This covers the part of our trip between Ottawa- Gravenhurst, with an overnight stop in Algonquin
We left Ottawa around 12.30 heading towards Highway 60. Dull scenery initially, but from Golden Lake onwards the scenery improved and was very pretty, though the rain became heavier so we pressed on. After entering Algonquin, we stopped at the visitor centre to look at the exhibits and noticed that the wildlife log had listed bears and cubs for an hour earlier that day seen at the visitor centre. We rushed out to the viewing platform and the bears were still there about 200-300 yards away, so we watched them through binoculars for a while.
Next we drove to Canoe Lake where I checked out canoe hire, potential routes and what I’d be able to see, before moving onto Algonquin Inn at 6pm. The route through the park had been through fall scenery which looked beautiful even in the rain.
Algonquin Inn (separate review) was just by a large lake. We went for dinner at the Inn, and shortly after sitting down, suddenly saw a raccoon’s face at the window right next to our table! The raccoon went round the corner, and seemed quite tame, with all the Inn guests going out to take photos, which didn’t scare it in the least. Next we saw two young raccoons with the mother, and then climbed up in a bird table and started eating the seed – presenting a perfect photo opportunity. (I’ll attach a photo if I can work out how to do it). The raccoons stayed just outside the restaurant window all through our meal. The hotel staff warned us not to get too close as although they look very cute, they can be surprisingly vicious and aggressive.