Algonquin Provincial Park
Time almost seems frozen as we gaze upon the beauty of nature. Nature is a true gift from the earth that is essential for all lives. To gaze at the vibrant flowers that dance in harmony to the gentle breeze is priceless. The sky is painted a cerulean blue and animals are jovial as they chase each other through trees. All lives are truly accepted and live blissfully within nature. Nature allows us to reconnect with our inner spirit and reminds us that we are also a part of nature.
Canada's provincial parks help us connect with nature as we take a much needed break from the rush of our daily lives. Provincial parks are areas of land and water that consist of man-modified or natural designs. These parks are designated to nature preservation, recreation, tourism, historic preservation and education ("Provincial Parks"). Provincial parks are also located in every province and hold activities such as canoeing, hiking, zip-lining, cycling and several other entertaining activities. Although there are numerous provincial parks, Algonquin Park is the most enchanting and breath-taking park in existence.
Myself gazing into the Oxtongue Lake, Algonquin Park in 2008.
Myself, viewing the vibrant trees from the lookout point inside Algonquin's "Visitor Centre" in 2016.
Established in 1893, Algonquin Park was the first park designated to protecting natural environments. Alexander Kirkwood, a clerk of the Crown Islands, grew concerned as he learned of the destruction of wildlife and forests in northern Ontario. As his concerns grew, Kirkwood began to advocate for the creation of Algonquin Park in honour of "one of the greatest Indian nations that has inhabited the North American continent". in 1893, his dreams had come true as the area of Algonquin was announced "a public park and forest reservation, fish and game preserve, health resort and pleasure ground for the benefit, advantage and enjoyment of the people of the Province" ("Provincial Parks").
The alluring scenaries of Algonquin Park will always be in my memory. This park has tremendously changed my life as I created numerous memories there. Algonquin tranquil beauty will calm any mind. There are several cottages located in Algonquin park. I have been staying at the "Blue Spruce Resort" each summer since I was born. My family and I visit the Blue Spruce Resort each summer to explore the many wonders of Algonquin park. We are great friends with the owners of the Blue Spruce Resort and several other friendly families who visit Algonquin Park as often as my family.
The Blue Spruce resort is a large cottage located by the west gate of Algonquin Park. It overlooks a small, soothing lake that sometimes seem like a giant mirror. Behind the cottages is an enormous forest with tall trees that spread like a canopy. The resort also includes an arcade and library room, activities for children, a large beach, free access to the internet, boat rentals, a Friday night barbecue, a campfire, and several other activities. As a young child, I relished participating in their scavenger hunt each year. Each participant is required to find minnow fishes, a stick shaped as the letter "Y", a four-leaf clover, a dead spider, shoelaces and several other peculiar objects. However, the atmosphere of the Blue Spruce resort helps release the stress of daily living in the city. A beautiful serenity enters my mind that carries my spirit towards the imagery of a natural landscape.
A small playground and tennis court is located behind the cottages. As a young child, I was amused by the large seesaw that sent me flying into the clouds, and the tall swings where my body flew into the air. The playground is like none I have ever seen. My brother and I enjoyed the activities set up inside the arcade. During our visits to the small arcade, I would read through several novels while my brother and father played long matches of ping-pong. After a long day of venturing into Algonquin Park, my family and I would end every night with a campfire under the stars. We'd roast marshmallows and engage in long conversations a few feet away from the lake.
Among all the cottages I have been to and will ever travel to, Blue Spruce will hold the best of my memories. The mere thought of the resort will inevitably invoke happiness within my being.
Character is developed through experiences that influence our thoughts and life. Algonquin park is the highlight of each summer with the many experiences I gain in every visit. Various activities are spread throughout the large park that add interest to the park.
Each year, my family and I engage in several activities during our stay in Algonquin Park. Algonquin offers activities to appeal to the interests of all types of individuala. As individuals, we all have our own interests and hobbies to keep us entertained. As a young child, I discovered the joys of recreational sports and observing nature. Algonquin Park offers: canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, hiking, skating, camping, cycling, and several other activities.However, the vast majority of my visits are spent biking, hiking, swimming and canoeing.
The extravagant land of Algonquin is best explored on foot or with a bicycle. Three biking trails: Old Railway Bike Trail, Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail, and Byers Lake Mountain Bike Trail and eighteen hiking trails including: Booth's Rock, Beaver Pond, Big Pines, and Hemlock Bluff are located throughout the park ("Interpretive Walking Trails"). These trails vary in length and will inevitably astonish each of its visitors. Large tree canopy cover the trail and vibrant bushes and wildflowers are scattered along the way. Each step along the pathways of Algonquin's trials hold moments of tranquility and delight that are left within my mind for all of time. I very much enjoy observing nature's beauty. My hiking and biking experiences allowed me to observe the various plants and wildlife in the forest of Northern Ontario.
Clear, still lakes are located all throughout Algonquin park. These lakes include: Tea Lake, Lake of Two Rivers, Cedar Lake and Lake Opeongo ("Boating"). These serene bodies of water are best discovered by canoeing and swimming. Each year, my family and I canoe to a waterfall located within Oxtongue Lake, which overlooks the Blue Spruce resort. The canoe ride is about two to three hours in length. The large waterfall known as "Ragged Falls", pounds against the rocks as it flows. I enjoy canoeing throughout the peaceful lake as I view the large body of water. After climbing to the top of the falls, my family and I go for a swim in the sky-blue water. A logging museum and visitors center are not far from the lakes of Algonquin.
The pathways of Algonquin Park lead to chambers of new memories and experiences. Algonquin is best explored on foot or cycling through the towering trees.
Over 70% of Algonquin is subjected to controlled logging. The logging industry grew in the nineteenth century. This left Algonquin Park as a huge target for the logging industry. Two thirds of the land is made up of temperate deciduous forests, a biome known for its variety of animal and plant species ("Algonquin Provincial park"). This biome contains four natural seasons: winter,spring,summer and fall, and get about thirty to sixty inches of precipitation per year("Temperate Deciduous Forests")
Wildlife, plants and lakes make up the beauty and attraction of Algonquin park. Individuals all across the world come to visit Algonquin's vital ecosystem. This unbeliveble ecosystem contains: over 1000 species of plants, 53 species of fish, 31 species of animals and amphibians, 272 species of birds, 53 species of mammals, and more than 7,000 species of insects ("Plants and Animals of Algonquin Provincial Park"). Tourists all across Canada visit Algonquin to view its variety of plants and animals.
My family and I enjoy spotting animals along the roads of highway 60. White-tailed deer, moose, deer, eastern wolves, chipmunks and ravens are some of the beloved animals found in this beautiful park. I was astounded by the large moose and deer I spotted along highway 60 as a child. I had never seen such large animals in Brampton, my hometown. I've always had a wide interest for all types of animals. In August, Algonquin's staff also hold wolf-howling sessions, where one can hear the howls of wolves (Fischer and Hudson, 73)
Exhibits of stuffed wolves in Algonquins "Visitor's Center"
A male moose lurking through the bushes in 2007
Algonquin has provided me with countless intimate experiences with nature. The many trips I've made to this provincial park has instilled in me, a deep appreciation of nature and the outdoors. I truly support the effort of the government in preserving these natural areas we call "Provincial Parks". It provides an interactive and rewarding experience between us, the visitors, and nature. We need to preserve these Provincial parks in their natural state, so that future generations can enjoy the natural beauty that Canada has to offer.