Algonquin is renown for the beauty
and variety of its plant life. Host to more than 1000 species of both
plants and fungi there is a huge diversity on offer. The Park lies in a broad transition zone
where deciduous forests of Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch and Beech meet
coniferous forests of pine, spruce and balsam fur. The Park is host to
34 species of orchid. The Observatory borders the Lake Lavieille Hemlock
Wilderness zone and the Eustache Lake nature reserve zone to the West.
The Lake Travers sand dune complex and De Geer Moraines lie immediately
to the East of the Observatory on Lake Travers. The Greenleaf Creek
Watershed surrounding Barron lake is to the South of the Observatory.