I recently returned from Harkness Labratory of Fisheries Research in Algonquin Park. Our section at work was looking for an inexpensive option to hold a two day staff meeting and since it’s a government owned facility that focuses on Ontario fisheries, it was perfect. By the way, I should mention that I work for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in the fisheries policy section which oversees the management of commercial and recreational fisheries in the province.
Harkness is one of Canada’s oldest field research stations. They pride themselves as being a centre of excellence of aquatic ecology research since the 1930s. The history is evident from the moment you enter the station. It is made up of several buildings including a boathouse, cabins, cook house, class room, and a laboratory and others which I’m sure I’m missing. It was first opened in 1936 as part of the Department of Zoology with the University of Toronto until 1961 when the ownership was transferred to the then Department of Lands and Forests (now Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources).* The proud history is displayed in the numerous historical photos that cover the interior walls in a lot of the buildings. It’s such a fantastic place that few people who travel throughout the park even know about let alone would ever get to visit. It’s a privilege to get to visit such an important site in the history of fish management in the province.
Anyways, enough sappy history stuff and on to the photography part of this post. After dinner I had some free time to kill, so I decided to wander around the property snapping some photos. Below are a couple of my favourites.
* This information was taken from the Harkness web site.