Lake Opeongo, ON

Watermark by Zohar Berlyand
Collected by Ruby Pajares
Lake Opeongo is the largest lake within the boundaries of Algonquin Park, a wild and beautiful landscape that feels like home in many ways. For me, the park and its thousands of lakes represent and remind me of the importance of water conservation. Lake Opeongo has been my access point to experiencing true wilderness close to home, in understanding the importance of protecting places such as this one and making sure others can continue discovering such natural wonders.

I cherish Algonquin Park and Lake Opeongo specifically because it was also the birthplace of Parkbus, the project I have been running for the past 6 years, providing sustainable transportation between Toronto and outdoor destinations such as Algonquin (where we started). It has opened up a whole new world of opportunities and I am feeling grateful for being able to share my passion for the outdoors with others who seek to access these places as well.

Each year I accompany hundreds of people, including many first time visitors, into the park. It never ceases to amaze me how so many of us feel the urge to spend time in nature, to hike those trails, smell the fresh air, look at the stars and paddle those waters.
Watermarks are true stories about you and your connection to a body of water. By archiving your story, you add to a living record of our shared water heritage, protecting these waters for generations to come. So tell us: What is your watermark?

By the time we hit shore, we had 6-8 inches of water in the canoe, and we were all laughing and having a great time. There were a lot of pictures taken.That was 10 years ago, but we talk about it every summer.

Petawawa River, ON - Bob Chantler
Algonquin Provincial Park