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Winter in the Wild Festival - February 15, 2020

Join us to share your love of Algonquin Park in winter.

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The Friends of Algonquin Park and Ontario Parks are proud to announce Winter in the Wild Festival happening in Algonquin Park on February 15, 2020 (Family Day Weekend). This family event celebrates Algonquin Park in winter.

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).

Winter in the Wild Festival Partners

Ontario Parks logo The Friends of Algonquin Park Logo

Accommodation & Camping

Developed camping is available at Mew Lake Campground. 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 also 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.


2020 Events Schedule - Saturday, February 15, 2020

RSVP Winter in the Wild FestivalThis festival is a celebration of winter in Algonquin and highlights some of the season's best activities offered in the Park. The events will take place at locations along Highway 60 within the Park. See below for details.


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.

Blue Spruce Resort LogoParticipants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.

 


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

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

New EventStop 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]

Snowshoeing at Winter in the WildDiscover 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 The Friends of Algonquin Park Logolimited 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.


Black Bear Research in Algonquin Park

Winter Sleep: How Bears Handle Winter in Ontario - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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

Join Marty Obbard as he discusses the many adaptations of Black Bears and Polar Bears that enable them to survive winter in Ontario's climate.

Marty Obbard is an emeritus research scientist and the former bear biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and has conducted extensive work in Algonquin Park on Black Bear ecology and survival.


Winter in the Wild Lunch

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

Food IconA 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.


Gray Jay in WinterMeet 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!


New EventPresentation: Algonquin Wolves - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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

Discover the fascinating world of one of Algonquin’s most famous animals to learn how they survive in this landscape and some of the research that has occurred in Algonquin Park.


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

Evening Grosbeak in Algonquin ParkMeet 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.

Blue Spruce Resort LogoParticipants 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]

SnowshoesDiscover 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 The Friends of Algonquin Park Logolimited 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

Winter Camping in Algonquin ParkMeet 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 BongopixLake 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.

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

Barbecue at Winter in the WildMeet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Van Houtte Cafe LogoRoast 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

Winter in the WildMeet 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.

Mad MusherParticipants 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.

Van Houtte Cafe LogoMad MusherBlue Spruce Resort Logo

Camp BongopixWild Birds Unlimited TorontoAlgonquin Outfitters


I love Algonquin Park in winter

See event images on The Friends of Algonquin Park's Facebook page.


Related Information

 

Reserve your developed or backcountry campsite for your next visit.

Share your passion for Algonquin Park by becoming a member or donor.

Special regulations for Algonquin's special fishery.