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July 2015

Loggers Day

Loggers Day is Saturday!

Join us on Saturday (July 25, 2015) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for this highly entertaining and educational day, when the Algonquin Logging Museum comes to life. Take in the demonstrations around the Logging Museum trail and try the old-time loggers' lunch served in the sawlog cookery from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, or while quantities last ($10 per person). Also listen to the music of the Wakami Wailers throughout the day. Admission to this event is a minimum donation of $2 per person. This event is brought to you by The Friends of Algonquin Park and the Algonquin Forestry Authority, in cooperation with Ontario Parks, as one of summer's Special Events.

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Dam Builders Now Available!

Dam BuildersMichael Runtz’s long awaited book about the natural history of beavers is now available. This 306-page soft cover book features over 400 images of beavers most of which were taken in Algonquin Park. With their teeth that self-sharpen and never stop growing, a heart that slows down and valves that close in their ears and noses when they dive – beavers are remarkable animals!

Dam Builders is a comprehensive overview of the lives of beavers and the habitats that arise from their actions. Purchase your copy today from The Friends of Algonquin Park’s Bookstore and Nature Shop with proceeds supporting Algonquin Park.

Michael Runtz, a former Algonquin Park Naturalist, has authored 10 natural history books, and written more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine natural history articles. Michael has won numerous writing and teaching awards over the years. His images are also featured in the 2016 Algonquin Park Calendar.



AFA LogoCelebrating 40 Years of the Algonquin Forestry Authority

The Algonquin Forestry Authority, the Crown Agency responsible for sustainable forest management in Algonquin Park, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on Saturday. You are invited to the Algonquin Logging Museum on Saturday (July 25, 2015) to help mark this anniversary. The event begins at 11:00 am with greetings from the AFA’s Board of Directors, The Friends of Algonquin Park, Ontario Parks and local dignitaries. Following the presentations, participants can join the excitement at Loggers Day which consists of hands-on activities, demonstrations, contests, prizes, music and more.


New Video: Watch The Loggers of Algonquin

Logging in the Algonquin Park area has changed dramatically over more than 180 years. This remarkable history of Algonquin Park’s logging and the complexities of current sustainable forest practices in Algonquin Park are featured in a new video that begins your visit at the Algonquin Logging Museum Reception Building.

The Loggers of Algonquin

This video was made possible through the generosity of various partners including: The Friends of Algonquin Park; Algonquin Forestry Authority; Ontario Parks; W.F. Dombroskie & Sons Logging; McRae Lumber Company; Wakami Wailers; and In Memory of Donald M. McRae.


Rebuilding a Historic Horse Stable

Stable RebuildThrough the efforts of The Friends of Algonquin Park and the Algonquin Forestry Authority and in cooperation with Ontario Parks, the original horse stable at the Algonquin Logging Museum is being completely rebuilt. Original plans called for a scoop roof replacement, but deterioration in the quality of the walls and floor made this a larger job. The next time you see the stable it will likely be completely rebuilt, ready to house several teams of horses!

A special thanks to Rita Whaley for her generosity in helping to rebuild the horse stable, in memory of Dr. Horace Whaley, Johanne Claire, and Rhiannon Rose.


 Wakami Wailers to Play Outdoor Concert on Sunday Evening

Wakami WailersThe award winning Wakami Wailers are scheduled to play an open-air concert at Algonquin Park's Outdoor Theatre on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Get your toes tapping through lively music that shares Canada's logging history, parks and protected areas, plus much more. Join the Wailers for a fun-filled evening of entertaining stories and songs from their popular releases. Admission to this event is a minimum donation of $2 per person.


Meet the Researcher DayMeet the Researcher Day Coming July 30

The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, the Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research, and The Friends of Algonquin Park, in cooperation with Ontario Parks invites you to spend time with researchers who use Algonquin Park as their laboratory. Meet individuals who study reptiles and amphibians, birds, small mammals, fish, wolves, and even our cultural history. Stop by the East Beach Picnic Pavilion from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for hands-on displays about research and maybe some of the study species will make an appearance! Suitable for all ages.

Special Art Exhibits at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre

View the Algonquin Park related works of John Kinsella plus the relief prints of Linda Kristin Blix, Heidi Burkhardt and Barb Ringer in the Algonquin Room at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre until July 29, 2015. Over the course of a given year, the Visitor Centre’s Algonquin Room presents different exhibitions of Algonquin Park themed art by area artists. The art is available for sale and a portion of each sale is dedicated to The Friends of Algonquin Park.  This money is used to enhance the educational and interpretive programs in Algonquin Park.  Stop by to view some exciting work, and maybe meet the artist, too!

Algonquin Room Art July 2015

Algonquin Room Art July 2015

Coming July 31 to August 26, 2015Algonquin's Wild Spirit with David Alexander Risk – This exhibition of painter David Alexander Risk’s, plein air, impressionism, and pop art, underline Algonquin Park's rich diversity. Meet the artist and view artwork that is a fitting tribute to the magic that is Algonquin.


Wolf Howl Season is Coming!

