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Hot, sunny with peak fall colour

Posted by Arowhon Friends on September 28, 2014

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Best weekend ever – hot, sunny with peak fall colour! Gorgeous Saturday full of family
canoe trips, kayaking, sailing, SUPing, hiking and yes, even swimming!

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Early September at Arowhon Pines

Posted by Arowhon Friends on September 14, 2014

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Last night's temperature dipped to almost freezing and we all woke to a
frosty morning. With the mist still on the lake, some brave souls still
went for a swim.  Autumn is a favourite time of year for many, with crisp, clear nights, great
for star gazing and sunny days, perfect for hiking and spending time on the
lake.  The leaves have started to change and the Arowhon Road is listed as among
the best places for spectacular autumn views!

Visit the Park fall colour graph at
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/general_park_info/fall-colour-report.php

There is still availability in the fall including Thanksgiving Weekend to
enjoy with your family and friends.


We look forward to welcoming you!

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Bon Voyage Butterflies!

Posted by Arowhon Friends on September 1, 2014

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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!

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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.

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Sunny and hot August weekend

Posted by Arowhon Friends on August 10, 2014

Sail. Canoe. Swim. Relax.
Find your inner peace, outdoors.

 

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August 4th BBQ Photos

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.

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Go Jump in the Lake!

Posted by Arowhon Friends on August 4, 2014

Thanks to all the kids who inaugurated our new jumping tower!


Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park


Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park


Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park


Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park


Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park


Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park

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Menu for Arowhon Pines “100 Mile Challenge” Summer BBQ 2014

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 30, 2014

Salads

Smoked Trout and Potato Salad
Tomato and Cheese
Broccoli, Mushroom, Radish
Coleslaw
Marinated Beets
Bean Salad

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From the Grill

Hamburgers and Sausages
Barbequed Smokey Peach Pork Back Ribs
Lamb Spareribs
Lamb Kibbe
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

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Desserts

Peaches, Plums, Cantaloupe, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries
Maple Custard Tarts
Shortbread
Fruit Flan Tarts
Pies 

Ice Cream:
Plum
Honey Lavender
Raspberry Ripple
Blueberry Ripple
Cherry

  

Bon Appetit!

Thank you to all our local suppliers and producers!

Join us on Monday, August 4, 2014, noon - 3:00pm

For reservations:  (705) 633-5661

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Coming to Arowhon Pines for 42 years!

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 22, 2014

Thank you to Lynn and Jeremy Kendall and Family.
Finally, we got a picture of them!

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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

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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!

 

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Meet Jason J. Dombroskie, Moth Man

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!

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