Fall Colors in Algonquin Provincial Park

We are looking for some traveling companions for a trip to Algonquin Park from late September to early October. This trip will take place at the peak of autumn colors, which at this time form the unique landscape of the park and attract many visitors who want to see this beauty. We have booked a place for 6 people in the Pog Lake and Kearney Lake Campground from Friday (it’s September 30th) until Sunday (it’s October 2nd). I plan to organize several guided nature watch tours these days to places where there is a high probability of seeing moose,  otters, beavers, as well as birds such as Spruce Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Canada Jay, and late migrants occurring this time in the Algonquin Park – in the mornings and evenings. We will also visit several lookouts to view the beauty of the autumn colors of the park from a height. On Sunday, when we leave the park, we will visit several areas where mushroom picking is allowed on the way home to Ottawa. Those wishing to go, please contact either through the comments below or through the messenger on Facebook. For the trip you need to have a tent, sleeping bags, and mattresses, although we have extra tents and all other equipment available, so please contact us if you need anything for the trip.

How to dress?

From late September – early October, it can be already fresh or even cold in the park. It is necessary to bring warm clothes for sleeping, as well as for hiking in the morning and evening. Please, prepare also good hiking shoes. It is also advisable to bring your own mugs, spoons, forks, and knives. In the evening you will need flashlights.

What else might be needed?

We bring food and agree on our diet and cooking plans before the trip. We also have other field utensils for cooking. But you can grab a light snack for hiking. Don’t forget your personal insect repellent and sunscreen.


Мы ищем несколько попутчиков для поездки в Алгонкин парк в конце сентября – начале октября. Это поездка состоится в пик осенних красок, которые формируют в это время неповторимый ландшафт парка и привлекают сюда многих посетителей, которые хотят увидеть эту красоту. Мы забронировали место на 6 человек в районе озер Пог и Киарни с пятницы – это сентябрь 30 – до воскресенья – это 2 октября.  Я планирую провести несколько экскурсий в эти дни в места, где высока вероятность увидеть лосей, выдр, бобров, а также птиц – канадскую дикушу и воротничковых рябчиков – по утрам и вечерам. Также мы будем подниматься в места обзора, чтобы увидеть красоту осенних красок парка с высоты. В воскресенье, когда мы выедем из парка, мы посетим несколько мест, где разрешается собирать грибы, на пути домой в Оттаву. Желающих поехать прошу связаться либо через комментарии внизу, либо через мессенджер в Фэйсбуке. Для поездки нужно иметь палатку, спальные мешки и матрасики, хотя у нас есть в наличии и экстра-палатки, и все остальное оборудование, поэтому, обращайтесь, если вам что-то будет нужно для поездки.

Как одеваться?

В конце сентября – начале октября в парке уже прохладно. Необходимо взять с собой теплую одежду для сна, а также для походов утром и вечером. Также желательно взять свои кружки, ложки, вилки и ножи. Вечером понадобятся фонарики.

Что еще может понадобиться?

Мы привозим еду и согласуем наш рацион до поездки. Также у нас есть плитка для готовки и полевая посуда. Но вы можете захватить легкий перекус для походов. Не забывайте средства персональной защиты от насекомых и крем от солнца.

Algonquin Park during Fall Season

Algonquin Provincial Park during fall. Algonquin Provincial Park, located in Ontario, is one of the oldest parks not only in Canada, but in North America. It was established in 1893. At present, it covers the area of 7,653 sq. km. Located on the border between northern boreal forests and southern mixed and deciduous forests, the Park provides habitats for very rich diversity of animals and plants. Its convenient location makes it an attractive magnet for residents of Ontario, highways provides quick access from both Toronto and Ottawa sides. A variety of landscapes, an endless number of deep clean lakes, fast and slow-flowing water streams, a well-developed tourist infrastructure – all this contributes to the development of recreational activities in the Park. However, recreation does not interfere with the implementation of conservation tasks for preserving the rich flora and fauna due to the rational planning and location of access zones only in certain areas of the park.

Algonquin Provincial Park represents a place that attracts thousands and thousands of people at any time of the year. Ontarians and visitors from other provinces and countries come to the park to admire the magnificent landscapes, as well as in the hope of seeing the wildlife species typical of the southern taiga zone. Their expectations are not groundless. When visitors come to the park in a suitable season, they can almost always observe moose and white-tailed deer, beavers and muskrats, martens and foxes, otters and American minks not far the forest paths. Sometimes tourists can even see the American black bear or the Algonquin wolf, although the latter are very careful and rarely spend time near tourist trails with frightening smells and noise from people. In areas where bears live, warning signs are usually installed, and visitors are instructed about behavior how to react when they unexpectedly meet these inhabitants of the park closely.

Algonquin Provincial Park during fall is a great birdwatching spot. A significant number of breeding birds occurs here, many of which are migratory. They fill the park with their songs, chirping, cackling and squeaking from early spring to late autumn. But it is also home to a significant number of resident species. Near the trails in the coniferous forest, visitors can observe a completely fearless bird – the Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis). Spruce Grouse does not pay attention to the presence of people and can allow observers coming very close – to a few steps, continuing to examine the forest floor in search of buds, fresh needles or hiding insects. Another bird, which often even accompanies visitors in the hope of profiting from appetizing offerings, is the Canada Jay (Perisoreus canadensis). In the fall, Canada jays appear in crowded places and, on occasion, do not hesitate to descend on an outstretched hand with nuts or dried cranberries. The park’s specialists have been conducting long-term monitoring of the Canada Jay’ populations inhabiting its area, therefore, almost all birds are marked with colored rings arranged in a certain sequence, which makes it possible to recognize each bird. The rare Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) nests in the park. This woodpecker inhabits the burned-out forests or forests affected by outbreaks of insect-pests. Sometimes the large Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) nests in the park. Among the migratory species there are many birds belonging to the different taxonomic groups – loons, grebes, waterfowl – ducks and Canada geese, herons and bitterns, gulls and waders and a wide variety of small passerines.

The number of tourists visiting the park is significant at any time of the year, but in autumn it is especially great. At this time, there are often days when the park administration is forced to close access zones for visitors, since the pressure on the park’s ecosystems is too big. In such days, numerous tourist cars form traffic jams on the entrances to the park and along highway 60 inside the park itself. But when you planning the visit to the park not at the very peak of the autumn season, then you can fully enjoy both the rich extent of calm autumn colors and scenes from the life of the wild park’s inhabitants. Each trail in the park has parking lots where you can leave your car, take a map with the route and follow one or more of your favorite paths.

Autumn is not only a time of colors and extraordinary sunrises; it is also a time for mushrooms to ripen. Mushrooms appear at the end of August – September along with morning fogs, rains and autumn coolness. The last year has been marked by the richest harvest of representatives of this nature realm. Bizarre shapes, colossal sizes, diverse types and miracles of adaptation undoubtedly draw attention to this living organisms. Mushrooms in the park are a great help in preparing for winter for representatives of the fauna. Fast American red squirrels have appreciated the fall harvest by storing mushrooms on tree branches and hiding them under tree trunks. It is certain that other animals do not pass by such wealth, but it is almost impossible to spy on such scenes.

All of these make Algonquin Provincial Park during fall season is the most attractive place to visit.