You can stay in luxurious wood lodges in a virtually-untouched Ontario forest this winter

Three and a half hours north of town, the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve gives a whole new meaning to cabin fever, at its best.

Limberlost Forest is a private year-round retreat nearby Huntsville, Ontand has more than 10,000 hectares of untouched nature Canadian shield Terrain. There are 70km of hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing trails and twenty private lakes.

With so much to explore on property and such a long drive from Toronto, it only makes sense to take advantage of one of Limberlost’s many accommodation options.

There are seven lakefront lodges and cottages, four rustic outposts and fifty-two campgrounds on the reserve. With income from renting accommodation, Limberlost is able to offer visitors free public use to access the park.

Rentals are available monthly, weekly or weekends and comes fully furnished including linens, kitchen utensils and propane grill units.

The two lodges are the most luxurious accommodation options in Limberlost. They each have 7 bedrooms and sleep up to 18 adults, complete with private decks and saunas.

Limberlost Forest Lodge

First built in 1929, Solitaire Lodge is the largest accommodation offering in Limberlost with 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a sauna. Photo by Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

The cottages are also quite comfortable and have their own docks, beach and fire pit. One even has a jacuzzi.

For something more rustic, there are four off-grid fishing camps or outpost cabins with propane lights and appliances, and wood stoves.

Finally, Limberlost-Algonquin Outpost campgrounds are also available for winter camping if you want it really rough.

The most popular hiking trail on the property is the Solitaire Trail, which is 8 miles long and circles Solitaire Lake.

If you follow a trail marked Echo Rock Lookout toward the end of the trail, you’ll climb onto a rocky bluff and be rewarded with stunning views of Solitaire Lake.

The Buck Lake Trail is another popular hike that takes you past icicles hanging from cliffs and a boardwalk overlooking a dam.

If you plan to visit this beautiful sanctuary, although access is free, you will need to fill out a security form. Accommodation can be booked online.

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