Bigger than the State of Delaware, Algonquin is Ontario's popular park and a world-class destination offering adventurers and comfort seekers alike their ultimate outdoor experience.
275 km from toronto
Introducing Algonquin Provincial Park
Lake Opeongo / Algonquin Outfitters
Lake Opeongo is the biggest (and windiest) lake in Algonquin Park and Algonquin Outfitters offers rentals on location. You can pick up your camping permits right at the bus drop-off (but make reservations in advance!).
Pog Lake / Whitefish Campground
Lake of Two Rivers Store
Conveniently nestled right between Lake of Two Rivers and Mew Lake campgrounds, we stop in between the two, at the Store & Cafe parking lot. There is a short trail that connects to both campgrounds from there, and a nearby beach and to Highland Backpacking Trail.
Canoe Lake / Portage Store
Canoe Lake is one of the most popular canoe access points in the park. The Portage Store will help you with all your outfitting needs, while permits are also issued right there, so you'll be on your way to explore the vast network of lakes in no time.
The official entrance to Algonquin Park! This stop is for anyone who is planning to hike the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail. You'll have to get off here to pick up permits and then hike 2.5km to the trailhead along Hwy 60.
Wolf Den Bunkhouse
Located 5km west of the park entrance Algonquin Outfitters Oxtongue Store is great spot to start your paddling adventure or a hiking trail - even if you are coming for a day.
Introduction to Algonquin
The perfect introduction to camping in Algonquin Park! A guided trip filled with lots of different activities designed specifically for beginners without too much outdoor experience looking to try it out.
Algonquin Wilderness: Guided canoe trip
This is our level-up trip. We avoid the standard canoe highway of Canoe Lake and instead head south, because we understand that the path less traveled is the path worth taking. Our goals for this trip are a little more ambitious as we look for waterfalls, wildlife, and wetlands in one of Algonquin's most beautiful lakes. Bring your camera because the sights are incredible!
Pickup locations in Toronto
5 Old York Mills Rd
The pick up is at the York Mills TTC subway drop-off/pick-up area at 5 Old York Mills Rd - just to the SOUTH of Shells gas station on the SE Corner of Yonge and York Mills.
30 Carlton Street
The pick up location is in front of Holiday Inn/Starbucks, on the north side of Carlton Street. TTC College Subway station is located less than 100m away.
1126 Bloor Street West
The pick up location is on the north side of Bloor to the East of Dufferin (1126 Bloor St West) - TTC subway station Dufferin.
Major Mackenzie & Hwy 400 Carpool Lot
The pick up point is located at the MTO carpool parking lot. The bus will pull in right besides the bus stop located at the parking lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I visit Algonquin Park on a day trip from Toronto?
You can, but it will only make sense if you pick the earliest drop-off in the park (Oxtongue Lake - technically outside of the park boundary), which is also the latest pick-up. This way, you will have the most time to spend in the park - (about 4 hours). You would be dropped off right at Algonquin Outfitters Oxtongue base, and you will have several options - either hike around the lake (several hike options are available - inquire directly with Algonquin Outfitters), or rent a canoe/kayak from them and paddle to Oxtongue Falls, or, if you are extremely fast, you can do both. Do check directly with Algonquin Outfitters by calling them at 705-635-2243 for latest conditions, canoe reservations, etc.
Are there overnight options for non-campers?
Yes! However, due to their popularity, you need to make reservations well in advance.
Wolf Den Bunkhouse (705) 635-9336 is an extremely popular option as they offer cozy cabins, private and semi-private rooms. While technically they are located about 6km from park's entrance, the natural setting is very similar, with many hiking trails and canoe rentals available within walking distance (give them a call to inquire). Oxtongue Lake Algonquin Outfitters base is about 10min walk down Hwy 60.
While Wolf Den is the only location where Parkbus currently stops, Algonquin Lakeside Inn, Blue Spruce Inn as well as Blue Spruce resort are located within walking distance.
If you are looking for roofed accommodation inside the park, there are 3 high-end resorts, including Killarney Lodge, Arowhon Pines Resort, and Bartlett Lodge. While we do not stop right at their properties, they can normally offer a shuttle service to and from Lake of Two Rivers Store, or Portage Store - two of our official stops.
Can Parkbus offer extra stops on demand?
Unfortunately we cannot do it for many reasons, including safety, liability and our agreements with the park and our partners. However, we are constantly reviewing our operations, and if you have any suggestions or ideas, including new stops for the future, do get in touch!
Are there places to buy food / camping equipment?
If you are staying at Lake of Two Rivers, or Mew Lake campground: Lake of Two Rivers Store is one of our stops, and offers basic grocery items (mostly non-perishables) and camping supplies. The adjacent restaurant also sells fast-food type items, such as hamburgers, ice cream, fries, pizza, etc.
If you are starting or ending a canoe trip at Canoe Lake, Portage Store offers similar products and services. Do give them a call in advance to make sure they have what you need, there are no other options around!
Is there cellphone reception in the park?
While spotty and unreliable, it has been (un)fortunately improving over the last few years. You will get best reception, and sometimes even 3G/LTE on top of hills, or in middle of some larger lakes. Ultimately, it depends on your operator - in the same place, one cellphone can have 3G connectivity, while another would be getting no service at all.
Can I bring pets on the bus?
We generally allow pets on the bus to Algonquin, as long as pet ticket is bought ($10 each way), the pet is transported either in a carrier or with a muzzle, and the owner assumes responsibility for a cleaning fee in case their pet makes a mess on the bus.
Dogs must be on the leash when in the park.
Are there bears? How do we hide our food overnight without a car?
There are bears in the park, although they generally avoid humans, and your chances of seeing one are extremely slim. Check out official Ontario Government publication (BearWise) on avoiding bear encounters.
Bears, raccoons, chipmunks and other wildlife are attracted to human food, and you must take precautions. If you are staying at Lake of Two Rivers, Mew Lake or Pog Lake Campgrounds, park staff offers use of food lockers free of charge to Parkbus passengers. Lockers are placed in several locations around campgrounds (usually next to comfort station), and require a key which can be obtained at park office with $25 refundable cash deposit.
How do we pay day use / camping / backcountry fees?
Note that Algonquin Park is a provincial park run by Ontario Parks, and does not offer free admission like National Parks (Parks Canada) do for 2017.
If you are staying at Lake of Two Rivers, Mew Lake, or Pog Lake campgrounds, you can pay fees directly at campground offices when you arrive.
If you are backpacking Highland trail, you will pay the fee and obtain your backcountry permit at Mew Lake campground office (800m from Lake of Two Rivers store drop-off)
If you are going on a canoe trip, you must obtain your backcountry permit either at Canoe Lake (if you are starting at Canoe or Smoke Lake) or at Lake Opeongo - both locations have park offices.
How much luggage can we bring on the bus? What about bikes?
We run 56 seater passenger buses on this route, and generally you can bring suitcases, backpacks, coolers, and other camping equipment. We allow up to 2 bikes per bus, on first-come, first-served basis where you have to call us in advance and reserve your spots.
Folding bikes, and folding/inflatable kayaks do not require pre-approval as long as they do not take more space than a large suitcase would - if you are not sure, give us a call! Regular canoes and kayaks are NOT allowed as they will not fit.
Fireworks, firewood, and firearms are NOT permitted on board or in the luggage compartment.
Is there bathroom on board? Do you make a stop on the way?
There are bathrooms on board most buses. We also make a 15 min stop about half way into the journey to allow passengers a quick visit to fast food, washrooms, etc on the way.