Season's Greetings 2020 - Arowhon Pines

Posted by Arowhon Friends on December 24, 2020




                                                                                                    Winter 2021


We’ve closed the gates to Arowhon Pines for the winter. The temperature has dropped and Little Joe Lake is making ice. Moose, fox and deer will roam silently in the snow.

We are home now, safe and sound, wearing masks, washing our hands and keeping our bubble tiny. The holidays will be quiet as we hunker down some more. Let’s remind ourselves that we do this so that we can all be together again at Arowhon Pines in 2021.

Last season, you let us know that Arowhon is an important part of your life. A stay with us was a true respite from what was going on in the world. We sheltered and rested in nature and disconnected from the news, our damned phones and the boob tube. What can compare to loving the ones you’re with for happy days on Little Joe Lake? For many of you, this was the first and only place that you ventured outside your own homes since March. Thank you so much for trusting us.

We’re grateful to our Canadian guests who discovered, or rediscovered, us; it was wonderful seeing old friends. Fingers crossed this upcoming season that we’ll be welcoming back our international clientele and our local diners. We’ve really missed you. Hope is on the world horizon for 2021. We’ll see better days.

For now, we wait.

But, whatever rules and policies are in place for our future, we will operate to ensure that all of us are safe and comfortable at Arowhon Pines. We will communicate with you every step of the way.

Please - as you did with us – join us to help support our local mom-and-pop operations – the coffee shops, bakeries, corner grocers, tiny restaurants, local artists and flower shops – both now and in the future. They need us now.

In these next few months, we aim to embrace winter and those closest to us! See you on our walks, on the cross country hills and snowshoe trails!

Love and hugs,

Theresa, David and Adam



In late November, we received word that Keeda, our lovely brindle bull mastiff mix was ill. She died peacefully a week later. We’re heartbroken as she was the last of the trio, with Daisy and Dexter, who ruled Arowhon for many years. She was almost 13 years old – rare for big breed dogs to live so long - a big thanks to David’s duck pate and venison that kept her healthy, and to all the staff and guests who loved her!

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Everyone, it seems, has a story about Algonquin Park.

Many of our guests attended camp in their youth, some for a summer and others for decades. Although it may have been eons ago, they recall each lake they paddled in the Park as well as the length and difficulty of each portage. They are still in contact with their bunkmates. The lessons learned from their older, wiser counsellors stick with them today. If you ask them, what they learned at camp formed who they became as adults.

The world of summer camps was decimated by COVID-19 in 2020. While the resorts could eke out a season, all Ontario residential camps were mandated to close. If you have a child or grandchild at home, tired of screen life and yearning for an authentic summer experience, we recommend that you contact one of the excellent camps of Algonquin Park. Each one has its own character and tradition, and each teaches skills for the future, along with a love and respect for both the outdoors and each other.

The summer camps of Algonquin Park are:


We’ve shared below a few stories of what we’ve learned these past months. If you would like to share a story, we would be happy to post it on our social media page. Please email to Thanks so much!

On March 15th I was in New York State with my (fairly) new boyfriend Mike, an American, about to head south for a vacation, when Justin Trudeau called all Canadians home. Without a doubt, the next morning, we crossed the border nervously in Niagara, spent the night in eerily desolate Toronto, picked up the dog and reached my house in Muskoka shortly thereafter. Like everyone else, we didn’t know what was going on, only what we were hearing on the CBC and reading online. Our first stop was the grocery store, where we separated in order to go quicker. I froze in the store - very unlike me – all of a sudden I worried about sick people around, worried about touching handles and cartons of food and what to do about toilet paper. When I found Mike, his cart was overflowing. He had seen me in terror and quickly taken charge of getting everything we needed to hunker down. I realized that I could spend the pandemic with this man. Theresa

