Algonquin Park - Stratton Lake

Algonquin Park - Stratton Lake

This popular destination can be extremely busy in peak season July and August but it is worthwhile visiting every couple of years in my opinion just for the joy of sliding down High Falls.  I grew up in small town Nova Scotia where a local waterfall had a natural water slide as well which is why I am so fond of the one at High Falls, which incidentally is two orders of magnitude better than the one I grew up visiting (Park Falls in Pictou County).

This is also a great destination to test out back country portage canoe camping with your family since there is only one short 50 meter portage around the dam.  The river below the dam can be tricky to navigate in low water but even in late August it is often fine.

Like all of the Algonquin Park interior Stratton Lake has sites that you can't book, you can only book "a site on the lake" and when you arrive you hope you can find it quickly.  Last time we were there we grabbed the first one on the left (there are no sites on the right) and it was a great, huge site that easily accommodated 2 large tents and a much larger dining shelter.

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