Algonquin Park Lakeside Inn Offers New Wildlife Experience and Birding Packages

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This spring 2009, Algonquin Lakeside Inn (http://www.alogonquininn.com), the closest four-season resort to world-renowned Algonquin Provincial Park, is offering a number of exciting new guided wilderness experience adventures, including Wilderness Tours, Photography Tours and Photography Workshops so that their resort guests may enhance their Algonquin Park visit.

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For over a century, Algonquin Provincial Park, located approximately two and a half hours north of Toronto, has been a favourite destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, as well as artists and photographers. It is a protected wilderness sanctuary of majestic forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands. The Park provides a safe haven for an astounding variety of plant and animal life. 53 species of mammals, 272 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles and amphibians, 54 species of fish, and approximately 7000 species of insects are all found within Algonquin's borders. Situated just minutes from Algonquin Park's western boundary is one of Algonquin Park's most popular resorts, Algonquin Lakeside Inn (http://www.alogonquininn.com). For years, Algonquin Inn has been offering Park visitors a comfortable and convenient home base from which to explore the Park, as well as a number of packages and services designed to enhance any Algonquin Park visit. This spring, Algonquin Lakeside Inn is adding a number of wilderness and wildlife photographic excursions for their Algonquin Park resort guests.

Home to more than 2,000 black bears, 35 wolf packs and 3,000 moose, Algonquin Provincial Park's terrain is vast and widely varied, covering over 7,725 square kilometres. With its magnificent scenery and abundant animal life, it is no wonder that photographers, animal lovers and bird watchers are drawn to the area. In order to help their guests get the most out their visit to the Park, Algonquin Lakeside Inn is offering specific Algonquin photography tours for their resort guests. Along with their popular Algonquin Park bird watching package, Algonquin fishing charter service and Algonquin wilderness tours, Algonquin Inn has added an Algonquin Park Photo Tour, a Moose Photo Tour and a Loon Photo Tour. These tours will enable guests to get all the animal shots that they are after, with minimal effort and a much higher degree of success.

"Over the years, we have found that the numbers of hobbyists that are coming up to the park to pursue their passion are increasing. Our Bird Watching packages have always been popular. Algonquin Park offers world class birding and more people are enjoying the hobby. From talking with our guests, we have also found that many are interested in wildlife photography. Algonquin Park is huge and takes many visits to learn where to find a particular species at any given time of the year. Since most Algonquin Park visits aren't long enough for the amateur nature photographer to become familiar with the habits and habitats of Park wildlife, we decided to offer specialized photography tours for our guests so that they can get the most out of their visit and get the wildlife shots that they are seeking," states Algonquin Lakeside Inn owner Gary Schultz.

Algonquin Lakeside Inn's Loon Photography Tour operates through the spring, summer and fall and changes with the seasons. Depending on the time of year, tour participants can observe these magnificent birds nesting, with chicks, or in the fall preparing for their flight south. Spring in Algonquin Park can be one of the best seasons for wildlife viewing as animals are out and about searching for food, after ending their winter hibernation. When the weather gets too hot in the summer, some of the animals move further into the forest and are not quite as easy to spot. May and June are the big months for moose watching in Algonquin Park. In May, Algonquin Lakeside Inn is offering a Spring Moose Photography Packages on land and, in June and early July, Cows & Calves Moose Photography Packages by boat are available. Moose rutting season is in October and a Bull Moose in Rut Package is available. This exciting full day photography package takes place on both land and water and is certain to be memorable.

"Artists and nature photographers will continue to be drawn to Algonquin Provincial Park in ever increasing numbers. As an Algonquin Park accommodation property, it only makes sense to provide the services that cater to our guests' interests. We will continue to offer our guests the services and packages that will enrich their visit to the Park," adds Schultz.

About Algonquin Lakeside Inn:
Just 5 minutes west of Algonquin Provincial Park, Algonquin Lakeside Inn, a year-round lakefront resort, is the perfect location for an Algonquin Park vacation getaway or a romantic couple's escape. This full service Ontario resort offers licensed fine dining, conference and meeting facilities, and superior accommodations for discerning adults - including luxurious honeymoon suites, freshly renovated lakeside rooms with private patios and Algonquin housekeeping cottage rentals. Visit http://www.algonquininn.com or call 1-800-387-2244 to learn more about Algonquin Lakeside Inn's special packages and their Wilderness Tours and Photography Tours.

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