|STDI Consulting Inc.|
Mississauga Ontario, Canada
|First published on May 09, 2011 |
Last revised on March 08, 2016
|Algonquin Park GPS Coordinates|
Garmin GPS database, Google Maps and smartphone links to navigate Algonquin Park
May 9, 2011: Just back from a weekend up at the Algonquin Park. The project we started last year is finally complete. All the trails and camp sites are now in the list.
If you are looking for the official websites from Algonquin Park, here they are:
The Friends of Algonquin Park and
the provincial site from Ontario Parks
|If you are looking for Algonquin GPS Maps to find your paddel-in camp site, you can get them from your outfitter. This document covers the points along the highway 60 corridor and Barron Canyon, plus the Hailstorm Creek.|
The GPS points are listed on the right side.
The links bring you to a page with pictures and some comments.
If you are looking for the old railway bridge on Cache Lake, check out the pictures from 1990 and some more current ones in the 'Cache Lake' link.
Unless your are already familiar with the differences between GPS coordinates and the UTM maps, may we suggest that your read this short introduction here GPS coordinate and UTM map grid reference system
|List of GPS points|
Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin East Gate, Algonquin West Gate, Archray / Grand Lake, Baron Canyon Trail, Bat Lake Trail, Beaver Pond Trail, Booth's Rock Trail, Brewer Lake, Brigham Lake, Cache Lake, Camp Pathfinder, Canisbay Lake Camp, Canoe Lake, Centennial Ridges Trail, Coon Lake Camp, Costello Lake, East Beach Outdoor Theatre, East Beach Picnic Area, Found Lake, Galeairy Lake from Whitney, Hailstorm Creek, Hardwood Lookout Trail, Hemlock Bluff Trail, Highland Backpacking Trail, Kearney Lake Camp, Lake of Two Rivers Camp, Lake of Two Rivers Picnic Area, Lake Opeongo, Leaf Lake, Logging Museum, Lookout Trail, Mew Lake Camp, Minnesing Bike Trail, Mizzi Lake Night Drop off, Mizzi Lake Trail, Old Railway Bike Trail / Acces, Oxtongue River Picnic Area, Peck Lake Trail, Pog Lake Camp, Portage Store, Rock Lake Camp, Sand Lake Gate, Sanitary Station, Smoke Lake, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Tea Lake Camp, Tea Lake Dam Picnic Area, Track and Tower Trail, Two Rivers Store, Two Rivers Trail, Visitor Centre Algonquin Park, Western Uplands Trail, Whiskey Rapids Trail, Whitefish Lake Camp
If you prefer Bing Maps over Google Maps, you can also enter the coordinates as explained in the Google Maps section. At the time of this writing, there was no street view available for the Algonquin Park. So for now, we recommend you enjoy your virtual visit at the Algonqin Park with Google Maps. You don't need to login as long as you explore the park on your PC.
These coordinates are the ones recorded by the Garmin and in the text file above. The examples with Google Maps shown here do not require any additional add-ins or programs and you don't need to be logged in for the navigation.
|When we captured the coordinates with the Garmin nüvi, most of them are likely beside the road. In Google Maps you see two markers, the green arrow for the exact position, and the red marker for driving directions. The red arrow is calculated by Google Maps and seems to be the closest point on the road, any road. In some cases, the two points are far apart, such as the ones from the Hailstorm Creek. Just zoom out and you will find the green marker ... eventually.|
If you are not familiar with Google Maps, go to maps.google.com and enter the coordinates (or any address for that matter) in the Search Maps bar. Our example shows the coordinates for the Smoke Lake at N45 31.986 W78 42.139.
|If you like to 'see' the view from the road, drag the yellow figure to the road. The map now changes to the Street View. Use the cursor to turn left and right or move up and down the road.|
Google Maps - My Maps
Google Maps has a feature that makes custom waypoints available
|We copied all the coordinates to Google My Map and made the map public. You don't have to login to view the map.|
Click the link to the right for the Algonquin map.
How to copy My Maps to use on Smartphone
|Follow these steps for a short introduction to the My Map features.|
To get details on any of the waypoints, click a link on the left side menu.
In the bubble, click >more and >Zoom here
Go to the Street View (yellow figure) and explore the surroundings. The Street View only works on marked roads.
Turn on the Photos option to get even more details about the park and the trails.
As long as you work with the public version of My Maps, it's all there. When you plan to make changes or try to have the information accessible on your smartphone, you will need to copy the public map to your personal My Maps folder. To do this, you have to login to Google. If you have a Gmail account, use the same login. After the successful login, click the http://stdi.com/go/MyMapAlgonquin link. The map with the waypoints loads again and you should see the option Save to My Maps above the list. Click the link to copy the public Algonquin map to your personal My Map. Now every time to go to Google Maps and My Maps, you see your own copy of this map. This will be important when you use the waypoints on the smartphone.