Back in August 2016 my sister, cousin and I were able to take some time for ourselves for this amazing horseback excursion! It is offered in partnership between the Algonquin Eco-Lodge and South Algonquin Trails Inc. and provides a seamless package that includes delicious meals and comfortable cabin-style accommodation. The three of us are intermediate to advanced riders and our horse guide tailored our ride to fit our level. I am so happy to see they are still going strong in 2021 and highly recommend every horse rider to partake in this experience!
My wife an I stayed two nights at the Ecolodge. It was an excellent time. It's a rustic weekend at a lodge off the grid, but at the same time, it was very comfortable and relaxing. Robin and his help were very accommodating: they explained the area, where we should ski and snowshoe, laid out the eating timetable and rules of the lodge, and served us great food. It's not a 5star resort with people waiting on all your needs, it's just a great weekend away.
Beautiful setting within the park. Wonderful hiking trails with picturesque vistas and a nice little lake to canoe on. Food was good enough - nothing fancy but tasty and more than sufficient. The lodge is rustic which is not problematic but the cleanliness left much to be desired. Our room had thick layers of dust and there were mice. Lots of mice. No visible pest control program was visible. If the place was cleaned and an extermination program was established, I think it would have been very good.
If you are looking for a place to escape the city, and get right into nature this is the place. The Lodge is on beautiful pond where you can swim, canoe and there is even a paddle boat. The evening beaver watching was unforgettable. There are trails where you can hike or go horseback riding. The staff at the lodge are excellent company and nature experts which adds to the experience!
I loved going to this lodge as a kid, and now that I am older, I appreciate it even more. It has the best of both worlds: beautiful and memorable outdoor wilderness experiences (such as snowshoeing/hiking, awesome lookouts, and a Polar Dip), plus many luxuries that make the time there relaxing and rejuvenating (such as delicious meals, a sauna, and an outdoor hot tub with a view of the lake). The owner Robin and the trail guides are always very friendly and fun to talk to. The eco-lodge is also better priced than all of the other Algonquin Park lodges I know of, and a shorter driving distance from Ottawa and Toronto. I can't recommend highly enough. We are planning to go back again this summer!