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Among the most popular hiking trails is the 2.4km (1.5-mile) self-guided trail to the 100m-deep (328-ft.) Barron Canyon on the park's east side. People looking for an extended backpacking trip should try the Highland Trail, which extends from Pewee Lake to Head, Harness, and Mosquito lakes for a round-trip of 35km (22 miles). For a more ambitious route, the Western Uplands Hiking Trail combines three loops for a total of 169km (105 miles), beginning at the Oxtongue River Picnic Grounds on Hwy. 60. It will take upwards of 2 weeks to hike, by which time, you'll be something of an expert on the pleasures of this pristine park.

Overnight camping trips -- especially long ones in a canoe -- are serious business and should be undertaken only with someone experienced in tow. You have to be totally self-sufficient, with all your food and equipment on your back or in your canoe.

Interior sites can be booked up to 5 months in advance by calling Ontario Parks toll-free between 7am and 11pm (tel. 888/668-7275, or tel. 519/826-5290 for outside Canada and the U.S.) or by booking through the website at www.ontarioparks.com. Reservations can be made using Visa, MasterCard, check, or money order. Fees are roughly C$40, but may vary by site.

Before you call Ontario Parks to make your reservation, you must first know your exact route, and that means you need a copy of your map in front of you. Remember, the people who work at the reservation service are not trip counselors; if you have any questions about your prospective route, then call the Algonquin Park Information Office (tel. 705/633-5572) before making your reservation. The staff there will be happy to review individual trips and make helpful suggestions.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.