Experience true Canadian wilderness at these top hotels in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, where you can hike, kayak and spot wildlife from cozy wood cabins in the forest.
Algonquin Provincial Park showcases Canada’s natural wonders in all their glory – think glittering lakes and thick forests teeming with wildlife, including moose, loons and bears. This area of pristine wilderness is the perfect place to unplug; stay in one of these top hotels in Algonquin Provincial Park to experience it for yourself.
This luxurious resort, set on the shores of Golden Lake, is located 45 minutes from the east gate of Algonquin. The focus here is on peace and restoration, with a full-service spa and newly-renovated rooms, some of which have Jacuzzi tubs. For self-catering options, book a chalet or cottage, featuring three beds and fitted with a wood stove, kitchen and lake-front BBQ deck.
Choose Oakview Lodge, built in the 1940s, if you’re after a typical Canadian lakeside retreat. Painted cottages lie on the shores of Little Hawk Lake in the Algonquin Highlands, a mecca for fishing and watersports. Take a complimentary canoe, kayak or paddleboard for a spin in summer, and, come winter, opt for snowshoeing or snowmobiling on one of the nearby trails. Your stay includes a full breakfast at the Oakview Lodge and Marina.
Family-friendly fun awaits at the Greystone – be it canoe and paddleboat trips on Golden Lake, splashing around in the outdoor pool or navigating hiking and biking trails. This boutique resort offers a range of cottages and cabins that cater to groups, with up to three bedrooms, kitchens and covered lake-view patios. Some have access to a private beach and dock, while the Western Cottage comes with child-friendly bunk beds.
This affordable motel occupies a prime position just 15 minutes from Algonquin Park’s west gate, which is next to Spring Lake. Run by the Pobojewski family, there’s a Polish twist, with home-cooked cabbage rolls available at the restaurant. The contemporary rooms cater for up to six people and include satellite TV and wifi. You’ll also have access to all the traditional outdoor perks, such as a sandy beach with canoes and kayaks.
Looking for accommodation outside of Algonquin Provincial Park? Book into the Four Seasons, which offers two pale-wood cabins set 20km (12mi) from the park’s east gate. Each one has two bedrooms and a modern feel, with a fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace and a picnic area. Star features include direct access to a multi-use trail that runs around the park, as well as all the hiking, biking and fishing you can handle.
Stay with local couple Don and Jessie in their unusual, 12-sided home in the Algonquin Highlands, just 40 minutes from the park. The couple loves to share its 136-acre (55ha) forest estate, which boasts an active beaver pond, wetlands and trails. The three ensuite guest rooms – Blueberry, Cranberry and Sleigh – have patio doors that open onto decks. Mingle with guests in the fireplace lounge, enjoy the rooftop solarium with hot tub, and, in the summer, cool-off on the BBQ pool deck.
Enjoy an adult summer camp vibe at Arowhon Pines, a resort on the shores of Little Joe Lake in Algonquin Park. Fill your days with hiking and canoeing or SUP trips, play some tennis, or relax on the swimming deck. Cabins with wood-burning fires and chess sets are scattered around the property, while all-inclusive meals are served in the main lodge. By night, you can unwind in the sauna, watch the stars around a campfire or play Ping-Pong in the games room.
Northern Edge, in the forests north of Muskoka, specializes in all-inclusive nature and yoga retreats. Guests stay in communal or private wooden cabins, sharing buffet-style meals. Expect evenings talking around the fire pit, pontoon meditation sessions and detoxing trips to the wood-fired sauna. Northern Edge also has an emphasis on sustainability, with organic food and composting toilets, and is known as the largest solar-powered retreat in Canada.