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Since 1917, Bartlett Lodge has been an Algonquin Park cottage resort landmark. Centrally located on Algonquin Park's Cache Lake, about halfway between the East and West Gates on Highway 60, east of Huntsville and the Muskoka Lakes, Bartlett Lodge resort is a brief boat ride from the Landing. Like all Algonquin Park Lakes, peace and quiet abounds on Cache Lake. The magic begins the moment you step aboard the boat that takes you across the lake to Bartlett Lodge, an Ontario resort rich in Algonquin Park history.
Bartlett has an electric powered Pontoon Boat. The batteries in the boat are charged by the sun. The boat is a water taxi to transport guests. It is covered and used in inclement weather and can also be used on a request for transporting guests who have difficulty boarding our Freighter Canoe Water Taxi. As the boat leaves Cache Lake Landing, you will be entering another world - a world where tranquility and nature blend with comfort and luxury. With only 46 resort guests, Bartlett Lodge can extend to their guests the same level of personal service and attention to detail found at the finest Muskoka resorts. Tastefully decorated with comfort in mind, our lakefront cottages are well appointed with many thoughtful items such as a coffee maker, bar fridge, and even their own canoe. In keeping with our goal to make your Algonquin Park vacation as restful and relaxing as possible, you will not find telephones or televisions in any of our Algonquin Park cabins.
Bartlett Lodge exudes a rugged Ontario wilderness ambiance that is uniquely upscale. Rustic, yet offering all the creative comforts that one would expect from a fine Algonquin lodge, we are an eco-friendly Ontario resort located within the borders of world famous Algonquin Provincial Park. Bartlett Lodge offers exceptional lakefront cottage rentals and fine dining in a pristine wilderness setting. Open seasonally, Bartlett Lodge is a Modified American Plan cottage resort and is ideal for family vacations, romantic couples, weddings and group functions.
For the more adventurous vacationer looking for an unforgettable Algonquin Park camping experience, Bartlett Lodge has reintroduced one of the original forms of Algonquin park accommodations - platform tenting. Bartlett's two platform tents, situated in a secluded corner of the resort, are fully furnished open-air tents built on sturdy wooden platforms that allow guests to experience camping in the great outdoors in comfort. In the morning, a deluxe breakfast is served in the main lodge dining room. A truly unique Muskoka getaway, an Algonquin Tent and Breakfast Stay at Bartlett Lodge offers a taste of Algonquin Park history and can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
In 1997, Kim & Marilyn Smith assumed ownership of Bartlett Lodge resort. Since that time, this Ontario resort has undergone extensive and exciting renovations. Kim & Marilyn, also the owners of Camp Tanamakoon for girls in Algonquin Park, have always been sensitive to the history, environment and intimacy of Bartlett Lodge and the surrounding Algonquin Park area. The renovations reflect careful planning involving a unique combination of preserving the past and meeting the needs of today's travelers. Choosing to stay with us in our wild, yet sensitive environment, tells us that you share our concern for the environment. It is all of our responsibility to work toward a cleaner environment. The well earned reputation for superb cuisine makes a visitor's stay unsurpassed in excellence! The friendly and enthusiastic staff will bring warmth and gentle attention to every detail of your vacation with us.
We invite you to browse our web site and find out what makes this quaint northern Algonquin Park cottage resort one of Ontario's unique treasures.
If you are considering a family vacation, group event or couples escape weekend - why not experience the true tranquility and majesty of Algonquin Provincial Park. There are very few resorts situated right in Algonquin Park and Bartlett Lodge stands out with high quality resort accommodation amenities and gourmet dining influenced by our wilderness setting. Bartlett Lodge offers an "in Park" holiday that almost guarantees wildlife viewing and the chance to relax in a true world class unspoiled wilderness setting. Why do Bartlett guests travel from across the world to vacation here? Because there is nowhere else like it and Algonquin Park is one of the few places on the planet that looks much like it did hundreds of years ago!
Resort weddings at Bartlett Lodge are very special indeed. Bartlett's beautiful private location provides a wonderful backdrop for a wedding that is sure to be a dream come true for any bride. We have hosted many weddings and small group functions at the lodge. Consider Bartlett Lodge for your company's next small conference, seminar, team-building getaway, or corporate retreat. Bartlett's quiet setting is the ideal place to get the job done, while our spectacular cuisine, comfortable accommodations and many onsite recreational amenities are sure to please everyone in your company. We would be pleased to email you our wedding information. Let our wedding specialists assist you in planning your ideal resort wedding. Whatever wedding style is right for you, be it a small intimate wedding, an elegant afternoon wedding, a casual outdoor wedding, a formal wedding with gourmet dinner or an entire weekend wedding celebration - we can tailor the perfect wedding package just for you. Our chef and staff are committed to insure that every detail is taken care of so that the bride and groom can just relax enjoy their wedding day.
