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Sunflowers and Shorelines

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 25, 2015

Sunflowers and Shorelines is an exhibition of pottery and paintings by artists and sisters Karen Gray and Jane Gray.

Karen's functional carved pottery graphically interprets cottage country images including canoes and sunflowers.  Jane's oil paintings are based on her experiences of the moonlit skies and shorelines of Algonquin Park.

Read more: http://www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com/Chapel_Gallery/chapel_gallery.htm

You are invited to the exhibition of pottery and paintings by two sisters who interpret similar subjects in their chosen mediums.

July 25 - August 15, 2015

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

The Chapel Gallery

15 King Street, Bracebridge

705-645-5501

http://www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com/

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Friends of Algonquin Park July Newsletter is Now Out

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 22, 2015

The July newsletter of the Friends of Algonquin Park is a special Logging Edition. Read about the following and more!

  • Loggers Day on Saturday, July 25, 2015 
  • The Algonquin Logging Museum 
  • New book: Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and their Ponds
  • 40 Years of the Algonquin Forestry Authority
  • New Video: The Loggers of Algonquin

Click here to see newsletter

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Yoga anyone?

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 20, 2015

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Randi Skurka enjoying early morning yoga on the dock at Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park.


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Summer Arowhon Pines, Algonquin

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 13, 2015

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AROWHON PINES    DINING    ACCOMMODATION & MEALS   CHECK AVAILABILITY

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July 2015

Summer never begins early enough and always ends too soon.

- Peter Gzowski 

Summer has arrived bringing sunny days by the dock. The days are full of swimming, canoeing and hiking and evenings are spent relaxing with a book or champion ping pong in the games room. We’ve so much to tell you! Read below for some sneak previews. Please don’t wait too long to book! We’d love to welcome you back!

Sincerely, Theresa, David & Adam
And all of us at Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park

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AROWHON RENOVATIONS

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This was definitely a labour of love all winter to carefully blend the rustic, comfortable charm of the familiar with clean, crisp, new colour and fun - in the rooms and lounges.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our designer friends (and Arowhon guests for 20 years who “get us”), Tim Webb and Dave Campbell, owners of

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- a market destination for home décor, up-cycled antiques, art, collectibles and gifts – and well worth the drive into Gravenhurst. They bravely and lovingly answered our call for help. We could not be more delighted with everything – and P.S. - there is still more to come!

Read more about Tim and Dave & the Arowhon project in HIDEAWAYS magazine, fresh off the press. "Refurbishing with Reverence"

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NEW DATE FOR ANNUAL AUGUST BARBECUE 

It is soon time for Arowhon’s 5th annual Civic Holiday Weekend Barbecue – there are still some chairs available by the lake. This is when our team of cooks, headed by our chef, David Cooke, step outside for the afternoon and cook up a feast using only local products from within 100 miles. Guests can meet the farmers and suppliers, enjoy some local art and music and see our monarch butterfly gardens. 

This year’s date is SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd, 2015! Here are some photos from last year! $ 35 per person – please give us a call or email us.

P.S. If you wish to get David talking, ask him about our homemade salamis and prosciutto – curing in our kitchen and ready for the fall!

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Attention All Writers!

Get Inspired and Unlock your Creativity at our:


FALL COLOURS Writing Retreat
From Saturday, September 19 - Monday, September 21, 2015
led by instructor Brian Henry

Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers. He also teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops across the US and Canada. His proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian. You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect with your creativity – as well as eat wonderful meals, canoe and hike.

Everyone is welcome – from those interested in developing their writing skills, aspiring writers or accomplished authors, to those who simply enjoy writing as a hobby. There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish. P.S. If you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you! If you’re not currently working on anything, don’t worry, we’ll get you writing.

For more details, click here: Fall Colours Writing Retreat

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Copyright © 2015 Arowhon Pines, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Arowhon Pines
297 Balliol St
Toronto, Ontario M4S 1C7
Canada


1 866 633 5661
Local Toronto: (416) 483-4393
Local Algonquin Park: (705) 633-5661

Email: resort@arowhonpines.ca

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Fall Colours Writing Retreat

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 10, 2015

Attention All Writers!
Get Inspired and Unlock your Creativity at our:

FALL COLOURS Writing Retreat
From Saturday, September 19 - Monday, September 21, 2015
led by instructor Brian Henry

Brian_Henry2.jpgBrian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers. He also teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops across the US and Canada. His proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian. You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect with your creativity – as well as eat wonderful meals, canoe and hike.

Everyone is welcome – from those interested in developing their writing skills, aspiring writers or accomplished authors, to those who simply enjoy writing as a hobby. There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish.  

P.S. If you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you! If you’re not currently working on anything, don’t worry, we’ll get you writing.

For more details, click here:  Fall Colours Writing Retreat

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Chocolate Love

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 8, 2015

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Recently, I participated in a Chocolate Programme through Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts, which took place in Northern Italy.

Many people believe that Italy is not known for its chocolates, however, the Piemonte region is Italy's chocolate capital and is coined as the place where Gianduja Chocolate was created. Also prevalent here are hazelnuts and pistachios which are used frequently in the chocolates throughout the region. There is also a big French influence which means that there are many classic forms of truffles; I sampled pistachio, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate truffles to name a few!

My journey started in Torino - this part of the programme was spent tasting and touring Guido Gobino’s chocolate factory and retail stores. Here we tasted different types of Gianduja, as well as a bonbon called the Cremini which is made up of three layers of ganache. The Cremini is also said to have originated in the Piemonte region.

After eating way too much chocolate, we hit the road heading towards Lecco which is located on the other side of Lake Como. Here we Toured ICAM Chocolate factory, and the chocolate tasting continued. ICAM is a company which is family owned and focuses on building relationships with the cacao farmers which helps with quality, but more importantly means that the farmer is being treated fair.

