I recently stayed at the beautiful couples resort located just outside of the East Gates of Algonquin Park, about 2.5 hours outside of Toronto.
There are lots of amazing things to do in Algonquin, including canoeing, biking, camping, and wildlife watching, but one of my favorite activities in and around the park has always been hiking.
Algonquin is a great place to hike because the trails are well maintained, but still secluded enough to feel like you’ve entered another world. They also vary largely in length from 1-2 km to over 10 km long. Before this trip, we had tried a few of the easier trails, but this time around we decided to test out the Trail of 2 Rivers. Its not a very long trail, but it features a pretty steep climb, which promises a view of, you guessed it, 2 rivers in a valley below.
The walk was really peaceful at the beginning, the sun was shining and it was so pretty through the trees. Then began the climb, and I’m not going to lie, it was pretty intense! After what must have been 2 hours of climbing ( even though my husband assures me it was less than 15 minutes) we came to the first of many lookouts.
Looking out over the trees, seeing the river way below me, it was so beautiful, so peaceful, and it was in that moment that I remembered; I am absolutely terrified of heights.
Even with my arms wrapped in a death-lock around a nearby tree though, I was able to sit and appreciate the beauty of the lookout.
After several minutes we moved on, and it was one beautiful view after another for the next two hours.
By the time we made it down I was both awed, and mentally drained from terror, but it was a walk I will never forget.
The next day we set our sites on a trail that was a little more ambitious, and a lot lower to the ground. The Track and Tower Trail.
A 7.1 km loop that follows an abandoned railroad through the forest. About a quarter of the way through the walk, you come to an opportunity to skip a section, we didn’t , and I am so glad. Just around a corner from the sign that offers the skip, is the most idyllic waterfall.
It was so perfect, with the sun shining dully through the trees, and the sounds of birds playing and water splashing, I couldn’t help but sit, and enjoy the moment.
There were a lot more beautiful sites on the walk but that one just stayed with me as an ultimate “Wow Moment”.
If you’re in Algonquin and looking for a good hike, I highly recommend the 2 Rivers and Track and Tower Trail.