How fast does life change? Like Theresa, I had an airplane ticket booked for March 15th, to Barbados. I had stayed awake most of the night watching the news and debating with myself ‘should I or shouldn’t I go?’ I was sitting on my couch; bags packed, passport in hand, podcast downloaded, ham and cheese sandwich in my carry-on, thinking, ‘am I going to the airport in 15 minutes or not?’ I did not. I decided it was just too uncertain to travel, and that when it came down to it, there was no better county to be in than Canada. Before I knew it, I was lining up at the grocery store wearing a mask, then later ordering groceries online. This quickly evolved to ordering meat from the small butcher up the street, who personally delivered to my porch - they had the best flank steak I’ve ever had; fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from the community farmer’s market that moved to online, and best of all fresh ground coffee along with THE best chocolate chip cookies from the small shop up the street, who also hand delivered! Yes, this pandemic has been terrible. It made us change or cancel plans, distanced us from loved ones and inconvenienced us, but through it all, some good things did arise; for me, it has been the acquired knowledge of ‘shop local’, from owners of small businesses in my neighbourhood! I may regret selling my Amazon stocks...but I feel better. Adam

The end of the season brought much anxiety to our kitchen team, as we all knew that the traditional jobs for winter work were gone. When I put out a call for volounteers for the non-profit - – all of our Ottawa-based chefs replied within a few hours! This charity rents empty space in the Chateau Laurier banquet kitchen and produces 1000 meals per day for people in need of a hot meal. In Huntsville, another one of our chefs prepares a three course home cooked meal for the shelter every Sunday. Despite this unforgettable year, with all the uncertainty and disruption and death, it’s also brought out the best in us, our resilience and generosity. Thank you to all our staff – you are the best! David


Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Posted by Arowhon Friends on October 9, 2020




October 2020                                                            Arowhon Pines, Algonquin

Greetings from Algonquin Park!

Dear Guests of Arowhon Pines,

As we welcome our guests for the final Arowhon Pines weekend of 2020, we can’t help but jot down a few thoughts about this past season.

Like everyone we followed the pandemic news daily, all the while trying to plan our response. We spent months designing, debating and revising every practice that had been done for the past 30 plus years. All departments were affected; it was like operating a whole new resort! In May and June, you would have seen us measuring distances all over the resort, rearranging furnishings, sadly retiring the famous buffet tables, trying out new menus and getting accustomed to life in masks.

We opened July 7th with a few dozen lovely guests who spent a hot and sunny week dining on our ‘patio’, aka the dining room verandah. Although glorious, we were happy one week later to move into the dining room, greatly distanced. Early on, we made the decision to operate at one half capacity and never regretted it. We wanted to keep Arowhon smaller, quieter, even more peaceful, and safer for guests and staff. Everyone enjoyed wonderful swims in the lake and walks in the woods, saw moose, beaver and otters and befriended the rabbits foraging everywhere. Nature soothed our souls.

The cooperation from our staff has been extraordinary. You can’t imagine how hard this crew worked, and pulled together. We worried it might be hard to keep our 20-somethings away from one another, but they outshone all expectations and kept it together, especially at season’s end, when we’ve all had to work a little harder to bring our season to a healthy, successful finish. Bravo, all our staff!

Little things we’ve learned and may keep for the future are topics for another day. Mostly we learned that Arowhon is an important part of people’s lives. A stay was a true respite from the world outside. We sheltered and rested in nature, disconnected from the daily numbers in Ontario, the churn in politics or on the boob tube. What can compare with loving the ones you’re with for happy days on the shores of Little Joe Lake? For most of you, this was the first place you ventured outside your own homes. Thank you for trusting us.

Already we’re looking forward to even better days ahead in 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love Theresa, David and Adam
& Everyone from Arowhon Pines

PS As you so generously did with us, please patronize and support your other favourite places - local restaurants, delis, coffee shops and small grocers - as we all adjust to live our best lives.


Foraged Spring Salad

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 23, 2020


Spring 2020 - Arowhon Pines

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 23, 2020


Spring 2020 Update from Arowhon Pines

Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 1, 2020




May 2020                                                                Arowhon Pines, Algonquin 

Greetings from Algonquin!

We hope that you’re all snug, safe and healthy.

