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13 Algonquin Hotels For People Who Don’t Want To Camp

Explore Algonquin's wilderness by day, relax and stay in comfort at night

Photo: Ontario Tourism
Photo: Ontario Tourism

Algonquin Park is just a few hours’ drive from Ontario’s largest urban centres, yet this staycation destination feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto and Ottawa. You don’t have to be a rugged outdoors person to experience the majestic lakes, serene forests and abundant wildlife of this iconic park—a selection of comfortable and affordable hotels is located within minutes of the park’s west, east and southern access points or within the park itself.

Base yourself at an Algonquin inn or a hotel within or near Algonquin Provincial Park for easy access to the park’s diverse hiking trails, canoe routes, guided canoe day trips, visitor attractions and cycling opportunities. Plus, many hotels offer the convenience of a room or fully equipped suite that is steps from the shops and restaurants of the region’s welcoming communities.

Bartlett Lodge

An Algonquin Park landmark since 1917, Bartlett Lodge is an oasis of luxury and fascinating history set amid the wild beauty of Algonquin’s Cache Lake. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is a lakeside deck and a comfy reading chair or an ambitious paddle-and-portage adventure to a remote lake, Bartlett’s artist studio suites ensure you’ll end each day in total comfort. And the lodge’s gourmet, five-star meal plan guarantees you’ll be well fuelled for each new experience. Located near the mid-point of the Highway 60 corridor, this Algonquin inn-in-the-park is a short freighter canoe ride across Cache Lake from the guest parking area, making it a bit more difficult to slip away. But once you are here, we guarantee you won’t want to leave.

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Nomi Resort

For upscale accommodation in south Algonquin, look no further than Nomi Resort on Benoir Lake. Just a 3 km walk or drive to Algonquin Park’s Kingscote Lake access point, and a short paddle or hike to High Falls, this boutique hotel also boasts over 30 kilometers of private trails with on-site fat bike rentals. Nomi’s main lodge houses spacious guest rooms; a wellness center with sauna, massage rooms and mindfulness room; and the top-rated Lands850 Restaurant, Bar and Lounge.

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Spring Lake Resort Motel

Located in the village of Dwight and just 15 minutes from Algonquin’s West Gate, Spring Lake Resort offers a cheap and convenient home base with easy on-site amenities including a restaurant, complimentary canoes and kayaks for exploring tranquil Spring Lake and 52 wooded acres with hiking trails. The resort’s tidy, motel-style rooms feature lake views and are steps to a sandy beach and canoe dock. Head into Dwight for a tasty baked treat or a fresh bottle of red to enjoy by the lake.

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Lake of Bays Lodge

Nestled among tall pines with a private beach on the sandy shores of Dwight Bay, the Lake of Bays Lodge offers a variety of affordable accommodations, ranging from modern lakeview suites with en-suite Jacuzzi tubs to traditional rustic cottages. All suites feature a private balcony or deck overlooking Lake of Bays. Dine in at the lodge’s restaurant, or sample local take-out steps away in the village of Dwight. Centrally located within a 20-minute drive of Algonquin Park’s West Gate, downtown Huntsville and the picturesque, waterfront hamlet of Dorset.

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It’s a great alternative to camping. | Photo courtesy of: Destination Ontario

Dwight Riverside Inn

Families rave about the clean rooms, immaculate grounds and friendly service at this hidden gem midway between Algonquin Park’s West Gate and the amenities of Huntsville. Newly renovated family and luxury suites feature warm cedar accents and well-equipped kitchenettes for longer stays. If you’re on a budget and looking for affordable Algonquin Park hotel deals, the Dwight Riverside Inn’s cozy rooms and suites have everything you need—plus, the 10-acre motel property adds a ton of value with beautiful gardens, free BBQs and firewood, children’s playground and a gorgeous swimming hole on the Oxtongue River. Rent canoes and inner tubes on-site to experience a lazy river ride, Algonquin-style.

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Blue Spruce Resort

If you’re planning to paddle Canoe Lake or hike popular trails near Algonquin’s West Gate, this charming lakeside motel and cottage resort offers comfortable studios and suites with fireplaces and great views of Oxtongue Lake. Add to that the resort’s superb sandy beach and on-site trail network for hiking or cross-country skiing/snowshoeing and you have an idyllic home base for an Algonquin couple’s getaway or a family vacation. Blue Spruce Resort guests enjoy use of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to tour the lake or make the half-day trip to spectacular Ragged Falls on the Oxtongue River. Algonquin Outfitters is just next-door if you need to rent equipment for a longer paddling adventure in the park.

