Posted by Arowhon Friends on July 12, 2014
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
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!
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!
Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 23, 2014
Chef Heather Mordue started baking and canning at a young age with her grandmother. This is where she first developed a love for local seasonal ingredients. Heather's first industry job was as a breakfast cook in her hometown of Binbrook, Ontario. After completing her studies in Geography at McMaster University, Heather decided she missed the rush of the kitchen and enrolled in the culinary program at Niagara College. In 2008 Heather accepted a position as the Bakeshop Assistant at Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park. After the season, Heather moved to Toronto and worked for Oliver and Bonacini Events, where she was part of the opening pastry team for The Toronto Board of Trade and Malaparte as well as joining Chef Rob Rossi as the opening pastry chef for his restaurant Bestellen. From there, Heather started working at one of her favourite places to eat in Toronto, L’Unita Enoteca in Yorkville. There she was able to create dishes that combine simple Italian flavours with Canadiana cuisine as the pastry chef and pizzaiolo.
Looking for a change from the fast pace of the city Heather decided to return to Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park as the Pastry Chef for the 2014 season. She is very excited to be working again with our Chef, David Cooke and is looking forward to using the onsite and local produce in her pastries.
Posted by Arowhon Friends on June 11, 2014
We've been so busy scurrying around like chipmunks changing light bulbs, hanging pictures and painting - that we forgot to announce… WE’RE OPEN!
We opened May 30th with a lovely wedding in the woods.
Although spring brings some mosquitoes and black flies, guests are well rewarded with lots of wildlife sightings. Every day there are moose at the Crossroads and fox on the Arowhon Road. One beaver had the gall to swim by during dinner, emptying the dining room and leaving Edward holding warm plates! The loons continue to mesmerize every night.
A reminder that our spring rates are our lowest of the season at $204 per person/per night up until June 26th - including accommodation, three consecutive meals and use of all facilities. Contact us to book your room by the lake!
Posted by Arowhon Friends on May 2, 2014
Joanne Brown of London, Ontario who correctly identified the wildlife below.
Thank you to all who participated!
1. Lupulina Moth (common Swift moth)
2. Garter Snake with American Toad
3. Wild Turkey
4. Young fox licking his chops
5. Male Eastern Forktail
6. Evening Grosbeak
Posted by Arowhon Friends on April 28, 2014
Posted by Arowhon Friends
Despite roller coaster temperatures, freak April snow falls and a still frozen Little Joe Lake, we feel the warmth of spring around the bend. The snow is disappearing with each day, there are gray jays sitting on eggs and the male Spruce Grouses are putting on a show to impress the females. We are moving full speed ahead to get our opening team and plans together. This year, we open on Friday, May 30th. We hope to see you!
Were you aware that there is an alternative, less expensive and “greener” way to travel to Algonquin Park from Toronto or Ottawa? PARK BUS (www.parkbus.com) runs from June to October. Pre-booking your trip is recommended in July or August as the bus fills with young backpackers keen to see the north. We’ll happily meet you at the Portage Store at Canoe Lake and drive you into Arowhon Pines free of charge. We hope that you don’t mind a ride in our pickup truck!
FROM THE CHEF
In March, I traveled with my family to Mexico, to the Michoacan province to see the El Rosario monarch butterfly sanctuary high in the mountains, and to the Yucatan, for the seaside and Mayan culture. Enjoying meals at the outdoor markets was our favorite thing to do. It was wonderful to see families engaged in food preparation at all levels and the passion with which they cooked. In Michoacan, we enjoyed delicious clear mushroom soup, pork cutlets with crackling, fried cactus, and a variety of stewed beef and pork dishes, all served with fresh tortillas and various salsas depending on mom's recipe. In the Yucatan, there was delicious chicken, lime and tortilla soup, fresh fried fish, crisp tacos with Turkey, and my favorite - slow roasted pork, cooked wrapped in banana leaves in a charcoal pit, served with bread or fresh tortillas and pickled onions. Food was celebrated on every corner! So inspired, back in Canada, we’re testing recipes for our own corn tortillas, soups, and tacos! Ola!
Posted by Theresa on November 21, 2013
Our new promotional video was shot last summer! Regular guests will see alot of familiar faces and places. If you've never been, it's well worth the couple of minutes to watch! We hope it tempts you into giving us a call!
Posted by Theresa on October 13, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Tomorrow we will be closing the gates after another season. It's a good time to count our blessings.
Thank you beautiful Algonquin Park.
Thank you Little Joe Lake sunrises, mists and sunsets.
Thank you for the chance encounters with wildlife - moose, beavers, otters, herons, turtles, the Arowhon Road fox, the birth and rearing of the family of loons, fall grey jays eating from our hands.
Thank you monarch butterfly whom we saw magically transform from a little blue caterpillar.
Thank you staff - always polite, gracious, hardworking and caring, who genuinely love being here. We could not have asked for a better group of men and women.
Finally, thank you to the best guests in the world. We hope that you know that you are more than just past of our business. Many of you take the time to tell us how we can improve and share your ideas and thoughts. You are great huggers, and as happy as we are to catch up with you when you arrive, we are equally as sad to see you leave. Thank you. Until next season...
With love from Arowhon
Posted by Theresa on September 24, 2013
Arowhon mornings have been chilly, misty and gorgeous - I think I took a hundred photos just this morning. The days are sunny with temperatures reaching 22 degrees this week, perfect for canoeing, kayaking and hiking. There were three otters in the bog at the Crossroads and the beavers have been very active. Did I mention that the fall colours are spectacular?!!!
Bring your cameras!
Posted by admin on September 7, 2013
Here is an amusing OUT OF OFFICE: AUTOMATIC REPLY that a guest sent to all his emails:
"I will be along the lakes, rivers and forests of our Canadian National Parks for the next week. Sadly, there is no internet, telephone, fax, iAnything out there. There is a trading post somewhere with a computer, but it will be used very sparingly."
Cheers to a truly UNPLUGGED Algonquin vacation! (Applause)