To all front line people – medical professionals, grocery store workers, truckers, etc thank you for literally keeping our lives going during this terrible time. To those who have lost loved ones, our hearts break with you.

We wish we had more news to share. Like you, we’re glued to the media, waiting medical updates, and government decisions on opening Algonquin Park (closed until May 31,2020) along with “restaurants”.

Our wish is to open only if we can keep workers and guests healthy and safe. As we wait for developments, we’re putting together plans for a modified - but equally fabulous - guest experience at Arowhon Pines this summer. The “new normal” may consist of contact-less check-ins, self-assessment health cards, lots of masks, gloves and disinfectant and more outdoor hand washing stations. Don’t be surprised if we take your temperature every morning! There will be a robust cleaning regime throughout the resort. The menu and service in the dining room might look a little different too. There might be table spacing and a couple of seatings. Chef David is already working on a fabulous menu as we speak with your favourites and new items as well. All the while, we will be doing our part - guests and staff – by washing our hands frequently and physically distancing.

It’s all quite challenging but doable. Let’s keep in mind that things will change in a month, then change again. Rest assured that we’ll go above and beyond the requirements to keep everyone healthy –and provide a wonderful, memorable holiday n the middle of the woods.

We cannot imagine a season without you. The peace and quiet of Arowhon Pines, amongst the lakes, forests, wildlife and company of friends, will be a welcome retreat for us all. We’ll keep in touch with more news as we come by it.

Until then, stay well!

Theresa, David and Adam
And all the team at Arowhon Pines

For a glimpse at what Arowhon Pines looked like this past week, untouched from the winter months, watch our short movie.


We hope that you’ve had the chance to watch a Cooking Class with Chef David Cooke. Enjoy your favourite Arowhon Pines meals at home!

Cooking Class #1
Duck Confit with Roasted New Potatoes, Endive, Mango and Pear Salad with Plum Vinaigrette

Coming Soon:
Cooking Class #2 – Arowhon’s Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes
Cooking Class #3 – Eggs Benedict on a sour dough English muffin

Bon Appetit!

Arowhon Pines / Arowhon Ltd
297 Balliol Street
Toronto ON CANADA M4S 1C7
(416) 483-4393


Upcoming Events

Posted by Arowhon Friends on February 7, 2020

Laura Traplin Spiritual Weekend Retreat

Laura Traplin Spiritual Weekend Retreat – June 5 - 7, 2020

Please join me for our 12th annual weekend retreat of insight, intuition, mediumship, guided meditations, relaxation and more!

Come connect with spirit and your own inner wisdom in the beautiful surroundings of Algonquin Park.

This retreat is open to anyone who feels a calling to attend. It is not limited to past clients or those who have completed my workshops. If you feel inspired or guided to be part of the weekend, or have a friend who would like to join you, this retreat may just be what you’re looking for!

There will be scheduled workshops as well as free time to go for a hike, enjoy a canoe ride, relax in the sauna or on the verandah by the lake, read your favourite book or just unwind while surrounded by nature.

Location: Arowhon Pines Resort, Algonquin Park

Dates: June 4 or 5 – 7, 2020

Please contact Arowhon Pines directly to book your accommodation.  A number of rooms are being held at a discounted price for the group. Room availability is on a first come, first served basis.

*Retreat Tickets can also be purchased by submitting an Application and payment of $350+HST to


Quick Brown Fox Writing Course

More information, click here

Quick Brown Fox Writing Course – June 5 – 8, 2020


Give yourself a long weekend of writing time – a weekend of instruction, inspiration and creativity. Award yourself with time away from distractions, with no dishes to do and wonderful food at every meal, as you sit with your feet up and write in the most beautiful wilderness setting in Ontario. This is where the Group of Seven got its inspiration (Tom Thompson is buried just a couple of lakes over); it’s a wonderful place for you to find your inspiration, too.

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, and reconnect with your creativity. All writing levels welcome. Whether you are just beginning or have a novel in progress, please join us.

Instructor 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, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.


