Thursday, June 12, 2008

Moose Photography Workshop

Rob Stimpson was back with us this weekend to lead a moose photography workshop at Algonquin's northwest corner.
The moose and weather cooperated for ideal photo shoots. Have a peak at some of the videos below... .

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Welcome back Jess!

Spring has all smiling, enjoying the warmth of the sun and return of friends. We are so happy to have fab guide Jess Starr back from BC to take care of the spring/ summer log cabin and cottage outpost eco adventures. Jess is a one - of - a - kind host and great fun to be on the trail with.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An April Morning

After an impressive full moon and the first chorus of spring peepers last night, we awoke to the sound of hairy and pileated woodpeckers hammering away on the trees. I took a walk down the trail to the Outpost and spotted a pair of loons, the first to arrive back on the lake after a winter on the eastern seaboard. The couple made good use of the little bit of available water between the ice and shore. The forest was buzzing with song birds. A spectacular morning! Later over at the Log Cabin we see fresh moose tracks around the cabin and a garter snake sunning on the rocks. I can't get over how warm it is. If not for the cool wind coming off the last little bit of ice on the lake - you could think it was July!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Algonquin Park Ice Out Countdown!

The ice is is very close to going out on both Kawawaymog and Surprise Lake. The heat wave continues.. last night it was 25 degrees at 10pm ! The following shot of the ice was taken at the Cottage Outpost .

Kawawaymog Lake


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunrise

A gorgeous sunrise greeting this Easter Sunday from the Algonquin Cottage Outpost !


Monday, July 02, 2007

Algonquin Park Moose Sightings

June in Algonquin Park is a great time for a canoe trip and provides a good chance to see dozens of moose in one day. Take a look at these videos of moose having a swim. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Bears at the Algonquin Log Cabin

This spring, we have seen a lot of black bears in and around the Log Cabin. This young fellow walked right up to our front porch last week in the middle of lunch ! He poked his head around and stayed around for a few days until the MNR arrived with a trap and took him far away.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Magical May Mornings at the Algonquin Cottage Outpost

This was the view this morning as our staff team paddled away from the Algonquin Cottage Outpost into the sunrise on Kawawaymog Lake. The fish were jumping, the loons were yodelling... The spring weather this week has been nothing short of spectacular - really summer-like. Click here for more photos.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Theosophy & the Church in the Wilderness

The Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor had a column in this morning’s paper that spoke to the feelings and thoughts of spirituality and rebirth that many feel/ think about when they travel to the wilderness at this time of year.

MacGregor has a cottage in the Algonquin Park area and often writes about his experiences in the wilderness. This past Easter weekend he was in the wilderness and was speaking to the “miracles” we see all around us every spring - the ice giving way to bright blue water, barrel owls calling, and spring peepers screaming. It was interesting to read about Theosophy and it’s followers who found their church in the wilderness.

Theosophy was a popular religion in the early part of the 20th century and as MacGregor writes was all about becoming “souls with the universal soul.” A Theosophy website states that the Theopsphical society rejected the idea of a God existing outside nature. Instead, “theosophy spoke of an all-pervading divine essence, an infinite ocean of consciousness, from which all things are born and to which they ultimately return.” Many of it’s followers came to believe in reincarnation.

Interesting to think of reincarnation and Theosophy as we see nature’s rebirth all around us. To read MacGregor’s article, please visit Globe and Click here to learn more about Theosophy.


Tuesday, May 24, 2005

First Canoe Trip of the Season

The May long weekend brings the opening of our Algonquin Canoe Outpost and first canoe trip of the season. Trevor and Dan led the singles -only trip into North Tea.

Click on the below photo for some shots taken on the canoe trip:


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Algonquin Canoe in May

High water, warm days and no flies! The delight of an Algonquin canoe in May! Enjoyed a fabulous day led by Kendra and Kris – exploring the swollen creeks around our Algonquin Cottage Outpost. We came across Beavers, muskrats, Great Blue Herons and a pair of Merlin’s out on Kawawaymog Lake.

Click on the below photo to enjoy some shots of the trip: