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Reviewed June 23, 2015

My friend and I just came back from our third (now annual tradition!) weekend away at Northern Edge Algonquin. Once again, the food was delicious, the other guests were interesting to talk to, and our guides Jeff and Kim were open any of the activities the guests were interested in trying.

In previous years we have done canoe day trips, hiking to look for wildlife, bike rides. This year we spent a lot of our time learning how and then exploring the lake by stand-up paddle-boarding. Also this year, Jeff and Kim took some guests out by car and truck to some areas where the moose would normally be spotted, and we were lucky and got a brief glimpse of a cow and calf. I can't lie, the mosquitoes were quite active this weekend, but the weather was amazing! There are ways to make everything work though, and being on the water the only bugs were the dragonflies, so it didn't really matter. Plus they have a few bug suits that others used to go bike riding. Another great thing to do was the wood-fired sauna they had going on Saturday night, and we all did a few rounds in the sauna followed by running into the lake to cool down.

If you are looking for an opportunity to choose whether to be active, or to relax, be fed very very well, get a chance to explore the Algonquin area, and are looking for something a little more down to earth and eco-friendly, this place is for you! We stayed in one of the small canvas cabins up in the woods. They are small, cozy and have no heat or electricity, so come prepared.

Tips - Don't forget your flashlight. Plan to get wet. And expect to be happily tired and ready for bed early!

Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2015

Hi Andie,
Thank you for taking the time to share your story. It's always special when guests like you find reasons to visit again and again. Every season has a story.

Cheers!
Todd.

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Reviewed June 21, 2015

I had a wonderful time @ Northern Edge the beginning of June to attend a Yoga Retreat and what a magical weekend it was. The beautiful surroundings right on a lake with nooks, restful areas to reflect,go within & contemplate. Which is just what I did. Plus swimming in the lake @ 4:30 in the morning under a full moon with the am mist at a distance then followed by dawn yoga & breakfast was just bliss. A dream place to just turn off completely and just be. The staff were all very welcoming and
friendly. The food was superb. The accommodation in the cabins were more than adequate.Was sad to leave will just have to go back again.

Janine Rhodes, Ottawa

Date of stay: June 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2015

Hi Janine,
Thank you for sharing your story. We hope everyone feels at home with us as you do. We look forward to a future visit.

Todd.

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Reviewed June 20, 2015

Northern Edge Algonquin is like a home away from home. At least that's how the Lucier's and the staff of Northern Edge make you feel. From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave -- you are family.

There is plenty to do and see and experience while at the edge. Activities include sauna, water sports (kayak, canoe, SUP), crafting in the steward's shop, gardening, relaxing, hiking, yoga, campfire etc etc etc. The food is divine and a true expression of the slow food movement. Made from locally sourced organic ingredients Gregor makes your taste buds come alive with the perfect combination of flavour, spice, and love. #trustinthegregor. Family style dining reconnects you not only to the people around you, but the pleasure of dining and conversation!

If you prefer to be closer to nature, the canvas cabins are the best choice, but if you need a washroom during the night, pay the extra $$ for a cabin (peat eco toilet, running water). Go to the edge, push yourself to the limits and see how much you can accomplish in just a few short days.

Driving Tip: Just keep driving, follow the signs, eventually you will find your way to paradise. When you think about turning back, keep going forward, eventually you will arrive at the edge.

Other tips: Bring lots of eco-friendly bug spray (mosquitos are hungry!), a flashlight (you have never seen darkness like this before), and bathing suit/towels for the sauna and swimming in one of the best lakes ever!

Date of stay: June 2015
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3  Thank Meaghan W
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2015

Hi Meaghan,
Our home is your home! Thank you for sharing the #trustingregor tag. He is certainly a special character who brings much flavour to mealtime . . . and not just in the food he presents.

We hope to see you again soon.

~ Todd.

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Reviewed June 18, 2015

I had the pleasure of visiting this location for the first time during a spiritual retreat centred around yoga, meditation, great food and fantastic accommodations. The entire experience is so well integrated with themes of ecological awareness, aboriginal spirituality, healthy eating, outdoor experiences, pushing one's boundaries and whatever mix of solitude and togetherness suits you.

I am so hopeful to return. It's like visiting the world's best cottage in a stunning location, totally unplugged and oh so enjoyable. Special thanks to the Lucier family, Chef Gregor, Gwenith, Carly and Vicki for such a phenomenal adventure and growth opportunity!

Room tip: Well worth the extra cost to have a cabin with a small indoor bathroom included (composting toilet and running water in the sink).
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Edge on TripAdvisor. . . and thank you for your words of wisdom #trustinthegregor!

WE certainly do!
Gregor's level of care in the kitchen is a vital part of the guest experience at the Edge.

We hope you can visit again soon.

Todd.

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Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Northern Edge is an absolutely beautiful magical place! We had such an amazing yoga retreat weekend with Devinder Kaur and everything was perfect. The cabins are beautiful, the setting and surroundings are gorgeous and the food was AMAZING! I also love the sauna and will definitely go back again - highly recommended.

Date of stay: June 2015
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2  Thank Lynn C
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toddlesbycanoe, Owner at Northern Edge Algonquin, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2015

Hi Lynn,
Thank you for writing to share your experience of staying at the Edge for a recent retreat experience. We do our best to ensure guests like you have a meaningful and memorable stay at our Algonquin Park home.

We hope to see you again soon,
Todd.

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