Wildlife Research Station

  Algonquin Provincial Park  


  Upon your arrival at the WRS, you will be given a tour of all the major aspects of the facility by a member of the staff.  


Researchers are usually housed in small, but beautiful and rustic, two-person lakeside cabins. Each of these cabins contains electric heat, 2 beds, 2 closets, 2 chairs, a desk, a fire extinguisher and smoke detector.


Your cabin is considered your home during your stay and will be treated as such. You are responsible for keeping your living quarters clean. At the very least, we expect you to sweep your floors and empty your garbage cans when needed.




The cookhouse is the centre of social life at the WRS and must be maintained in a clean state at all times; i.e.: books, games, cards, papers, magazines, etc. are put away after their use. Do not leave any personal or research items lying around in the cookhouse.





Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dinner: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Note: All meals are announced by ringing of the historic gong. No one is to start a meal before the sounding of the gong! Subject to enforcement by the cooks.


After all meals, you are responsible for the proper loading of your dishes into the dishwasher. You will be assigned to a dish-group and after dinner the designated dish-group will be responsible for the complete clean up of the kitchen and dining room.



There are four different labs located at the WRS. Your needs and affiliations will determine which lab you will be using. If you are a first-time user of the station, please let the manager know your needs well in advance of your arrival.

By law, all field laboratories must be kept in a clean and sanitary state (Animals for Research Act, regulation 24, section 4, subsections 2-4). The management will make sure laboratories are being maintained in an acceptable condition.

  The WRS provides a washroom complex with a separate bathroom for both men and women. Each bathroom contains two showers, multiple sinks and toilets, and a small amount of space in which you can store personal toiletry items. Additionally, there is a washing machine, clothes line, and a dryer available for use.  
  Internet access and personal computers  

The WRS makes available a dedicated e-mail computer for all researchers, however, there is space to set up personal computers. The space is limited, so laptops are preferred, but accommodations can be made for desktops depending on the time of year and space available.


We are limited to a dial-up internet connection at the station, but high speed internet is available for free at both the Visitor Centre (km marker 43) and the Mad Musher (restaurant in Whitney).

  What to bring  

- Bedding (e.g. sleeping bag, bed sheets, blankets, pillow)

- Alarm clock

- Flashlight and extra batteries

- Clothes for warm and cold weather (layers work best)

- Rain gear

- Swim suit (recommended)

- Appropriate footwear (hiking/work boots, rubbers, sandals)

- Toothbrush and other toiletries, including clothing detergent

- Bug spray

- A sense of humor and/or adventure!

  Last Updated: March 25, 2014  
Wildlife Research Station, P.O. Box 49 Whitney Ontario, K0J 2M0, Canada

Telephone: (705) 633 - 5621 E-mail: wrs@vianet.ca


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