Open May 30th - October 12, 2014
Posted by Arowhon Friends on September 1, 2014
It was with mixed emotions that I tagged my butterfly today and let her go. I was happy to watch her climb to the tops of the trees then later, free fall to feed on the sunflowers.
I loved seeing them as caterpillars too, ravenously munching on Algonquin milkweed. In the blink of any eye they became cocoons, before morphing magically into these beauties.
Arowhon Pines became a monarch way station last year as part of www.monarchwatch.org. We reared and tagged 19 butterflies. This year there were 180 caterpillars! So far 160 butterflies have been tagged and now they are setting out on their journey to Mexico! The rest will be hatching soon!
The most heartwarming of all was to see everyone, guests and staff, both young and young at heart, enjoying the experience.
A BIG heartfelt thank you to Donna who researched all of this, and whose genuine enthusiasm, patience and hard work made this a huge success!
Bon Voyage Butterflies!
P.S. As happy that I was seeing the monarchs, I could not help feeling a little angry, sad and ashamed that something like Monarch Watch has to exist at all. We’ve cut down their habitat, mainly milkweed and poisoned their environment. Did you know that last year was the poorest on record for monarch sightings in Mexico, where they roost for the winter? What of our brown bats too whom we have not seen for years? Do you remember the barn swallows that used to live in the rafters of our dining room verandah? They too have disappeared from here.
Posted by Arowhon Friends on August 10, 2014
Sail. Canoe. Swim. Relax.
Find your inner peace, outdoors.
Posted by Arowhon Friends on August 5, 2014
These photos say it all!
Extraordinary guests, weather, music, artists, farmers, suppliers and FOOD! A great way to end a superb long weekend! Love from Arowhon Pines.
Posted by Arowhon Friends on August 4, 2014
Thanks to all the kids who inaugurated our new jumping tower!
Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 30, 2014
Smoked Trout and Potato Salad
Tomato and Cheese
Broccoli, Mushroom, Radish
From the Grill
Hamburgers and Sausages
Barbequed Smokey Peach Pork Back Ribs
Marinated Flank Steak
Smoked Whitefish Burgers
Trout with Cornmeal Crust
Chicken with Smoked Peach Glaze
Chicken with Maple
Mexican Pulled Pork on Housemade Corn Tortillas
Zucchini, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Squash, Corn on the Cob
Peaches, Plums, Cantaloupe, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries
Maple Custard Tarts
Fruit Flan Tarts
Thank you to all our local suppliers and producers!
Join us on Monday, August 4, 2014, noon - 3:00pm
For reservations: (705) 633-5661
Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 22, 2014
Thank you to Lynn and Jeremy Kendall and Family.
Finally, we got a picture of them!
Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 12, 2014
Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park is holding its 4th Annual “100 Mile Challenge” Barbecue on Monday, August 4th, 2014.
The concept is based on the food blog / book "The 100 Mile Diet" by James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, whose challenge was to create and execute a menu using food sourced within 100 miles. The book raised awareness that locally produced food is not only environmentally friendlier but delicious as well!
Arowhon Pines features local food into their daily menus for guests whenever they can. Food is then prepared with care and respect by our team of chefs. The barbecue menu this year will include fresh lake trout, Lake Huron whitefish, local heritage pork and hand-picked vegetables from Muskoka farms. There are seasonal salads, meat and vegetarian entrees on the grill and homemade desserts and ice cream.
There will also be live music, local artists, a beer tent and boat rides of the Algonquin lakes! Guests will get a chance to meet the farmers and suppliers from the region.
Tickets are $35 per person, and going fast! Noon to 3 p.m.
Reservations required: (705) 633-5661
P.S. Early August also kicks off our commitment to our monarch butterfly way station program, where butterflies feed in our gardens before their long migration south to Mexico!
Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 7, 2014
Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting Jason Dombroskie from Cornell University. He was in Algonquin conducting an insect workshop for the Friends of Algonquin Park.
Jason grew up around the Park and at a young age discovered his talent for indexing – first he indexed the 34 native species of trees in the area, then the 272 bird species. Finding these somewhat limiting, he turned his attention to insects, where there is an estimated whopping 7,000 species in Algonquin, nearly 2,000 of which are moths. Jason worked as an Algonquin Naturalist for 10 years. Now, he holds the position of Manager of Insect Collection at the prestigious Cornell University in New York, and is the Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab which takes him to many countries internationally each year. His current research is on the leafroller moth in North and South America.
When at Arowhon, we joined him at the crossroads where he set up a light to see some of the nocturnal insects in the area. Witnessing firsthand his knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious. Now, I find myself stopping at every moth I meet!
Good luck, Jason!
Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 23, 2014
Chef Heather Mordue started baking and canning at a young age with her grandmother. This is where she first developed a love for local seasonal ingredients. Heather's first industry job was as a breakfast cook in her hometown of Binbrook, Ontario. After completing her studies in Geography at McMaster University, Heather decided she missed the rush of the kitchen and enrolled in the culinary program at Niagara College. In 2008 Heather accepted a position as the Bakeshop Assistant at Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park. After the season, Heather moved to Toronto and worked for Oliver and Bonacini Events, where she was part of the opening pastry team for The Toronto Board of Trade and Malaparte as well as joining Chef Rob Rossi as the opening pastry chef for his restaurant Bestellen. From there, Heather started working at one of her favourite places to eat in Toronto, L’Unita Enoteca in Yorkville. There she was able to create dishes that combine simple Italian flavours with Canadiana cuisine as the pastry chef and pizzaiolo.
Looking for a change from the fast pace of the city Heather decided to return to Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park as the Pastry Chef for the 2014 season. She is very excited to be working again with our Chef, David Cooke and is looking forward to using the onsite and local produce in her pastries.
Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 11, 2014
We've been so busy scurrying around like chipmunks changing light bulbs, hanging pictures and painting - that we forgot to announce… WE’RE OPEN!
We opened May 30th with a lovely wedding in the woods.
Although spring brings some mosquitoes and black flies, guests are well rewarded with lots of wildlife sightings. Every day there are moose at the Crossroads and fox on the Arowhon Road. One beaver had the gall to swim by during dinner, emptying the dining room and leaving Edward holding warm plates! The loons continue to mesmerize every night.
A reminder that our spring rates are our lowest of the season at $204 per person/per night up until June 26th - including accommodation, three consecutive meals and use of all facilities. Contact us to book your room by the lake!