Getting There & Away
Aside from the East Gate and West Gate on Hwy 60, Algonquin has 34 access points located around the periphery of the park and along the highway, for access to the park's backcountry. Each kilometer of Hwy 60 within the park is tagged, starting at the West Gate (known as 'Km 0') and terminating at the East Gate ('Km 56').
The two large Muskoka towns of Huntsville and Bracebridge are within an hour's drive of the West Gate. Other small townships include Whitney, just outside the East Gate; Maynooth and Bancroft, respectively 40km and 65km south of the East Gate; and Mattawa, north of the park on Hwy 17.
Visiting is easiest with your own wheels, but Parkbus offers limited summer express departures from Toronto and Ottawa to several Algonquin accommodations and the West Gate (one way adult/child $63/32). Journey time from both cities is three to four hours. Check the website for the latest schedules, and book ahead to secure a spot on this popular service. Parkbus also offers packages including transport, canoe, equipment and food.
Otherwise, there are occasional Greyhound buses from southern Ontario to Maynooth, Huntsville and Bracebridge.