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3 Day Wilderness Horseback Riding Holiday in Algonquin Park, Ontario

Algonquin Eco-Lodge, 3594 Elephant Lake Road, Moffat Pond, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

Canada Horseback Riding Holiday

Come and experience the grandeur of Algonquin Park in one of the most exciting and natural ways possible! Explore the forest trails, the meandering creeks, and the countless lakes while on the back of a majestic horse. This is a great trip for both experienced and novice riders, as guidance and instruction will be given, if needed, as you journey through the wilderness!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 250 pounds / 113 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 to 16.3 hands
  • Tack Type: Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Paints, Quarter Horses, Draft Crosses, Appys

Highlights

  • 3 days of guided horseback riding
  • Riding instructions for those who require it
  • Use of canoes, sauna, and paddleboats at the eco-lodge
  • Bonfire and Wolf Howl program by request
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

The Algonquin Eco-Lodge, located on the southern border of Algonquin Park, only three hours away from Toronto or Ottawa, is a wilderness enthusiasts’ dream! During the summer or winter, there is always plenty of things to do and see at the wilderness lodge. With over 40 kilometers of groomed track set and wilderness trails inside Algonquin Park, the Algonquin Eco-Lodge is the best Algonquin Park lodge or hotel for cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, hiking, and canoeing.

In fact, the eco-lodge has one of the largest single trail systems in Southern Ontario and offers one of the best wilderness experiences in Canada; and the fall colors are truly spectacular! Hiking the trails or paddling a canoe on the private lake in the autumn is an unforgettable way to experience Algonquin Park.

It has the feel and atmosphere of a European mountain lodge and is one of the most secluded lodges or hotels in Algonquin Park. In fact, your experience begins with a leisurely two and a half-kilometer walk, cycle, or ski (about 25 minutes) through Algonquin Park to reach the front doors. Don’t worry, your luggage can be transferred for you (optional).

Things such as indoor plumbing, hot showers, an outdoor wood-fired sauna, and even a carbon neutral hot tub (the only one in southern Ontario) heated by electricity from their own waterfall are available. With 17 private bedrooms, there is more than enough space to comfortably hold 34 people. If you are looking for a “digital detox” vacation, then the eco-lodge is the place for you!

Since it is so far in the Algonquin Park forest that there are no phone lines, no internet service, and even cell phones don’t work, you are guaranteed that “work” can’t get a hold of you. You have no excuse now but to enjoy the company of your family and friends, play a board game with your spouse, or join other guests toasting marshmallows around the campfire. So leave your laptops and phones at home and bring that book you’ve been meaning to read!

All this, plus the extensive groomed wilderness trail network, a private 30-acre (12.5 hectares) lake complete with a family of beavers and even a resident wolf pack makes a visit to the eco-lodge an experience to remember and one of the best ways to explore Algonquin Park.

Please note that the bedrooms are basic and cozy. There are no TV, phone, or coffee machine in the room but there is an electric light and a comfortable custom-built bed. Women and men’s bathrooms and showers are shared.

Late Arrivals

If you will be arriving after dark, please ensure that each person has a flashlight as the walk in is VERY dark. Also, since dinner is served until 7 p.m., please eat before you arrive if it will be later than that. In order for the staff to be able to collect your luggage, you must check-in by 10 p.m., if you arrive after this time, please carry in what you need for the night and remember that there is a two and a half-kilometer hike through the dark forest.

The staff usually goes to bed at 11 p.m. so the building will be dark, but they will leave a note on the counter for you with your room number. The rest of your luggage will be collected in the morning. Check-out is 12 p.m. though you are welcome to use the trails as long as you like, at your own risk.

Laundry Service

In keeping with the eco-lodge's environmental policies and minimizing the footprint on the environment, they do not change your bedsheets every day. Sheets are changed and laundered once the guests check-out. This reduces each person's footprint in terms of the amount of water and detergent required.

Similarly, guests should bring their own soap and shampoo, as well as towels, since you can wash your own towel at home with your regular load of laundry, again reducing your environmental impact.

