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Algonquin Park's Winter in the Wild Festival

Join us to share your love of Algonquin Park in winter.

The Friends of Algonquin Park and Ontario Parks are proud to announce Winter in the Wild Festival happening in Algonquin Park on February 18, 2023 (the Saturday of Family Day Weekend). This family-friendly festival celebrates winter in Algonquin Park through indoor and outdoor events held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Park, including many at the Algonquin Visitor Centre.

Winter in the Wild Festival Schedule - February 18, 2023

Below is the 2023 Winter in the Wild schedule of events. Please check back for updates and additions as this event approaches.

All of the activities during the Winter in the Wild Festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food at the charity barbecue).


Guided Winter Bird Walk - 10:00am to 11:30am

Winter in the WildMeet at Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail (km 42.5) [outdoor]

Join Discovery Program staff they go looking and listening for some of the “Algonquin Specialties” such as Canada Jay, Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee all the while being aware of the other natural phenomena in our midst. A limited number of binoculars will be available to loan to participants, courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Participants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.


Wildlife Snowshoe Excursion - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Main Parking Lot (km 43.0) [outdoor]

Snowshoeing at Winter in the WildDiscover what Algonquin wildlife is active in winter while exploring infrequently traveled areas by snowshoe. This excursion will be led by a Park Naturalist with The Friends of Algonquin Park. There will be The Friends of Algonquin Park Logolimited snowshoes available to borrow courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park however bring your own if you prefer. This excursion will require moderate physical fitness and is suitable for all ages. Instruction will be provided on snowshoeing technique.

Participants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.


New EventSpecial Guests: Frosty Algonquin, Tales From The Trails - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Theatre (km 43.0) [indoor, seating capacity 100]

Moose in Algonquin Park during winter.

Join Jesse and Susan Villemaire of Follow Me North Photography for their breathtaking photo presentation Frosty Algonquin, Tales From The Trails.

With years of experience photographing the majestic landscapes and wildlife in one of Canada's most beloved parks, they will share unforgettable stories and images from the trails that make Algonquin Park such an incredible place.


Gray Jay in WinterMeet the Naturalist - Animal Winter Adaptations - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre (km 43.0) [indoor]

Stop by to look at some taxidermied specimens of typical Algonquin Park animals that are active in the winter and discover the adaptations that help them survive. Here is your chance to see American Marten, Fisher, Canada Jay and Beaver (and a few surprises) up close!


Guided Winter Bird Walk - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Evening Grosbeak in Algonquin ParkMeet at Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail (km 42.5) [outdoor]

Join Discovery Program staff as they go looking and listening for some of the “Algonquin Specialties” such as Canada Jay, Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee all the while being aware of the other natural phenomena in our midst. A limited number of binoculars will be available to loan to participants, courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Participants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.


Wildlife Snowshoe Excursion - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Main Parking Lot (km 43.0) [outdoor]

SnowshoesDiscover what Algonquin wildlife is active in winter while exploring infrequently traveled areas by snowshoe. This excursion will be led by a Park Naturalist with The Friends of Algonquin Park. There will be The Friends of Algonquin Park Logolimited snowshoes available to borrow courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park however bring your own if you prefer. This excursion will require moderate physical fitness and is suitable for all ages. Instruction will be provided on snowshoeing technique.

Participants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat.


New EventSpecial Guest: Winter Camping Adventures with Dave Hadfield - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Meet at the Algonquin Visitor Centre Theatre (km 43.0) [indoor, seating capacity 100]

Special Guest Speaker: Dave Hadfield

Dave Hadfield has been wandering through Canada’s remote northern forests since the early 1980s. He specializes in backcountry routes not found in guidebooks. After a trapper friend introduced him to traditional gear and techniques, Dave developed much of his own equipment, including wall tents, tin woodstoves, sleds, and more. Dave is an experienced winter camper, specializing in hot tent camping in the backcountry of the Canadian Shield. He is also a song writer, pilot, and active online content creator.


Winter Camping Demonstrations - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Winter Camping in Algonquin ParkMeet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Algonquin Park is open to both car camping and backcountry camping year round. Drop by and check out the winter camping demonstrations at Mew Lake Campground. Experienced campers will be on hand to answer your questions and to demonstrate various styles of accommodations and gear.

Participants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves/mitts and a winter hat.


Ice Skating, Campfire, and Barbecue - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Barbecue at Winter in the WildMeet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Roast a marshmallow, sip hot chocolate, and get warmed by the fire. Bring your skates and try out the Mew Lake Campground skating rink.

There will be a barbecue dinner available for sale featuring hot dogs plus beef and veggie burgers. Meal tickets may be purchased in advance at the Visitor Centre information desk (cash, debit, credit) or at Mew Lake Campground (cash only please). Barbecue proceeds support the ongoing charitable work of The Friends of Algonquin Park.


Fireside Talk and Winter Night Hike Program at Mew Lake - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Winter in the WildMeet at Mew Lake Campground (km 30.8) [outdoor]

Come join Discovery Program staff to explore the sights and sounds of winter at night. After a fireside introduction to Park wildlife, we will walk into the woods and look for signs of wildlife, and check out the night sky. No dogs allowed on hike.

Participants should wear multiple 'layers', sturdy, winter-appropriate footwear, gloves or mitts and a winter hat. We will be walking a total distance of approximately 2 km round-trip. Headlamps/flashlights recommended.


I love Algonquin Park in winter

See past event images on The Friends of Algonquin Park's Facebook page.


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