Welcome to Arowhon

It's time for Arowhon Pines. Time to reconnect. To sit back and listen to your heart. To see and be inspired by nature. Time for that great book. Time to paddle an empty lake. Shaped naturally by the hills, lakes and streams of Algonquin Park, Arowhon is just imperfect enough to be amazing. Amazing people, amazing food, warm fires. Like rumpled cushions placed between you and the wild side of a Canadian adventure. Inner Peace. Outdoors. That is Arowhon Pines. Of Algonquin, for you.

~ Your Friends at Arowhon

Open June 1 - October 7, 2018




Ellen (Helen) Joan Kates


It is with sadness that we announce that Ellen (Helen) Joan Kates died peacefully at her home in Toronto on Wednesday May 17, 2017. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Eugene Kates in 2007 and is survived by the families of her brother, Colin Day of the UK (recently deceased) and the Kates' families (Joanne Kates, Leon Musynski and the late Robert Kates) of Toronto.

Guests will fondly remember Helen as the charming and gracious host at Arowhon Pines. You might also remember her brisk walks around the grounds with her golden retrievers and daily backstroke swims in Little Joe Lake. The staff, in particular the chefs, will remember a strict, demanding boss with a sharp eye for detail but one with an extraordinarily generous heart.

With perfect timing, Helen died on the morning of Arowhon’s hectic moving day from our office in Toronto to Algonquin Park. In Algonquin, the day was breathtakingly beautiful - warm and sunny with a gentle wind. The dogs were in the lake all day. We’ll miss Helen, but we will feel her presence forever.

Loving friends will miss her, especially Theresa Pupulin, Mona Bernardi, Lucille MacDonald, Olive Pester, David Cooke, Edward Munsayac, Adam Falardeau and all the staff, past and present, at Arowhon Pines.

A special thank you is extended to her loyal caregivers, Felicitas and Elaine, the staff from Eldercare, James Mastin and his team at CCAC. With all their support, Helen was able to die at home, surrounded by people she loved and in accordance with her wishes.

To follow Helen’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public service. If you wish to honour her, please do so privately and in your own way, or donate to a charity of your choice or the Golden Retriever Rescue.

For all the regular guests this summer, we’ll have lots of champagne to share with you and toast our friend, Helen. She would like that! If you have a story or photo you would like to share, please email us at