Trip Idea: The Road to Algonquin, Scenic Highway 630
A 30 km one way trip brings you to the north end of Algonquin Park. This access point is known as Kiosk Algonquin Park, after Lake Kioshkoki. The following detail are taken from the Experience Highway 630 guide map, available at the Mattawa Information Centre and at Algonquin North Outfitters (corner of Hwy's 17 and 630).
Twin bridges Km 1.4
Follow the winding road and let it lead you to two bridges where the Amable Du Fond River flows from Smith Lake to Crooked Chute Lake. The two bridges converge on a small island with a walking path on the east side of the road offering many different view points of the river splitting and cascading down two small water falls before joining once again on the far side of the island.
Km 1.6: Maxwell Pottery
Highway 630 continues leading you past Maxwell Pottery, a 3000 square foot studio and gallery, where you can experience the process and admire results of Daniel and Jodi Maxwell's impeccable craftsmanship, bright colours and unique designs.
Established in 1991 by Canadian potter Daniel Maxwell and his wife Jodi, Maxwell Pottery produces a wide variety of decorative, functional stoneware. Each piece starts as a ball of clay. Using strong stoneware all work is made on the pottery wheel or hand built. With his own recipe of glaze colours, Daniel hand paints each pot in one of his many unique designs.
Follow the highway south towards Algonquin Park. Keep an eye out for moose and other wildlife along the way.
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Km 10: Claires Kitchen
Claires Kitchen awaits the hungry traveler and satisfies many cravings. Enjoy fresh baked pies, homemade jams, butter tarts and fudge among other delights.
Km 25.9 Algonquin Park Boundary
Algonquin Provincial Park is is a canoeists paradise, renowned for the thousands of lakes, wildlife, forested hills and rocky ridges throughout this vast wilderness park. The interior of Algonquin Park can only be explored by canoe or on foot. Highway 630 offers a sneak peak into this magnificent area.
Km 30 Lake Kioshkokwi Algonquin Park Access Point
Enjoy the view accross this large lake into the dense wilderness of Algonquin Park. This sight offers a sense of wonder and mistery as you gaze accross to densely forested hills hinting at the wilderness beyond. At the access point find a park store, campground, washrooms and picnic area, a great place to explore before retracing your trip back out to Highway 17.
This trip is also becoming popular for bicycle & motorcycle touring, with the option of camping at Kiosk.