My wife and I stayed here from July 1st to July 3rd. Unfortunately the deer flies, horse flies and mosquitoes were so numerous it made hiking pretty much impossible, so we contented ourselves with using the peddle boat and canoe on Moffat pond. We were told that because of the wet spring the insects were exceptionally bad this year.
The lodge is rustic and cozy. Our room was quite small with just enough room for the double bed and a small dressing area. There was no lock on the door but it was not a problem - no one entered our room when we weren't around. Meals were ok but with it being a lodge there were no choices. The first night we had delicious homemade lasagne. For breakfast the next morning we had banana pancakes with real maple syrup. The second night dinner was a rice mixture with vegetables and chicken. Salad and dessert was included with both dinners. Breakfast the last day was scrambled eggs, sausage and hash browns. Included with breakfast is orange juice and coffee or tea. Lunches consisted of sandwiches, granola bars, fruit and apple juice or peach cocktail. Soon after breakfast the lunches are put out on a side table so people can take a lunch and head out for the day. Breakfast is served around 8:45am and dinners are at 7pm.
Though my wife did not sleep well, I found the double bed was very comfortable - I had the best sleep experience of any trip yet. At night the area is very quiet - there were very few night sounds. Evening during the day it was quiet except for the occasional bird call and the sound of the nearby waterfall.
Early one morning we took the paddle boat to the middle of the pond and just sat silently listening to the sounds of nature as it woke to the new day. It was catharctic and somewhat surreal as we heard distant bird calls all around us, as we sat there out on the still pond.
We used the hot tub one afternoon. It is built into the deck area down by the waters edge, so you have a nice view of the pond as you relax in the tub. At night they often have a bonfire, otherwise there is little else to do.
We enjoyed a very relaxing weekend at Algonquin Eco-Lodge and would recommend it to others but I suggest going later in the summer when there are fewer insects.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Algonquin Eco-Lodge is an award winning property on the southern tip of Algonquin Park. Located deep in the forests the Eco-Lodge is a nature enthusiasts dream. Sitting on the shores of a private lake and a cascading waterfall the Lodge is run completely on alternative energy, yet provides all the basic comforts including an outdoor hot tub! It is completely "off-grid", yet the Eco-Lodge creates electricity with a micro-hydro generator running from the waterfall.Algonquin Eco-Lodge won the 2012 Ontario Tourism Award in the Sustainable Tourism category. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Algonquin Eco-Lodge Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario