Trip Description: Meet 8:30 a.m. in car park at Algonquin Park Visitor Centre. Group will first bird from the Visitor Centre, then walk the trail at the Spruce Bog into the bog and back to the car park, then group will drive to Mew Lake for lunch, washroom break, prior to hiking the trail at the old airfield as far as the overlook at Lake of Two Rivers. Possible bird species for the day include Spruce Grouse, Canada Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Pipit, Eastern Bluebird, Lapland Longspur, raptors, and migrant sparrows.
Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required. Maximum: 20 participants.
Leaders: Dave Milsom, Brian Wales, Cathy Douglas.
Location: Algonquin Park Visitor Centre is at km. 43 on Highway #60, where your required vehicle permit may be purchased.
How to Get Your Algonquin Park Day Use Permit
- Buy your permit online, up to 5 days in advance. Online sales begin at 7:00am daily. Or call 1-888-668-7275 between 7:00am and 9:00pm. You must select your entry point of Achray/Sand Lake Gate, Brent, Highway 60, Kingscote, Kiosk, Shall, or Tim River.
- Buy your permit upon your arrival at Algonquin Park if permits are not sold out in advance. Permits are available at most major park facilities.
- If a permit selling office is not staffed, buy your permit at a self-serve fee station, if permits are not sold out in advance.
Permit sales are subject to Ontario Park's capacity limits.
Seasonal Day Use Permit Holders
Ontario Parks is advising that entry is not guaranteed for seasonal and commercial day use permit holders and is dependent upon capacity limits. Those with seasonal and commercial day use permits must reserve online, up to 5 days in advance, to guarantee your entry on a specific date. Seasonal day use permits include annual, summer, and winter versions.
What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks, rain gear, cameras. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: email@example.com.
Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Wheelchair accessible for the most part.
Facilities: Restrooms should be open at V.C., Spruce Bog, and Mew Lake.