June in Algonquin Writing Retreat

Posted by Arowhon Friends on December 1, 2016

Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, 2017

Or add an extra day and extend your retreat to Monday, June 5


Give yourself a 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.

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Paddling and Relaxing at an Algonquin Provincial Park Resort

Posted by Arowhon Friends on October 22, 2016


Impromptu Serenade

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 27, 2016

Impromptu serenade by four wonderful saxophonists from the Netherlands outside the Arowhon Pines dining room. A real treat for our guests!




Enter Algonquin Outfitters' Paddle Art Contest

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 20, 2016


Algonquin Outfitters is hoping to have 100 paddles created for Tom Thomson’s 100th anniversary (did you know that Tom’s paddle was never found?).

To enter the contest all you have to do is visit an Algonquin Outfitters store (paddles will eventually be available at all of our stores but right now they are already available in Huntsville and Oxtongue lake.) There’s a $25 entry fee which includes either an unfinished paddle blank or a rough paddle blank (for carving).

It’s your job to create something unique. It’s not limited to painting, you could burn an image or design into the paddle, or carve it into something unique it’s totally up to you!

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6th Annual Civic Holiday BBQ

Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 17, 2016



"Writer’s Retreat to the Rescue"

Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 28, 2016

Read a writer’s review of Arowhon Pines: 

Susan A. Jennings Blog Post: Introverted Writer



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Top 5 Weekend Getaways for Couples

Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 28, 2016

Arowhon Pines -
Picked as one of the top weekend getaways from Toronto 

“Cozy accommodations, gourmet meals, and stunning lake views.”

Read the full article here: Top 5 Weekend Getaways for Couples



Bird’s Eye View

Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 21, 2016


We were very apprehensive about permitting some guests to fly their small drone at Arowhon Pines.  We decided to pick a quiet 15 minutes before dinner one early June night (with not so many guests in house) to let it fly.  

The photos and video that were recorded were jaw dropping!  It’s amazing to see the resort from a bird’s eye view.  

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. David Honey!  




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April & May 2016

Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 26, 2016


Hello from Algonquin!

The clock is ticking and there is only a week left before opening.  We are busy as beavers – painting, planting, moving, baking, cleaning.  We can’t wait to show you our new kitchen, office and foyer (as well as some renovated cabins!)

Our local loyal suppliers deserve a big round of applause, many of whom have been with us since the fall:  

Pat Land Custom Woodworking

Exl-Aire Mechanical Ltd

Stintson Electric

Servicemaster Bracebridge

Mark Lane Construction

Tom the Carpenter

Shane and Terry at SPP Painting

Ralston Home Hardware, Home Depot, Muskoka Lumber, Wolseley and Ideal Supplies 

A big thank you also to Geoff Brown, our Maintenance Manager who survived the winter and kept everything together.  He deserves a few extra days off this summer!  

We’re almost ready to welcome you!  Hope you can visit this summer!

 Theresa, David, Adam and All of Us At Arowhon Pines

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Signs of the Season

Posted by Arowhon Friends on April 8, 2016


Report your first Ruby-throated hummingbird from the migration map page:





Click here to follow the monarch butterflies!






Where are our loons?




Ron Tozer’s Algonquin Park Birding Report: March 3-10 2016

The first flush of spring migrants was associated with sustained very mild temperatures during the last four days and resulted in sightings of European Starling on the 8th; Canada Goose and Common Merganser on the 9th; and Snow Bunting, Common Grackle and Brown-headed Cowbird today. The cowbird was six days earlier than the previous earliest date for the Park.

Noteworthy observations this week included: Bald Eagle at km 29 on the 3rd and over Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th, Golden Eagle flying low over Arowhon Road at the rail bed crossing on the 6th, and Northern Saw-whet Owl calling in the evening along Opeongo Road on the 3rd.

Construction work continues at the Visitor Centre, but visitors can access the south end of the viewing deck and see the suet and seed feeders there. The feeder in the Visitor Centre parking lot attracts many birds also.


Spruce Grouse: Sightings of one or two occurred near the start of Spruce Bog Boardwalk every day from March 5 to 8, in a significant increase of success in locating this elusive species.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Single birds were seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 3rd and 4th, and one was noted at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th.

Gray Jays: They are still regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, on Opeongo Road and along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed. Gray Jay researchers have now located nests under construction of fourteen pairs in the Highway 60 Corridor.

Boreal Chickadee: Two to four were observed along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on four days this week. One was reported at the Spruce Bog Boardwalk suet feeder on the 6th. Listen for their vocalizations to help locate these birds.


Pine Grosbeak: One was seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 3rd; seven were in Mew Lake Campground on the 5th; and two were along Opeongo Road on the 8th. The warmer temperatures will likely result in this species heading northward soon; the average date of the last spring sighting is March 27.

Purple Finch: As many as 50 were at the Visitor Centre feeders this week.

Red Crossbill: Two to four were observed getting grit along the Visitor Centre driveway on four days this week.

White-winged Crossbill: One was heard calling in flight over the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 3rd.

Common Redpoll: On March 3, five were seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed and eight were noted at Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Pine Siskin: Numbers are increasing at the Visitor Centre feeders, peaking at about 140 this week. A pair was observed copulating at a feeder near Oxtongue Lake a little west of the Park on the 5th, indicating that nesting
is underway. A "green morph" Pine Siskin photographed at the Visitor Centre feeders on the 6th and 7th was only the second Algonquin record of this recognizable form.

American Goldfinch: After no reports of this species here for a month, three were seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and one was at the Visitor Centre on the 5th, and six were noted at the East Gate on the 7th and 8th.

Evening Grosbeak: About 70 continued to come to the Visitor Centre feeders this week. A few were also noted at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, near the locked gate on the Opeongo Road and at the East Gate.

Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).

Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON