnight. No loud noise. No guns or firework displays. Observe boat motor power limitations. Float planes or dropping supplies from planes is not allowed. Bikes are allowed on specific trails. No fishing with live bait. Adhere to fishing regulations. No cans or bottles in the backcountry.
Research maps, trails and routes in advance and keep them and a compass with you at all times. Keep a bright coloured bag that can be used as a covering, raingear or to send a signal, a flashlight, batteries, food and water, a survival knife, a first aid kid, whistles, waterproof matches, etc. handy at all times.