Algonquin Park Map 1893

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This beautiful map was made in 1893, the same year that the Algonquin Highlands were made a park. The details include old indian trails, warden cabins, and ancient portages.

The year before, in order to preserve the remarkable beauty of this area, a Royal Commission recommended that the region enclosing the headwaters of five major rivers, those being: the Muskoka, Little Madawaska River, Amable du Fond River, Petawawa River, and South rivers. Arguing for the protection of the highlands, they wrote: "the wholesale and indiscriminate slaughter of forests brings a host of evils in its train." This is the map that was included in the Royal Commission's report.

We love old maps at the lodge. Hung on the wall of our map room are early hand drawn maps of Wolfpine Lake, marking timber warrants, old trap lines, trails and portages long overgrown. And sitting in the middle of the room is a large oak map case, with dozens of wide flat drawers holding a century’s worth of topographical maps like this one. Taggart has been known to spend hours in there leaning over a map, one hand holding a Burnt Point Sour, the other tracing the elegantly drawn details sketched in by master cartographers and surveyors.

Taggart selected some of his favorite maps and we reprinted them on archival quality 46 lbs paper to share with you. These look gorgeous on your home or office wall, or they can be used as they were intended: folded up in a pack, guiding the way through your most loved national park.


  • Printed on 46lbs paper
  • 28" x 35.7"


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