Hand Feeding Elk in Northern Ontario

18 February, 2018 5 comments Leave a comment

My husband John and I had another amazing adventure for Valentine's Day, which is also our wedding anniversary. We got to hand feed a herd of elk!

Karen Richardson hand feeding an elk

How did this come about, you ask? Well, we drove about 8 hours north of where we live, to stay at Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa in Timmins, Ontario for 3 nights. Here is a photo of John with our truck, trailer, and snowmobile, with the resort in the background.

Unloading our snowmobile at Cedar Meadows Resort

Our resort package included breakfasts and dinners in the dining room and use of the  Nordic Baths in the Spa. The resort has an excellent chef, so the food was beautifully prepared and presented. I had a tour of the Spa, which was very high end. The Nordic Baths were two outdoor pools - one hot and one cool, in the Finnish tradition. I never imagined I would be swimming outdoors in a Canadian winter, but enjoyed the pools, as well as the steam room and sauna. Very rejuvenating.

On Valentine's Day, we went for a morning snowmobile ride on the local trails, which were well groomed, wide and flat. Then at 3 pm, we joined the daily wagon tour through Cedar Meadows Wildlife Park, which is adjacent to the resort.

We had an amazing time, hand feeding the elk herd. We also met Brutus, their 2,500-lb bison, and heard about Felix, their resident bull moose, but Felix was taking the day off in the back of the property and we didn't get to meet him.

I made this 3-minute video of the highlights of our elk-feeding experience:

We enjoyed a four-course Valentine's dinner that evening, and the next day traveled by snowmobile to Iroquois Falls and back. The terrain is surprisingly flat in that region and the weather was cloudy and dull, so I didn't get many interesting scenery photos. But I did get this quick shot of the Frederick House River as we traversed the bridge.

Frederick House River, Timmins

On the fourth day of our trip, we headed back home to Lindsay under sunny skies. We passed through the beautiful Temagami region during our drive, and I took some decent photos of the white pines along the highway. These majestic trees find their way into many of my northern landscape paintings.

White Pines in the Temagami region of Ontario

If you would like more information about the resort, here is their website https://cedarmeadows.com/

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  1. Diane Czajkowski February 22, 2018

    Interesting, fantastic, and enjoyable! Beautiful creatures the Elks are. What gorgeous scenery. As Canadians we sure have some real pretty amazing places to explore. Thank you for sharing Karen. Continue to enjoy all your ventures! ?

  2. Janet Love February 21, 2018

    Thank you Karen for this email. You are so blessed with the ability to participate in all the adventures in your life. And for the kindness of sharing them with us..

  3. Jane February 21, 2018

    What a beautiful gift & experience! The elk are so regal & gentle & quite magnificent….

  4. Wendy MInto February 20, 2018

    Happy Anniversary!
    Sorry but I have to ask this. Was elk on the dinner menu? :)

  5. Anne Paré February 20, 2018

    Lovely video Karen, and thanks for sharing your great trip!