Painting The Group of Seven

with Martha Johnson

September 13 to 16, 2020

(Martha is staying one more night for those of you who can stay for an extra day of painting)

Four days of painting stunning Algonquin Park, while staying in extraordinary nature at the historic Arowhon Pines resort inside Algonquin Park. Located in the heart of Canadian Impressionist territory, this workshop includes expert guiding to locations along the shorelines of Algonquin, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Group Of Seven. We’ll paint evergreens, shorelines, wildlife, water, and the shifting weather, all in the exotic colour palette of Algonquin Park. We’ll also make time for a canoe paddle, a walk in the woods, a swim in the cool lake and some story-telling around the fire.

Martha has a personal connection to Tom Thomson and his mysterious death. Her uncle was Judge William Little who wrote The Tom Thomson Mystery published in 1970. As you might remember, Tom Thomson died in July 1917, drowning in nearby Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, and was buried there. Two days later, his family sent an undertaker to exhume the body and send it back for re-burial in Leith, Ontario. In October 1956, Judge Little and some friends decided to dig up Thomson's original burial place at Canoe Lake. The book tells the story of Thomson's life and the discovery made by Little and his friends. His book is one of several that raised the Tom Thomson mystery to public prominence during the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Highlights will include pontoon boat rides and little hikes to nearby campsights in and around gorgeous Arowhon Pines. Here we will set up for a day of painting with a shore lunch. A night or “nocturne” session under the September moon, and time with Judge Little’s son, John Little, who will dine with us then speak about his new book Who Killed Tom Thomson – a Toronto Star best seller and a must-read for fans of true crime and art.

All levels of experience and skill are welcome!  

About Martha Johnson:  Martha graduated Fine Art, University of Guelph and was later mentored by Tom Hodgson of Painters 11. She currently teaches Mastering Acrylic Techniques and topical workshops at ArteMbassy in Toronto as well as 20 years instructing drawing and acrylics at the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto. As a landscape painter Martha is passionate about working out of doors, note-taking and leading workshops across Canada, France, Union Island and Saint Vincent The Grenadines. She is known for an environment subtext in her paintings and ephemeral wire sculptures that adorn private, public and corporate collections worldwide. Deeply interested in Canadian history, exhibition highlights include: Survey the Valley (2007), Kent Island and the Albatross (2013, Grand Manan Museum) and SHADOW RED 2017, acknowledging the hundredth anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death.

Emai: or (416)322-4894 or visit 

Evenings with Christine Luckasavitch

Learn much, much more about the history of Algonquin Park – and Arowhon Pines!

Spend an evening around the campfire (or in the Games Room) to hear a unique perspective of the history of Algonquin Park.

Explore over 12,000 years of Algonquin Park's natural and cultural heritage. Learn about the living history of the Madaoueskarini Algonquin people, the arrival of European explorers such as David Thompson, chronicle the Park's value as a great timber resource and the infamous J. R. Booth, the arrival of great artists and adventurers, as well as the recent histories of Algonquin Park. This is a very special story, rich in family history and told from the heart.

A result of her ancestral lineage, Christine has a very unique and personal history of the Algonquin Park region. She is an Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (an Algonquin woman whose family is from the headwaters of the Madawaska River) and belongs to the Crane Clan. Christine is also a descendant of some of the earliest settlers of the Ottawa and Madawaska Valley. These families were amongst the earliest to clear farms on the rocky Canadian Shield in places like Wilno and Bonnechere. They eventually settled in Whitney, a town marking the eastern boundary of Algonquin Park along Highway 60, where their descendants continue to live today. Members of her family would construct the impressive dining room of Arowhon Pines, amongst many other structures, cabins and leaseholds in Algonquin Park.