Howling WolfAugust and early September marks Public Wolf Howl season in Algonquin Park! On Thursdays in August, plus September 3, 2015, potential Public Wolf Howls are possible if both wolves and weather cooperate. After several nights of searching, join Park Naturalist staff for a presentation on wolf ecology and our changing perceptions of this elusive animal. Then travel by car to a place along Highway 60 where wild wolves have been heard in previous nights, and they may answer the imitations given by the Naturalist staff.

Algonquin Park Public Wolf Howls are Canadian Signature Experiences, which showcase once-in-a-lifetime, authentic travel experiences that exemplify Canada’s tourism brand, according to the Canadian Tourism Commission.



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Recent Donors
A special thanks to just some of the recent donors who supported the work of The Friends of Algonquin Park. Donations can be made in a variety of ways, learn more.

Carolyn Archibald
Brian Beauchamp
Elva Bennett
Vincenzo & Jennie Bologna
Pietro & Maria  Bordin
Leon Budziszewski
Helen Burgar
John Butcher
Marcelo & Onorina Carniello
Robert & Janet Carniello
Ron & Verina Clark
Donna Cole
Tom Cosburn
Dawn Crowley
Joseph Davis
Don Emmerson
Bob Farlow
Luciana Favotto
Dave Forkutza
Celeste Gagnon
Nancy Gardner
Susan Goltz
Walter C. Harrison
Glenn A. & Maria Hewitt
Ross Hickling
Annie Holtby
Grant Hunter
John J. Koval
Marilyn MacKay
Brian Maltman
Ernie Martelle
Angela Martin
George McNulty
Betty Mercer
Gayle Murray
George Noble
Sean O'Neill
Andrew & Barbara Ouellette
C. John Parker
Trevor Peck
Adua Pizzolato
Dino & Deborah Pozzobon
Jean Probyn
Chester Psica
Lida Reckers
Joanne Ruediger
Anne Sanders
Mario & Elizabeth Scozzafava
Beverly Stager
Lynn Stewart
David Stinson
Joan Tintor
Vince & Maria Valvano
Kimberley Van Delst
Sandra Vant
Jon Vaughan
Julie Vézina
Benjamin Waters
Frank Whitson
Al Zomer

New or Renewed Members

Just a few of the individuals who have become members recently, or who have renewed their membership, with The Friends of Algonquin Park. Thank you!

Ray Bateman
Malcolm G. Beynon
Ali Bos
Andrew Boyd
Donna Boyle
Mike Buss
John Butcher
Allan Chapman
Dawn Crowley
Edward Curran
Stanley Cwieczkowski
James & Regina Derzon
Joseph Dietrich
Bob Donald
Shielah DuHasky
Robert F. Edwards
Maureen Elliott
Robert Emery
Don Emmerson
Freda Emmerson
Peter Ferguson
Kevin Fisher
Beth Foster
Geoffrey Fudurich
Linda Graves
Janice & Buddy Guy
Walter C. Harrison
William Heinrich
Ross Hickling
Ron Ireland
Martin Irmer
Doug Irwin
George Iwanchyshyn
Butch & Judy Jobin
Shaun Joffe
Renate Juelich
Colleen Kearney
John J. Koval
Wayne Laubscher
Gwynneth Lloyd
Alwin Lobo
Shannon Loughrey
Douglas J. Lowe
Edward Luffman
Liz Lundell
Marilyn MacKay
Lynda Maki
Dan Marks
Kelly Marshall
George McNulty
Betty Mercer
Lewis Metzger
Tammy Mitchell-Miner
C. John Parker
Lindsay Patterson
Patti Peever
Robert Peterson
William Rawlings
Lida Reckers
A. Jennifer Richardson
Judith Roberts-Moore
Rick Robinson
Jodie Shay
David Skeath
Annette Smith
Timothy Steele
Julie Vézina
David Walker
Ian Walker
Anne Walli
Warren D. Wanless
Ian Whyte
Jim Willis
George B. Wilson
Ian Wilson
MIchele Wilson

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Events Calendar

Events Calendar


Mark Your Calendar

Loggers Day - July 25

Celebrating 40 Years of the Algonquin Forestry Authority - July 25

Wakami Wailers Concert - July 26

Time Machine 2.0 - July 28

Meet the Researcher Day - July 30

Art Exhibit: Algonquin's Wild Spirit with David Alexander Risk - July 31 to August 26

Potential Public Wolf Howl - August 6

Discover Trout Fishing Workshop - August 8

Special Presentation: Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and their Ponds with Michael Runtz - August 12

Book Signing: Dam Builders with Michael Runtz - August 13

Potential Public Wolf Howl - August 13

Discover Trout Fishing Workshop - August 15

Potential Public Wolf Howl - August 20

Potential Public Wolf Howl - August 27

Art Exhibit: Essence of Algonquin & Visions to Images - August 28 to September 23

Potential Public Wolf Howl - September 3

Backcountry Camping Workshop with Kevin Callan - September 12

Celebrating Algonquin Park: A Photographic and Artistic Special Event - September 12

Art Exhibit: Mystery of the Park - September 25 to October 25

Haunted Halloween Weekend - October 24 & 25

Fall Lake Trout Spawning Survey on Lake Opeongo - Various October Dates

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