Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Theosophy & the Church in the Wilderness


The Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor had a column in this morning’s paper that spoke to the feelings and thoughts of spirituality and rebirth that many feel/ think about when they travel to the wilderness at this time of year.

MacGregor has a cottage in the Algonquin Park area and often writes about his experiences in the wilderness. This past Easter weekend he was in the wilderness and was speaking to the “miracles” we see all around us every spring - the ice giving way to bright blue water, barrel owls calling, and spring peepers screaming. It was interesting to read about Theosophy and it’s followers who found their church in the wilderness.

Theosophy was a popular religion in the early part of the 20th century and as MacGregor writes was all about becoming “souls with the universal soul.” A Theosophy website states that the Theopsphical society rejected the idea of a God existing outside nature. Instead, “theosophy spoke of an all-pervading divine essence, an infinite ocean of consciousness, from which all things are born and to which they ultimately return.” Many of it’s followers came to believe in reincarnation.

Interesting to think of reincarnation and Theosophy as we see nature’s rebirth all around us. To read MacGregor’s article, please visit Globe and Mail.com. Click here to learn more about Theosophy.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

THE ICE IS OUT!

We could not have asked for a better gift this Easter Sunday! Here, at the Algonquin Cottage Outpost, the ice on Kawawaymog Lake disappeared leaving our Easter groups with a view of beautiful sparking blue water! What an amazing natural fit to Easter’s official day of re-birth!!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Easter at Algonquin

The Algonquin Cottage Outpost and Algonquin Log Cabin are busy this weekend with groups enjoying Easter at Algonquin. Our Log Cabin guests are adding a visit to town on Easter Sunday to particpate in an Easter Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Trout Creek. Both of our facilities are ideal for families looking to get away from the city and enjoy an Algonquin holiday long weekend.

Happy Easter from everyone here at Voyageur Quest!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Duke of Edinburgh Algonquin Trips

Each year, we operate dozens of Duke of Edinburgh trips for schools all across Ontario. Programs vary from Algonquin dog sled trips and winter camping expeditions to spring and fall Algonquin canoe trips. Our guides and instruction team love working with motivated students who are keen to learn.

I was at a school presentation last night at the Holy Name of Mary school in Mississauga where the students are in the middle of a fund raising drive to raise money for their May canoe trip. It was inspiring to see their passion and commitment to make this trip happen. Great job gals and look forward to seeing you up north in May!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Algonquin Park Canoe Routes Map

If you're thinking about taking a canoe trip to Algonquin Park this summer the Canoe Routes of Algonquin Park map is a valuable tool. The interior of Algonquin Park has over 2000km of canoe routes for paddlers of all levels of experience. Click on the map below:

For your own copy of the map please visit The Friends of Algonquin Park website or visit your local Mountain Equipment Co-op store. Maps are also available from Algonquin Access Points, including Access Point #1 on Kawawaymog Lake.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

March Photo Contest Submissions

We could not have asked for a better March! There was a lot of new snow which created great conditions for back country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding.

Thank you to everyone that sent in photos.
Check out the March Photo Gallery Algonquin Park in March by clicking on the below photo:

Photo submitted by: Richard & Ruth Brooks
Algonquin Winter Eco Adventure
March 2-5, 2006

Did you join us on a trip in March?
If you did and haven't yet sent in your photos please send them to
photos@voyageurquest.com

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.