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Algonquin Winter in the Wild Festival 2020

When:
February 15, 2020 all day
2020-02-15T00:00:00-05:00
2020-02-16T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park
Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0
Canada
Cost:
Park Pass
Contact:
The Friends of Algonquin Park
(613) 637-2828

Join The Friends of Algonquin Park and Ontario Parks to celebrate winter in Algonquin Park through this family event. Indoor and outdoor events will be held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of the Park, including many at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the Festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food). For complete Winter in the Wild Festival, details see http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca

This festival celebrates winter in Algonquin Park through indoor and outdoor events held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Park, including many at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the Festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food).

Developed camping is available at Mew Lake Campground with overflow camping available at Lake of Two Rivers Campground if necessary. Campsite reservations are now possible for a portion of Mew Lake Campground (including the yurts) through the central reservation service. First-come, first-served camping is still available. See the Winter in Algonquin Park page for all the details. Roofed accommodation, in a wide variety of forms, is also available outside Algonquin Park.

Event information provided by The Friends of Algonquin Park.

www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/winter_in_the_wild.php

Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
Highway 60 at km 43 (13 km inside the East Gate)
Whitney, Ontario, Canada
K0J 2M0

Phone: (613) 637-2828
Fax: (613) 637-2138
E-mail
Web: www.algonquinpark.on.ca

Events Schedule – Saturday, February 15, 2020

Guided Winter Bird Walk – 10:00am to 11:30am

Winter in the WildMeet at Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail (km 42.5) [outdoor]

Join a local naturalist as we go looking and listening for some of the “Algonquin Specialties” such as Canada Jay, Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee all the while being aware of the other natural phenomena in our midst. A limited number of binoculars will be available to loan to participants, courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Participants should wear multiple ‘layers’, sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.

igloo buildAlgonquin Outfitters Igloo Build – 10:00am to 2:00pm

Drop by the Algonquin Visitor Centre [outdoor]

See how an igloo is built with the Icebox igloo building tool.  Meet Andrea and Paul from Algonquin Outfitters in the Algonquin Park Visitor centre parking lot from 10am until 2pm to discover how they have fun in the winter building igloos.

Meet the Artists in the Algonquin Room – 10:00am to 3:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Algonquin Room (km 43.0) [indoor]

Stop by and chat with artist Robert Doherty about his adventures and hear his stories behind his paintings on display.

Exhibit art is available for sale and a portion of each sale is dedicated to The Friends of Algonquin Park, who in turn use these monies to enhance the educational and interpretive programs in Algonquin.

Wildlife Snowshoe Excursion – 10:30am to 12:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Main Parking Lot (km 43.0) [outdoor]

Discover what Algonquin wildlife is active in winter while exploring infrequently travelled areas by snowshoe. This excursion will be led by a Park Naturalist. There will be limited snowshoes available to borrow courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park however bring your own if you prefer. This excursion will require moderate physical fitness and is suitable for all ages. Instruction will be provided on snowshoeing technique.

Participants should wear multiple ‘layers’, sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.

Presentation: Details to be announced – 11:00am to 12:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Theatre (km 43.0) [indoor, seating capacity 100]

Winter in the Wild Lunch

Meet at the Sunday Creek Cafe at the Algonquin Visitor Centre [indoor]

A Winter in the Wild Festival lunch special will be available Saturday at the Sunday Creek Cafe which is open 9:00am to 5:00pm. Other menu options will be available at regular prices.

Meet the Naturalist – Animal Winter Adaptations – 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre (km 43.0) [indoor]

Stop by to look at some taxidermied specimens of typical Algonquin animals that are active in the winter and discover the adaptations that help them survive. Here is your chance to see American Marten, Fisher, Canada Jay and Beaver (and a few surprises) up close!

