Province/Territory: Ontario

Rendez-vous at a 120-year-old wilderness cabin

  • 08 kms of trails
  • 120-year-old cabin
  • 1000s of stars

Hike, bike, paddle, look, listen. Embark on the Algonquin Park Explorer’s Cabin Experience and discover the nature and wildlife of Canada’s most iconic wilderness park. Retreat into remote forest, 20 kilometres from the nearest town. Rise early to paddle a river in the mist. Go on a hike to spot moose or track foxes or wolves.
Visit in winter and escape on a three-hour dogsled excursion. When your day is done, relax in a wood-fired sauna and cool down with an invigorating jump in the lake or a roll in the snow. Then rendezvous at a 120-year-old cabin. Savour a meal of organic and local produce prepared by an award-winning chef and revel in the teachings and stories of naturalist guides. Afterwards slip outside and take in the breathtaking sight of more stars than you’ve ever seen before. End your day tucked under a feather duvet, drifting off to the distant call of a loon.

Why you should visit

• Unplug and experience off-grid living within the vibrant and colourful biosphere of Algonquin Provincial Park.
• Canoe or kayak the same serene lake that Tom Thomson, world-renowned Canadian artist, once paddled and painted.
• Hike or bike the diverse woodlands.
• Spy a moose, deer, bear, fox, wolf, loon or great blue heron.
• Savour scrumptious meals of locally-grown produce and organic meats—such as artisanal pizzas cooked in an outdoor wood-fired oven—all prepared by an award-winning chef.
• Kick back with a glass of regional wine in front of a roaring fire; listen for the call of a loon or howl out to a wolf in the distance.
• End each day with a stint in a lakefront wood-fired sauna; share stories around the fireplace in a century-old Humble Hearth log cabin; hear local legends and lore from engaging and knowledgeable guides.

Weather

• Warm summer weather extends from late May until late September.
• Winter, from December until April, brings cold weather and snow, great for cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoeing.
• Spring stretches from late March until early June, and brings milder temperatures.
• Fall, from late-September to November, brings cooler weather, making Algonquin Park ablaze with colour as the leaves turn.
• Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

• Dates, Prices & Booking.
• Open year round
• Reservations are required.
• Guests must be 14 years of age or older.

When to go

• A visit in the spring and early summer affords you the best chance to see moose.
• The summer months of July and August bring the warmest temperatures--ideal for when you want to cool off after a hike or paddle with a refreshing dip in the lake.
• In August the wolf packs are travelling with their pups and are most likely to howl back when you call out to them at night.
• In the fall months of September and early October the forest leaves are ablaze in stunning hues of yellow, orange and red.
• In winter the park glistens with tranquility; snow is everywhere and with it the opportunity to go dog sledding, try cross country skiing or snowshoeing, follow wildlife tracks and skate under the stars.

Need to know

• Groups can be accommodated.
• Guests are responsible for clothing and apparel; bicycles, boats and other outdoor equipment is provided by operator.
• Northern Edge Algonquin is located in a rural, forested setting with terrain that may be challenging for those who use wheelchairs or have physical impairments; personal attendants are advisable.
• The lodge is off-grid, with solar-electric power; some restrictions on personal electronic devices may apply.
• Special dietary needs can be accommodated; no previous outdoor adventure experience is necessary.

Getting Here

• Northern Edge Algonquin is located near the town of South River; a three-hour drive north of Toronto, Ontario.
• The closest international airport is the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with rental vehicles available
Shuttle bus service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to South River is available
• Taxi service or public transit is available from South River to Northern Edge Algonquin's Lodge.