markinthepark seeking solitude

rain drops

tim lake

wilkins lake

bull moose - early may

Arrival - birchcliffe cabin

camp - north depot lake

access#8 - cache lake

flowering pickerel weed

september sunrise - lake opeongo

access#11 - lake opeongo

red fox

snapping turtle

mcintosh creek

morning mist - little doe lake

cedar lake


Imagine... You’ve just returned from a week long canoe trip into Algonquin Park's Interior. You thirst for more, already planning your next trip. Perhaps it is mid-March; You haven't dipped your paddle into Algonquin in five months and cabin fever is raging through your soul.

Whether you're a forty year veteran of the backwoods, a first-timer or someone in-between; Algonquin Park offers some of the finest outdoor experiences one can expect in Central Ontario. Canoeing, fishing, hiking, campgrounds, as well as many programs to enhance the visitors' knowledge and enjoyment of "The Park".

Put that snow shovel down..

Hi! My name is “Mark” and I invite you to tag along as I recount my journeys through-out beautiful Algonquin Park. This web site is not intended as "the be all and end all" of online Park resources and backwoods wisdom. Rather, this web site is intended as a journal, to keep a record online of my excursions throughout Algonquin Park and to share with those of you who matter most: People with a love and respect for Algonquin Park.

Each posted trip-log includes a comprehensive write-up, slideshow galleries to whet your appetite. Along with custom maps and weather data tables, A reader can get a 'feel' of what to expect when camping in Algonquin Park's backcountry in any given season.

Long time readers will notice a new section has been added to the web site: “
Guided Trips”. After 18 years of canoe camping (Over 140 trips and counting), I’ve moved closer to The Park. What better way to spend even more time in Algonquin Park, then to offer my services as guide?

Paddling, photography, fishing & wildlife viewing. All while travelling in solitude through the forests, lakes, rivers and creeks of Algonquin Park. If any or all of these aspects of canoe camping appeal to you then I invite you to visit the “
Guided Trips” section of the web site to learn more and reserve your guided trip into Algonquin Park’s interior.

Web Site News

March 12th, 2019
Got Cabin Fever? Watch markinthepark on Rogers TV!
Read all about it on the blog post here.

March 8th, 2019
2019 guided canoe trips schedule
The 2019 guided canoe trips schedule is now online.

March 24th, 2018

Website name changed!
Mark’s Algonquin Park Sampler” has now officially been re-named to it’s longtime URL - “markinthepark”.
blog posting for details.

Weather Forecast

Web Links

Blogs I Follow..

There’s more..

I also run a private forum. “”. Guests cannot login; Only friends and clients at this time can participate in the forum. If you have plenty of Algonquin Park experience and feel you can contribute in a positive manner to the community, then by all means, send an email and your application for membership will be considered.

The sidebar to the right provides additional links to more Algonquin Park goodness as well as celestial links and a weather box. For a comprehensive list of web links head on over to the “
Links” page for a multitude of Algonquin Park (And related) links. For additional Algonquin Park information, you can visit "Algonquin Adventures", a web site dedicated to all things Algonquin, complete with links, resources, trip-logs and a public message board - Where you can ask questions that are Algonquin Park related, i.e. fishing, route info, etc. You can also check out the "Friends of Algonquin Park" web site for current events and additional comprehensive information.

I strongly recommend that all readers (Old & new) of this web site, visit the web site "Disclaimer" (Now located in the "
About" page) and read it through thoroughly. Once you've managed to read all that boring legal stuff (I wouldn't want you to injure yourself or your canoe and then blame me for it!), why not head over to the "Trip-logs" section, put some coffee on (or tea if that is your thing), then sit back and read to your heart's content. There's lots to explore and I hope you enjoy your time here.
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