- By plane: about 170 miles (275 km) from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- By car: about 160 miles (255 km) northeast of Toronto
- By bus: Greyhound Bus from Ottawa or Toronto to Maynooth; pickup available through lodge for $30 CAN per person round-trip
- The Kingscote Lake parking lot of Algonquin Provincial Park is 2.3 kilometers from the lodge; if you don't want to carry your luggage during the hike in, luggage transfers are available (an additional $10 CAN/guest).
- Bedrooms are rustic—they include an electric light but no TV or phone, and there is no cell-phone reception.
- All bathrooms and showers are communal and separated by gender. You'll need to bring your own soap, shampoo, and towels.
- Must book by 6/15/12 or promotional value expires
- Must travel by 6/21/12, 7/12/12, or 7/31/12 depending on option purchased
- Not valid 6/15-6/17
- Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
- Limit 2 per visit
- Valid only for option purchased
- Subject to availability
- All cancellations subject to $50 fee
- 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon may apply; 48-hour notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
- Must be 18 or older to check in
- Credit card required at booking and at check-in
- 13% HST and 5% gratuity not included
- See the rules that apply to all deals.
The phrase off the grid is often thrown around to describe a home without WiFi or mail service. Algonquin Eco-Lodge is literally off the grid. Power lines don't reach out this far, so the lodge generates hydroelectric energy from a small waterfall onsite. There's an unwavering commitment to the environment, from low-energy LED lights to meals made from locally-sourced ingredients. Despite the low-impact philosophy, staying here hardly means roughing it, as you'll find out while relaxing in the carbon-neutral hot tub or the wood-fired sauna.
To get here, you'll park at the Eco-Lodge parking lot, near the Kingscote Lake entrance of Algonquin Provincial Park and hike 2.5 kilometers toward the lodge. Along the trail through pine groves, keep an eye out for moose and white-tailed deer. The resident wolf pack is harmless to humans, and the wolves are often close enough for the lodge to host howling sessions, during which a staff member imitates a wolf to see if the pack responds with its own howls.
You'll need to arrive by 7 p.m. for dinner, which might include barbecue chicken or grilled lake fish, with marshmallows roasted over a bonfire for dessert. Beyond the ring of firelight, there's little to no light pollution, so you'll be able to take gaze at the clearly visible Milky Way.
In the main lodge, simple bedrooms are appointed with furnishings fashioned from the same knotted pine as the walls. The decor downstairs is rustic, showcasing antler chandeliers, a cast-iron stove, and wall-mounted fishing rods. After breakfast in the morning, the staff prepares brown-bag lunches ready to tote along for the day's activities.Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario: Pine Forests Dotted with Ponds
Algonquin Provincial Park is Canada's oldest provincial park and Ontario's second largest—at more than 7,500 square kilometers, it's larger than Delaware. That means you can hike the interior for days without seeing a wilderness TV crew. One of the most popular ways to navigate is by portaging, or carrying, a light canoe from one lake to the next. The landscape is speckled with hundreds of ponds formed by retreating glaciers. There's plenty of activity beneath the water as well: with a rod and a license, you can fish for pike, yellow perch, and trout to roast up for dinner.
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