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Explore Northern Ontario Near Lake Nipissing
You'll enjoy a wide array of excellent attractions and stunning scenery when you drive through the Algonquin Circle. From Pembroke to North Bay and out to Huntsville, this tour will treat you to some of Ontario's best and most memorable sites.
You'll find the Algonquin Provincial Park to be the centerpiece of this exciting drive tour. Begin the trek in Pembroke, found along the waters of the Ottawa River and just east of the park. Pembroke is a charming and inviting city where you'll find premier attractions the entire family will enjoy.
Discover one of the largest collections of artifacts and history regarding the Ottawa Valley at the Champlain Trail Pioneer Village and Museum. An ideal destination for families, this site is open to the general public from May through the first week of October – any time after, all tours are by appointment only.
With more than 600 seats and a standing room only section, the Festival Hall Center of the Arts might just be the pinnacle for live music and entertainment in Pembroke. From the live bands, to the staged theatre performances, Festival Hall Center of the Arts is excellent.
Because Pembroke's backyard is essentially the Ottawa River, you'll find an abundance of whitewater rafting chances. Whether you're a seasoned veteran on the rapids, or a first-timer, several different companies in Pembroke offer rentals, lessons, and the expertise to make your whitewater rafting experience unforgettable.
The next, and middle part, of this Algonquin tour is North Bay. You'll travel northwest along Trans Canada Highway 17, driving past the northern crest of Algonquin Provincial Park. North Bay, on the banks of Lake Nipissing, offers warmth and charm all its own.
Don't miss your chance to explore the Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence. See a history of Canada's air defence from WWI and WWII through today. Tours of this aerospace defence museum are open to the general public on Saturdays, and throughout the rest of the week by appointment.
Voted as one of Foodland Ontario's top-10 farmer's markets, the North Bay Farmer's Market yields a bevy of charming, handmade goods, locally grown food, and so much more. It's held each weekend from May through Thanksgiving at the Downtown Civic Square.
Known for its excellent fishing and boating, Lake Nipissing is North Bay's most exceptional outdoor recreation destination. With more than 40 public beach access points, Lake Nipissing is ideal during spring or summer.
You're on your way to Huntsville and the finale of this Algonquin Circle drive tour. Enjoy the scenery on your drive south along Highway 11 – you'll be following the western ridge of Algonquin Park.
When you arrive in Huntsville, you'll be presented with a wide range of top attractions. Don't miss an evening out at the very popular Algonquin Theatre. Hosting a range of music, comedy, and even magic performances, the Algonquin Theatre is your main line for live entertainment in Huntsville.
Check out the Art Atrium at the Canada Summit Centre, a fun way for local artists to connect with the community. Throughout the year, you'll find a range of free public art exhibits here – everything from murals to interpretive art.
Though all three of the destinations on this tour can yield access to the Algonquin Provincial Park, Huntsville has the shortest route. Take the Frank MacDougall Parkway east just a few kilometres and you're there. Explore as much of the 7,653 square km as you can – start out at the Algonquin Visitor Centre, then hit the biking, hiking, and walking trails.