Ontario's first provincial park and one of Canada's largest, Algonquin Provincial provides a huge variety ecosystems, from pitcher-plant-dotted wetlands to dense evergreen forest. Hikers here can spot moose, black bears, beavers, and wolves, as well as over 270 species of birds.
Algonquin also encompasses the headwaters of five major rivers. That makes the park an ideal spot for fishing and canoeing as well as hiking, camping, and backpacking
Algonquin is a huge park, so there are many entry points. Some of the most easily accessed are the towns of Whitney, Ontario, and Dwight, Ontario, both of which sit along Highway 60, which runs through the park. You can find more specific directions from a variety of nearby locations on the Algonquin Provincial Park web page.
July and August are the most popular months for visiting Algonquin, but the park is open year-round. To avoid the crowds, go in spring (April-May) for wildlife watching, or catch the sugar maples turning crimson in late September to early October.
Permits are required for both day use and overnight use. You can also purchase a seasonal pass if you're a frequent visitor.
Dogs are allowed only in certain areas of Algonquin National Park. Check the park website for a full list of the trails and campgrounds where dogs are not permitted.