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Discover the (MANY) charms of Lake of two Rivers

Over a million  visitors travel through Algonquin Provincial Park. Many are drawn to the Lake of Two Rivers for its breathtaking natural beauty. 


We’re talking crystal-clear waters, lush forests, and picturesque landscapes that provide stunning backdrops for outdoor adventures and photography.


Not only that – there’s plenty to do around the area as well. Lake of Two Rivers offers a wide range of recreational activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, biking and hiking, providing endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the pristine wilderness surroundings. Plus, there’s also a nice shop, restaurant and ice cream! 


In this blog, we’ll tell you about the attractions of the Lake of Two Rivers and what to plan for when you arrive. 


Keep scrolling to learn about:  

  1. Why visit Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin park

  2. What to do at or around the Lake of Two Rivers

  3. 3 niche activities to do around Lake of Two Rivers

  4. Overcoming seasonal challenges: our solutions 

  5. Plan your visit: Lake of Two Rivers and beyond 


Why visit Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park


Lake of Two Rivers is a picturesque gem nestled within the heart of Algonquin Provincial Park. Stretching across approximately 3 kilometres, this serene lake offers a tranquil haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to immerse themselves in nature's splendour.


Visitors often describe Lake of Two Rivers as a serene oasis. The tranquil ambiance of the lake makes it an ideal destination for various outdoor activities, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Paddlers can navigate the calm waters of the lake, exploring its secluded bays and summery islands while marvelling at the breathtaking vistas that unfold around every bend across all seasons.


Whether you're paddling across its tranquil waters, exploring its scenic trails, or indulging in a warm meal, Lake of Two Rivers offers something for everyone to enjoy. 


So, pack your gear, embark on an adventure, and discover the wonders that await at the enchanting Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Provincial Park.


What to do at or around the Lake of Two Rivers

canoes resting on the sand beneath the sunset at Lake of Two Rivers
Lake of Two Rivers

Get your gear at Lake of Two Rivers 


One of the highlights of Lake of Two Rivers is the historic Two Rivers Store, a beloved landmark that has been serving visitors since the mid-1900s. This iconic establishment offers a wide range of amenities, such as camping gear, fishing supplies, grocery & snacks, souvenirs, and essential provisions for outdoor adventures. You can also rent canoes or kayaks from nearby outfitters (we’ve linked to them lower down in this blog)! 


Whether you're in need of equipment for a day on the water or craving a refreshing treat after a long hike, the Two Rivers Store has you covered.

Have a bite to eat at Lake of Two Rivers restaurant


If you’re planning to spend an entire day around the Lake of Two Rivers – you can! In addition to the store offering gear rental and necessities, you can also stop for a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Lake of Two Rivers Cafe and Grill


As someone who’s grown up in South Algonquin, I can tell you that this is one of our favourite restaurants when we want a night out! You can also order your meal in advance online and have it ready for pick-up! 

Where to stay near Lake of Two Rivers


If a daytime excursion around Lake of Two Rivers isn’t enough for you, you can also stay there at the Lake of Two Rivers Campground! This campground is a big favourite for folks staying at Algonquin Park. 


It can get a little busy, and the campsites fill up fast. If you’re looking for somewhere a little less crowded, you can check out some of the other campgrounds in the area. 


Four Corners Algonquin is just outside the east gate of Algonquin Park, and a stay at Four Corners comes complete with a FREE day pass into Algonquin Park! So, you can stay at Four Corners and play Lake of Two Rivers for the day! 


The best thing about Four Corners is that you don’t need to have camping equipment or experience camping. If you’re a first-time camper, or if you’re just testing camping out, or if you don’t own your own camping gear, you can rent what you need from us! 


Four Corners is a Ready-To-Camp campground – which means every tent is set up for you and you don’t need to worry about taking anything down when you’re ready to leave at the end of your stay. 


Also Read: Discover the difference between glamping and camping (spoiler: have you ever tried camping on a king size bed!?)

What to do around Lake of Two Rivers


In addition to its recreational offerings, Lake of Two Rivers serves as a gateway to some of Algonquin Park's most iconic attractions.


Nearby hiking trails, such as the Two Rivers Trail and the Track and Tower Trail, beckon adventurers to explore the park's rugged terrain and discover hidden treasures along the way. The picturesque lookout points along these trails offer panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness, providing a glimpse into the park's rich natural heritage.


Also Read: Check out the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre while you’re in the area! 

