Algonquin Park Driving Tour

12 Stops
Duration: 00:50:00
Distance: 60000

Curious about what this park was like in its earliest days? Ready to geek out on historical fact? Then you'll want to dig in to Algonquin Park's first drive-through audio tour featuring a dozen stories of the early days of Algonquin park published in US and Canadian newspapers between 1899 and 1922. Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle visited the park with his wife once? Or that Ottawa's famous lumberman J R Booth did not enjoy vacationing? Discover how Tom Thomson walked from Smoke Lake to Toronto, and sold his early paintings for $10 or $15. Be captivated by musical performances of E. Pauline Johnson’s poem The Song my Paddle Sings composed and arranged by Kevin Camilleri, and the Tom Thomson Song by Alex Sinclair.

Start the app and play the introduction either as you drive through the village of Whitney toward the East Gate of the Park or as you pass Oxtongue Lake moving toward the West Gate. With locations services enabled on your device, the content will stream automatically as you drive, no wifi necessary. It works in both directions of travel. The tour takes about 50 minutes based on a driving speed of 80km/hour.

This app is produced, sponsored and brought to you by:
Four Corners Algonquin Camping and Glamping
29924 Highway 60
Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0

As settlers, we're grateful for the opportunity to meet in this place and we thank all generations of people who have taken care of and been stewards of this land for thousands of years before today. We acknowledge that we are operating on unceded Algonquin, Anishinaabeg territory. The Anishinaabeg nation includes all the Algonkian/Ojibwa Nations: Ojibway, Odawa, Algonquin, Potawatomi, Nipissing, Mississaugas, Saulteau. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions the Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole. We are committed personally and as a business to making Truth and Reconciliation real. To this end, we hope you will enjoy and reflect on the prayer of Mr. Rod Nettagog, who is an Anishnabe from Henvey Inlet First Nation located 50 kilometers north of Parry Sound by the French River. He is of the Bear Clan and his spirit name is Bluestonecloud. “The Paddle Song” depicts environmental sustainability while celebrating the beauty of water and a rich Indigenous Heritage. This musical piece was brought to us by educator and musician, Kevin Camilleri.

With special thanks to an army of generous humans who answered our calls, we are able to provide this app for your enjoyment at no charge. Author Marshall Ward and photographer Sara Geidlinger of Bonn Park Podcast were especially generous with production assistance.

If you enjoyed this content, please like us at the App store, or leave a kind and constructive review on our Facebook or Google Reviews pages. We especially look forward to hearing about new content you would like to see in future tours. If you are in a position to return the kindness, we gratefully accept donations to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, through which we deliver more than 400 books to kids in the Township of South Algonquin each year. Each subscription is an investment in rural literacy and costs about $45/year. Donations of any size are welcome, tax receipted and can be made through Canada Helps. Please specify the "ON South Algonquin Imagination Library" when making your donation. Thank you for your support!

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Lastly, we have taken great care to use public domain and CC licensed material. If we have mistakenly included content you believe you have a copyright claim to, please contact us. This work is shared under copyright license CC NC-ND 4.0. Music rights are retained by the respective artists.

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