Over the years, Bartlett Lodge has hosted many small business functions. Our staff would be pleased to create a custom package catered to fulfill your individual needs and surpass all your expectations. For your next Ontario conference or small convention, consider offering your delegates a conference venue that is truly unique - one that they will talk about for years to come. Bartlett Lodge's quiet and private wilderness setting, award-winning gourmet cuisine and impeccable personalized service combine to create a lakeside conference resort fitting for the most discriminating of cliental. As well, Bartlett Lodge is the ideal Algonquin Park venue for any type of group getaway or group event in Algonquin Park, from a family reunion to a small group convention. Please call us to discuss your next Muskoka group getaway. Your guests will love our rustic, yet extremely comfortable and lavishly equipped accommodations, our famous 5 course dinner, and everyone in your party will be especially impressed with our beautiful and truly unique Algonquin Park location. You will be pleasantly surprised by our affordable pricing.
Our tranquil Algonquin Park lodge could very well be the ultimate romantic couples resort in Ontario. Imagine the two of you being whisked away from your daily cares to a private island in the heart of legendary Algonquin Park, where you will enjoy total relaxation, comfort and special time together in our intimate wilderness paradise. While we may not be able to grant your every wish, we do come close. From fabulous gourmet dining to serenely comfortable private lakeside accommodations, we offer our guests the luxury of escaping grueling schedules, phones and TV, in a natural setting that is perfect for romance.
Here at Bartlett Lodge, family reunions, couples romantic getaways, couples weekends, honeymoons and second honeymoons are something we do very well. We offer several resort packages that are ideally suited for your next romantic couples escape in Ontario. Guests have their choice of romantic accommodations; from understatedly elegant private studio cabins and one bedroom cottages with fireplace, or the ultimate in romantic accommodations; a luxury platform tent under the stars. For the ideal romantic couple's getaway in Ontario, you won't find another resort quite like Bartlett Lodge. Over the years, we have been honoured to host at our Algonquin Park resort many wonderful couples who chose Bartlett Lodge for their romantic couples' vacation to celebrate an important milestone in their lives, like an anniversary, graduation or honeymoon, or just to spend some quality time together in our tranquil Algonquin Park location. Escape from the stress and noise of the city, and the responsibilities of your busy life, and relax completely at Bartlett Lodge, where you won't find a telephone, television or radio to distract or disturb you and where peace, quiet and nature's beauty replace the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
In 2012, we are thrilled to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Bartlett Lodge. For almost a century, Bartlett Lodge, Algonquin Park's most historic resort, has welcomed guests from all over the world seeking an Algonquin Park experience like no other. We carry on the tradition to this day, offering guests a totally unique Algonquin Park vacation in style and comfort. To mark our 95th anniversary, we are offering our guests a special resort package. Please visit our Specials page for all the details.
Bartlett Lodge is a three season resort, open from May to October. While summer is a fabulous time for a Bartlett Lodge vacation, the swing seasons of spring and fall are also the perfect time to visit Ontario cottage country for a midweek getaway or a fall colours escape. During the spring and fall, Algonquin Park and the surrounding Muskoka and Haliburton tourist regions are less crowded with visitors, making for a more peaceful and relaxing Algonquin Park vacation. Spring is the best time for observing Algonquin Park wildlife, with deer, moose and bear returning from their winter haunts. For spectacular scenery, Algonquin Park autumn colours can't be beat. Breathtaking displays of brilliant colour are the highlight of any Ontario fall vacation in the Algonquin Park area.
Algonquin park fishing is at its best during the months of spring. In Cache Lake, species such as Speckled or Brook trout, Smallmouth bass, Pickerel and Lake trout are found in abundance. Your Bartlett cottage rental comes with the use of a canoe. Kayaks and paddleboats are also available to guests. Non-motorized fishing is an ideal way of getting in touch with nature. Fishing from a canoe can be very rewarding. According to local Algonquin guides, some of the largest recorded Speckled trout, Lake trout and Pickerel in Ontario were caught from Algonquin Park lakes. Be sure to bring your fishing license and fishing gear to catch the next big one.
On Five different occasions, Bartlett Lodge has been voted MUSKOKA'S BEST ACCOMMODATION-RESORT AND LODGE by the readers of THE MUSKOKAN. Considering the number of fine resort properties that are located in Muskoka, this award is indeed a great honour. To enjoy Algonquin Park dining at its finest, Bartlett Lodge offers the ultimate in innovative contemporary cuisine. Bartlett Lodge's lakeside dining room has earned a stellar reputation as the very best place to enjoy fine dining in cottage country. A Modified American Plan resort, guests at Bartlett enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning and a gourmet dinner each night. As well as serving our own resort guests, our dining room is open each evening to Algonquin Park visitors and Muskoka cottagers. Casually elegant, Bartlett's Algonquin Park restaurant, offers a reasonably priced 5 course fixed price menu that presents diners with a mouthwatering choice of delectable appetizers, entrees and desserts. Bartlett's chefs prepare a wide selection of creative menu items that change daily. Join us for the very best in Algonquin Park fine dining and discover why an evening at Bartlett Lodge is a "not to be missed" night out. Executive Chef David Fortune, who joins us for his second year and Sous Chef Dom Fortune for his second as well.