2020 Dates to be determined.

christine.jpgChristine is the Owner of Waaseyaa Consulting, an Indigenous culture and heritage consulting company, and Waaseyaa Cultural Tours, an Indigenous-based tourism company operating in Algonquin Park and the surrounding area. Christine also works as the Coordinator and Indigenous Pedagogical Leader for the Algonquin Inòdewiziwin EarlyON Child & Family Centre in North Hastings. An archaeologist, orator and researcher, she is currently writing her first book, Ondjitigweyaa Madaoueskarini Omamiiwiinini Anishinaabeg (Algonquin People of the Madawaska River Headwaters). Christine is an avid explorer of both the Algonquin landscape and Algonquin history, spending as much time on the land as possible. She has been learning to speak Anishinaabemowin for the past number of years, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University with a focus in Canadian History and Canadian Historical Novel.

This gathering will be of interest to anyone with a love for Algonquin Park. We will explore its unique history from the time of glaciation to present-day, and beyond. Questions and discussion are welcome. 



The Friends of Algonquin Park offer special events for everyone throughout the season including Meet the Researcher, Family Fishing, Loggers Day with live music, etc. Check out their special events calendar here.




Season's Greetings 2019

Posted by Arowhon Friends on December 21, 2019




December 2019                                                        Arowhon Pines, Algonquin 

Greetings from Algonquin!

Hello All!

Last season, we posted our best occupancy in 20 years. 9,500 guests swam, canoed, hiked, dined and relaxed at Arowhon Pines, and another 3,000 came for a meal. Thank you to all our guests, new and returning, and to our 50 staff, 30 of whom returned from 2018, for a stellar Arowhon Pines year!

It is our food and staff that garner the most compliments at Arowhon, but more and more we hear praises about the room/cabin renovations and the subtle improvements around our grounds. We’re grateful to have working with us two lifelong artists, Tim Webb and Dave Campbell, owners of Gypsy Market Mews Design. Their ideas are imaginative, colourful and nostalgic. It all contributes to making Arowhon your “happy place”!

Looking Ahead to 2020:

We’ve begun tackling the delicate job of strengthening the dining room structure. This year we repaired the cribbing under the dining room in order to make the floor less bouncy and more secure. The verandah has new decking, railings and posts. In the future, we’ll be looking to replace the dramatic high windows on the cupula.


Mid-season, Theresa moved into her new Beachhouse cabin by the lake. In it, there’s a gorgeous open kitchen where David will be hosting cooking classes in 2020.

More screened porches, more new (old) reclaimed barn board flooring and new décor in more of the rooms and lounges.

Both new and renovated staff accommodations are on our to-do list, and there will be a large, new staff swim dock.

Christine Luckasavitch’s talks on the history of Indigenous peoples in and around Algonquin were very popular last season. Stay tuned for a list of speakers, including Christine, for this season.

We’re the first in Algonquin to offer our guests e-chargers for their electric cars.

Thank you for making Arowhon Pines a special part of your lives. Here’s hoping we have the pleasure of welcoming you back in 2020. If you haven’t booked already, please do so soon – those lake view rooms are booking up quickly!

Love Theresa


Lift up your spirits with a song!
Lift up your hearts with a smile,
Lift up your feet with a dance,
It’s family time!

As you come together for the holidays, keep us in mind for your next celebration.

Family reunions

Family groups can book a private cabin (3, 4, 8 & 12 bedrooms) with a central spacious lounge around a wood burning fireplace. Plan a canoe or hiking trip, swim in the lake, play tennis or arrange a pontoon boat ride of the lakes. We’ll serve appetizers in your cabin before dinner and set your champagne on ice. Eat, drink and be merry in our heritage lakeside log dining room then head to a bonfire under the stars. Enjoy peace and quiet in the wilderness.


Marriage celebrations continue to be popular at Arowhon. There are times during the season – spring, early July and early September - when you can book Arowhon exclusively for your event. Our couples come from around the world! There are a few weekends left for 2020.


Private Groups

Are you interested in bringing your special group to Arowhon? We host a number of workshops and small business groups – painters, writers, spiritual retreats, girl’s weekends and nature groups (birders, hikers). We can help plan some special Algonquin activities like nature lectures, day and overnight canoe trips, historical talks, starry-night parties and more.


Give us a call. Let me send you some dates and rates for 2020!
All the best! 


