Moose in Algonquin Park

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

March 10th, 2010



I invited you to send me your pictures of moose and was delighted to hear from Clint Gilders, who shot (or should I say he photographed) these large creatures in Algonquin Park last year. You can view more of Clint’s photos and his cool Map of Algonquin Wildlife Sightings on Flickr. Thanks for sharing Clint.

This little calf was on the side of an Algonquin Park back road with its mom. Both animals were very patient with the group of photographers and other onlookers who happened upon them. We were able to slowly make our way to within 4 to 5 metres of the pair There was a tense moment when I attempted one of my shooting position changes. I slowly stepped behind a tree on my way to a different vantage point. As I stepped out, I snapped a twig. Mom didn't like that. She pinned her gaze on me and gave a snort. I needed nothing more to know I had overstepped and needed to move away.


I think this was my favourite moose to photograph. He was so calm and allowed us to slowly make our way very close to him.

6:19 a.m. on our second spring day in Algonquin Provincial Park. Moments after turning out of the Canisbay Lake Campground and heading east on Hwy 60, we spotted two moose in the ditch on the south side of the road. Both were bulls, one slightly larger than the other. The light was challenging so early in the day, but I did manage to eke out a few photos.



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Penny Caldwell

Summer Cottager

Mar. 14, 2010

12:52 pm

Thanks for the comment Nick. In a recent Cottage Q&A, Jackie Davis wrote about what to do if you encounter a moose on the road


Mar. 14, 2010

10:46 am

If you do see a moose on the road in front of you, don't try to get it to move out of the way by inching up on it or blowing your horn. I've heard they can do much damage to a car or van if they get irritated.

Penny Caldwell

Summer Cottager

Mar. 13, 2010

5:18 pm

I was amazed when I saw my first moose—in Cape Breton just last summer. My daughter actually caught a glimpse as we drove by on the highway. It was resting by the river in a valley below the road. We did a u-turn and went back to see it. The moose ignored us.


Mar. 12, 2010

11:39 am

I have never seen a moose. Well, that's not entirely true. I saw a young moose [about the size of a small horse] in a field once. To me, that didn't count. I hope to some day see a full-sized, mega-moose....preferably not on the highway when I'm driving!! These pics are great! They are stunning animals.

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