Algonquin Provincial Park is a huge area, about 2 hours from both Toronto and Ottowa. Our arrival was right in the middle of a three day weekend, so the campground was pretty full when Chico and I arrived. Our spot was one spot away from the lake front, with trees and a breeze that kind of kept the bugs away. Our neighbors had dogs, so we were not the only campsite that barked at passers by.
Chico and I arrived about 4:30, Mila and Christina arrived at about 6 and we made camp and cooked some dinner.
The next morning we took a three hour hike to Butler’s Rocks. The trails are well used and easy to follow and we saw wonderful things.
Dogs have to be on a leash *everywhere* in the park, but when we got to this little lake, I broke the rules for a few minutes so Chico could have a dip.
The trail leaves lake level and climbs, slowly, to a fantastic out cropping of rock that overlooks the lake we were camped on.
The descent from this walk uses a loooong set of stairs.
We spent a relaxing afternoon taking showers and doing laundry, visiting the visitor’s center (no dogs allowed, no shade in the parking lot, I sat outside in the car, turning on the AC when it got too warm) and getting some firewood so we could have a camp fire that evening.