Winter is officially here to stay, much to the delight of snow-loving outdoor enthusiasts who prefer tramping through the backcountry on snowshoes rather than baking on a crowded beach. Planning a safe, memorable family reunion in Ontario during these challenging times is no walk in the park. Thankfully, a secluded, spacious haven exists along the scenic southern rim of Algonquin Provincial Park: the Algonquin Eco-Lodge, a wholly sustainable, micro-hydro outpost set amid dense woodlands. And there’s no better time for a small-scale family reunion than during winter’s hearth.
There are many ways to explore Southern Ontario’s peaceful Algonquin Park during the wintertime, including cross-country skiing, backcountry snowmobiling, and dog sledding. But there’s nothing quite like tramping through the “unknown” on a self-guided snowshoeing expedition, complete with brief pit stops to behold the beauty, enjoy a snack, and “snap” photographs. For those who own snowshoes, this sport is mostly free of cost—yet another perk.
Every winter, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and Nordic skiers alike trek northerly to the Eco-Lodge for some much-needed time spent amid nature. The air is incredibly clean, the roads are empty, and the woodlands are ruled by the local fauna. To enhance your upcoming escape from Toronto en route to Algonquin Park, we’ve compiled an Eco-Lodge-style winter bucket list.
As autumn fades and winter approaches, countless couples from the Greater Toronto Area begin to brainstorm creative ways to seek romance during the frostiest season of the year. Luckily, Algonquin Eco-Lodge, the ultimate wintertime couples resort in Algonquin Park, is a mere two-hour drive from Toronto’s northerly neighbourhoods. Algonquin Eco-Lodge provides a playful, passionate, and uninhibited alternative to your prototypical resort-like experience, thanks to its remote locale, intimate adventures, and European mountain lodge charm.
While autumn still hasn’t reached its resonant peak here at Algonquin Eco-Lodge, many of us are already thinking about winter’s frosty arrival. Admittedly, we’re daydreaming about soaking in the outdoor hot tub underneath the falling snow, snowmobiling through the powdery backcountry, and embracing the holiday cheer. Winter inside Algonquin Park, especially along its southern rim, is equally crisp, picturesque, and wholly isolated.
The most enjoyable way to plan for autumn’s inevitable, long-awaited arrival is to craft a lengthy fall bucket list, complete with ample outdoor recreation and “leaf-peeping.” There are dozens of ways to observe the many colours of autumn in Canada’s most populated province, such as hiking, canoeing, and apple picking.
Safe, socially-distanced family travel is our number one priority. Thankfully, the team has done a stellar job continuously follow Canada’s cleaning guidelines, prevention methods, and travel advice. Much like the rest of this great country, we’ve adopted. And we’re happy to report that the Eco-Lodge has never been more enticing!
Yes, there are countless well-marked Algonquin Park hikes along the Highway 60 Corridor. However, the southern rim of the park provides true quietude near sustainable, award-winning Algonquin Eco-Lodge. The team at the Eco-Lodge, as well as Call of the Wild, offers guided excursions into the undisturbed heart of the park.
It’s worth remembering that this glorious continent is brimming with possibility, including right here in south-central Ontario’s own backyard. With so many potential Algonquin adventures obtainable at an arm’s length here in the tranquil, densely-forested backcountry, you’ll instantly welcome long-forgotten feelings of rejuvenation, invigoration, and true serenity upon arrival.
As we surge ahead to the summer of 2020, more and more people are searching for alternative methods of outdoor recreation and exploration. One of the fastest-growing recreational activities here in Ontario is the art of geocaching. So, what is geocaching, exactly? In layman’s terms, geocaching is a family-friendly treasure hunt set in the 21st century.