Northern Ontario is known for its abundant freshwater, rugged landscapes, world-class fishing and rich boreal forests. But it’s not just the natural wonders that will leave you amazed. The array of one-of-a-kind accommodation experiences set against Ontario’s most iconic landscapes make it easy to explore some of the most unique parts of the province. If you are the type of traveller who loves to make your vacation home-away-from-home as memorable as possible, we recommend adding these resorts, lodges, boutique hotels and yurts to your Canadian travel to-do list.
KILLARNEY MOUNTAIN LODGE
Nestled in the LaCloche Mountains – the white quartzite rock formations that were once painted by the Group of Seven – Killarney Mountain Lodge is in the heart of one of Ontario’s most beautiful natural regions. Whether you are looking for an action-packed trip with paddling excursions and hikes, or want to unwind by the pool, a stay here has something for everyone.
(Image Credit: Killarney Mountain Lodge)
ALGOMA’S WATER TOWER INN AND SUITES
Sault Ste Marie is the gateway to a memorable trip on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, a one-day rail adventure into the heart of the Canadian wilderness. While the journey into the canyon is stunning, one of the highlights of the day is the stop at Canyon Park – which is only accessible by rail or hiking trail. Watch for waterfalls, and wow-factor lookouts on your one-and-a-half-hour stopover in the canyon. At the end of a busy day exploring, the Water Tower Inn is the perfect retreat after your adventure, and its resort feel (complete with 4 pools!) makes it the perfect place to unwind after your train tour.
On remote the twenty-seven mile long Esnagi Lake you’ll find Lodge 88, home to some Ontario’s best fishing for walleye, northern pike, perch, and whitefish. Choose from fly-in or train-in wilderness packages and enjoy the comforts of home in the fishing lodge or one of the 4 multi-bedroom cabins. The lodge has a rich family heritage: three generations of the MacLachlan Family have welcomed guests since they first opened their doors in 1959.
(Image Credit: Lodge 88)
THE COURTHOUSE HOTEL
Thunder Bay‘s waterfront is known for its outstanding views of the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. This summer Thunder Bay welcomes The Courthouse, a new boutique hotel with outstanding views of the waterfront. Housed in a historic courthouse, the hotel makes the perfect jumping off point for exploring the city, hiking in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, visiting the Fort William Historical Park, or checking out the “Niagara of the North” – Kakabeka Falls.
A collection of fly-in lodge and outpost cabins tucked in the boreal forest of Northwest Ontario: Wilderness North offers authentic Canadian adventures & world class angling. Want to access some of Ontario’s most remote wilderness? Wilderness North also offers guided canoe trips in to Wabakimi Provincial Park, home to 2,000 kilometres of lake and river routes and some excellent white-water paddling with opportunities for wildlife viewing and sport fishing.
THE BUFFALO FARM
Located on a 500-acre farm near Mattawa, Ontario, this wilderness retreat has a variety of luxury yurt rentals, so you can immerse yourself in nature, while still enjoying the comforts of home. The yurts sit on the banks of the Amable du Fond river, with two private beaches on the property. And yes, you will see real buffalo at this animal sanctuary!