The tradition of hiking throughout Algonquin Provincial Park continued this year, but on a whole new trail system and during a new and more appropriate season – the fall!
Last year while hiking the Highlands Backpacking Trail in Algonquin, it was in the midst of the summer months, and while still a great hike that offered beautiful scenery, it did not prove to be the best season to go. Here’s why:
However, the system of trails on the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail was even more beautiful during our mid-September visit, and what’s even better is the fact that I did not receive one bug bite. Not one! When you aren’t wasting all your energy by swatting away mosquitoes, there is so much more room to take in the beauty around you and hike at a comfortable and enjoyable pace.
I will hereby always be returning to Algonquin during the fall season in the future – it really is the best time of year to enjoy some hiking in the area. The views are stunning on a crisp autumn day, the water is still warm enough for swimming, and the bug population is on a serious hiatus. Yay!
The scenery throughout the Eastern Pines Trail at times looked very mystical and as though from a fairy tale. The colourful moss covering the trees, rocks, and pathway looked really pretty in the sunlight and shimmered from the recent rainfall.
The views on the lake in the evenings offered fiery sunsets.
The views on the lake in the mornings offered bright and colourful landscapes.
Breakfast each morning consisted of brown sugar oatmeal, lemon tea, and coffee. The mornings would be a little chilly so I made sure to get nice and toasty before setting off for the day, especially if we were expecting rain. For dinner we had rice or pasta and a couple glasses of red wine! Very worth lugging the extra weight to enjoy in the evenings. Besides, it just gets lighter and lighter as the hike goes on. I highly recommend it.
My very favourite part of this trail was experiencing High Falls – a series of small waterfalls in a secluded forest lagoon. A natural water slide has formed on the rocks. The rocks are completely flat and slick so there is no trouble sliding down as you would a regular slide. The water was still warm enough to test it out and we were not disappointed! Do not miss this portion of the trail as you hike the Eastern Pines Trail!
After a wonderful couple of days hiking through beautiful Canadian wilderness and getting a ton of the best exercise, we were ready to head home. We were unable to leave the grounds of the park without witnessing a magical sighting of a mama moose and her baby! Seeing a moose in the wild with her baby was such a stunning sight and I felt goosebumps as they looked at me!