Welcome to Whitney, Ontario, part of the South Algonquin Township (pop. 1,200). Simon and I decided to spend a few nights here on the Valentine’s Day weekend in search of the elusive pine marten in Algonquin Provincial Park. We had great success finding these cute little guys, and came back with thousands of photos.
Since it was -40 degrees Celsius, camping was not super appealing, especially given our lack of winter gear. So we decided to “splurge” on the quaint East Gate Motel. It had heat, so we were happy campers, or should I say motelers.
The town itself is tiny. The main strip is highway 60, and there are really only three places to eat. One is the gas station pizza joint, while across the street is Sherry’s Pizza and, finally, a few doors down is Mad Mushers. We tried out the latter two. The pizza was okay. On Valentine’s Day, we treated ourselves to a sit down dinner at Mad Mushers – and discovered that they serve surprisingly good, comforting food.
We also explored the rest of the town after dinner and discovered a place called The Couples Resort. It is quite an impressive resort, tucked down a side street in the tiny town. Looking it up afterwards, the reviews of this place are top notch. Definitely worth checking out in the future.
What to Do: Photograph pine martens in Algonquin Provincial Park 🙂 Great for landscape photography (very Group of Seven-esque).
Notes: Be aware of the quickly changing weather here. We were privy to a freak snow storm during our dinner at Mad Mushers. Luckily our motel was only a few doors down.