A trip to Algonquin Park makes for a great winter outing!
The Visitor Centre is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm, from December 27 to
January 5. Opeongo Road is open and plowed right to the lake.
A half dozen Wild Turkeys continue to come to get seed below the Visitor
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk.
Gray Jay: Regular along Opeongo Road and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk.
Boreal Chickadee: Try the Black Spruce section along Opeongo Road.
Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Opeongo Road.
Purple Finch: About 15 are regular at the Visitor Centre.
White-winged Crossbill: A small flock was on Highway 60 near
Lookout Trail on the 19th.
American Goldfinch: A few are regular at the Visitor Centre and occasionally
along Highway 60.
Evening Grosbeak: Up to about 45 were regular at the Visitor Centre this
Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Algonquin Provincial Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
>From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations
mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are also
described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
The Visitor Centre and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends from 9 am
to 5 pm during winter. However, the Visitor Centre will be OPEN daily
from December 27 to January 5.
The Visitor Centre has recent bird sightings and information. It is usually
possible to access the building on weekdays in winter from 9 am to
4 pm. Visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch and use the restaurant
seating area on weekdays. Hot and cold beverages, and light snacks are
available to purchase then, as well as the use of a microwave.
For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at: