Paddling Encounters with the Wildlife of Algonquin Park

Published By on August 6th, 2010 in Edge Insider

One of the best things about a canoe is its ability to glide silently across the water.   At Algonquin Park this form of transportation helps us in many ways while trying to locate and observe the many mammals, birds, reptiles and Amphibians that make their home in central Ontario’s wildlife mecca – Algonquin Park.   One of the most memorable and exciting times on one of our canoe trips is being able to observe these wild creatures in their natural setting.   Imagine watching a bull moose feeding on aquatic plants next to a meandering stream, a mature Bald Eagle as it soars gracefully over an open Algonquin lake or the ‘haunting’ call of a loon as it echoes across an unnamed lake before dawn.   Seeing these animals and many others in the wild creates memories and emotions within us that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.   Here’s a short list of some of our wildlife observations so far this Algonquin Park paddling season:

Black Duck, Mallard duck, Buffleheads, common Loon, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Northern Goshawk, Coopers Hawk, Merlin, Broad Wing Hawk, Barred Owl, Common Yellow throat, Balckburnian warbler, Raven, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Gray Jay, Winter Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Canada Warbler, Canada Geese, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Moose, Eastern Wolf, Red Fox, Black Bear, White-Footed Mouse, Meadow Vole, Northern Flying Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Chipmunk, raccoon.  Snapping Turtle, Painted Turtle, Pickerel Frog, Bull Frog, Spring Peeper, Gray Tree frog, Green frog, Wood Frog, American Toad, Garter Snake, Northern Water Snake.