- Black Flies: Late May to June
- Mosquitoes: Mid-May to July
- Deer Flies: Mid-July to August
Algonquin Park’s ground and surface water is clean and fresh. While many people drink it as is, it’s advisable to boil or filter it, or simply use water purification tablets available at most camping stores and our Algonquin Portage store.
The Algonquin Park Rangers report that there have been few incidents of concern regarding nuisance bears in recent years.
To protect yourself, not only from unwanted bears visiting your campsite but also raccoons, tie your food up in a tree. Your food barrel or pack sack should be tied to a long rope so that it hangs in mid-air, high enough that a bear cannot reach it from the ground. Keep your campsite free of food scraps by burning any scraps.
More information about bear safety and securing your food pack is available at the Algonquin Park Gate and the Ranger Station at the Achray Campground.
Bear deterrent bells and pepper spray are available for purchase at our Algonquin Portage Store.
I have been to Barron Canyon at least 6 times. Every time I go, I stay and rent all my gear at the Algonquin Portage. This hidden gem of a place is exactly what you need before starting a backcountry canoe trip.