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About Oxtongue Lake, Algonquin Park & Area through the seasons

Oxtongue Lake

Located on the northern edge of Haliburton County next to Muskoka in Central Ontario, on the border of Algonquin Park, is Oxtongue Lake.

Oxtongue Lake has many picturesque locations on the Oxtongue River and Oxtongue Rapids.


Oxtongue is approximately 20 minutes from Huntsville, Muskoka (the nearest town). Huntsville is a progressive town with a population of approximately 18,000. All amenities are located here, including a hospital and all your shopping needs. Oxtongue Lake is approximately 2 ½ hours from Toronto, Ontario

Oxtongue Lake has the following fish: Lake Trout, Perch, Small mouth Bass.

The Lake features are: Oxtongue Lake is a deep, clear water Lake. It reaches depths of almost 90 feet. There are a lot of sandy shoreline areas (especially on the west side) that extend to deeper water. The Oxtongue River enters the lake on the north end and exits on the south-west side.

Algonquin Park Info

Algonquin Provincial Park is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario, Canada, it is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Its current size of about 7,653 square kilometres (2,955 sq mi). The park is contiguous with several smaller, administratively separate provincial parks that protect important rivers in the area, resulting in a larger total protected area.


Its size, combined with its proximity to the major urban centres of Toronto and Ottawa, makes Algonquin one of the most popular provincial parks in the province and the country. Highway 60 runs through the south of the park, while the Trans-Canada Highway bypasses it to the north.

Part of highway 60 runs through the small town of Oxtongue Lake where parkway Cottage Resort is located.


Over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers are located within the park. Some notable examples include Canoe Lake.


The park is considered part of the "border" between Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The park is in an area of transition between northern coniferous forest and southern deciduous forest. This unique mixture of forest types, and the wide variety of environments in the park, allows the park to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal species. It is also an important site for wildlife research.


Algonquin Park was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992 in recognition of several heritage values including: its role in the development of park management; pioneering visitor interpretation programs later adopted by national and provincial parks across the country; its role in inspiring artists, which in turn gave Canadians a greater sense of their country; and historic structures such as lodges, hotels, cottages, camps, entrance gates, a railway station, and administration and museum buildings.

Visitor activities

Algonquin is popular for year-round outdoor activities. There are over 1,200 campsites in eight designated campgrounds along Highway 60 in the south end of the park, So called "interior camping" is possible further inside the park at sites accessible only by canoe or on foot.


The Algonquin Visitor Centre features exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the park. On entering the building, a very large and detailed relief map of southern Ontario is on display. By this means, a visitor can be oriented to the size and geography of the park. In a flow-through style, exhibits continue with many taxidermied species set in their native surroundings, then progresses, in a chronological manner, through an extensive collection of artifacts relating to human intervention in the park. The Centre also includes a video theatre, a gift shop, a panoramic outdoor viewing deck, and an art gallery - "The Algonquin Room" - with changing exhibits of art related to the park.


Other activities include fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and day hiking. The park has 19 interpretive trails, ranging in length from 0.8 to 13 kilometres (0.50 to 8.08 mi). Each trail comes with a trail guide and is meant to introduce visitors to a different aspect of the park's ecology or history.


Algonquin is home to a Natural Heritage Education program. The most popular aspect of the program are the weekly wolf howls. These are held (weather and wolves permitting) on Thursdays in the month of August, and sometimes in the first week of September if there is a Thursday before Labour Day. Park staff attempt to locate a wolf pack on Wednesday evening and, if successful, they announce a public wolf howl the next day.

The park also publishes a visitor's newsletter, The Raven, six times a year → two issues in spring, two in summer, one in the fall, and one in the winter.

Spring, Summer & Fall Activities at Parkway Resort

SPRING at Parkway Resort on Oxtongue Lake.
Traditionally a transition period for nature and humans alike. Lakes free up from the ice the middle of April.Animals, which vanished over the winter come back. Most often the Moose and Loons. You can see them along the Highway 60 corridor in the early morning and dusk, as the salt water after the cold Canadian winter, draws them in. If you wish to have a close encounter with these amazing creatures this is the perfect time. It is the time to see this years newborns with their mothers, they will be shedding their winter coats, ready for the warmer weather.

If you are a birder, you will no doubt be aware that it is a time when the migratory birds return from warmer climbs,
bird watchers from all over the world will come to Algonquin Park for the Boreal Forest residents.
Spring is another truly beautiful time to hike Algonquin, with its fresh vibrant greens of new shoots and leaves, and the promise of another wonderful season.
Once the lake is safe enough for the canoes to be put out for the free use of our guests.
Don't be surprised to see a  Beaver out making repairs to his lodge, You may be privileged to see the family of Loons also out with their young.

SUMMER at Parkway Resort on Oxtongue Lake
Summer is a wonderful time of year anywhere, but on Oxtongue Lake, it is something different. Take a quiet Canoe ride on the lake to nearby Ragged Falls, a truly relaxing experience, with a great payoff. Take a drink and a sandwich or spend the day at Algonquin Park right on our doorstep. Hike the many trails, visit the Visitors centre, Art Gallery and the Logging Museum.
We also sell Algonquin Park gifts etc in our store along with hoodies, t shirts, magnets, coffee mugs, magnets key rings and moccasins to name just a few things..
Our recreation Room has games of all sorts, ping pong, darts and a football table.
Also there is a satellite Tv (Shaw) with a DVD player with lots of DVD's to watch as well as a library of books.
A password and username is required and 1 ticket is given per cottage.

No boats unless prior agreement with owners and no boats over 12 ft as we do not have the dock space, To dock a boat 12 ft and under a $50.00 charge will apply.

FALL / AUTUMN at Parkway Resort on Oxtongue Lake
The Algonquin Park Region is known for its stunning beauty in the Autumn/Fall season.
Photographers both novice and professional come from all over for the perfect photo, be it sunrise, or sunset, mist covered lakes and panoramic views. Autumn is an inspiration for writers, poets, photographers and artists.

Autumn in Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park may be the best season of the year, thanks to the fall colours. Throughout the area, leaves change colour with the seasons but in many regions, the colour scheme is a more muted yellow and gold. However, it is the vibrant reds punctuating the forest canopy that make the greatest impact and that's where Huntsville and Lake of Bays and Algonquin Park really stand out.

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