Ranger Cabin History
Anyone who has done much canoe tripping in Algonquin has wondered about the old rustic ranger cabins that still stand here and there in the Park Backcountry. Although we have a major exhibit in the Visitor Centre devoted to the lives of the early rangers and a whole book has been written about the cabins they built ("A Few Rustic Huts" by Sandy Gage), until 1996, if you were actually canoeing past one of the cabins, there was very little you could do to learn about their history. Even, worse, if you stopped and actually poked around, you would quickly notice that many of them were in pretty bad shape and probably didn't have many years left.
The "Ranger Cabin Rental" program launched in 1996 restored selected cabin and where necessary, the wood stoves and chimneys were upgraded to modern safety standards and a couple of cabins got new roofs (thanks to the volunteer efforts of several of the Directors of The Friends of Algonquin Park). Most important of all, the Park has a reservation system and other new administrative procedures that allow the Park to collect money for use of the cabins and put it back in to the maintenance of the cabins. At long last, the future of the cabins seems assured. And as a bonus, with the cabins now fit to stay in, people can soak up a little bit of Park history for a few days and appreciate a little better the handiwork and the rugged lives of Algonquin's early rangers. Details of each cabin's history are available inside each cabin.
For more information, contact the Algonquin Park Information.