Bondi Resort Blog

Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Well, Dang

Never a good sign, really, when the BMD are clustered around a piece of machinery which is all taken apart, their phones to their ears and a look of concern on faces.

They were trying to track down a needed part to repair the Ski Trail Groomer -- and yes, they were of course successful.  The BMD is ALWAYS successful (sometimes it just takes different directions, but they always win in the end)    

Taffy reports that while there was a short in the engine, there's nothing at all wrong with that front ski.  Trails are all open, and in great shape. Our skiers never noticed that the groomer was in pieces!

Who Goes There?

Winter is wonderful for letting you find out who the neighbours are, and what they are up to.   We very rarely see rabbits, for instance, but every morning now there are a cluster of rabbit tracks around my cottage.
Up in the Hidden Lake Bog, there is a snowshoe hare, with feet the size of snowshoes!  We haven't seen him, either, but we know where he is because he leaves tracks.

Out for a walk a few days ago, Sharon and Taffy and I headed up Brian's Ridge Road.  Apparently we weren't the first to enjoy that hike -- the road sported the tracks of  a very small deer, and a pair of wolves.

Taffy was most interested. So were we, in fact.  The deer track wasn't nearly as fresh as the wolf spoor though!  I find it fascinating to look for tracks - sometimes we'll find where an owl's wing has swept into a snowbank, or the delicate all-in-a-row circles left by a fox. Or the tromp of the turkeys.

You just need to spend a few moments and actually look at what is around you. You'd be amazed.

Hey, there

  This doe was right outside my cottage door yesterday.

she looks to be in excellent shape for this time of year -- not like our buck, who is very thin and looks like he had a rough autumn season.

I love the ears...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Algonquin Wildlife Adventures

 There's something new and exciting at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Centre.  Our cousin Robin Tapley along with Tim Winegard and Jaimie Giardini will be offering outstanding educational wilderness experiences, starting in March.

Most people never get into the section of the Park where the Wildlife Research Centre operates, and those that do go with guides.  This is true wilderness, and these three are the best in the business when it comes to walking (canoeing, snowshoeing) you through it.

Robin just sent me this memo:

Your Wildlife Adventure in the heart of Algonquin Park begins on March Break. We will be featuring a series of unique program adventures that focuses on the ethical engagement of wildlife. You will join our Naturalist Education Team on one of our two night adventures where we will uncover and explore the back country of Algonquin Park. From our base (the Wildlife Research Station) each day unfolds as we prepare to explore the natural behaviors of wildlife that make their home in Algonquin. You will experience and learn how to explore your natural surroundings by putting together your five senses. For further information please contact Station Manager Tim Winegard at 1 705 633 5621.

So go ahead, make the call.  And remember, if you're taking part in a day experience, we are a fantastic near-by base for you to stay!

Fly By Night

Here is a better look at our northern flying squirrel, who is currently dropping by in the evenings to check out what's on the menu at the bird feeder.

Along with the summer chipmunks, these little guys are so darned cute that they get a pass in the 'how dare you steal all the birdseed' department.

Light as can be, they don't actually fly, but extend their arms and legs to stretch out the loose membrance between and glide -- considerable distances.  They climb like, well, like squirrels, dashing up almost any surface to get the height and then simply leap into space, arms spread.  They are without doubt one of the most beautiful creatures out there.

Thirty Below

Sunrise over Springside cottage.
It is, as they like to say, a 'dry cold'.  At least when the thermometer plummets, it is too cold to snow, and we get crystal clear days.  Absolutely breath-taking -- in both senses of the word.  It's a good time to put on a scarf!   In fact, if you are properly layered up, it's a good time to be out of doors and active, too.  
Ski trails and snowshoe trails that wind through the woods are protected from any windchill, and that warms life up considerably.  But it is no time for standing about.  Winter is not a spectator sport -- you need to get active!

So, stealing a line from the Columbia clothing advertising, get the right winter gear, and then "Get out and Stay Out."  At least for an hour or so.  Then you can feel free to take part in one of the most favourite of all winter sports:  Coming back inside for a drink by the fire!

And so to bed

We had visitors.  When I went out with Taffy yesterday, we found several deer beds all snugged in very close to my house (in background, left photo).

This one was right in front of Clover cottage.

In front of my place, there were several, and a large disturbed area where the deer had dug up the snow.

This is what I saw from my window...

And this is looking back at it from near the lake.

And this was right by Clover's door, beside the trail we have leading onto the lake.

Deer dig a bed in the snow, and hunker down. With their thick coats, and hollow-shafted hair, they are so well insulated that snow falling on them will not melt.  They must feel comfortable around us, to nest in so close.

We see them on the lawn almost daily, but we don't always find them having a nap just outside the door!