Chef Dave Fortune has had a lifelong love of cooking. Having worked in Ottawa under John Taylor - a veteran of the regional and seasonal cuisine - Dave's style is focused on fresh seasonal and local produce, meats and sustainable fishes.
Dave first started his cooking career at the age of 14, where his origins found him preparing pizza and nachos for children in an indoor playground. After graduating high school Dave immediately began to work in professional restaurants where he was inspired and quickly came to understand that his career was to be in the food industry.
Dave worked in some of Ottawa's finest restaurants including Les Fougeres, Farb's Kitchen and at the National Arts Center before spending 3 years working for John Taylor at both Domus Cafè and Taylor's Genuine. It was only after encouragement from Chef Taylor that Dave accepted the Executive Chef position with Bartlett Lodge where he invites all guests new and old to come and experience his style Canadian cuisine with focuses on quality preparations using only the best products.
When you book many of our Great Value Packages at Bartlett Lodge, you can take advantage of great room rates as well as fabulous gourmet dining in Algonquin Park. Special Bartlett Lodge packages, like our Wilderness Gourmet Delight package, that offers two night's accommodations, 2 superb 5 course dinners with wine, 2 country style breakfasts and one Charcuterie lunch for 2 people, served in our dining room or brought to your private cottage, offer value and a truly inspired culinary experience. As an environmentally responsible resort, we support the locavore or local food movement, and whenever possible, purchase local and provincial ingredients, supplied by small specialty producers. Fine Algonquin Park dining is just a short boat ride away. To hail the Bartlett water taxi, a direct telephone to the lodge is located at Cache Lake landing. Dinner reservations are required for dinner guests not staying at the lodge.
When you arrive at Bartlett Lodge, it will quickly become apparent that you have come to a very special place. Your luxury Ontario wilderness vacation of tranquility and comfort begins from the moment you step foot on Bartlett's water taxi for the leisurely water ride from Cache Lake Landing to the Bartlett Lodge docks. In harmony with our natural wilderness setting, you will not find radios, television or telephones in any of the Lodge's accommodations. While at our Algonquin Park resort, we want our guests to feel that they are truly away from it all. For those who do need to be connected, telephone, as well as photocopy, FAX and wireless internet service are available for all guests in the main lodge.
During your stay at our Algonquin Park lodge, we invite you to use Bartlett's canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, sail boats and mountain bikes, which are available for the pleasure of our guests, free of charge. If you should like to explore the woods and trails while at Bartlett, may we suggest a hike along the Moose Trail? The Moose Trail is a self guided walking trail that takes about one hour to complete. Starting at the back of Bartlett Lodge, the marked walking trail is about two kilometres long. The trail travels across a beautiful wilderness area that offers hikers the opportunity to view local plant and animal life.
Located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in central Ontario, Algonquin Provincial Park covers approximately 7630 square kilometres of forest, lakes, and rivers. Significant for its role in Canada's natural and cultural heritage, Algonquin Park is also an important biological and environmental research centre. Home to thousands of different plant and animal species, Algonquin's wide variety of natural habitat provides a safe refuge for wildlife and a wonderful opportunity for naturalists, photographers and bird watchers. When it was established in 1893, Canada's first provincial park was visited by mostly by a few adventurous campers and fishermen. After regular train service was established, many more park visitors made the journey, to camp or to stay at one of several Algonquin Park hotels that were built to accommodate the influx of tourists. The Park's most famous early visitors were artist Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven, who ventured far into the Park to painting their famous Algonquin Park landscapes. Today, although most visitors to Algonquin Park arrive by car, the Park looks much as it did one hundred years ago. Visitors to this designated Canadian Historical Site are invited to tour the Algonquin Visitors Centre, the Algonquin Logging Museums and the Algonquin Art Centre, as well hike or bike along its many marked trails.
At Kilometre 43 along the main corridor of Algonquin Park sits the Algonquin Park Visitors Centre. Opened in 1993 to celebrate the Park's 100th anniversary and the entire Ontario provincial park system, the Visitors Centre offers something of interest for every member of the family. Here, Algonquin Park visitors will find world class exhibits that present a fascinating glimpse into the Park's storied past. The Park's natural and cultural history comes alive through the many educational displays that fill this impressive, bright and airy structure. A theater presentation further explores the Park's story in an entertaining fashion. The Algonquin Room at the Visitors Centre displays works of art and special exhibits, as well as hosting Algonquin Park special events. A bookstore, snack bar and seasonal restaurant can also be found here. The Algonquin Visitors Centre is opened daily from mid-April to October 31st and weekends only for the remained of the year.
