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.
Two other pages present pictures of special features of this region.
The "Kawartha Cruise" page listed in the menu above links to photos from a five-day cruise through central Ontario from Peterborough to Big Chute, near Georgian Bay. It passes through some of the locations depicted here, but sees them from a different perspective.
The "Fall Cruises" page listed in the menu above links to photos from short trips north primarily to see fall colours from boat cruises, but also includes other sights and insights into the history of tourism in Muskoka.
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.
Quick Start: Central-Ontario.pdf
Here are a few sample images from the picture file. You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.
Link to Pictures File
You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.
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.
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.
|Beaver Pond Trail||10|
|Lake of Bays||41|
|Peterborough Lift Lock||69|