Contacting the Arrow River Forest Hermitage

[radio telephone tower]


This is our preferred method of communication.

Abbot, Punnadhammo Bhikkhu

Treasurer of ARFH (click me twice)

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(647) 477-5919

This is a VoIP phone with Vonage Canada, going through our satellite internet link. There is a noticable pause of several seconds before the voice connection is established. Once established, quality is mediocre.

Because the phone is problematic, please use only as a last resort. Email is our preferred means of contact.

Voice Mail

We also have voicemail so we should be easier to reach than in the past. Please leave a message. Be sure to leave an email address also.
We are notified of voice messages via email from Vonage so it may take us several days to respond.

Snail Mail

The Arrow River Forest Hermitage
634 Hartland Street
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 2E6

Donate to the Hermitage

Please go to the Dana Page for information about how you can support the Arrow River Forest Hermitage

Location of the Hermitage

Physical Location

48 03' N x 89 45' W

Province of Ontario, Devon Township, Concession 3, Lots 14 &15

Directions to the Hermitage

We are on Hiway #593 which is a sideroad off Ontario Highway 61 near the Minnesota border. The closest city is Thunder Bay, Ontario. Instructions for reaching the Centre:

From Thunder Bay: Starting at the west end of Arthur St, follow Highway 61 south toward the American border; turn right onto Highway 593 (the Devon Road.) Stay on 593, following the Devon Road approx 20 km - (as a landmark, the center is about 5 km past the Pardee Road turnoff.) If you cross a bridge you have gone 5 km too far. [map]

From Toronto: Quickest route is via Thunder Bay. Follow Highway 11-17 (the Trans-Canada) through the city and continue on to Highway 61 (at the top of Arthur St), see directions from Thunder Bay.

From Winnipeg and points west: Follow Highway 11-17 until just east of Kakabeka Falls and turn right onto Highway 588. Turn onto Highway 593 at Silver Mountain. The center is about 30 km south. It is 5 km past the third bridge you will cross, if you come to the Pardee Road turnoff you have gone 5 km too far.

From the USA: Follow US 61 North from Duluth. This becomes Ontario 61 at the border. Turn left on to the Devon Road (Highway 593) which is the first side road after the border. See directions from Thunder Bay.

You can't miss us! Look for a big open field with a log cabin and a radio antenna mast. (About half-way up 593, on your right if you are driving north from Highway 61). Watch for the Arrow River sign in the field. The driveway is about a hundred yards further north.

IMPORTANT NOTE - if you are driving here, there is no place to get gasoline after Thunder Bay.


If you are considering a visit to Arrow River, please go to the vistor's section of this web-site for detailed information and instructions.

Please be advised that space is limited and it is best to reserve well in advance, particularly in the summer.

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