At Kilometre 55, just inside the East Gate sits the Algonquin Park Logging Museum. Opened in 1992, the Logging Museum explores the history of logging in Algonquin Park and Ontario. Begin your visit with a fascinating film presentation that brings to life the history of logging in the area. A 1.3 km walking trail features a recreated logging camp, a steam-powered amphibious tug, logging equipment and interpretive panels about logging activities in the park. Open seasonally, the Algonquin Park Logging Museum is a not-to-be-missed Algonquin Park attraction that should be part of every Algonquin Park vacation.
Algonquin Provincial Park has 14 day-hiking trails located along the Highway 60 corridor that range in length from 1 km to 10 km in length. As well, there are three additional trails: two in the eastern section of the park and one in the northern section of the park. There are also three backpacking trails up to 88 km long. Although each trail differs in some respect, all the trails in Algonquin are excellent. Algonquin Park trails offer visitors a wide variety hiking experiences, with varying lengths, types of terrain and degree of difficulty. There are short and easy trails suitable for even those with limited mobility and there are physically demanding trails that require a high level of personal fitness and endurance. A well-written trail guide is available to help visitors select the trails that are best for them. Some of the most popular Algonquin Park trails are Track and Tower trail, Beaver Pond, Tall Pines, Lookout, Hardwood Lookout, Whiskey Rapids, Booth Rock, Spruce Bog and Centennial trail, to name a few.
With roughly 2,000 km of waterway routes and nearly 400 lakes, Algonquin Park is an extremely popular destination for weekend canoeing and for an exciting longer term canoe holiday in Ontario. Algonquin canoe routes provide flat water paddling with many portages ranging in length from less than 100 metres to over 5000 metres. Serious white water is found on the north section of the Petawawa River. Why not spend a night or two at our Bartlett Lodge, before, after or during your Algonquin Park canoe trip? Our Algonquin Park lodge offers a luxurious start to your canoe trip or a decadent and restful conclusion to your canoe holiday. There are virtually hundreds of different Algonquin canoe trips that you can take, ranging from day trips to canoeing adventures lasting 3 weeks or more. Alternatively, why not spend your entire Algonquin Park vacation at Bartlett Lodge and enjoy canoe day trips through the waterways of Algonquin Park. Choosing Bartlett Lodge as your home base for your Algonquin Park paddling adventures, allows you to explore the local waterways in a leisurely style - without the hassle of carrying along camping supplies, food and clothing. When your day of paddling is done, you can return to your own private cottage with comfortable bed and lovely warm shower, and later, enjoy the finest in gourmet dining in our Algonquin Park dining room. A hearty breakfast will be served to you every morning, giving you the perfect opportunity to plan another day of canoeing or kayaking Algonquin's many water routes. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions that you might have and offer their suggestions on what routes you may like to try.
The Hailstorm Creek Nature Reserve in Algonquin Provincial Park is recognized by wildlife enthusiasts as a special Ontario ecological site that offers many unique opportunities for viewing wildlife. A provincially significant wetland area, the Hailstorm Creek Nature Reserve is an amazing complex of peatlands, open bog and marsh, making it a great environment for a wide assortment of animal life. Dominated by spruce, balsam fir and uncommon northern shrubs, the Hailstorm Creek area is one of the largest peatland sites in Algonquin Park. It is located on Opeongo Lake, the largest lake in Algonquin Park. Visitors who paddle into Hailstorm Creek Nature Reserve can except to encounter beaver dams and many different types of birds. The area is also a well known area for moose sightings. Bartlett Lodge offers a special 2 day accommodation package that includes a Hailstorm Creek guided canoe trip.
Algonquin Park is named after the tribe of native people that originally lived in the area, the Algonquians. The true meaning of the word Algonquin and from where it originated is not known for certain. Algonquin or Algonkin, as it is sometimes spelt, is often erroneously said to mean "bark-eater", a terrible Mohawk insult. According to experts, Algonquin is not a Mohawk word. Some believe that the name Algonquin may have come from the Maliseet word elehgumoqik, meaning "our allies", or from the Mi'kmaq word algoomaking, meaning "of the fish-spearing-place", or from the Maliseet word elakanqin meaning "they are good dancers". The Algonquin Indians call themselves Anishnabe or Anishnabek, which in their own language means the original people, as do the Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi, closely related, but politically independent tribes, whose language also derives from the Algonquian language family.
