Our history

Founded in 1944, the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS) was first an entity of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests (now Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). The facility and associated Wildlife Research Area of Algonquin Provincial Park was to serve as an outdoor lab for ecological research. Following provincial government budget cuts in the early 1980s, operations of the AWRS were assumed by numerous Ontario universities. The AWRS was incorporated as an independent Canadian not-profit organization in 2010.

Since the 1940s, the Station has acted as the home to influential long-term ecological of research projects and an inspiring classroom to thousands of students.


A detailed page that explains our rich history is under construction. Please check back soon to learn more.

Under construction

With our 75th anniversary, we are drafting a commemorative history article with accompanying photos that will appear on this page. In the interim, we thank you for your patience!

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