Trail to the Lodge

From the parking lot, walk past the steel gate that marks the border of Algonquin Park. You will walk about 200 meters and then arrive at an intersection (at Little Mink Lake). Take the trail to the right and follow it for 2.3 kilometers (about 20 minutes). When you come to the small/medium sized hill you are nearly there! Just go up the hill and the eco-lodge is the second building. The trail is all flat, except for the hill, and easy to walk.

Program

Along the way, keep a watchful eye for signs of the numerous animals that live in the park. It is possible to see beavers, white-tailed deer, moose, otters, or maybe even a rare glimpse of a wolf in the distance! It is often easier to see animals from horseback because you will be traveling in a quiet and natural fashion.

At the end of each day, you will return to the cozy comforts of the eco-lodge where you can relax on the deck, go for a swim in the private 30-acre lake, take a canoe for a paddle, or luxuriate in the wood-fired sauna before you feast on some of the best food in Algonquin Park.

Day 1

  • Meet at the South Algonquin Trails' horse stables mid-afternoon.
  • Saddle up, get lessons (if needed), and receive an overview of the trip.
  • Ride your horse deep into the forests of Algonquin Park; ending the day at Algonquin Eco-Lodge.
  • Help with watering and grooming the horses, if you wish.
  • Have dinner at the eco-lodge and spend the night stargazing.

Day 2

  • After breakfast, saddle up your horses.
  • Ride to Grand View Lookout and cast your gaze over hundreds of square kilometers of the Algonquin forest.
  • Have a trail lunch.
  • Afternoon ride to High Falls, go for a swim or relax by the water's edge
  • Help with watering and grooming the horses, if you wish.
  • Have a barbecue dinner, sauna, and the bonfire and Wolf Howl program.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, saddle up your horses and pack your gear.
  • Ride out into the forests for another four-hour trail ride to Gut Rapids.
  • Return to the stables mid-afternoon.

Please note that the above itinerary is a sample only. The actual route and destination of each ride may change due to conditions and/or the rider's abilities.

Included excursions

This exciting package includes two nights at Algonquin Eco-Lodge plus daily horseback rides into the heart of Algonquin Park. You will visit High Falls, the Grand View Lookout, Gut Rapids, cross numerous streams, and follow winding forest trails.

Location

Algonquin Eco-Lodge is on the southern tip of Algonquin Park, between Harcourt and Maynooth, near Bancroft. The eco-lodge is beautifully secluded amidst remote Algonquin Park forests where even hydro lines and telephone poles can’t reach. It is completely off-grid and yet has alternative energy created from their waterfall (they use 100% micro-hydro electricity), the eco-lodge still provides all the finer comforts.

Features

Activities

  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain biking
  • Sauna
  • Skiing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge

Services

  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

Full board meals are included, from dinner on the first day to lunch on the last day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Sidekick Package

  • 600 CAD per person (Plus HST)

There is a sidekick package that includes two half-day trips plus a full day of leisure. You will ride for about three hours and be dropped off by horseback at the eco-lodge on the first day and picked up on horseback for another three to four-hour ride on the last day. The full day in between is yours to spend relaxing, going for a day trip by canoe, or if golf is more to your liking, there is an 18-hole golf course only 10 minutes away by car.

Summer Adventures in Algonquin Park

The summer offers a variety of activities; the eco'lodge's trail network is ideally suited for hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Also, from the parking lot, you can start a three-day canoe trip along the York River and the Kingscote area of Algonquin Park. This is a great area for wildlife! Canoes can be rented nearby.

Don’t forget the lake, Moffat Pond. It is a private 30-acre (12.5 hectares) lake that is great for swimming and canoeing. The waterfront is very “kid friendly”.

