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The Explorer's Guide to Algonquin Park [Paperback]

Michael Runtz
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May 1 2000

The edition features new photographs, updated information and revised maps. As indispensable as insect repellent and good hiking boots.


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Lavishly illustrated. (Bruce Deachman, CanWest Star Phoenix (Saskatoon) 2008-09-06)

This practical guide will answer all your questions. (Laila Maalouf VIA Destinations 2008-04-00)

For anyone who is a lover of Ontario's open spaces, [this book] should be a valuable, if not indispensable tool.... Highly readable and contain[s] a wealth of information for the beginner or seasoned adventurer. (Grand Magazine (Kitchener ON) 2008-08-31)

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Michael Runtz has worked as a naturalist in Canada's national and provincial parks. He is the author of the bestselling books Moose Country, Algonquin Seasons, and the acclaimed behavior trilogy Wild Wings, Wild Things, and Wild Flowers. Wild Wings won the Ottawa Citizen Book Prize for Non-fiction. His award-winning photographs are an integral part of his Carleton University Natural History lecture series, for which he has received Excellence in Teaching awards .


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WELCOME TO ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, the oldest and third largest park in Ontario (only Polar Bear and Wabakimi are larger). Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary of Algonquin park Jan. 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This provides you with a very good overview of places to visit inside the park. It includes all areas: the Highway 60 corridor, the north and the east sides of the park.
The book goes into details of good places to visit for scenic views, or viewing wildlife, or having a picnic. This is a good book to bring with you when you visit the Park.
What stopped me from giving this book 5-stars was that most of the information available in the book is also available on the internet. I was hoping to learn of secret trails, or places to visit that the average tourist doesn't know about. There were a couple of places I never knew existed, but not as much as I had hoped for.
The book is a good guide to take with you to the park to remind you of interesting places.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Trip Planning Guide April 13 2002
Format:Paperback
Easy to follow guide for planning a family vacation to the Algonquin. Provides just the right amount of detail to whet your appetite for a trip without clouding the desriptions with too much detail. Not the best book for planning a 4 day canoeing trip into the wilderness but perfect for a varied trip including canoeing, cycling, hiking and wildlife viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book! Jan. 23 2013
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bought it used, but it was well taken care of. plenty of information to see wildlife and all the hotspots
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book delivers on many exploring fronts Jan. 16 2010
By Suhail Zubaid AHMAD TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was interested in finding information about hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking waters and dog sledding trails. The book provided me with all that information plus information about eco-tourism: best places to view wildlife, nature of wildlife and the necessary safety and security measures needed for protection. For example, individual chapters are devoted to observing wolves and listening to their howling, on bears, and on moose.

A chapter is devoted to the Highway 60 corridor and the activities along it. This is a good location to begin exploring the park for the beginners.

Besides, there is information about locations to see fall colours.

Overall, this is a good guide to keep while planning for exploring the park.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary of Algonquin park Jan. 19 2004
By Russell Sturmey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This provides you with a very good overview of places to visit inside the park. It includes all areas: the Highway 60 corridor, the north and the east sides of the park.
The book goes into details of good places to visit for scenic views, or viewing wildlife, or having a picnic. This is a good book to bring with you when you visit the Park.
What stopped me from giving this book 5-stars was that most of the information available in the book is also available on the internet. I was hoping to learn of secret trails, or places to visit that the average tourist doesn't know about. There were a couple of places I never knew existed, but not as much as I had hoped for.
The book is a good guide to take with you to the park to remind you of interesting places.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like "Coffee Table Guide" March 25 2008
By T. Cohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is filled with many beautiful photographs of Algonquin Park and would look great on anyone's coffee table. What it won't give you is any kind of information an "Explorer" would find useful.

There's a bare minimum of information on interior trips, some information on highway-side attractions, and a whole lot of info on the different kinds of animals that inhabit the park, along with tracks and scat signs, and pretty pictures. If you really want to explore Algonquin park, leave this book on the shelf.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Trip Planning Guide April 13 2002
By "aimless_and_andy" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Easy to follow guide for planning a family vacation to the Algonquin. Provides just the right amount of detail to whet your appetite for a trip without clouding the desriptions with too much detail. Not the best book for planning a 4 day canoeing trip into the wilderness but perfect for a varied trip including canoeing, cycling, hiking and wildlife viewing.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read Aug. 22 2012
By jarhead70 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought the author's original guide several years ago and found it most useful and informative. The park is huge and the book is geared to the vast majority of the public who experience the park along the highway corridor. I had to laugh at the reviewer who is disappointed that the book reveals no "secrets," for obvious reasons - how secret would they be in a widely distributed publication? More accurately though, the many observations and suggestions for viewing wildlife and choosing camping areas ARE the "secrets" since most people won't read the book.

Alas, many people do read the book which can make for crowded places. For instance, I frequent a certain spot in the fall when I visit the park to see moose. This spot rarely disappoints. Years ago only a handful of people, if that, would be around at dawn. But the last couple of years it's been like a Walmart parking lot! But it doesn't seem to spook the moose who still frequently show up. I've also seen wolves 3 times in 4 trips two of which were at spots the author suggested.

In the last 3 years I've acquired the birding bug. I've found the author's suggestions to be provident. Unlike the moose spots, the birding spots are sometimes in areas where park visitors rarely tread. I'm usually out there alone and finding great birds!

In short, the book is very good. It helps the visitor get an enhanced Algonquin experience whether seeking wildlife or choosing a campground or hiking trail. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this incredible park.
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