Algonquin Provincial Park
AccessFrom Toronto, northwards on Highways 400 and 11 to Huntsville, then eastwards on Highway 60 into the Park.FacilitiesIn Algonquin Provincial Park there arenumerous campgrounds and picnic areas. In addition there are lodges for anglers and hunters as well as some outfitters.Algonquin Provincial Park, the second largest of its kind in Canada, stretches to the southeast of North Bay and south of the upper reaches of the Ottawa River.
Algonquin Provincial Park Highlights
In the Madawaska Valley on the southern edge of the Algonquin Provincial Park lies the busy little town of Bancroft. In recent years Bancroft has developed into a popular holiday resort. Experts have found some beautiful minerals in the surrounding countryside, which geologically forms part of the Canadian Shield.
Annual Rockhound Gemboree, Canada's Largest Gem & Mineral Show
Bancroft's Annual Rockhound Gemboree, Canada's Largest Gem & Mineral Show is a showcase for minerals from around the world, specimens, dealers, finished jewellery and wares, lapidary supplies, mineral identification, industry reps and how-to's. We also have a field trip each day for hands-on collecting for amateurs and seasoned pros alike! There are activities for kids, on-site food vendors and demonstrations!
Art Gallery of Bancroft
The Art Gallery of Bancroft is located in the restored train station and features works by local and regional artists. The gallery offers changing exhibitions throughout the year.Also of interest is the building itself. The station still retains its original stamped tin ceiling.
North Hastings Heritage Museum
The North Hastings Heritage Museum displays a variety of items including medical equipment, a mineral collection, and Victorian costumes. The museum also recounts the history of the town.The museum is housed in a log cabin which was built in 1879.
Address: Box 539, Bancroft, ON K0L1C0, Canada
Opening hours: Jul 1 to Aug 31: 9am-6pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Labor Day - Canada (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - Canada (2nd Monday, Oct), Remembrance Day / 1918 Armistice Day (Nov 11), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Victoria Day - Canada, Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee in CAD: Family $5.00, Adult $2.00, Child 18 & under $1.00
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Algonquin Art Centre
The Algonquin Art Centre, located at km 20 near the main campgrounds in the park, is a must see for visitors interested in nature and Canadian art. The Algonquin Art Centre is housed in a beautifully restored stone building that was once the Algonquin Park museum. The Algonquin Art Centre has an indoor gallery consisting of three wings featuring artwork by some of Canada's leading artists. After your visit you many feel you have learned about nature through the eyes of an artist.Another interesting feature of the Algonquin Art Centre is the outdoor gallery. It is set among the pine trees and well manicured lawns and is a pleasant spot to linger or have a picnic lunch.
Algonquin Visitor Centre
The Algonquin Visitor Centre was opened in 1993 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Algonquin Park and the entire Ontario provincial park system. The park's history is presented through exhibits, dioramas, theater presentations and a panoramic view of the landscape.
The former village of Kiosk forms the northern entrance to Algonquin Provincial Park. It is a favorite spot for anglers looking for trout.