Sunday, July 13, 2014

Join us for the Arowhon Pines “100 Mile Challenge” Barbecue - Monday, August 4th, 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 pm.
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!

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meet Jason J. Dombroskie: Moth Man

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!



Monday, June 9, 2014

We're open!

We’re Open!

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 gaul to swim by during dinner, emptying the 
dining room and leaving Edward holding warm plates!  
The loons continue to mesmorize 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!  


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

And the Winner is......


Congratulations to Joanne Brown of London, Ontario 

- Winner of a Spring Weekend for Two at Arowhon Pines, for correctly identifying the following:

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

Thank you to everyone who participated!  The contest this year was a little more difficult!  

The response was tremendous and it’s been a lot of fun!


Thank you again to The Gray's for the photos, information, and patience with us!!!!




Friday, April 18, 2014

OPEN MAY 30th

OPEN MAY 30TH .......
 
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! 



FROM THE CHEF



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!
                                                                                                                                                      David Cooke


PARK BUS


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.ca) 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!