  • Horseback Riding - Trail riding through Algonquin Park.
  • Geocaching - A high-tech treasure hunt using a GPS tracker.
  • School Group - Fun, adventure, and learning on a canoe trip.
  • Algonquin Explorer - A week-long family trip that combines the lodge and a canoe trip.
  • Voyageur Adventure - A three or four-day stay with a guided canoe and hiking trips at Algonquin.
  • Eco-Volunteer - A “working holiday” to make the most out of your time at Algonquin.
  • Canoeing - Canoeing experience in Algonquin Park.
  • Digitial Detox Getaways - A great getaway vacation to leave your gadgets home.

Winter Activities in Algonquin Park

Winter is a magical time at Algonquin Wilderness Eco-Lodge; they maintain over 60 kilometers of groomed and wilderness cross country skiing trails inside Algonquin Park, giving them one of the largest trail systems in Ontario! If you want an amazing wilderness skiing experience with no crowds, then come visit!

For a more casual pace of exploration, they have three dedicated snowshoe trails and endless opportunities for making your own trails and “bushwhacking” with your snowshoes. They also have very exciting dog sledding expeditions that are run from the eco-lodge. Imagine rushing through the wild forests with just you, your dog sled, and your strong Huskies; this is an adventure you’ll want to try!

  • Cross Country Skiing - Explore the 40-kilometer groomed trails.
  • Snowshoeing - Hike the three trails or go bushwhacking.
  • Path Of The Snow Walker - A self-guided snowshoe and GPS adventure.
  • Dog Sledding Day Trips - Try half-day of mushing excitement.
  • School Groups - Four days of fun, adventure, bonding, and learning.

Weddings, Special Events, and Workshops

These special programs can be done while you stay at the eco-lodge. Some must be arranged in advance and only run on certain dates while others can be run at any time.

  • Team Building - Corporate retreats and workshops.
  • Photo Workshop - Learn from a professional photographer.
  • Eco-Volunteers - Help out at the lodge and reduce your cost.
  • School Groups - School groups are also welcome.
  • Eco-Weddings - Hold your wedding in Algonquin Park.
  • Yoga Retreat - Rest, renew, and restore in a natural setting.

What's included

  • 3 days of guided horseback riding (with instruction as required)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Use of canoes, sauna, and paddleboats at the eco-lodge
  • Bonfire and Wolf Howl program by request

How to get there

Driving directions from Toronto

  • Take Highway 401 East to Highway 115.
  • Go north of Peterborough to Highway 7 East. After about 10 minutes, turn left onto Highway 28 north (formerly Highway 134).
  • Follow Highway 28 to Paudash at Highway 118 (formerly 121).
  • Turn left (west) onto Highway 118 and then turn north on County Road #648.
  • Past Highland Grove, turn right (north) onto County Road #10 (Elephant Lake Road).
  • Drive 16.6 kilometers and 1.4 kilometers past Benoir Lake Road and watch for the eco-lodge's sign on the left side of the road (past the lumber mill), "#3594 Elephant Lake Road / Peterson Road".

Driving directions from Ottawa

  • Take Highway 417 west to Highway 17 west.
  • Turn left onto Highway 60 and then west on Highway 132 and follow it onto Highway 41 south, and then to Highway 28 west until Bancroft.
  • Take Highway 62 north until Maynooth, then turn left onto County Road #10 (Peterson Road) and follow it for 18.1 kilometers.
  • Watch for the eco-lodge's sign on the right-hand side of the road, just before the lumber mill, and 1.4 kilometers before Benoir Lake Road, "#3594 Elephant Lake Road / Peterson Road".

Driving directions from Algonquin

  • Take Highway 60 east to just past Whitney.
  • Turn south onto Highway 127.

At Maynooth, turn right onto Highway 62 (towards Bancroft) and make another quick right turn onto County Road #10 (Peterson Road) and follow it for 18.1 kilometers.

Watch for the sign, on the right-hand side of the road, just before the lumber mill, and 1.4 kilometers before Benoir Lake Road. " #3594 Elephant Lake Road / Peterson Road".

GPS

N45 11.655 W78 07.974

Arrival by bus

You can take a Greyhound Bus to Maynooth and the Algonquin can pick you up there. The bus only runs a few days a week, so you will need to check their schedule.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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