After leaving Niagara, our next stage in our Canadian route took us to Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario Province too, where we stayed in the cabins by Hay Lake, more specifically in Hay Lake Lodge & Cottages.
While we were planning our route we decided from the first moment that we should enjoy the Canadian environment, because visiting the cities wouldn’t be enough to know a country where almost all the population concentrates on the American border and where there are large and almost unknown territories.
We thought that spending some nights at a rural lodging, inside or near some of the many national or provincial parks, could be a good way to stay in contact with all this nature. After a long search we found Hay Lake Lodge and decided to book there. We weren’t wrong at all.
Hay Lake Lodge is a property in the middle of the forest, by Hay Lake shores, and very near from the border with Algonquin Provincial Park. It has 6 full-equipped cabins and a dock with kayaks and canoes for the guests. There is a central building for reception and living room with board games and fireplace, and you can drink a glass of wine while chatting with the owner of the lodge or the other guests.
Erin, the owner who lives in one of these little houses, is a nice and very kind woman, just like the rest of the staff, and they work all the time to make our stay just as it’s described on the web: a chance to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, and also to receive tips about what to visit and how to spend that days. And it was exactly like that.
Everything is made to find some peace and admire the forest, the flora and the wildlife (but mosquitoes at dusk): the complete breakfast (included in the price of the stay) with eggs, pastries, juice and coffee, the curious squirrels coming near to watch everything you do, the canoe rides in the lake and even the howls of the wolves at night.
Our cabin, where we slept an entire week, was equipped with everything necessary to spend a long time: a complete kitchen and bathroom, fireplace, a porched terrace with mosquito net, another uncovered terrace just by the lake edge, barbecue, two rooms… And it’s surrounded by nature: squirrels, loons, woodpeckers, ducks…We wouldn’t have needed to go out of the property to enjoy and contemplate all the nature from this area of Canada.
Gazing at the lake day and night, listening to the birds, rowing in a kayak or a canoe in the lake, listening to the wolves, playing with the squirrels… Can you imagine?
During the trip we slept at seven different places, but I think Hay Lake is where I would repeat without a doubt, because of the beauty of the environment, the full-equipped cabins and property and also the excellent treatment we had.
Here are some photos from the place:
In the quiet of the house in Hay Lake, I had all the time to keep experimenting with Time Lapse. Here I leave a sequence of the sunset over the lake. Look at the light on the trees and clouds in the sky and water. The blacks points that appear are a giant dragonflies we had as neighbors there!
Address: 903 McRae Hay Lake Rd, Whitney, ON
GPS Coordinates: 45.394547, -78.183366
More information: Hay Lake Lodge