The Algonquin or Algonkin people were among the first Native Americans to form an alliance with the French, trading furs for firearms. Though the French were good friends to the Algonquins, they did not prove to be good allies, and despite their alliance, the Algonquins suffered near annihilation the by the Iroquois. Victims of European politics, the Algonquins were driven from their vast lands by the Iroquois Confederacy. The powerful Iroquois, aided first by the Dutch and later by the English, defeated both the French and Algonquins. Although the Algonquins were defeated, they were not entirely destroyed, and the Algonquin Indian culture lives on today. Surviving tribe members found refuge near white settlements in and around the Ottawa River valley in Western Quebec and in Eastern Ontario. In 1991, there were approximately 6,000 Algonquin living in Canada.
Things have a way for coming full circle. The Algonquin people, the first inhabitants of the area used tents for shelter. Today, guests at Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin Park can also experience the wonder of sleeping under canvas, in decidedly the most luxurious style of camping; platform tenting. For hundreds of thousands of years, nomadic peoples have used tents for homes, and armies have used tents during campaigns far from home. Throughout history, tent structures of some form or another can be found in particularly ever corner of the globe. Whether a Bedouin tent, tepee, yurta, or wigwam; people have used tents through the ages because they could be built from materials at hand, were portable, and were quick to erect. For an authentic Algonquin Park Camping experience, book a Bartlett Lodge Tent and Breakfast special and see how comfortable an Algonquin platform tent getaway can be.
At Bartlett Lodge, next to the comfort of our guests, protecting nature and preserving our environment is our top priority. We have implemented environmentally friendly and non-polluting practices and products into our day-to-day operations, including installing a peat moss septic system. As an eco-friendly resort, we are doing all that we can to reduce our carbon foot print. To this end, we have made a large investment in solar power installations that service the lodge and guest cabins. Decreasing our use of electricity, a solar thermal hot water system now provides hot water to our dining room. Our Silver Birches cabin contains a solar electric grid-tied system that provides power to the cabin and charges the batteries of our pontoon water taxi. Our Sunrise cabin is completely off grid. As well, all of the electricity that we do purchase is through Bull Frog Power, Ontario's only 100% green electric provider.
In our goal to do all that we can to protect the environment, our Algonquin Park resort has initiated numerous forward-thinking energy saving measures. We are continually seeking out the best environmentally friendly products to use in the day to day operations of the resort. We are always on the lookout for the latest advancements in environmental and non-polluting practices that we can utilize at Bartlett Lodge. The installation at the resort of solar power systems and a peat moss septic system, are examples of the substantial investment we have made in protecting our environment and reducing our consumption of fossil fuels.
Bullfrog Power is a Canadian company that offers clean, renewable electricity to businesses and homes. Bullfrog's electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo program, instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. Bullfrog's generators inject renewable electricity into the local or regional grid to match the amount of power used by a home or business. Bartlett Lodge is proud to be one of the first Ontario resorts to use Bullfrog Power. In switching our electricity provider to Bullfrog Power, our Algonquin Park lodge has made a serious commitment to the environment by promoting the generation of clean, renewable power. By becoming "Bullfrogpowered" and supplying green electricity to our lodge, restaurant and cottages, our electricity dollars go towards clean, renewable power and away from polluting power producers. This is just one way that we do our part in being environmentally responsible.
Always looking for ways to make Bartlett even more environmentally responsible, we have introduced a new type of environment friendly mattress in our Sunrise cabin. The new king sized foam mattress and box-spring in the Sunrise cabin are designed to use a special soya bean oil that replaces most of the traditional fossil fuels based raw materials. By utilizing this innovated new product, we can help to preserve our world by reducing the consumption of petrochemicals and increasing the use of crops harvested naturally. Soya bean oil production is more energy efficient then its synthetic counterparts, so that we also reduce the carbon footprint.
Bartlett Lodge is honoured to have been given the Sustainable Tourism Award of Excellence by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership. The Ontario Tourism Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the Ontario tourism industry. The award program features five marketing awards, two journalism awards and seven tourism industry awards of excellence. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have successfully promoted Ontario as a must-see destination and are judged by an independent, third party panel of industry and marketing experts. Everyone at Bartlett Lodge feels honoured to have received the 2009 Sustainable Tourism Award of Excellence and tremendously proud to be recognized as an Ontario resort leader in sustainable, eco-friendly practices.
To some, sustainable tourism is a rather new concept, but environmentally conscious resort properties like Bartlett Lodge have been quietly promoting its practice for years. According to a definition jointly developed by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and Parks Canada, Sustainable Tourism is "tourism which actively fosters appreciation and stewardship of the natural, cultural and historic resources and special places by local residents, the tourism industry, governments and visitors. It is tourism which can be sustained over the long term because it results in a net benefit for the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of the area in which it takes place." Although tourism will never be completely sustainable, as every industry has some type of impact on the environment, we can work together towards the goal of becoming more sustainable.
While enjoying your Algonquin Park vacation at Bartlett Lodge, if you have the time, there are a number of charming villages located close to the Park that have interesting attractions, shops, museums, galleries and special events that are well worth visiting. On shore of the Lake of Bays, the village of Dwight is located at the junction of Highways 35 and 60. At Dwight, the Oxtongue River connects Lake of Bays with Oxtongue Lake. Here you will find spectacular Ragged Falls, a popular North Muskoka tourist attraction, accessible by car, with marked trails and parking available. When in Dwight, drop by the Oxtongue Craft Cabin and Gallery to view their wide selection of original paintings, pottery glassware and jewelry by Canadian artists which are available for purchase.
Another town well-worth visiting while on your Algonquin vacation is the lovely little village of Dorset, Ontario. Straddling the borders of both Haliburton County and the District of Muskoka, this Ontario cottage country town has much to offer, including a number of shops, restaurants attractions and galleries. Dorset is located on the scenic Lake of Bays, and a waterway actually bisects Dorset's main street with a single lane bridge connecting the two sides of town. While in Dorset plan, to visit Robinson's General Store - voted “best country store in Canada.” At this longtime Dorset tourist attraction you will find a staggering selection of merchandise for everyone in the family, ranging from gifts and groceries to clothing and hardware. Other Dorset attractions of note are the Dorset Heritage Museum, the Bigwin Steamship Restoration Project and the Dorset Observation Tower.
While in Dorset, be sure to visit the S.S. Bigwin, a 66 foot-long wooden steamship that has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Berthed at the Dorset town docks at the Lake of Bays Marine Museum, the S.S. Bigwin offers regularly scheduled cruises, taking passengers on a nostalgic tour along the waters of beautiful Lake of Bays. Built for passenger service on Lake Muskoka in 1910, the S.S. Bigwin was purchased in 1925 and moved to the Lake of Bays where it was used until the 1960s ferrying guests to Bigwin Inn.
The famous Dorset Observation Tower stands 82 feet high on a mountain top that towers over the tiny village of Dorset. A popular Ontario tourist attraction and local landmark for many years, the Tower is open from mid May through October, for those who wish to climb to the top. The view from atop the tower offers visitors a breathtaking vista of the surrounding forests and lakes. The view is especially beautiful during late September and early October when the fall colours are at their finest. At the Dorset Tower site, there are also scenic hiking trails and an onsite kiosk that sells t-shirts, sweatshirts and caps bearing the Dorset Tower logo. The original Dorset fire tower, built in 1922, was used as part of a network of observation towers to protect the valuable forests from devastating forest fires. The network provided a 310 sq. mile viewing radius. The original fire tower was scheduled to be torn down in 1960, as technology had eliminated the need for fire towers. Realizing that the tower was an important tourist attraction for the area, the community banded together and replaced the old tower with the one that stands today.
The thriving Ontario cottage country town of Huntsville has a permanent population of approximately 20,000 year round residents, and during the summer months, the population swells to several times that number with the return of seasonal cottagers and tourists. Just a short drive from Algonquin Park, Huntsville offers something for everyone. It boasts many attractions, including art galleries and art studios. Throughout the year, a Huntsville community arts group, The Huntsville Art Society, hosts a number of annual shows, exhibits and workshops. This historic Ontario town has long been a magnet for artists. During the last century, Canada's Tom Thomson and several other members of the Group of Seven frequently painted here. Today, Huntsville hosts a Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery with 40 outdoor murals that celebrate the work of these great Canadian artists. The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, an ambitious project with murals in various locations throughout downtown Huntsville and the surrounding area, is dedicated in celebration of the contribution that Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven made to the heritage of the Algonquin Park and Muskoka lakes regions. These striking murals recreate some of these famous Canadian artists best loved paintings. The Huntsville Chamber of Commerce offers a walking tour guide to help visitors locate all of the murals and provides interesting information about the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery.
Located within walking distance of Huntsville's main street, the Muskoka Heritage Village, which includes the Muskoka Pioneer Village, the Muskoka Museum, Rotary Village and the Portage Flyer steam train, is an exciting Ontario attraction that is well worth visiting while on your Algonquin Park vacation, especially for families with children looking for an educational excursion in Muskoka. Encompassing 90 acres of scenic Muskoka landscape, The Muskoka Heritage Village authentically recreates a late 1800s pioneer settlement, depicting life at the time with heritage buildings and costumed guides. The Muskoka Pioneer Village includes a church, shops, sawmill, trapper's cabin, school, several homes, a First Nations' encampment and much more. The Rotary Village is a museum featuring steamship era exhibits, videos and interactive displays. The Portage Flyer is a meticulously restored 1926 steam locomotive that takes passengers for a short ride along the Muskoka River to Fairly Lake.
