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Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

Superintendent's Headquarters at Algonquin Provincial Park, 1907

Greetings from Algonquin Provincial Park! Our website highlights in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada, including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital, virtual museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our virtual museum, feel free to do so. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar. Drop-down menus will appear of the areas of interest. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Close the larger image before opening another thumbnail. The occasional duplicates for sale can be found using the search box on the main (home) page of VintagePostcards.org. This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - vintagepostcards.org are welcome.

 

The vintage postcard above, posttmarked in 1907, is a private postcard showing an idyllic view of the Superintendent's Headquarters. Note that the scene is identified as the Algonquin National Park of Ontario. In smaller print, it says “On Grand Trunk Railway.” This was due to the Grand Trunk’s promotion of Northern Canadian tourism. Over the coming months, we’ll better flesh out the larger picture for you.

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Suffice it for now to say that Algonquin Provincial Park, established in 1893, is the oldest of all Canadian provincial parks, and was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2005. is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario, Canada, mostly within the Unorganized South Part of Nipissing District. Since the park’s increption, additions land acquisitions have increased the park to about 7,653 square kilometres (2,955 sq mi). For comparative purposes, this is a quarter of the size of Belgium, or about 1-1/2 times the size of Prince Edward Island. Since Algonquin Park is contiguous with several smaller, administratively separate provincial parks which protect important rivers in the area, the total protected area is even larger than one might initially think.

 

Highway 60 runs through the southern part of Algonquin Park, while the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 17) bypasses the park’s on its north size. Its relative closeness to the major urban centers of Ottawa and Toronto and Ottawa makes Algonquin one of the most popular provincial parks in both the province and the country. While hunting is prohibited, there are over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers within Alonquin. Some notable examples include the Amable du Fond River, Canoe Lake, the Madawaska River, and the Nipissing, Petawawa and Tim rivers. These bodies of water were formed by the retreat of glaciers during the last Ice Age. In fact, the park is part of the “border” between Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. Algonquin Park is in an area of transition between northern coniferous forest and southern deciduous forest. Due to this unique mixture of forest types and the wide variety of environments in the park, Algonquin has an uncommon diversity of plant and animal species, and also serves as an important location for wildlife research.

 

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

Canoe Lake, Grand Trunk Railway Section House, c. 1904

Canoe Lake is one of the better-known lakes in Algonquin Park, primarily as it was a favorite haunt of renowned painter Tom Thompson (1877-1917), whose enthusiasm for nature and for the wilderness of Algonquin Park influenced later Canadian painters who became known as “The Group of Seven.” The vintage postcard to the left shows a Grand Trunk Railway section house, c. 1904.

 
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Old antique postcards tell the stories of Algonquin Provincial Park, North Bay, Temagami, Bear Island, Bonfield, Callander and Corbeil, Commanda, the Ferguson Highway (Highway 11), Lavigne and Verner, Marten River, Alderdale, Monetville and Noëlville, Nipissing Village, Powassan, and Trout Creek, Sturgeon Falls, Sundridge, Trout Lake, Restoule, South River, Tilden Lake, Dokis, Rutherglen, Tomiko Ontario, Trout Mills and other areas of interest. Read the story of Frederic Remington’s moose hunt, taken over 100 years ago near Mattawa, or see an Orangemen Parade. We also maintain a variety of rare New Ontario Brewery collectibles.

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