From the Kitchen


Although 2019 was busy in the kitchen, we always make time to try out some new things! We made our own charcuterie. We played a lot with our new digital smoker. We re-introduced a “pate en croute”, a dish that I made at Arowhon in the ‘80s - which just goes to show that if you hang around long enough, things do come back in fashion! A good growing season produced an abundance of vegetables and herbs, so we bottled our own hot sauce and dried paprika, which we’ll use to spice things up on the barbecue next summer.

After the season, we all attended the wedding of one of our key chefs, Lawrence Jordan, to Jillian Metcalfe in Sydney, Nova Scotia. It was wonderful to see our team together and all dressed up. Thank you Rene, Jenna and John who chipped in to work dinner service when half of the staff got stranded in Port Aux Basques waiting for good weather to cross on the ferry! Many of us took the opportunity to stay longer and enjoy the Cape Breton scenery, hospitality and food. Congratulations to the new couple!


As for me, I’ve settled back at home in Ottawa and am teaching part-time at Algonquin College. I am very excited to be participating in the Canadian Culinary Championships this year. As “Chef Liaison”, our team will be responsible for all culinary logistics. It will be a great opportunity to see new techniques, meet chefs from all over Canada, experience the fun and stress of competition and expand our culinary community. What we learn is all bound to end up on our menu for 2020!

Happy holidays to everyone. As the weather gets colder, I’m already thinking of spring in Algonquin! David Cooke


A Few More Photos from the Season


Happy 13th Birthday, Keeda!








"Arowhon Pines truly was one of the highlights of our trip, we have very fond memories of our stay with you. We would like to thank the whole team for your outstanding service hospitality! Keep up the great work you do."

Read the full blog here: 

Blog excerpt:

"Arowhon takes guest experience to the next level, I experienced their hospitality as superb. All staff at Arowhon is super friendly and extremely helpful. The service they offer is world class, very personal and to perfection. I really like the personal touches, your name, country and flag of your country at your table in the restaurant. Fun and easy to see where all guests are visiting from."





Hotel Review: Arowhon Pines in Algonquin

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 23, 2019


Un-rough it in Algonquin Park.

These were the words that encouraged us to book a stay at Arowhon Pines, the rustic but luxurious lodge and resort set deep within the Algonquin Provincial Park. We were warned ahead of time that despite being only a 3-hour drive from Toronto, there would be no cell service, WiFi, or television and we welcomed the chance to relax, unwind, and truly disconnect.

The all-inclusive seasonal resort is open from the end of May until mid-October. There is a selection of private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and shared common areas and also private cabins with private decks. During our stay, we were the only guests in our shared cabin, so we enjoyed the luxury of having the common room to ourselves and set up a fire as we worked on a puzzle and played some of the board games in the living room.

Our room was very charming, peaceful, and quiet, save for the sounds of wild animals in the evenings. The bathroom had Arowhon’s own eco-friendly body wash and soap, which smelled beautiful and was available for purchase at reception, while our private deck out back had comfortable lounge chairs that were perfect for catching some sun.

Posted July 23, 2019 by Ina Yulo



Spring 2019 at Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park

Posted by Arowhon Friends on April 29, 2019




May 2019                                                               Arowhon Pines, Algonquin

Spring in Algonquin

Dear Friends of Arowhon Pines

Spring in Algonquin is very much worth celebrating! We are witness to the season of change – budding trees, a hundred shades of green, cool sparking lakes and fields of wildflowers. Spring also brings amazing moose viewing opportunities and outstanding birding. There are beavers and otters, fox and deer. It’s cooler and quieter – you might be the only ones on the lakes and trails. If that’s not enticing enough, rates from May 31 (opening day!) to June 20 are the least expensive of the season. We hope that you’ll join us!

Love Theresa, David, Adam and everyone from Arowhon

News to Share

Porter Airlines will be flying from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (downtown) to Muskoka Airport, on Thursdays and Mondays, June 27 to September 3rd, 2019. Flight time is about 20 minutes. There you can choose a shuttle bus either to/from the rental car location in Bracebridge (Route 1) or to Algonquin Park (Route 4).

