www.thefilemyrs.com > Birding > Ontario 2011
Page last updated Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:24 AM

Ontario 2011
Contact Bert Filemyr ( ) for more information  
Our tenth, almost annual, shared expenses adventure in Ontario for winter birds.
(Previous trips -
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001)

Wednesday February 9 through Sunday February 13

Participants - Bert Filemyr, Karl Lukens, Vincent Nichnadowicz, Mike Rosengarten


Birding at Niagara-on-the-Lake by Mike Rosengarten

Post Trip Reports

Reports from the Road

General Thoughts (Pre-Trip)

This year we are going to do a clockwise route. That is a deviation from the traditional route but we think a clockwise route will provide better birding opportunities.

Night in:
Straight driving distance:
Day 1
Wednesday 2/9
Niagara Falls area

Leave Meadowbrook at 5:30 am. Bird the Niagara River

Niagara Falls
Hampton Inn


415 miles

Day 2
Thursday 2/10

Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Strongville, Bracebridge areas

Quick check of the Niagara area and then work our way north to Bracebridge.

Comfort Inn (Booked)

207 miles
3.75 hours
(1.45 hours from Strongville)

Day 3
Friday 2/11
Algonquin Park
Bird Algonquin Park including Oponogo Road, Visitor Center, Spruce Bog Trail, campgrounds, etc. Drive to Ottawa
Days Inn

212 miles
4.5 hours
(147 miles
3 hours from East Gate)
Day 4
Saturday 2/12
Ottawa Areas
Bird the Ottawa area. Drive to Kingston.
Comfort Inn

Day 5
Sunday 2/13

Amherst Island, spots on the way home.
Kingston area, Amherst Island. Drive home.
Home sweet home


Google Map
Click Here for the Google Map that we are using for planning.


Timing –
Wednesday Morning
Karl will spend previous night at Bert’s.
We need to figure out plans to get Mike and Vincent
Leave Bert's by 5:30 am
Quick stop for coffee
Head north
This will be a trip of quick lunches (mostly Tim Horton's)
Dinners will be at appropriate restaurants.
Bert and Karl
Vincent and Mike
Documentation - IMPORTANT
Bring your passport. You need this to enter Canada and then to reenter the US.
Gas, Tolls, etc.
Since this is a “shared expenses trip” Bert will keep track of tolls, gas, parking, lodging etc. After the trip we will figure out each person’s share.
Weather Contingency Plan
We are going.
Dress warm, we all know the drill.
With just the four of us we will have plenty of room in the van for "stuff"
A checklist has been made up and we will do the traditional evening compilation each night.


Algonquin Park
Huntsville, Ontario
Huntsville Forester (local newspaper)

Amherst Island Owl Woods
Muskoka Bird Board

Simcoe Bird Board
Ontario Listserv
Ontario Birding
Muskoka Field Naturalists
Ontario Field Ornithologists
Ottawa Birding

Weather / Road Conditions
Highway Conditions
Online temperature conversion

Muskoka Snowmobile Region
Canadian Curling Association
3 Guys and a Stove