Cottage Country Ontario - 6th Edition
Covering the idyllic cottage destinations of the Muskoka and Kawartha areas, the natural splendor of Algonquin Provincial Park, the bustling National Capital Area and all the way up to North Bay on Lake Nipissing in the north, this Mapbook is your ultimate guide to one of the country’s most popular outdoor recreation destinations. Known as the heart of Ontario’s outdoors, Cottage Country is home to thousands of scenic lakes and rivers, vibrant forests and rugged and rocky Canadian Shield. Algonquin Park, in particular, is one of the world’s most popular canoeing destinations, attracting people from far and wide to paddle, camp and fish among its iconic natural beauty.
To help you make the most of your time while exploring Cottage Country, we have spent countless hours updating our maps and written content. Additions include a plethora of motorized and multi-use trails, clearly labelled Crown and private land, labelled fish species on the maps and charts for both fish stocking and long-distance multi-use trails. Of course, you will also find all the classic features that make Backroad Mapbooks so popular among outdoor explorers, including our industry-leading topographic relief and shading, unparalleled road and trail coverage, detailed Adventure listings and much more. We can confidently say there is no better resource available for exploring Cottage Country’s great outdoors.
Featuring 106 detailed topographic maps complete with labeled campsites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest, this durable, heavy-duty Mapbook represents the leading industry standard for cartographic sophistication, unparalleled even by government sources. Maps are shown at a scale of 1:150,000 and include Crown land as well as the addition of labelled fish species for lakes and rivers.Service Directory
In addition to our maps, we list Cottage Country accommodations, services, tours and amenities, including information on the top outfitters in Cottage Country and Eastern Ontario. We also list where to find hunting and sportfishing equipment.Index
Our handy index is divided into Map and Adventure sections to make it even easier to use. You’ll find page numbers and map coordinates to help locate cities and towns, parks, lakes and rivers along with each listed Adventure activity. There is also a section for important numbers and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
From sandy beaches to waterfalls, museums, historic sites, parks and charming rural communities, there are a ton of attractions to stop at while travelling along Cottage Country’s highways, secondary roads and backroads. In the latest edition of our Cottage Country Ontario Backroad Mapbook you will find 70 listings for the best backroad attractions to check out throughout the region, including the Barron Canyon, Canada’s Parliament Buildings, Old Nipissing Road, the Trent-Severn Waterway, Wasaga Beach and many more.Fishing Adventures
From the nutrient rich lowlands east of the Frontenac Axis to the thousands of lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park and all of the waterbodies in between, Cottage Country offers unbeatable fishing for trout, splake, walleye, muskellunge, bass, pike and more. Whether stream fishing or lake fishing, we’ve got you covered with close to 900 detailed listings for angling around Bancroft, Cornwall, French River, Minden, Parry Sound, Peterborough and beyond. New to this edition are labelled fish species on our maps along with fish stocking charts for the region’s main stocked sportfish species.Hunting Adventures
For hunters, the diverse landscape of Cottage Country offers plenty of opportunity for big and small game as well as fowl. Whether trophy hunting or sustenance hunting, there are healthy populations of moose, deer, fox, hare, goose, duck, turkey and others, as well as one of the world’s highest populations of black bear. In our Cottage Country Ontario Mapbook you will find descriptions and tips for all of the area’s major species, as well as an expanded list of WMUs (Wildlife Management Units) for the National Capital Region, Kawartha Lakes, Muskoka and more.Paddling Adventures
Cottage Country is a world-class canoeing and kayaking hotspot and features some of the best lake and river paddling you can find anywhere. Algonquin Park, in particular, is famous around the world for its canoe tripping opportunities. However, great paddling can be found throughout the region, from French River to North Bay to Trenton and beyond. In the latest edition of our Cottage Country Ontario Mapbook, you will find close to 130 detailed lake and river paddling routes, complete with put-ins, take-outs, portages, difficulty and more.Park Adventures
Protecting some of the most spectacular areas in the province, Cottage Country’s extensive park system offers the best of Ontario camping, paddling, hiking, skiing and more. From well-known parks like Algonquin Provincial Park and Georgian Bay National Park in the western section of this book to Frontenac Provincial Park and Bon Echo Provincial Park in the eastern section, plus countless smaller and lesser-known parks in between, this is where you will find the best of Cottage Country’s outdoors. In the latest edition of our Cottage Country Mapbook, you will find close to 150 detailed listings for park adventures in the area.Trail Adventures
From well-marked and maintained trails to faint footpaths and bushwhacks, and with destinations ranging from scenic viewpoints to abandoned logging camps, trail users have a lot of options in Cottage Country. Well established trail networks can be found around Barry’s Bay, Haliburton, Perth, Petawawa and just about everywhere else in the area. Long-distance trails like the Cataraqui Trail and the Ganaraska Trail offer multi-day or week escapes into nature, and there are plenty of shorter trails to explore as well. The Cottage Country Ontario Mapbook contains close to 330 detailed trail listings for hiking, biking, horseback riding, winter use and more, complete with information on distance, access and elevation gain. This edition also includes easy-to-read trail charts for the Trans-Canada Trail, Algonquin Provincial Park and Frontenac Provincial Park.ATV (OHV) Adventures
Boasting the second-largest ATV trail system in the country, with over 3,000 km (1,800 mi) of designated trails, plus countless informal trails and old roads, Ontario is a wonderful place to ride ATVs and Off-Highway Vehicles. Bolstered by our partnership with OFATV, the latest edition of the Cottage Country Ontario Backroad Mapbook features over 50 detailed listings for the best places to ride around the region, complete with information on staging, trail distance, difficulty, highlights and more. From the sprawling Five Points Trail System that links the Haliburton and Kawartha districts to the scenic riding around Bancroft and the Madawaska Valley and beyond, this Mapbook will help you have the best Cottage Country ATV adventure possible.Snowmobile Adventures
With over 30,000 km (18,640 mi) of designated snowmobile trails stretching from one corner of the province to the other, snowmobilers in Ontario have a lot of options, and Cottage Country offers some of the most scenic and exciting trails you will find in Ontario. The Cottage Country Backroad Mapbook provide you with close to 50 detailed listings for the best sledding areas in the region, complete with information on staging, trail distance, difficulty, elevation gain and more. Whether you are tackling the 240 km (149 mi) Hastings Highland Tour, the multi-day Ride Around Nipissing Tour or are just out for a casual afternoon ride, you can count on this Mapbook to provide you with the most current and detailed snowmobiling information available.Wildlife Adventures
As you move north from the urban sprawl of Toronto and explore Cottage Country, your chances of seeing wildlife increase greatly. Moose, deer, wolves and black bear are common sights, as are smaller mammals such as otters and beavers. And in the wetlands and around the many lakes that dot the landscape you can find abundance of resident and migratory birds, so be sure to bring your binoculars. In the latest edition of our Cottage Country Ontario Backroad Mapbook you will find over 80 listings for the best places to view wildlife throughout the region, from Conservation Reserves such as Lingham Lake and Kaladar Jack Pine Barrens to Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area and beyond.Winter Adventures
Whether you are looking to cross-country ski, snowshoe, fat bike, downhill ski, snowboard or just take in the beautiful winter scenery of Cottage Country, our Mapbook will provide you with a wealth of information on the best places to get outside during the winter months. With over 70 detailed winter recreation listings, from Algonquin Park’s ski trails to downhill ski resorts like Mount Pakenham and Snow Valley, the Cottage Country Ontario Backroad Mapbook will help you make the most out of your winter adventures.