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.

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



Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture file.  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, Ontario


Bobcaygeon, Ontario


Peterborough Lift Lock

Peterborough Lift Lock



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.

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.

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