We have been going to the East end of Algonquin Park for over 25 years now because it is the closest place to one of our favorite lakes, Openongo. It has always been just one level higher than camping, but at one time, we found the East Gate Motel a great place to stay and loved the owners, Bob and Mary Kay. When Bob died many years ago, his son took over and the place has never been the same. As for the Parkway Inn, we never thought it was particularly nice and found the old owners to be just as rude as what other guests are now attributing to its new owners!! We gave it two shots and gave up on it!
At least there used to be a couple of places one could shop for food as there were no decent restaurants there and to my knowledge - and we go every year - there is only the Shell Station restaurant which, while not overly fancy, at least has some basic dishes. The little grocery store used to really cater to campers coming into the park, but stopped having much of a selection the past five to seven years. All in all, not a good place if your are hungry after a long day of canoeing!!
If you're really smart and intend to spend several days either car camping OR moteling, I would suggest you bring a cooler with a bunch of fresh vegetables, fruit and sandwich makings and plan on making your own basic meals. If a place has a microwave or outdoor BBQ, you might want to add hot dogs/sausages and beans.
I'm afraid Whitney is a tiny town that has slowly but surely been losing momentum and unless a big chain motel/restaurant comes to town (and after all of these years, I doubt it's going to happen!), you'd do well to get to the other end of the park which caters to Torontoians who are more picky and which has a much wider selection of restaurants.
My husband long ago gave up trying to find a place at the East End of Algonquin that had the right combination of food and accommodation and have accepted Whitney for what it is! Like I said, the Parkway Inn was never on our return visit list and the previous owners were always cold and rude, as far as we were concerned!
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