Algonquin Park

September 5, 2017
A waterfall with trees

A waterfall with trees

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I’m finally getting around to blogging about our trip to Algonquin Park!! Yay Canada! 

Ever since I was a teeny tiny baby, my parents have taken me and my siblings camping at Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park. Tradition!! Every summer we would go here without fail. 

Like you probably saw on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago, my little family (plus the rest of my five siblings and their families) traveled back to Canada to surprise my Mom for her last day of work as she heads into retirement. She had no idea that we were going to be surprising her, let alone camping with her and EVERYONE a few days later! This has never happened before and many of us have not been back to Algonquin Park since we were in high school. Needless to say, we all were pretty excited to show our kids around the park and create lots of memories! 

Gordon has never been here because he’s always been busy with work and this year has been no exception, but next year, we’re hoping since we live so close that we’ll be able to come all together as a family! We certainly are passionate about exploring and traveling to new places with our little ones (hence Hawaii and The Redwoods and Disney World and New York City!!!)

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Here are some of the photos I snapped during our adventure. We had such a great time!

As usual, my tips for camping and where we stayed, etc. are all at the bottom of this post.

A tent in a wooded area

Our neat little tent! Just behind my tent you can barely make out my parents’ trailer. We got connecting campsites, which made for an extra fun experience, especially for the cousins!

A small boat in a body of water

Part of the beautiful beach on the Lake of Two Rivers. It is so peaceful here! And a little chilly, but you can’t tell by these photos.

A little boy sitting on top of a sandy beach

My boys will always always choose digging in the sand to swimming in the water any day!

Eddie in the sand

Eddie at the shore

Such a little beach bum!! 🙂

Eddie and Blake in the water

Blake in the water

Brooke on the other hand was in heaven, begging to swim everyday, even on the days it rained! Haha! She learned to do handstands in the water with Olivia, her cousin 6 months younger.

Blake running on shore

A kid in the water

Eddie at the shore

Eddie on the sand

That tongue must always be out!

Brooke sitting and eating

Post swimming, its always nice to come back to a spaghetti dinner!! My bolognese sauce was used. Recipe here.

Lauren feeding Eddie

It was a hit, especially with Eddie! That kid had two helpings!

Brooke and family

Pre-s’mores, after showers and dinner.

Lauren and Eddie

The next day, we were able to walk over to the general store and pick up a few souvenirs and ice cream! Eddie had a good spill on the pavement, hence his face in the photo above.

Brooke and Blake licking ice cream cones

Why does ice cream taste so much better on vacation?

small treat

Also amazing? Nanaimo bars. If you don’t know what these things are, then you are missing out. Completely missing out. (I have a red velvet version here that are TO DIE FOR.)

Forest and sky

Every year, my family hikes to the top of the Lookout Trail to take a family photo. And every year it never fails that we all have heart attacks because children get to close to the edge. This year was definitely no exception. Ha!! And, yes I’m planning on photoshopping Gordon into this photo!!

A group of people posing for the camera

Brooke and friend

Sweet cousins! Brooke and Olivia.

A tree in a forest

Another view from the top.

Lauren with Eddie and Blake hanging onto her

These boys, especially Eddie, were making it hard for me to do anything but hold them most of the way up and down the hike. Good thing I work out 😉

YOU’RE WELCOME, my dear sons.

A group of people standing next to a river

On a Saturday, the day with the most beautiful weather, we rented extra canoes and paddled up the Madawaska River an hour to these waterfalls to play. Brooke actually slipped down these waterfalls because of the quick current, but my Dad had a premonition of sorts and was ready and waiting down stream to jump in and grab her.

A waterfall with trees

They look unassuming, but the current on these falls was pretty strong! Also, how gorgeous is this place?

Lauren and the kids

Eddie LOVED being in the canoe but did NOT love his life jacket. If I let him dip his hands into the water as we went along, he was fine. After about 20 minutes though, we was trying to climb out of the canoe. There is never a dull moment with this little one.

Lauren and Eddie

A path with trees on the side of a fence

Helpful Links and Tips

We stayed and always stay at Lake of Two Rivers Campground in Algonquin Park in Ontario. If you’d like to reserve a campsite online, then you would do so with Ontario Parks. My parents have camped here for years and say that Lake of Two Rivers is the nicest campground in all of Algonquin. I know no better, but I’d believe them.

We own and use a 6-man tent and it worked really well for us. And instead of air mattresses, we use memory foam mattress toppers. SO SO comfy! The higher off the ground you are, the warmer you stay. Eddie slept in this the whole time.

Those nanaimo bars pictured above are from a Bakery just outside of Huntsville, Ontario called Henrietta’s. They also have amazing lemon danishes, triple chocolate brownies and sticky buns…not that I’ve eaten all of those things.

You can rent camping gear, like the canoes we got from Algonquin Outfitters. It’s super convenient and they deliver right to your campsite!

We always hike the Lookout Trail because it’s short, sweet and the view at the top is unbeatable. Whiskey Rapids is also fun and so is the museum.

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  • Reply
    Lauren M
    September 5, 2017 at 11:12 am

    My husband’s extended family lives in Huntsville and I never even knew this park existed! We generally do the same things my husband grew up doing (nothing wrong with that, either, but I do love exploring). We will have to check it out next time we visit (including Henrietta’s – my FIL love Nanaimo bars!) Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply
    September 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    We also camped in Algonquin this year (and for the past 10 years), but at Mew Lake, just past Two Rivers. I chuckled as I looked at your pictures as I have the same ones of my 12 & 15 year old children at the waterfall, eating ice cream (love Kawartha Dairy) and at Lookout Trail. Next time you’re there you need to visit Mew Lake to pick blueberries. They were so plentiful this year that we picked enough to eat and still had some to freeze for blueberry pancakes in the winter! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

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    Emily Huang
    November 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Love reading about your adorable family Lauren!! And I have to agree… Algonquin camping is the BEST! I’ll have to check out Lake of Two Rivers next year 🙂

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    Lisa waitkus
    February 13, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Looks like a beautiful place to vacation and unwind

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    February 13, 2018 at 4:35 am

    What an incredible trip and surprise for your mom! Such a gorgeous place, perfect for making family memories. So nice that everyone was able to get together for this trip (well, except for to-be-photoshopped, missing-all–the-fun Gordon!)I really enjoyed the photo essay and learning about this beautiful area.

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    June 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    What beautiful pictures! We would love to go here for our next family vacation!!

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    June 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    BuyPower card does sound great, I have to tell my nephew about it, was wondering what would be a good one. Camping at Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park does look so nice, and sure was a great family tradition. Such a memorable surprise for your mom!

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