Presentation: Details to be announced – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Theatre (km 43.0) [indoor, seating capacity 100]

Guided Winter Bird Walk – 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Meet at Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail (km 42.5) [outdoor]

Join a local naturalist as we go looking and listening for some of the “Algonquin Specialties” such as Canada Jay, Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee all the while being aware of the other natural phenomena in our midst. A limited number of binoculars will be available to loan to participants, courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Participants should wear multiple ‘layers’, sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.

Wildlife Snowshoe Excursion – 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Main Parking Lot (km 43.0) [outdoor]

Discover what Algonquin wildlife is active in winter while exploring infrequently travelled areas by snowshoe. This excursion will be led by a Park Naturalist. There will be limited snowshoes available to borrow courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park however bring your own if you prefer. This excursion will require moderate physical fitness and is suitable for all ages. Instruction will be provided on snowshoeing technique.

Participants should wear multiple ‘layers’, sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.

Winter Camping Demonstrations – 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Meet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Algonquin Park is open to both car camping and backcountry camping year-round. Drop by and check out the winter camping demonstrations at Mew Camp Lake Campground. Experienced campers will be on hand to answer your questions and to demonstrate various styles of accommodations and gear. Specialized Bicycles will be on site with fat bike demonstrations.

Algonquin Outfitters winter fun at Mew Lake (Site #16 with Camper Christina) – 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Specialized Fat BoyAlgonquin Outfitters is hoping to have lots of winter demos available at Mew Lake during this year’s Winter in the Wild Festival (depending on availability)

Participants should wear multiple ‘layers’, sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves/mitts and a winter hat.

Ice Skating, Campfire, and Barbecue – 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Meet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Roast a marshmallow, sip Van Houtte hot chocolate, and get warmed by the fire. Bring your skates and try out the Mew Lake Campground skating rink.

There will be a barbecue dinner available for sale featuring hot dogs ($2) plus beef and veggie burgers ($4). Meal tickets may be purchased in advance at the Visitor Centre Information Desk (cash, debit, credit) or at Mew Lake Campground (cash only please). Prices subject to change.

Fireside Talk and Winter Night Hike Program at Mew Lake – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Meet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Come join a Park Naturalist to explore the sights and sounds of winter at night. After a fireside introduction to Park wildlife, we will walk into the woods and look for signs of wildlife, check out the night sky and attempt a famous Algonquin Wolf Howl. No dogs allowed on hike.

Participants should wear multiple ‘layers’, sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat. We will be walking a total distance of approximately 2 km round-trip. Headlamps/flashlights recommended.

Event Sponsors

A special thanks to the following companies who make it possible to deliver special activities at Algonquin Park’s Winter in the Wild Festival. If your company would like to sponsor an event please contact Stacey at 613 637-2828 extension 239.

 

 


Videos from 2017 Winter in the Wild Festival

Algonquin Park Winter in the Wild Festival – Wildlife Snowshoe Excursion

Discover what Algonquin wildlife is active in winter while exploring infrequently traveled areas by snowshoe. This excursion will be led by a Park Naturalist. There will be limited snowshoes available to borrow courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park however bring your own if you prefer. This excursion will require moderate physical fitness and is suitable for all ages. Instruction will be provided on snowshoeing technique.

 

Learn how to snowshoe at the Algonquin Park Winter in the Wild Festival

Algonquin Park’s Winter in the Wild Festival is a great place to learn to showshoe for the first time. Learn how to put on snowshoes and traverse hazards you might find while showshoeing. This great winter festival happens every Ontario Family Day Weekend in Algonquin Provincial Park.

 

Guided Winter Bird Walk at the Algonquin Park Winter in the Wild Festival

Join a Park Naturalist as we go looking and listening for some of the “Algonquin Specialties” such as Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee all the while being aware of the other natural phenomena in our midst. A limited number of binoculars will be available to loan to participants, courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

 

Algonquin Park Winter in the Wild – Nature Talks on Trails

Experience nature though the Algonquin Park Winter in the Wild Festival, annually during Ontario’s Family Day Weekend.

 

 

 

 

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