Monday, April 03, 2006

Wolf Howling at Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park is one of the best places in the world to hear wolves.

Indeed, in the 1960's Algonquin park was the home for research that discovered wolves will answer to recordings and human imitations of their howls. Since this discovery, every August, Algonquin Park Interpretative staff offer a chance for visitors to participate in a public wolf howl along the Highway #60 corridor. The last howl I attended had over 2,000 people participating. It is quite an experience to be sitting along the side of a highway- with 2,000 people - in absolute silence- and then hear a wolf or pack of wolves respond to the call put out by the Park ranger. What a thrill!

We love to wolf howl on our own Algonquin canoe trips - especially in August and September when the packs form rendezvous sites. The north west corner of Algonquin is very active with wolf packs and as a result we have been lucky to hear the wolves every season.
To find out when the Interpretive staff will be operating their August wolf howls, contact the Friends of Algonquin. For more information on Algonquin canoe trips that feature wolf howls, contact Voyageur Quest.