Upon your arrival at the AWRS, you will be given a tour of the facility by a member of the staff. Bunk cabins, cottages, lab spaces, a classroom and storage areas are in place to suit a wide variety of needs


Cabins on site range from 10 person bunk cabins to two bedroom cottage style cabins with a small common area. Most researchers housed in small, but beautiful and rustic, two-person lakeside cabins.

All cabins have electricity and heat. A number of outhouses and a centralized bathhouse are available nearby.


There are three lab buildings located at the AWRS. 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). Management will make sure laboratories are being maintained in an acceptable condition.


The cookhouse is the centre of social life at the AWRS. The dinning hall is graced with a wood fireplace, piano, couches, shelves filled with books and board games. You might just recognize the face of an old friend our wall of group photos dating back to the 1940’s! A games room with a pingpong table is located on the other side of the building.


The AWRS provides a washroom complex with two bathrooms. Each bathroom contains two showers, multiple sinks, and toilets. Additionally, there is a washing machine, dryer, and clothes line available for use. A number of outhouses are discretely spread across the premises.


Breakfast: 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dinner: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All meals are served buffet style and announced by ringing of the historic gong.

*meal times are approximate and can be shifted to best accommodate the majority of users. If you are unable to attend the pre-determined meal times a serving will be set aside for you. Packed lunches can be made available upon request before arrival. We are able to accommodate for most dietary restrictions and allergies. However we must be informed at least a week in advance so we are able to incorporate your needs into our menu.

All are expected to help clean-up after dinner.

Internet access

There is currently no WIFI available at the AWRS. High speed internet is available at the Algonquin Visitor Centre (KM marker 43, Highway 60) and in many cafés in nearby towns (Whitney, Dwight or Huntsville).

What to bring

In preperation for your arrival the Station manager will send you a list of items that we highly recommend that everyone bring as well as those that are season specific.

Some recommended items include:

  • Bedding
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Clothes for all sorts of weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Toothbrush and other toiletries, including clothing detergent
  • Insect jacket or spray
  • Camera
  • A sense of humor and adventure!

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