Now the cold winter evenings are here, I think back with warmth to my one and only break in a busy summer. My work had kept me in the city with only business calls and a couple of weddings as excursions. By late summer I really needed a break - not a long holiday with the complexities of planning, airports and passports - but a quiet pause, a change from the pace I'd been running at. What better, I thought, than some peace and quite in the wilderness of Algonquin Park. As my camping days are probably all behind me now, I sort out more comfortable options!
I had travelled through the park on several occasions and noted that there were just three Lodges actually inside the Park, in fact I had dined at two of them and checked out the ambiance and accommodations there some years before. Instead, after looking at their website, I thought I would book in at Killarney Lodge for two nights.
I arrived around mid afternoon already thinking this was a good idea as the drive to the Lodge was relaxing and the first splashes of brilliant Fall colours showed off that impressive landscape.
I was warmly welcomed and took a cabin on the lake side of the little peninsular and set out to look around the property. My first impressions were of a charming, casually placed log cabins scattered around the larger than expected property. The main building, a solid log structure housing reception and cosy dining room dated from the 1930s and other structures and guest cabins dated from that time on, though maintaining the same look and feel and all painted in the surprisingly appropriate black wood stain with red trim. I did look at different configurations in a couple of other cabins, but settled on the one recommended. The cabin was a good size with a cosy sitting area, an enormous (and comfortable) bed, a well appointed bathroom and… a spectacular view from the windows, side door and spacious deck where I would spend several hours over the following days. I didn't expect - or want - an overly luxurious suite with TV, radio, minibar, telephone and "Do Not Disturb" sign. I had come to enjoy the wilderness, not be isolated form it! In any case the only sounds that might 'disturb' me would be from the wildlife - and loons can't read. Instead I found canoe paddles, a life jacket, some eclectic pictures and good bed sheets in a spotless and shiny cabin.
Items from the menu, hearty or light, were excellent - cooked well and nicely presented. After a day or two of fresh air, exercise and deep sleep, my appetite was almost a match for such generous portions.
Using the complimentary pass, I did some gentle exploring of the Park, the Visitor Centre, a couple of hikes with spectacular views, spotted moose, a dawn and a sunset paddle on the lake, read a little, napped a little, bought a couple of items from the Lodge gallery.
I also stayed an extra night!
I might point to the facilities, the comfort or the outright charming and friendly service, the owners - Eric's mine of enthusiastic information and Poppy's warmth and good humour. I might say it was the beautiful Algonquin Park, the wildlife, the still and starry nights… What I think I found on the trip was peace and quiet - MY peace and quiet and that's what I brought home with me.
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