Also in Huntsville, you will find the Algonquin Theatre which hosts an excellent selection outstanding plays and live music concerts by top local, national and international artists. Situated in the Huntsville Civic Centre in downtown Huntsville, this large and modern theatre is open year round for theatre products and musical performances. All styles of musical are performed here, including classical, pop, country and western, and world-renown entertainers, such as Blue Rodeo, John McDerrmot and Sarah Hammer have played here. Should you wish to find out what's playing during your Algonquin Park vacation, visit the Algonquin Theatre website www.algonquintheatre.ca to see what's on.
Throughout the year, Huntsville, Ontario hosts dozens of exciting events, celebrations, festivals and special days that you can experience while on your Muskoka getaway and Algonquin Park vacation at Bartlett lodge. From open-air music festivals to fascinating outdoor art exhibits, there is something of interest for everyone. Each July, the Huntsville Jazz Festival is a popular Muskoka event that provides three wonderful evenings and a full day concert of outdoor jazz entertainment. The annual Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show features over 300 auto exhibits that wind along the main street of Huntsville every fall. Each summer, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts features live music, art and theatre performances. Other popular Huntsville events are Celebrate the Street, Nuit Blanche Nord and the Fire Fly Festival, to name just a few.
An Algonquin Park vacation at Bartlett Lodge not only offers tremendous appeal for those seeking a restful, eco-friendly holiday in Ontario, it is an inviting place for those who want to enjoy an Algonquin adventure getaway in luxury and partake in the many recreational activities available in the park including canoeing, hiking and cycling. Our top rated Algonquin Park lodge is ideal for anyone wishing to explore the park, either by water or by land. With so much to do, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you wish.
In recognition of its heritage value, Algonquin Park was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992. The Park was acknowledged for its historic value and for its role in pioneering visitor interpretation centres, developing park management programs, inspiring Canadian artists and preserving historic structures within the park. As of 2012, there are 964 National Historic Sites of Canada and each are places of profound importance to the nation. Like Algonquin Provincial Park, each National Historic Site tells a unique story and provides a significant insight into understanding Canada's identity and history.
While Bartlett Lodge has been an Algonquin Park landmark for almost a century; first opening its doors as an Algonquin Park lodge in 1917, the fascinating history of the Park starts long before, with a few scattered families of aboriginal peoples coming to the area to hunt and fish. The late 19th century brought the biggest change to the area with the introduction of logging. A thriving logging industry grew, supplying North American and International markets with construction lumber and square timber from the area's vast forests of large white and red pines. Homesteaders and farmers arrived soon after. Even as early as the 1890's, the area was recognized for its unique beauty by naturalists and preservationists who wanted to safeguard it from being destroyed by indiscriminant wide scale logging. A Royal Commission was appointed by the Province of Ontario to assess the situation and strike a balance that would satisfy both the loggers with licenses to cut in the area and the preservationists. The commission's final report in 1892 recommended the establishment of the act to make Algonquin a provincial park. They intended Algonquin Park to be an example of good forestry practices, with all logging activities closely monitored. Algonquin Park remains the only designated park in Ontario to this day that allows limited logging.
The Act that established Algonquin as a "National Park of Canada" was passed in 1893, although the Park has always been under the jurisdiction of the province of Ontario, it was first known as a National Park. In 1912, the Park's name was official changed to Algonquin Provincial Park, the very first Provincial Park in Canada. At that time, the Park included an area of 1,466 square miles and encompassed 18 townships. One year later, sections of six additional townships were added. It was the job of the Park's first chief ranger, Peter Thomson, to establish Park boundaries, liaison with the lumber operators and manage the construction of buildings. It was also his responsibility to oversee the removal of all homesteaders in the Park and inform natives that they could no longer hunt or trap on the property. Lumber production increased substantially during this time.
George W. Bartlett, for whom Bartlett Lodge was named, was appointed the second Park superintendent. His mandate was to make the Park self-efficient and to make it more attractive to tourists. Bartlett encouraged short term leases for cottages, camps and lodges to bring more tourists to the Park. During his tenure, the Hotel Algonquin and the Grand Truck Railway's first hotel, the Highland Inn, opened, along with many smaller Algonquin lodges so after. By 1910, as Park rangers patrolled the area, to protect game and watch for forest fires, wildlife numbers began to rise, as did the number of tourists who visited Algonquin Park. From this point, Algonquin Park rapidly became a fashionable tourist destination, very popular with nature enthusiasts and anglers, as word spread of the area's remarkable beauty. Not only was the Park attractive to vacationers as a holiday destination, the Algonquin wilderness caught the attention of artists like Tom Thomson and other members of the Group of Seven, who were inspired by the landscape and spent much time exploring the park. Here they sketched and painted, producing some of their finest and most famous works. It 1917, the same year Bartlett Lodge opened, Tom Thompson died under suspicious circumstances while out on Canoe Lake. To this day, people are intrigued with the mystery surrounding the painter and his untimely death. There is a plaque in recognition of Thomson at the Algonquin Visitors Centre and at the north end of Canoe Lake, there is an old cairn and totem pole memorial that was erected by the artist's friends.
