Algonquin Provincial Park (Ontario, Canada) was established in 1893 to provide a wildlife sanctuary, and by excluding agriculture, to protect the headwaters of the five major rivers which flow from the Park. It was quickly discovered by explorers, adventurers, and artists (like Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven).  Over the years the Park has captivated visitors earning worldwide recognition for its varied terrain and spectacular beauty.
Algonquin has always been a very special place for me.  It is a “power place” where I can soothe, refresh and challenge myself physically, mentally and spiritually.  It is a place of beauty, tranquility and peace.
These photographs focus on some of the lakes, rivers and trails along the 56 kilometer Highway 60 corridor (which is one of the most accessible areas of the 7,653 square kilometer park), as well as on the Oxtongue Lake area just south west of the park. 
Morning on Smoke Lake (Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Moose frequent the Highway 60 corridor during spring.  With salt deficient winter diets, they take advantage of the windfall created by a combination of road salt (which is applied to Highway 60 during the winter) and spring runoff.
Oxtongue River at Ragged Falls (just outside Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Autumn in Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada)
The Oxtongue River along the Whiskey Rapids Trail (Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Oxtongue Lake (southwest of Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Algonquin Outtfitters at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada)
Boats dragged ashore on the banks of Canoe Lake (Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Autumn dawn over Oxtongue Lake (near Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Canoes and canoe taxi on Lake Opeongo (Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
Along the Spruce Bog trail in Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada)
Hiking the Peck Lake trail in Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada)
Views from Oxtongue Lake (just outside Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)
You can find examples of Irwin's work on display and for sale at the Owen Sound Artists' Co-op in downtown Owen Sound, and online in his portfolio on Fine Art America.  You can also purchase limited edition prints by contacting him directly.  See the Buy Prints page for more details.
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