If you're looking to escape the buzz of the city this summer, there's no better place to escape to than Northeastern Ontario for a little peace and quiet. Trade the traffic and overcrowded restaurants for calming scenery and great hospitality! Unbelievably close, Northeastern Ontario is where your next BIG memories are made.
We've compiled a list of five classic Northeastern Ontario experiences for your consideration, with many more options available here.
Relax and Pamper Yourself at Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa
Visit Cedar Meadows for a truly luxurious escape. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a vacation for the whole family, Cedar Meadows has plenty to offer. Choose from a variety of accommodations that range from a standard room to your very own cozy chalet. Suites offer all the luxuries you would expect, including a jacuzzi, a fireplace, and comfortable living room. The private Chalets offer all the comforts and convenience of home, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and bedroom loft for cozy nights.
The resort’s restaurant, Le Voyageur Dining Room offers a quiet atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving meals prepared with fresh, natural ingredients. If your room usjust a little too comfy to leave, Cedar Meadows offers an in-room dining service as well.
Take full advantage of the amenities and unwind in the day spa and soothing Nordic Baths. The day spa offers a full range of services including facials, massages, and mani-pedis to ensure you get the ultimate in relaxation out of your Northeastern Ontario getaway.
The resort is also home to a 100-acre wildlife park that offers daily Wildnerness Tours where you can get up close and personal with some of the north's most majestic animals. If a paddle down the mighty Mattagami River is more to your liking, canoe rentals are available too.
Luxury Camping - Glamping with WildExodus
If you’re looking to experience Northeastern Ontario’s natural beauty without having to fumble with tents, coolers, and a sleeping bag on the cold, hard ground, glamping is for you!
Each canvas prospector tent is fully furnished with beautiful log furniture that includes a very comfortable queen-sized bed to nestle into as you drift off to sleep to the soothing sounds of the Boreal Forest on the shores of Kenogamissi Lake. WildExodus’s friendly staff are waiting to cook up an amazing gourmet meal for you, complimented by Canadian Wines.
WildExodus encourages you to free your adventurous side and explore the area through one of the many authentic activities they offer their guests. Experience Kenogamissi lake on a guided pontoon cruise, go for a paddle on Grassy River, or take a hike to stunning High Falls. Don’t forget to spend some time lounging outdoors, especially at night when our starlit Northeastern skies are sparkling.
Seclusion and Adventure Await at Ojibway Family Lodge
As they say at Ojibway Family Lodge, “do it all, or nothing at all.” Located on a beautiful secluded island on Lake Temagami, Ojibway Family Lodge is a soothing oasis surrounded by shimmering water deep within Northeastern Ontario’s wilderness - a true boat-in or fly-in paradise.
Meet other travellers, enjoy a cocktail, and play a game or two in the common room of the main lodge. If you feel the need to plug back in for a while, wireless Internet and electricity are available at the main lodge . Enjoy unforgettable lake views and three delicious family-style meals a day in the lodge’s dining room. They’ll even pack you a picnic lunch if you choose to spend your day exploring!
There are many options available for accommodations, including one- and two-bedroom cabins with full bathrooms, hot water, propane lights and wood stoves or fireplaces. Screened-in porches let you take in the fresh northern air-without the bugs!
Choose from a variety of classic outdoor activities like a refreshing swim in the lake, a guided paddling trip, or a hike where you will see ancient pictographs, a historic logging camp, and you just might catch a glimpse of some great Northeastern Ontario wildlife. You can also drop a line in the water and fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, pike or trout - then bring your catch back to Ojibway’s kitchen and have it cooked up for a meal!
World Class Fishing at Marten River Lodge
Famous for its great fishing, Marten River Lodge is a spectacular place to spend some quality time on the water with your friends and family. With brand new boats, bait, gas, fish finders, life jackets, and even maps to help you find the fish, their packages are designed with great fishing adventures in mind. Experienced fishing guides can take you to all the hotspots for an exciting day of angling and they’ll even cook your catch-of-the-day into a mouth-watering shore lunch!
Accommodations at Marten River Lodge feature fully equipped cottages with three- or four-piece baths, appliances, cooking utensils, and 24-hour a day electricity. Guests also have access to the Lodge facilities that include satellite TV, billiards, darts, and wireless Internet. Kayaks, canoes, and a water bike are also available for even more fun on the water.
Country Charm at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
The history of Piebird’s main guesthouse goes back over 100 years. With its original Victorian-era architecture, character, and charm, a visit to Piebird is almost like travelling back in time. Their linens are washed using rainwater and dried on a line, the main guesthouse has an oak-rimmed bathtub to soak in, and their ingredients for their home-cooked vegan fare are grown right on the property.
Guests can stay in one of the historic rooms in the main guesthouse or in the newly-opened Birdhouse Cottage. The Cottage is nestled on the edge of a pine forest on the banks of Beatty Creek right next to Piebird’s resident comedians - the goats. The Cottage has a full kitchen, woodstove, and bathroom complete with shower and clawfoot tub. You can choose to prepare your own meals or be served dinner next door at the main guesthouse.
Enjoy your stay by relaxing in their unique sauna, canoeing on a tranquil creek, cycling along quiet country roads, or explore everything that this farmstay has to offer, including their animal friends.
One thing you can always count on at Piebird is that you’ll be greeted with warm smiles, beautiful surroundings, and true Northeastern Ontario hospitality!
Looking for more BIG getaway ideas for your great escape? Be sure to visit us often at northeasternontario.com for even more inspiration!