Friday, December 29, 2006

Algonquin Winter holiday pictures

The skies have been clear and cool over Algonquin the last few days making for some fantastic hiking and snowshoeing. Hope you are enjoying the holidays !

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Canoeing on Christmas Day

Yes, hard to believe but that’s our Algonquin Log Cabin Christmas trip canoeing down Surprise Lake on Christmas day! The North West corner of Algonquin received a little more snow on December 22 to give us a white Christmas – albeit a very different white Christmas – with open lakes good for paddling! Thanks to Jeremie, Joe and all of our amazing guests who made this Christmas trip special !

Monday, December 11, 2006

Silence in the woods

Early December is a wonderful time to be in Alonquin. Free from the busy shopping malls, traffic and seasonal commercial hype, the silence and peace of the forest and lakes do wonders for the soul. This past week at the Log Cabin, surrounded by all things natural - was truly a Christmas gift.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Winter Walk in December

Winter staff training is here and our team are all loving our first good dose of -25 c ! Here at the Algonquin Log Cabin , the conditions have been wonderful and perfect for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. For those of you who have been asking about the snow, take a look at this short video.

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Snowshoes, Skis Ready To Go

With over 3 feet of fresh snow, our snowshoes and backountry skiis are ready for action ! I tried out some of our new lighweight aluminum snowshoes on the Ridge trail this afternoon. They were fantastic in providing remarkable traction on the steep hills. Both the Algonquin Log Cabin and Algonquin Cottage Outpost have fantastic winter trails through forests and across frozen lakes and streams. For the intrepid, the backcountry offers endless exploration. Last February, I skied with a few friends up to a beaver meadow near Genesee Lake. Near an open section of water, we counted the tracks of beaver, wolves, mouse, rabbit, otter, deer and moose . We followed the wolf tracks which seemed to intensify as we crossed the frozen pond. Clumps of hair and bloody snow appeared in spots. We were now following what was clearly a wolf attack on a deer. 50 feet into the alders, we found the a half - eaten deer carcass. It appeared the wolves had taken a break from their feed and were likely still very close and perhaps eyeing us from a distance. It was jarring to see the carnage and rawness of Darwin's law on display.

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