One year my family and I did the entire Algonquin Park thing, complete with canoeing, portaging and sleeping with the bears – literally. It seemed every stop we made at one point in the trip, a bear came out to greet us. Until we got smart, and paddled across to an island. I don’t mind bears – if I am in a car driving past it in the distance.

Many Ontarians are pretty lucky to have Algonquin Park as a neighbour. A two-hour drive from Pearson airport near Toronto, the provincial park is about 4,741 square miles and offers “2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers, forming a 2,000 kilometre interconnected system of routes,” writes Kevin Callan in the preface to the third addition of his book of A Paddlers Guide to Algonquin Park ($24.95, Firefly Books).

Ten new routes are included in this book that is full of stories, beautiful pictures and information about each route. There are maps, which details portages, campsites and other necessary information. I like that each route offers some valuable information: the time it takes to complete the route; portages; distance and difficulty, often with the reason why the level of difficulty is chosen that way.

While there is lots of information in this book about the routes Callan mentions, there is also a story – about the author and why he loves this part of the park, and about the location itself. You get to learn more about the person behind the book and the beautiful areas he loves.

Algonquin Park is beautiful at any time, but in the fall its spectacular as the leaves are changing colours, the days aren’t as hot, the sunsets are glorious and the water is perfect.

Happy Fall.

A copy of this book was provided by Firefly Books
for an honest review. The opinions are my own.