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Algonquin Lakeside Inn

Choose from classic, comfortable rooms and suites at this modest lakeside hotel right on Highway 60, minutes from the park’s West Gate. Enjoy hot breakfast and dinner with Algonquin Lakeside Inn’s lodge-and-dine packages, and then head down to the resort’s sandy beach and borrow a canoe or kayak to paddle Oxtongue Lake or journey to Ragged Falls.

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Oakview Lodge and Marina

Situated on the picturesque shore of Little Hawk Lake in the Haliburton area of the Algonquin Highlands, Oakview Lodge is a convenient option if you’re looking to explore both the park’s West Gate area and southern panhandle. This cozy Algonquin inn offers rooms, suites and cottage accommodation, lakeside dining and use of canoes, kayaks and SUP boards for exploring the lake. Oakview Lodge is also on the doorstep of the Haliburton Forest, a year-round destination for paddling, hiking, wildlife viewing and winter activities.

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Little Hawk Resort and Marina

Another fine option for stays in the Haliburton area is Little Hawk Resort and Marina. Set on five wooded acres on the shores of Halls Lake, kids and adults love the lodge’s family-oriented atmosphere and sandy swimming beach. Choose from pet-friendly suites or cottage accommodation, and enjoy the complimentary canoes, water trampoline, playground, hot tub and an on-site restaurant.

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Couples Resort

This couples-only, five-star luxury resort is situated on the shores of Galeairy Lake and the Madawaska River with direct access to the east side of Algonquin Park and walking distance to the village of Whitney. Both the lake (most of which lies within the park) and river offer superb canoeing and kayaking, but it’s the Couples Resort’s opulent rooms—all of which feature an outdoor hot tub and in-room Jacuzzi next to a wood-burning fireplace—and gourmet dining experiences that make a stay here truly one-of-a-kind. This all-season resort is also home to an organic spa so you can pamper weary muscles after a day of paddling, hiking, biking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing the nearby trails.

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Camp Bongopix

With a hip, sociable vibe and cheerful Algonquin Park-themed rooms in a classic log chalet, the hostel-style lodge at Camp Bongopix offers a fun (and sometimes rowdy) atmosphere for younger adults and lovers of folk music. The lodge and a handful of rustic rental cabins are pet-friendly so you can bring your pooch (or adventure cat) to Algonquin Park. Meet like-minded park visitors while chilling in the book- and guitar-filled common room, playing retro video games (there’s no wifi) or grilling dinner over the lodge’s BBQs. Grab a complimentary canoe to paddle across Galeairy Lake into Algonquin Park, and don’t miss the free campfire jam every Saturday night. Located on the Madawaska River in the village of Whitney, Camp Bongopix is a 5-minute drive from the East Gate of Algonquin Park and close to the park’s superb visitor center, logging museum and popular hiking trails.

Algonquin Eco-Lodge

More Old World mountain lodge than modern hotel, the Algonquin Eco-Lodge offers a truly unique, off-grid experience for wilderness enthusiasts. Located on the southern border of the park, this award-winning eco-lodge creates its own alternative energy from an onsite waterfall so guests can enjoy the finer comforts, including a carbon-neutral hot tub. This is one of the most secluded places you can stay in Algonquin—walk, cycle, horseback ride or ski a 2.3-km trail to reach the lodge (don’t worry, they’ll transfer your luggage). Guests stay in 17 private bedrooms, share dining and social areas, and enjoy an extensive trail network (over 40 km) right out the door. Canoe to secluded beaver lodges and meandering creeks, then relax in this unusual inn’s lakeside sauna.

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Algonquin Portage

Planning a canoe trip to the breathtaking Barron Canyon, mighty Petawawa River or Grand Lake area on the east side of Algonquin Park? Algonquin Portage is located right on your route into the park, just 15 minutes from Sand Lake Gate, making this comprehensive outfitting service and motel-style lodge a convenient one-stop shop. Book one of their simple, cozy rooms and get an early start on your Algonquin Park adventures. Additional services include: canoe, kayak and SUP rentals, equipment rental, trip planning, vehicle shuttles, canoe delivery/pick-up and a camper’s store.

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Explore Algonquin Park from the comfort of your nearby Algonquin hotel, inn or lodge. | Photo courtesy of: Destination Ontario

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