Central Ontario

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  Between the densely populated urban sprawl of southern Ontario and the wilds of the province's almost uninhabited far north lies a band of peaceful and picturesque lakes, rivers, forests, and small towns.

Algonquin Provincial Park is Canada's oldest and its size combined with its relative proximity to the major urban centres of Toronto  and Ottawa make it one of the most popular.  Algonquin's area is almost 3,000 square miles, it contains over 2,400 lakes, and supports a wide variety of plant and animal species.  Even day trippers can hike in short distances to see beaver dams and lodges.

The beauty and appeal of the lakes and rivers and forests of the Muskoka and Haliburton areas south of Algonquin turned them into Ontario's "cottage country" once automobiles and highways made weekend escapes from the southern cities possible.  The canals and locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway provide boaters with a unique way to experience the beauty of this region.  Algonquin and these parts of central Ontario are especially beautiful during the fall as the leaves of the hardwood trees change colour.

The "Fall-Colours.pdf" listed in Links to Pictures Files below contains photos from a short trip north to see fall colours that were just beginning to develop.  The trip saw other sights and learned about the history of tourism in Muskoka.

[ The "Kawartha Cruise" page listed in the menu above contains photos from a five-day cruise through central Ontario from Peterborough to Big Chute, near Georgia Bay.  It passes through some locations depicted here, but sees them from a different perspective. ]

The links to the Pictures Files are below the Sample Images.  A Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.

 

Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Algonquin Park, Ontario

Algonquin Provincial Park

Beaver lodge, Algonguin Park

Beaver lodge, Algonquin

Beaver dam, Algonquin Park

Beaver dam

Whisky Rapids, Algonquin Park

Whisky Rapids, Algonquin

Dorset, Onatrio

Dorset

Dorset, Ontario

Dorset

Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Bobcaygeon

Peterborough Lift Lock

Peterborough Lift Lock

 

 

Links to Pictures Files

 

You can access the PDF pictures files by clicking or tapping on the links below.

 

Map

This file begins with images from Algonquin Provincial Park, then moves south through Muskoka and Haliburton, and finishes with photos from three locations on the Trent-Severn Waterway – Bobcaygeon, Fenlon Falls, and Peterborough.

A package of printable Ontario Maps is available if you wish paper copies to follow along.

Netherlands map

Table of Contents

The Contents table for this PDF is reproduced below.  The combined Contents tables for all Ontario pictures files are included in the printable Ontario Contents PDF.

Central-Ontario.pdf  
Contents   2
Introduction   3
Map   4
Algonquin Park   5
Beaver Pond Trail  10
Lookout Trail  22
Map  31
Dorset  32
Lake of Bays  41
Baysville  45
Lake Muskoka  48
Haliburton  58
Trent-Severn Waterway
Bobcaygeon  60
Fenlon Falls  66
Peterborough Lift Lock  69
End  75