This itinerary combines the cities of Ottawa and Montreal with Algonquin Provincial Park and the countless lakes and extensive forests along Highway 117 to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Interesting and historic cities, and spectacular nature, this itinerary has it all! Please note that your rental RV cannot be left unattended in the cities of Ottawa and Montreal.
DAY 1: TORONTO TO ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK (200 KM)
Pick up your RV in Cookstown in the morning and travel north to the city of Barrie. At the heart of the city, Barrie’s waterfront is a major attraction for residents and tourists. Spanning more than 5 km, the waterfront is yours to experience! After departing Barrie, continue on Highway 11 to Gravenhurst. Gravenhurst is known as the Gateway to the Muskoka region.
With sparkling lakes, clear rivers and more than 4,000 square kilometres of pine trees, the Muskoka region offers a beautiful landscape. Further north on Highway 11 you will enter the Frank McDougall Parkway (Highway 60). Visit the Visitor Centre at the park’s West Gate for assistance planning your leisure day tomorrow. Spend the following two nights at Algonquin Park.
- Barrie's waterfront
- Frank McDougall Parkway
Day 2: Algonquin Provincial Park (50 km)
Free day to enjoy the park. Option to go on a guided canoe tour, or to hike the Track & Tower trail or one of the other many hiking trails in the park.
Day 3: Algonquin to Ottawa (300 km)
Depart your campsite in the morning and travel eastbound on Highway 60. Stop for a guided tour in the spectacular underground cave system at Bonnechere Caves.
- Bonnechere Caves
- Views of the Ottawa River
Day 4: Ottawa to Montreal (200 km)
Route 148 offers spectacular views of the Ottawa River, as it follows the north bank of the river. Later it parallels the Eardley Escarpment, this ridge forms the southernmost boundary of Gatineau Park. In spring, Parc National de Plaisance puts on a performance with thousands of Canadian Geese. Come summer, it's a paradise for ducks, herons, ospreys, and dozens of other species.
In Montebello, Manoir Papineau is the grand estate of Louis-Joseph Papineau, the man who was to become a leading figure in Canadian politics. Flanked by four towers, the manor house rules over its surrounding landscape with its landscaped garden, spacious lawns, wooded areas and a stream. Arrive at your campsite just outside of Montreal in the afternoon.
- Parc National de Plaisance
- Manoir Papineau
Day 5: Montreal to Mont Tremblant (150 km)
Today you will be provided with some beautiful scenery as you travel through the Laurentian Mountains. Stop in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and discover the many attractions and activities the city has to offer. In the fall you can visit the Cabane à sucre Nantel just north of Saint-Jérôme to see firsthand how maple syrup is made.
Day 6: Mont Tremblant to Lac la Vieille (175 km)
Just north of Mont Tremblant at the Green Mountain Nature Reserve visitors can marvel at the myriad of ecosystems that provides habitat for large mammals such as black bear, moose and bobcat.
Visit the visitor information centre in Mont-Laurier to help you plan your stops for today and tomorrow. Just before arriving at Lac la Vieille Highway 117 will take you across the Chute du Brûlé.
Nearby campsite: Lac de la Vieille
- Green Mountain Nature Reserve
- Wildlife sightings
- Chute du Brûlé
Day 7: Lac La Vieille to Val d’or (225 km)
With over 4,000 lakes, there is water aplenty in Réserve faunique La Vérendrye. Stop at the Chutes du Lac Roland where a trail with interpretive panels will inform you about the adaptation of animals and plants to their environment and about the Algonquin Nation. When you reach your destination, the magnificent waterfall which gave its name to the trail is sure to surprise you!
Day 8: Val d’or to Lac Baby (175 km)
In the morning, enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the mining profession. Wear the mining security equipment and go on board a genuine mining vehicle before you go 300 feet (91 meters) underground in the historic Lamaque’s mine!
Downtown Rouyn-Noranda is home to the Parc Botanique-A Fleur D'Eau, a garden of more than 25,000 plants, trees and shrubs. Just southwest of Rouyn-Noranda the 'Footpaths of Kékéko Hills' offers 15 hiking trails totaling over 43 km in distance.
Nearby Campsites: Camping Le P'tit Paradis
- Tour the historic Lamaque’s mine
- Parc Botanique-A Fleur D'Eau
- Footpaths of Kékéko Hills
Day 9: Lac Baby to Lake Nipissing (200 km)
Start the day with a visit to the Obadjiwan–Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site, about 35 km south of your campsite. Fort Témiscamingue is a fur trading post from the 17th century. Of the fort itself, not much remained, but a modern visitor's centre, exhibits, and reenactments highlight the cultural history of the place. Nowadays, the beautiful pebble beach and the enchanted forest will charm you during your stroll in this site that borders Lac Témiscamingue.
- Obadjiwan–Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site
- Parc National d’Opémican
Day 10: Lake Nippising to Gravenhurst (175 km)
Arrowhead Provincial Park is the perfect stop for hikers and birders. Several species of birds make Arrowhead their home in the spring and summer months, before migrating south for the winter. A bird list is available at the main gate.
Arrowhead's longest hiking trail at 7 km long, The Beaver Meadow Trail, passes Porcupine Bluffs, the remnant shoreline of a huge ancient lake. The bluffs are easily visible in the spring and fall but are hidden during the leafy summer months. The trail circles a large beaver pond with large rafts of cattails where you might see otter, moose, Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallows, and, of course, beavers.
- Arrowhead Provincial Park
- The Beaver Meadow Trail
Day 11: Gravenhurst to Toronto (100 km)
Gravenhurst is known as the Gateway to the Muskoka region. Explore the town in the morning before your departure towards Cookstown and return your RV to the rental station before 11:30 am.