Welcome to the official web site of the Algonquin Park
Residents Association (APRA)

Along the shores of Canoe, Smoke, Cache, Rock, Whitefish, and a handful of other lakes, you will notice a small number of cabins, sheltered amid the darkness of the local forest. Most are modest in size, and many are still quite primitive with unlined walls and curtainless windows. Though a few on Canoe Lake and Smoke Lake have access to the power grid, most are usually heated by wood stoves and lit by kerosene lamps, with water pumped by hand, and refrigerators and stoves fueled by propane. Some have been upgraded over the years, but in general development has been resisted, the preference being to supplement rather than rebuild--working hard to blend in with the forest surroundings. This community, striving to be a model for minimal environmental impact cottaging in Canada, continues to look for new ways to enhance and support the natural environment within iconic Algonquin Park.    More...

Work Permit Application Forms

We have posted PDFs of the new work permit application forms from the Ministry of Natural Resources. There are three forms and you can view and save them individually here:

Application for Work Permit (Part 1) - General

Application for Work Permit (Part 2) - Building Construction

Application for Work Permit (Part 3) - Application to Do Work on Shorelands


Or you can download a single zip file with all three forms/pages here:

Application for Work Permit - All three parts/pages

Ontario Provincial Parks Regulations Posted

We have posted a PDF of the current version of regulation 347/07 governing provincial parks under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006.

You can click here to download a PDF from our site, or you can also access the document online as part of ServiceOntario's e-Laws program.

Algonquin Land Claim Update

In September of 2010 the Ontario Government issued an update on the Algonquin land claim.

"The negotiating teams for Canada, Ontario and the Algonquins of Ontario are meeting monthly with the goal of achieving an Agreement-in-Principle in 2011 -- the first step toward reaching a Final Agreement that will take the form of a modern-day treaty."

The update is an 8 page PDF (3.2 MB) available here on the APRA site, or, along with much more information on the Algonquin land claim, on the Ontario Government's Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs web site for the claim.

Brian Crane, Chief Negotiator for Ontario, give this introduction to the update newsletter:

"It is important that people with interests in this region are aware of the land claim and what we hope to achieve through a negotiated settlement.

This newsletter will provide you with information about the claim, the people involved in the negotiations, our shared goals, and how you can contact Ontario's representatives.

Our responsibility as members of the Ontario negotiation team is to be aware of the interests that may be affected by an Algonquin land claim settlement. We look forward to working with all interested parties to build a better future that will benefit the Algonquins and their neighbours throughout eastern Ontario."