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.
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.
You’d be surprised to learn how many people practice “winter camping” in Ontario’s glorious, frozen tundra. A winter camper must be strong-willed, unusually adventurous, and a tad bit wild. This type of individual would fit right in here at Algonquin Eco-Lodge, a secluded, environmentally-conscious resort hidden in the heart of Ontario’s backcountry. During the winter months, travellers from all walks of life visit our serene respite for a healthy dose of adventure, exploration, and reflection, deep in the midst of Algonquin Park’s loving embrace.
Every winter, hundreds of families and couples escape to our peaceful, eco-friendly slice of Central Ontario for a week of snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. However, most guests are drawn to our Alongquin Park cross-country skiing packages. We’re the only Algonquin lodge to feature over 40 kilometres of groomed Nordic ski trails, which is just one of our many on-site perks!
We gleefully embrace the cold, snow, and seclusion—there’s nothing more invigorating than a full day atop a blazing snowmobile amid dense forestry, rolling hills, and curious wildlife. And, luckily for you and your group, Algonquin Eco-Lodge offers three and five-day snowmobile tours in Ontario through our partner Call of the Wild, the “adventure consultants.”