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Arowhon Pines is fully booked for the rest of the 2021 season; we are taking bookings for 2022 at this time.
Autumn Guests with Reservations:
Algonquin Park is busy in the fall, especially during the weekends. If you arrive at either the West or East Gate and Algonquin Park has reached capacity, visitors will not be permitted to enter. This absolutely does not affect registered guests of Arowhon Pines. Drive through and do not stop to pay for a permit; we will provide you one upon arrival. Weekend guests should know that Park trails are busy, your favourites might be closed and parking lots full; traffic on Highway 60 is slow and (gasp) you might not make it back for lunch! Enjoy our trails instead that start from our property. If you do venture out, make sure that you bring your park permit and display it on your dashboard. Stay safe.
Seasoned and budding naturalists alike look forward to catching of glimpse of Algonquin’s legendary wildlife. You don’t have to roam far to see a sample of the wild animals that call the Park home. There are over 40 mammals, over 30 kinds of reptiles and amphibians (none are venomous), and more than 130 breeding birds.
Highway 60 is a great place to start – the Park tells us that more wildlife is seen each year right along the highway than in the backcountry. Some wildlife viewing tips, courtesy of www.algonquinpark.on.ca:
- Go out in the evening or, better still, at dawn and the two or three hours which follow. Early morning is the best time to see birds and mammals; it is the coolest, most beautiful part of the day and one which you will have almost entirely to yourself, even when the Park is full.
- Take binoculars. They are indispensable when looking at birds but are useful also for getting close-up views of large mammals.
- Concentrate on low-lying, wet areas such as bogs, ponds, and beaver meadows. These places are the preferred habitat of many wildlife species and they often provide open vistas or breaks in the thick forest making for excellent wildlife viewing.
- Be careful! If you stop to watch wildlife along the highway, remember to pull onto the shoulder, safely off the pavement. Watch for traffic especially if crossing the road! And remember that you are viewing wild animals; stay at a respectful distance at all times!