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


And the Winner of a 2016 Spring Arowhon Weekend for Two is…

Posted by Arowhon Friends on April 1, 2016

Congratulations to Brigitte K who correctly identified our nature photographs and won a free spring weekend for two at Arowhon Pines!

Please note that the Arowhon Managers are not scientists but we are nice - so if your answers were close enough, we accepted it and put you in the draw!  For example:  #10 is Three-Leaved Solomon’s Seal, but we also accepted Canadian / Wild / Lily of the Valley.  And #2 Shield Lichen was difficult so we accepted quite a few lichen names that looked pretty close!

GREAT JOB EVERYONE! We especially liked Brian in Ottawa who felt that those people who could not name anything should also be in the draw so that they come up to Arowhon and learn about nature!

Image #1

 #1 Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

Image #2

 #2 Shield Lichen-Algonquin

Image #3

 #3 Black Ducks-Algonquin

Image #4

 #4 Pine Sawfly Larva-Algonquin

Image #5

 #5 British Soldiers with Trumpet Lichen- Algonquin

Image #6

 #6  Phantom Crane Fly (Bittacomorpha species)   

 Image #7

 #7 White Baneberry in fruit-Algonquin


Image #8

 #8 Silvery Blue Butterfly on a Strawberry Plant   

Image #9

 #9 Female Spruce Grouse having a dust bath 

Image #10

 #10 Three-leaved Solomon's Seal    

Image #11

 #11  Fly Agaric Fungus which is poisonous  

Image #12

 #12 Brown-hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar- Algonquin

Image #13

 #13 Otters swimming by the dining room

 Image #14

 #14 Young Snapping Turtle- Algonquin

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Win a Weekend for Two Contest - 2016

Posted by Arowhon Friends on March 1, 2016




It’s that time of year again! Back by popular demand ….!!!!!
4th Annual Contest
Win a Weekend for Two at Arowhon Pines

Correctly identify the 14 wildlife photographs below taken in and around Arowhon and Algonquin by Ann and Brian Gray, and your name will be added to the draw to win a complimentary weekend for two at Arowhon Pines between June 3 and July 14, 2016.

Contest ends March 31st, 2016.
Winner announced April 1st along with the correct answers!

Click on the images below to enlarge.

Email your answers to 

Don't forget to provide your name and phone number.

Good Luck!


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Arowhon Pines
297 Balliol St
Toronto, Ontario M4S 1C7

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


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January 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Arowhon Friends on January 26, 2016




The quiet of winter gives Algonquin an even more magical beauty. Cross-country skis will soon be the only path into Arowhon’s world of white. Our work is done for now. It’s remarkable all that has been done in four months. There’s a sparkling new kitchen built from the bottom up – the chef is very happy! The office has a real entranceway. Waynewood has new old barnboard flooring and a much anticipated screened-in porch - we’ve kept the open deck too! You’ll notice more changes in Lakeview, Cedarview, Hilltop, Birchview and other rooms. We are accepting bookings for The LK this year.

We look forward to showing you around!
 All the best for 2016!
 Sincerely, Theresa, David & Adam




Arowhon specializes in unforgettable birthday, family reunion and anniversary celebrations, as well as small and intimate weddings. Families and friends gather in the cabin lounge or relax on the deck by the lake. Savour delicious meals in our rustic log dining room. Spend the days exploring by canoe or take a walk in the woods looking for moose. Sail. Play tennis. Ping pong anyone? Relax.

Now booking for 2017 Exclusive Weddings – May and June weekends, July 7/8 and September 8/9. Please email for more information.


unplugged.jpgA holiday at Arowhon offers simple, back to nature, rustic living with breathtaking views, delicious fresh food, peace and quiet.

The greatest luxury today may well be the ability to truly drop off the grid. When you put away your gadgets, we assure you that you’ll feel free and more content.  An Arowhon holiday is when family bonds are strengthened while day tripping by canoe, enjoying picnic lunches at a campsite along the shore and swimming in the lake. Conversations at meal times will be with heads up, full of laughter and love. Because you’re outside all day, you’ll sleep like a baby. Happily, we provide no televisions, no telephones and no WIFI.  Cell reception is sporadic. (There are two house phones on the grounds and a secret bunker with laptop for emergencies.) This is real life.

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Copyright © 2015 Arowhon Pines, All rights reserved.

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

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



Happy Holidays!

Posted by Arowhon Friends on December 18, 2015



Until Next Year...

Posted by Arowhon Friends on October 13, 2015

Thank you for being part of another successful season!

While we’re sad to close the gates, we’re ready to catch our breath and spend time with our family and friends.  Until next year!

Love Theresa, David and Adam
And All of us at Arowhon Pines

Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park


Thanksgiving Day 2015

Posted by Arowhon Friends on October 12, 2015

 From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Love Theresa, David & Adam

& Everyone at Arowhon Pines


Gorgeous September Photos

Posted by Arowhon Friends on October 6, 2015

Thank you Brenda and Andrew Excell for these gorgeous September photos of Arowhon / Algonquin Park.


Lovely Photos by Artist Gabriele Mayer

Posted by Arowhon Friends on September 28, 2015

Thank you to our recent guest and artist Gabriele Mayer for these beautiful photos of Arowhon Pines.  See more of Gabriele's work:


Arowhon Pines in 1981

Posted by Arowhon Friends on September 21, 2015

A beautiful photo of happiness galore at Arowhon Pines in 1981. Thank you to Andy and Christine Attalai for sending this. The photograph was taken by Andy’s parents, Peter and Lilly Attalai who were guests here for 30+ years!


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