Watch a video of the irrepressible Rick Mercer assisting with the annual bear-tagging activities in Algonquin Park. From YouTube.
Poor soils, a harsh climate and fires have produced a varied and changing second-growth forest, including pine, fir, birch and poplar. The park is famous for its wolves, and other species (eg, deer, moose, bear, raccoon) are common. About 240 bird species have been recorded, including the gray jay, spruce grouse, brown thrasher, scarlet tanager and loon. The cold, deep, nutrient-poor lakes are especially suited to trout, and small-mouthed bass, pike, muskellunge and walleye are also found.
Extensive logging, especially for white PINE, began in the 19th century; today over 70% of the park is still subject to controlled logging. Recently land use pressures and park planning have led to considerable public debate regarding the appropriate use and designation of the park. Much research has occurred in Algonquin. An astronomical OBSERVATORY situated in the park was closed in 1987.
Facilities include lodges, campgrounds, scenic drives, trails and 1500 km of lake and river canoe routes. A new visitor centre complete with bookstore, museum and restaurant was opened in 1993 to celebrate Algonquin's centennial.
Author JOHN S. MARSH
Links to Other Sites
This guide to the popular Algonquin Provincial Park is provided by Ontario Parks. Also check out the link to The Friends of Algonquin Park website.
The Science Behind Algonquin's Animals
Features interactive learning resources that explore the role of science and technology in wildlife research in Algonquin Provincial Park. Produced by The Friends of Algonquin Park.
Rick Mercer visits Algonquin Park
Watch a video of the irrepressible Rick Mercer assisting with the annual bear tagging activities in Algonquin Park. From YouTube.
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