Our Garden Blog is live on our website. With guidance from horticulturalist Judith Adam, we’re taking steps to weed out harmful invasives and reclaim our natural gardens. See what indigenous plants we’re using, along with how to use pine needles and leaf litter for successful planting, and much more. We invite you to learn along with us.

Like red wine? We encourage you to try TRIVENTO MALBEC wine from Argentina, available at the LCBO, then enter your name to win a TWO NIGHT STAY FOR TWO PEOPLE at Arowhon Pines! Visit for contest rules and enter the code ONPARKS. Good luck!

We will be installing 240 V chargers for electric cars in our parking lot – please let us know when booking if you will be using one.

Special Events at Arowhon / Algonquin

Painting Classes with Martha Johnson - September 11th – 14th, 2019

Four days and three nights of painting stunning Algonquin Park, this workshop includes expert guiding to locations and lore of The Tom Thomson Mystery. You’ll paint evergreens, shorelines, wildlife, water and the shifting weather, all in the exotic colour palette of Algonquin Park. We’ll make time for a canoe paddle, a walk in the woods and a swim in the cool lake. Highlights will include a nocturne session, taking advantage of the September full moonlight and a pontoon transport and walk to visit the remote Canoe Lake, thought to be Thomson’s burial place.

Tuesday Evenings with Christine Luckasavitch

Spend an evening around the campfire to hear a unique perspective of the history of Algonquin Park. Explore over 12,000 years of the Park’s natural and cultural heritage. Learn about the living history of the Madaoueskarini Algonquin people, the arrival of European explorers such as David Thomson, chronicle the Park’s value as a great timber resource and the infamous J.R. Booth, the arrival of great artists and adventurers, as well as the recent histories of Algonquin Park. This is a very special story, rich in family history and told from the heart.

christine.jpgChristine is an Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (an Algonquin woman whose family is from the headwaters of the Madawaska River) and belongs to the Crane Clan.

She is also a descendant of some of the earliest settlers of the Ottawa and Madawaska Valley whose families cleared rocky farms on the Canadian Shield. Members of her family also built the impressive dining room at Arowhon Pines, amongst other structures, cabins and leaseholds in Algonquin Park.

The Friends of Algonquin Park offer special events for everyone throughout the season including Meet the Researcher, Family Fishing, Loggers Day with live music, etc. Check out their special events calendar here.

The Algonquin Art Centre’s 2019 themed exhibition is “Seasons of Algonquin”. This art show explores the distinctive beauty of Algonquin Park during each of its four seasons and features new landscape and wildlife paintings from some of Canada’s leading wilderness artists. Open June 1st – Oct. 20th.

From the Chef

As you know, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, Donna and I went on an extended trip to southeast Asia, spending three months in Vietnam and Thailand, with a stopover visit to Shanghai.

It’s difficult to find words to describe the warm hospitality and humor of the Vietnamese people. Vietnam is very much a land under rapid development, but is still a family based agricultural society away from the urban areas. We often saw 3 or 4 generations of a family going to the beach together, for a fresh seafood lunch straight from the boats and an afternoon of Karaoke! We could not walk past without being invited to lunch - no language skills required - just sing a song!

There was a tremendous variety of fresh regional cooking as we worked our way from south to north. Some of the recipes we have brought home are surprising, including one for a corn and river shrimp salad! On tasting it I thought, hmm, we have great corn, we can do this!

There is a French pastry connection as well, and I have promised our pastry chefs that I will find better baking butter this year! We have also begun collecting and growing our own wild yeast for sourdough breads this year, based on a pizza we enjoyed in Chaing Mai, Thailand.

Thailand and Shanghai were both culinary and cultural experiences too varied and complex to describe in a few words, but I hope to share a few stories when we meet this summer!

In the kitchen this year we welcome back Lawrence, Vanessa, Rene, Milo, David, and several others.

Looking forward to a season of wonderful cooking!

David Cooke