The actual Christmas in the forest is amazing. Lots of fun activities for the whole family and a weekend of indoor and especially outdoor fun. The Cabins are clean and cozy with lots of room to cozy up with the family. Check in and out is easy and there is ample parking. Basically walk everywhere once you arrive. Meals are included with the package and are steam table, self serve type cafeteria style dining. Saturdays Christmas dinner was very good with Turkey and all the fixings, Ham, Sheppard's pie, deserts and the such. Lunch on Saturday was a spaghetti lunch which was fairly simple. The most disappointing part of the whole weekend was the breakfasts. Very limited selection and almost no effort put into it. Basically boiled eggs, toast, cereals, oatmeal and a slim selection of fruit. I would have figured that it could have been more culturally appropriate. Lets face it, there was two whole sections of the steam table empty. Maybe some scrambled eggs, some sort of meat selection, and for god's sake, at least serve some baked beans. Pancakes would have been nice too. This location is in the heart of the Voyageur route with European contact over 400 years ago with Champlaine. The Lumberjacks living in the area afterwards would have had beans every morning. It is in the Heart of maple syrup country. Maple syrup is a local, ecological and culturally significant food source for the region and would have been a tremendous boost to the breakfast. This is the Ecology centre after all, and having a product that could be made right on the property would have been awesome. I guess the reason that I am harping on the breakfast is that it is very dark early and also quiet because it is a family venue. After all the days outdoor activities and no TV and no Electronics for the kids, it was an early couple of nights and early couple of mornings. A good hearty breakfast would have made all the difference in the world. So overall it is a great experience with a couple of terrible breakfasts included.…
Just got back from a 2 night stay at the Canadian Ecology Centre. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to stay an extra night. For this trip we used our cabin as a base for visiting North Bay. It is a bit of a drive into North Bay so I would recommend there is plenty to do nearby and no need to go to North Bay. We enjoyed the trails in the park and the cabins were warm and cosy and very clean. We were there when the temperature went down to -24 at night which made for beautiful moonlight walks as long as you dress appropriately. We hope to go back as this is a magical place.
I have been impressed every time I have stayed at the Canadian ecology Centre. Friendly Staff, well maintained facilities. Beautiful Setting. Plenty of activities for the Eco traveller. What more could you ask for?
Went with family for a winter getaway. The staff are greatl (tips on things to do, where to go, personal experiences). I did a lot of back and forth with Laura over Facebook when booking and she was so helpful. Once we were there, two staff members gave recommendations for snow-shoeing in the park.The cabins are clean, functional and spacious. The area is gorgeous and great for hiking/snowshoeing. Would recommend. Only downside is who else is occupying the other cabins and when you meet them in the kitchen. Some people are tidy and others are not, but there is nothing the CEC can do about that. The kitchen space is great for cooking and eating your meals in overall.
We've been to the Christmas in the Forest event 2x now. It's a fabulous tradition, seeing Santa at the campfire and taking a walk down candy cane lane. The cabin is perfect for our family of 4. The turkey dinner is also great, minus the simulated bacon bits.