Winter birding and nature combined with snowshoe trails! You are invited to join us on this special departure and enjoy your choice of both a birding and nature tour or the snowshoe trails of Algonquin Park. Fully escorted by Charles Whitlock and Kristen Martyn, this unique winter tour will showcase winter’s wildlife and the beauty “on foot” of the Algonquin Provincial Park. Discover the beauty of Algonquin Park with Tour Leaders Kristen Martyn and Charles Whitlock and our tour partner Frederick Travel Waterloo.
Kristen spent a wonderful 3 days in Algonquin Park in the winter of 2017. Click below to read about some of the locations and wildlife we hope to see on this exciting tour on the Nature Notes Blog.
Algonquin Park Blog Posts:
Sunday February 4, 2018: Pick Up and Arrowhead Provincial Park
Private bus departures from London, pick-up Kitchener and Toronto (times to be finalized). Our first day will depend on weather and time on the road. We plan to travel to Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville. Here we accommodate both birders and snowshoers where each can could enjoy their respective outings. Following our stop we travel to Huntsville for dinner and over-night. (D)
Monday February 5, 2018: Algonquin Park
Snowshoe: We will do the Track & Tower about 10 kms. We will visit an old tower look out with an outstanding view of Cache Lake. It offers a vast variety of interesting landscapes and we will look at the remains of an old railway bed.
Birding: Today we will visit the Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail, a great place to observe Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, Evening Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatches and many more. We will also plan stops to a spot in the park which is home to Pine Martens (we may return to this spot if no martens are active upon arrival) and Opeongo Road in search of Gray Jays (Whiskey Jacks) and Black-backed Woodpeckers. Today will also include a stop at the Visitor’s Center for some lunch and birding. Many wintering birds can be spotted at the Visitor's Center including Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeaks, Red and White-winged Crossbills, Purple Finches and Ruffed Grouse. During our adventures at the various locations today we will also be keeping an eye out for the mammals of Algonquin Park including: Red Fox, Moose, Otters, Red Squirrels and if we are extremely lucky Wolves. After this outing return to our hotel for over-night. (B, D)
Tuesday February 6, 2018: Algonquin Park
Snowshoe: Mizzy Lake is a 11 km loop trail. Many ponds and small lake surround this walk and it affords some of the best chances to see wild-life. Long boardwalks bring us to open spaces. We will get to see Whisky Jacks flying overhead.
Birding: Today's itinerary will include return visits to Spruce Bog, Opeongo Road, Visitors Center and/or visiting some of the other winter trails (depending on which trails are accessible and open). Today we hope to add on any notable species missing from our bird list and will continue to search for the parks notable mammals. (B, D)
Wednesday February 7, 2018: Departure
Breakfast and our departure back home with stops along the way. (B)
NOTES: We can’t guarantee any specific birds or wildlife will be spotted but we have had a great sightings during past visits. As trail, road and weather conditions change dramatically in Algonquin Park Kristen and Charles will adjust the outings to accommodate environmental conditions. It is difficult to say what trails will be open, however all days will be spent in search of the Boreal Specialties as well as wintering species and good snowshoeing locations / trails.
Snowshoes, for those who will need them, are not included in the cost and will be arranged for rental locally.
Algonquin | 4 Days
Tour Leaders: Kristen Martyn and Charles Whitlock
Dates: February 4-7, 2018
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