The late arrival of spring in has caused a number of delays and closures in Algonquin Provincial Park, including delays for backcountry camping along with trail and road closures, according to an advisory issued on April 30.
The opening date for backcountry camping and the Rock Lake, Tea Lake, Whitefish, Achray, Brent and Kiosk Campgrounds has been delayed until May 10. Some roads and trails in the park have also been closed due to flooding (see list below). The Mew Lake Campground is open year-round and camping is available. Day use is permitted in all areas of the park that are open and accessible. Conditions are being monitored and the park will be issuing updates regularly. For safety reasons, no permits for the backcountry will be issued until the tentative backcountry opening date of May 10. Campsite reservation holders with arrival dates before May 10 will be contacted and offered a full refund or the possibility to change their reservation with no penalty, depending on availability.
Opening dates delayed until May 10 (subject to change):
- Rock Lake, Tea Lake, Whitefish, Achray, Brent, and Kiosk Campgrounds
- All backcountry campsites, ranger cabins, portages and access points
- Rock Lake, Centennial Ridges and Arowhon roads are closed at Hwy 60.
- Western Uplands and Highland Backpacking trails are closed due to flooding.
- Eastern Pines Backpacking trail is closed due to road closure.
- Whiskey Rapids hiking trail is closed due to flooding.
- Booth’s Rock hiking trail is closed due to the Rock Lake closure.
- Tea Lake Dam Picnic Area is closed due to flooding.
- Barron Canyon Road is closed at Sand Lake Gate office.
- Kingscote Lake Road is closed due to washouts.
- Rain Lake Road is washed out and impassable at km 16.
- Basin Depot Road is closed at km 33.5 (just before the hydro line).
If your reservation has an arrival date before May 10, contact the Ontario Parks Reservation Call Centre at 1-888-668-7275 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET to cancel or change your reservation. Click here to read more about Algonquin Provincial Park and its advisories.