Haliburton Tourism Announces Survey Results That Find Algonquin Park Fall Getaways Rated Best In Ontario for Nature Photography and Observation

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Haliburton Tourism has found in a recent survey that Algonquin Park is the top rated Autumn destination for nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Survey participants noted the area's brilliant fall colours as well as the opportunities it presents to observe fascinating displays of wildlife as the key factors in their decision to rate Algonquin Park best in Ontario.

A recent survey commissioned by Haliburton Tourism (http://www.haliburton-tourism.com/) has found that vacationers rate Algonquin Park as the best Autumn destination for nature photography and observation. Every season in Algonquin Provincial Park has its own charm, offering its own unique vistas and variety of animals that can be readily observed, but autumn in the Park provides the most stunning views. "For nature photographers, bird watchers and for those who just appreciate the beauty of nature, nothing can compare with an Algonquin Park fall visit. Autumn in Algonquin Park is spectacular. We have many lodge guests that tell us that the fall is their favourite time of year for an Algonquin Park vacation," states Kim Smith, owner of Bartlett Lodge (http://www.bartlettlodge.com), an Algonquin Park resort located right in the Park and winner of the 2009 Sustainable Tourism Award. "People are always impressed with what they see here, particularly during the Autumn season, and this is clearly reflected in the results of the recent tourism survey."

The survey, commissioned Summer 2010, asked 400 Ontarians about their favorite in-province vacation destinations for each season. Algonquin Park was rated amongst the top destinations for every season of the year. For Autumn in particular, it was rated the best in Ontario. Survey participants noted the area's brilliant fall colours as well as the opportunities it presents to observe fascinating displays of wildlife as the key factors in their decision to rate Algonquin Park best in Ontario.

World famous Algonquin Provincial Park is situated in central Ontario, less than three hours north of Metropolitan Toronto. It has been a favourite destination for nature lovers, landscape artists and wildlife photographers for more than a century. Its vast expansive area, covering almost 8,000 kilometres of diverse and rugged wilderness, provides a safe haven for an astounding variety of animal species and plant life. At almost any time of year, visitors to the Park will be treated to a visual spectacle of pristine wilderness and animal wildlife that is unrivalled anywhere on earth. With its brilliant colour and wealth of readily observable wildlife, visitors to Algonquin Park during the autumn months can witness some very special scenes, such as Bull Moose rutting, multitudes of Canada Geese flocking or majestic Ontario raptors like Barred Owls. Algonquin Park is also home to approximately 270 different bird species, making it very popular with birdwatchers. Only a small number of these birds are year round residents of the Park. Coinciding with the fall colours, is the fall migration of Algonquin Park's birds for the winter. Hundreds of thousands of birds flock together during the fall months before they start their trip south. For birdwatchers and wildlife photographers, an Algonquin Park fall getaway is the perfect time to observe these birds and capture some great shots.

Algonquin Park's brilliant fall colors are also common among the reasons why survey participants have rated Algonquin park as their favorite Autumn destination.After a summer of record temperatures and a winter of little snow fall - conditions that make for great fall colour, it is expected that the 2010 fall colours season in central Ontario should rival the spectacular display of colour observed in 2009.

"It is no surpise to us that guests to Algonquin Park have rated it the best destination for Fall in Ontario. Fall is always a very popular time to visit Algonquin Park to enjoy a photography weekend or a fall colours getaway," says Bartlett Lodge owner Kim Smith. "There is just so much to see and do here in the autumn and we want our guests to make the most of their time here in the park. Each guest at Bartlett Lodge receives a complete package of information so that they can plan their Algonquin Park vacation. As well, our staff is very knowledgeable about Algonquin Park and are always happy to assist guests with their plans or make suggestions as to where to find an Algonquin wilderness guide or an Algonquin photography workshop. We hope that this survey will lead others to come to our lodge so we can help them experience the best of the Algonquin area."

About Bartlett Lodge:
Located within the borders of world famous Algonquin Provincial Park, eco-friendly Bartlett Lodge offers exceptional lakefront cottage rentals, luxury canopy tent accommodations and fine dining in a pristine wilderness setting. Open seasonally, Bartlett Lodge is a Modified American Plan cottage resort, acclaimed for its commitment to the environment and famous for its exceptional dining room. Rustic, yet elegant, this lakeside Muskoka resort is ideal for family vacations, romantic couples, weddings and group functions. To book your fabulous Algonquin Park vacation, visit the Bartlett Lodge web site: http://www.bartlettlodge.com, or call 1-866-614-5355.

Contact Information:
Marilyn & Kim Smith
Bartlett Lodge

P.O. Box #10004
Huntsville, ON, Canada P1H 2G8
Telephone: (705) 633-5543
Fax (705) 633-5746

297 Lakeshore Road E., Suite 2
Oakville, ON, Canada L6J 1J3
Telephone: (905) 338-8908
Fax: (905) 338-3039


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