Algonquin Park – Spring Trip – and then there were Moose…..

Cow and her yearling going back into the woods

Clint and I spent almost two weeks in Algonquin Park, we came home Wednesday 25 May. We saw so many moose, it was great. It was like it used to be years ago when we went to the Park.

We also did some paddling, some trails, and had campfires every night. The weather was weird, one day in sandals and tee shirts and the next day I had a touque on my head. We also had a severe weather watch, high winds, tornadoes etc. It missed Algonquin Park, and also where we live, thankfully, but it did so much damage elsewhere in Ontario and close to a dozen people were killed. Apparently it came up fast and out of nowhere and ravaged a swath through Uxbridge, Havelock, Bon Echo Provincial park and right into Ottawa (our Nation’s capital). Bon Echo Provincial Park had to evacuate and is still closed to clean up the damage. (This was Saturday 21 May that the storm occurred.)

But back to photos, of which I have a lot. I am going to do a couple of smaller blog posts with just photos, because really, who doesn’t want to see more moose! I also have a couple of other photos, loons and whatnot but we did not see as big a variety of wildlife as we usually see.

I thought I would start with a sad story about a young Bull and then some photos of a cow and her yearling who both could not make up their minds which side of the highway they wanted to be on.

So the young Bull was quite handsome and maybe 3-4 years old, I’m guessing. He could barely walk and I anticipate a wolf pack will get him eventually, unless a miracle occurs and his leg gets better. Fingers crossed….

We also spotted a cow with her yearling. This yearling was a bull and he was pretty cute and quite a bit smaller than his mom, for now. She crossed the road and came back and then crossed again and he followed. Then they both came back again, maybe they didn’t want to ask for directions.

Stay tuned for some more moose photos and trail photos.

Thanks for reading

19 thoughts on “Algonquin Park – Spring Trip – and then there were Moose…..”

  1. The moose are playing a very dangerous game with cars and have no clue, not good. I’m glad that the bad weather and tornadoes missed you guys, so sad that people were killed. Tornadoes really suck.

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    1. Yes the poor animals don’t understand and sadly the road through the park is not a park road, it’s a Provincial Highway and the speed limit is 80 km and people drive a lot faster than that. 4 moose were killed on that highway while we were there.

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      1. Wow, that’s terrible! If enough bulls are killed it may affect the population, right? Very sad. Frankly, I would be driving very slowly just because of them.

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      2. Yes we never go over the speed limit on that part of the highway and quite often we’ll pull over to let people pass. Hitting a big moose is no joke! And yes it will affect the population, especially if they are bulls. I know for sure one was.

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  2. Two weeks in a park sounds amazing! Tornadoes! 😱 Thank goodness you weren’t in harm’s way. Sorry to read about the loss of life from that system. 😢 I enjoyed looking at your moose photos and following your story. Sad about the one with the swollen knee. 😔 Looking forward to more photos!

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    1. Thanks Michele! Tornadoes are the worst, I haven’t been in one and hope to never to be close to one. We did experience an earthquake when we were in in Montana, that was pretty scary. Yes his poor knee, I still think about that moose.


  3. I have never seen a moose (in person), though I heard them when my parents rented a cottage for two weeks in Alpena, Michigan in 1968. They’d call one another at night. 🙂 The yearling is so cute and I’m so amazed just how big they are. I’m surprised they don’t have signs for moose crossings so people know to beware of them and slow down. But you can put up lots of signs and it doesn’t mean drivers will beware, look and/or slow down. At least it seems they move slowly across the road and don’t dash across like deer. We have so many deer/vehicle accidents especially up in northern Michigan and even in our northern suburbs and especially October through December, rutting season. Like you I feel for the moose with the swollen knee. Do you think Park rangers will see it, tranquilize it and transport it to a vet? I heard about the tornadoes in Canada and they were the day after we had the tornado here in Gaylord, Michigan which is a small town 250 miles (402 km) from me. I worry a lot about tornadoes and derechos – we had a derecho here in July 1980. No damage to the house, but lots of damage in the next town over and I was working in a high-rise building at the time and the wind blew the windows out of the corner office (the senior partner was on his sailboat in Georgian Bay so was safe but it blew his mementos and important papers out of the window). Glad you were unscathed while traveling as well as your home. We have some severe weather coming in the next two afternoon – all this erratic weather is scary.

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    1. They have a lot of signs saying Moose Crossing but people are always in a hurry. The problem is that it’s not a Park road, it’s a Provincial highway so there are people driving through to work etc. they get very impatient! We asked a Warden about the moose and she that the Conservation people and Parks HQ were aware and weren’t going to do anything but she said she knew what she would do. It’s still sad, poor fella. Wow that would have been scary working in that building. And you’re right, the weather is scary and I fear we are going to have more and more erratic weather.

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      1. People are always in a hurry these days – they have road rage over here like crazy. It’s scary and the weather is too erratic for my liking and there was a carbon dioxide report the other day that said we will have more volatile weather down the road – why wasn’t I born earlier before all this angst?

        I’m sorry they won’t help this moose out – letting it fend for itself and unable to run from predators at a good clip is not fair to that poor critter.

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  4. I’m glad you stayed safe during this crazy weather. How sad for the injured moose, they are such an amazing animal. So many beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing them and I look forward to seeing more.

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