The serenity of the big lakes in Ontario

Oct 13, 2018

From Wanakita summer camp [located in Halliburton, 2h North of Toronto], we drove North and settled on the shores of the Lake of Two Rivers, inside the Algonquin National Park. It’s a wonderful place to chill out, disconnect from the urban world and reconnect with the inner self. 

sweet lake cabin with a red canoe in the Algonquin Park Canada

Although Amalya broke her knee at Killarney Lodge, we enjoyed the serenity of the lake enormously. We’d start the day with a polar bear dip in the fresh waters, feast on enormous pancakes at the restaurant of the lodge, canoe to a little island nearby, and take hikes in the national park.

activities at Killarney Lodge in Ontario, Canada

The cottage with two bedrooms worked well for us five, spacious and facing the lake. Our own red canoe, the warmth of the staff and the scent of pine trees made up for the plain (read: boring) interiors of the cottage.

Of note: some cabins near the road are not as quiet.

canoeing in the calm of the Algonquin Park Lake of Two Rivers

The Arowhon Pines lodge would have been perhaps more happening and atmospheric, but was full anyway. The Bartlett Lodge is another option, further deep inside the park.

canoieng on the lake of two rivers, ontario

Did you know that the Muskoka region, near the Algonquin park, is often called “The Malibu of the North” or “The Hamptons of the North” depending on where you come from?! Summers are lazily spent by Lake Rousseau, hidden away in large mansions, fishing, barbecuing and jumping in the water. Cindy Crawford and Steven Spielberg both have properties in the area, and the best way to arrive is by sea plane … next time maybe *_*

at dawn by the lake of two rivers, algonquin park in Canada

calm and serenity in the Algonquin National Park, Ontario Canada

From the Algonquin Park, it’s about a 3h drive South to Prince Edward County where we headed next. If I was to do it again, I would try to stop for a night or more at the Big Gull Lake Lodge, a beautiful lakefront property. It seems to be rentable as a whole, or by room on airbnb.

These are a few alternatives to experience the wilderness of Canada:

Kenauk, located between Ottawa and Montreal

– Or how about Nimmo Bay Wilderness resort for the ultimate remote experience?! Insane! In the heart of the Great bear Rainforest in British Columbia i.e. on the West Coast of Canada.

– And Fogo Island Inn, which has received enormous praise for its approach to conservation and sustainability. And stunning architecture.

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