3 niche activities to do around Lake of Two Rivers


If you’re looking for an adventure that’s outside of the normal scope of activity, something that sets your trip apart from the rest, and gives you access to memories you might not get on a crowded beach, we’ve got a list of niche activities for you to try around Lake of Two Rivers! 

Stargazing at Lake of Two Rivers


Cameras and lakes make for exquisite photographs. The sunlight sparkling on the water, the colours reflected off the surface like a mirror. Beautiful. And night sky photography is no different! 


Have you ever snapped photos of the night sky from the side of a lake? Night sky photography at the lakeside can turn a beautiful picture into something remarkable. Lake of Two Rivers is a great spot to set up for some night time photography!


Have you ever taken photos of the sky from the shoreline of a beach at night? If weather and visibility allow, you could paddle across the calm waters of the lake at dusk or just before dawn while marvelling at the dazzling sky overhead. If the weather is just right, you might catch the fog rolling in or out. With minimal light pollution, Lake of Two Rivers offers an ideal setting for astrophotography, providing an unforgettable (and, perhaps, romantic) experience in the heart of nature. 


a foggy sun looking over Lake of Two Rivers
The fog rolling in over Lake of Two Rivers

Self-guided yoga on the beach at Lake of Two Rivers


There are many benefits of practicing yoga – physically, mentally, emotionally. And there’s something even more special about practicing yoga outside in the heart of nature. 


Wake up with the sun and immerse yourself in the serenity of the lake at dawn with a sunrise yoga session on the shores of Lake of Two Rivers. This unique experience will allow you to connect mind, body, and spirit as you flow through yoga poses and embrace the peaceful ambiance of the morning – weather permitting, of course… 🌤️ … Although yoga outside in the rain might be an especially unique experience for thrill seekers! 

Forest bathing from Lake of Two Rivers


Immerse yourself in the healing powers of nature and engage in mindfulness practices amidst the lush wilderness of Algonquin Park. 


As you meander through the forest trails surrounding Lake of Two Rivers, you'll experience a deep sense of connection with the natural world and rejuvenate your senses with the sights, sounds, and scents of the forest.


Visit Eco Wisdom Forest Preserve for some more insights, details, and any upcoming forest bathing immersion events as they’re developed! 

Overcoming seasonal challenges: our solutions 


There’s not much to complain about when it comes to a place that offers beauty and charm in the way that Lake of Two Rivers does, although there are some times of year that may make the location a little less appealing to some travellers.


 We’re going to talk about those now – and also offer solutions so that you can find enjoyment at the location no matter what time of year it is! 


  1. Crowds during peak seasons: During peak tourist seasons, the Lake of Two Rivers area can become crowded with visitors, which may detract from the tranquillity and solitude that some may be seeking on this venture into nature. Consider visiting South Algonquin for an experience with all the perks, but fewer people.

  2. Potential for bugs: Like many outdoor destinations, the lake area may have periods where bugs, such as mosquitoes and black flies, are prevalent, which can be bothersome to some visitors. Tip: If you can’t beat the black flies, join them during the annual Black Fly Festival at Camp Bongopix!

  3. Limited on-site amenities: While the Two Rivers Store provides basic amenities, some visitors may need more than simple convenience store fare. In that case, did you know that there’s a Freshmart Grocery Store located in Whitney, Ontario as well? Not only that – we also have a small but mighty local LCBO in Whitney if you’re seeking adult refreshment of an evening. 🧐

  4. Risk of weather changes: As with any outdoor environment, weather conditions at Lake of Two Rivers can be unpredictable, potentially leading to discomfort or safety concerns for those unprepared for sudden changes in weather. Keep an eye on South Algonquin at The Weather Network for the latest weather forecast details! 


Plan your visit: Lake of Two Rivers and beyond


At the end of any long day, Lake of Two Rivers remains a must-do for Canadian families who love to get outdoors and build memories in the scenic beauty of the Great Canadian wilderness. 


Whether you’re spending your days paddling across serene waters, exploring surrounding trails, or simply lounging on the shoreline, there’s something special about sharing a trip to this place with your friends or loved ones. 


Visiting South Algonquin is a chance to spend quality time together as a family without the hustle and bustle of daily life. 


Briefly quit the work/home balance routine and fill that space with something new, lovely and refreshing. Because in the end, it’s the moments when you’re standing still, surrounded by beauty and your loved ones that you’ll remember the most. 


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