Winter in Algonquin Park

DSC_0495This natural reservation, Algonquin Park, is located north of Ontario. During the wintertime, there isn’t so many tourists neither so many activities but there are some. Even covered of snow, you can observe some wildlife.

The park looks nice. You can drive from West to East to cross it after paying a fee entrance. On the way, there are spots to stop and to keep going by foot into the forest.

At the beginning of each hiking paths, there is a sign to tell you what you will be able to see and when you should better start it. During the wintertime, it is better to finish by 4 pm or it will get dark quickly.

Most of the paths are loops; they start and end at the same point. While getting inside, with the snow, it gets sometimes pretty hard to walk. It goes up and down and there are some cliffs on the way that also give you an impressive view.

Sometimes, you can also learn about what was the area in the old time. In one of the path, there is a village of the lumberjacks who used to live there.

Not like you can see so many animals if you already have snow till your butt, but you can simply sit and enjoy the moment.

On the way back, if you hear something, be quiet, and you may catch a sight of geese. There are also deer, birds, squirrels and wolfs around at that period. There are easy to see, but the last one that don’t dare to show up at -40°C.

But hiking, you can also go on snow motorbike, and dog sledding. Both are quite expensive, especially the first one. It gives you an experience of the forest during the wintertime. Also, pay attention on the contract they give you, because, not matter what happened, most of the time, businesses protect themselves with few rules that you wouldn’t agree on.

I tried the dog sledding. It was really fun! We had a sled of 6 dogs each. The rule was simple: follow the leader. But dogs don’t hear it that way. So we got to stop at many points to gather the whole group again. Dogs were sometimes fast, and forgot they pulled the sled so you would find yourself anywhere but on the sled. My dogs pushed me into a pine for example. The speed gave some sensations. You could feel the bumps and the turns.

During the summer time, it is easier to go hiking. Kids can play with the dogs instead of sledding, and you can also camp in the forest, and start your next day chasing a sigh of bears.

If you’re more into an accommodation indoor, there is a hostel nearby, the Arlington. The place is cozy. You have a kitchen to cook, a bar to drink a few, a pool, and a living room to play board games while waiting for the fatigue to carry you to bed.

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