Next, we hit the classroom. Here we learned how to create centres, enrobe, temper and garnish chocolates from Chef Riccardo Magni and his brother Chef Mario Magni. This part of the programme was a lot of fun, and a great learning experience. We made many different types of chocolates from tiramisu to espresso.

This season at Arowhon Pines I am hoping to introduce some chocolates such as Truffles and the Cremini, which will be able to withstand the warmer temperatures during the summer. Overall, I had a great experience and learned a lot about chocolate production from the farm to the factory. Most importantly this course increased my love for everything chocolate, and I am looking forward to experimenting with some new chocolate recipes this season!

See you soon!  

Heather Mordue, Baker, Arowhon Pines


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Arowhon Pines - Open for the Season!

Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 29, 2015

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Welcome to summer!

The canoes are in place, the sailboats rigged and the trails are being cleared. The beds are made and everything is spotlessly clean. There is some last minute painting to do this morning. The kitchen has tested some new and interesting dishes, ready for your enjoyment. The fire is burning in the dining room. The maintenance staff who have worked late every night are ready for a little rest. We’re welcoming new friendly staff every day from Canada and around the world.

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We’re very excited to show you what we’ve been up to all winter long – gorgeous, renovated rooms and a new addition to the kitchen. The usual things will remain as magnificent as ever – good, tasty food in a beautiful dining room, a warm welcome from the office and the timeless beauty of Algonquin Park any time of the year. 

We hope that you can visit.

Contact us to book your room by the lake!

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Arowhon Pines, Spring Fever

Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 16, 2015

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May 2015
SPRING HAS RETURNED!

What a difference a week makes! All the ice is finally out (April 29), the sun is warm, there are buds on the trees and the loons are back. The ferns and fiddleheads are popping. This year we open for lunch on Friday, May 29th! We’re eager to show you what we’ve been up to all winter long. Have you booked your room by the lake? Spring rates are $ 210 per person per night (double occupancy) inclusive of three meals per day and all facilities, up to June 25. In the spring, the wildlife viewing is best and for most of the time, you’ll have the trails and lakes to yourselves. Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely, Theresa, David and Adam


 

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Chocolate Love

In April, we signed up our baker, Heather Mordue, for some hands-on training with some master chocolatiers in northern Italy - in Torino, the capital of the Piemonte region, and on the shores of Lake Como. We’re anxious and excited to see what comes from her studies – we’ll be testing them this spring! (Well, someone has to do it!). READ ABOUT Heather’s course and travels…


 

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The Loon in Algonquin Park

The Common Loon is the iconic symbol of Algonquin Park. Even if you don’t see one, you’ll hear their incredible sounds every night on Little Joe Lake. Do you know the different calls and what they each mean? CLICK BELOW to hear them!

THE HOOT is used as a contact call as birds approach one another.
THE TREMOLO signals distress and may urge loons to move to safety.
THE YODEL is used in territorial disputes, essentially stating to any loons close by - "This is our territory!"
And THE WAIL indicates a willingness to interact and is used to reestablish contact between individuals when they have been separated.
For more detailed information on the Common Loon, http://www.sbaa.ca/projects.asp?cn=303.

The loons arrived on Little Joe Lake a few weeks ago when the ice wasn’t even out yet. Word must be out that there are nice people here, and the food is good! We say, welcome back!

 


Congratulations Alexandra F, the winner of the Spring Weekend for Two contest.  CLICK HERE to see the answers to the quiz.


 

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Copyright © 2015 Arowhon Pines, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Arowhon Pines
297 Balliol St
Toronto, Ontario M4S 1C7
Canada


1 866 633 5661
Local Toronto: (416) 483-4393
Local Algonquin Park: (705) 633-5661

Email: resort@arowhonpines.ca

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Chef Cooke Goes Back to School

Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 8, 2015

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After 38 years of standing in kitchens, I am enjoying a semester at Algonquin College in Ottawa, teaching Cooking Class 080. The students and I, we started in January, have cooked lunch together every Monday and Friday, at Restaurant International at the Woodroffe campus.

For many of these students, this is their first time in a professional kitchen and their first practical semester! It has been great fun watching the progress made. Each service is better than the one before, and I feel proud that some of the knowledge I have managed to pass on will help these students thrive in a trade that has always been good to me – and employs thousands of new cooks every year.

I’ve also learned the importance of patience and clear communication – and by teaching, I will become a better chef myself!

The snow is starting to melt, and the kitchen renovations have gotten to the point where the vision is reality, and I can't wait to see it humming with action.

See you soon!

Sincerely,

David Cooke

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Winner of the 3rd Annual "Win a Weekend for Two" Contest

Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 1, 2015

Congratulations Alexandra F. from Toronto - the winner of our contest for a Spring Weekend for Two! Below are the correct answers to the contest.

We know that the contest was especially difficult this year and would like to thank everyone who participated – we hope it was a fun learning experience!

To reward all of those who correctly identified all but did not win, you can look forward to hearing from us for a 20 percent discount on any spring dates (May 29 to June 25) – a great deal on top of our already low spring rates. 

Thanks so much!


 CONTEST ANSWERS

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Image #1 - Arctic Skipper 


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Image #2 - Red-spotted Glyph Moth


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Image #3 - Horrid Zale


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Image #4 - Red Admiral on Chives


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Image #5 - Red Maple Borer Moth


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Image #6 - Chocolate  Prominent


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Image #7 - Black Arches Caterpillar 


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Image #8 - American Dagger Moth Caterpillar


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Image #9 - Crab Spider ( Misumena vatia )


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Image #10 - Candy-striped Leafhopper


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Image #11 - Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 


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Image #12 - Coral Fungus


 

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