The 1930's saw the beginning of the end of railway service in the park. In 1933, flood waters damaged an old rail trestle on Cache Lake that was used by the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. When it was determined that the trestle was too dangerous to use and too expensive to repair, through-service on the old O.A. & P.S. southern line was cancelled. In 1952, train service from the west was stopped and in 1959, service from the east ended as well. The last rail service in Algonquin Park ended in 1995, with the closing of the Canadian Northern line that ran through the north end of the park. Today, many Algonquin Park trails run along portions of the old railway right-of-ways.
During the 1950s and 60s, the park witnessed a substantial increase in recreational usage and tourist traffic. In order to ensure that Algonquin Park would continue to serve competing park interests and thrive in the future, a six year consolation process to develop a park management plan was initiated, and in 1974, the Algonquin Master Plan was published. The Master Plan implemented three major changes included dividing the park into specific use zones: Wilderness, Development, Nature Reserve and History, and Recreation-Utilization, establishing the Algonquin Park Forestry Authority and cancelling all existing timber licenses, and putting rules in place to limit the impact of recreational use. The original 1974 master plan has since been amended four times, with the lasted updated version published in 1998. The new plan reconfirms Ontario Park's commitment to protect Algonquin Park and maintain it as a high quality wilderness area for years to come.
Today Algonquin Park is a major Ontario tourist attraction, drawing almost a million visitors through its gates every year. People come here from the four corners of the world to witness the natural splendor of the Park and its abundant plant and wildlife. They come to Algonquin Park to hike, canoe, mountain bike, cross country ski, and learn about more about the natural environment. Algonquin Park is one the most popular provincial parks in Canada. This is due to the Park's amazing natural diversity, its wide variety of activities and attractions, and its close proximity and easy access from Ontario's Golden Horseshoe; a massive population base that includes the large urban centres of Toronto and Ottawa.
Season after season, guests return to Bartlett Lodge to enjoy the best that Algonquin Park has to offer in complete and total comfort, surrounded by the natural splendor of this very special place. For family holidays, romantic getaways, weddings and special family gatherings, Bartlett Lodge has been a favorite Algonquin Park resort for generations. We are proud of the tradition that has grown throughout the years, offering exceptional service and warm hospitality in a pristine setting that is second to none. At Bartlett, it is our goal to continue this tradition as we carry forth, by preserving the unspoiled wilderness that surrounds us. We will continue to work hard to protect the natural beauty of our land and preserve the unique charm of our classic Algonquin lodge for generations to come.
One of Ontario's finest inns, there is no other place like Bartlett Lodge. It is the perfect choice for those looking for a one of a kind Ontario resort vacation experience in a secluded place of extraordinary beauty. Bartlett offers comfortable accommodations of understated luxury, superb dining and a wealth of things to do, all in a peaceful, natural setting. Just a two and one half hour's drive from the GTA, Bartlett is the ideal resort in Ontario for a very special romantic couples getaway. Whether you chose to stay in one of our tastefully furnished cottages or in one of our luxurious platform tents with king size bed, your stay with us will be an experience you will not soon forget.
The rugged Ontario wilderness that surrounds Bartlett Lodge creates an atmosphere that is unlike anywhere else. Even before you step foot on our island you will begin to feel in awe of your surroundings and closer to nature. The sensation of being here in Algonquin Park is almost mystical. Our lodge's lakefront cottage accommodations compliment our surroundings, and while they are rustic in style, they provide the utmost in convenience and comfort for our guests. As an award-winning Algonquin Park resort our dining room offers exceptional fine dining with fabulous views. . Located on Cache Lake, in the heart of Algonquin Park, approximately midway between the East and West Gates, Bartlett Lodge is a one of a kind Ontario resort that offers guests a truly unique vacation experience that they will not soon forget. An intimate boutique lodge that is accessible only by water, Bartlett blends a rich Algonquin Park history with understated luxury and modern day sensibilities. Peace and tranquility reign supreme. Here, nature is revered and respected. We do all that we can to protect the environment and preserve the remarkable beauty of our natural landscape.
Although Bartlett Lodge is closed to guests from mid October until early May, some of our staff members continue to work throughout the winter months in order to make our Ontario resort the best it can be. In early spring, before Bartlett Lodge welcomes back its guests, we spend countless hours working to ensure that the lodge is immaculate and ready for our valued customers. Spring is a magnificent time to enjoy the many natural wonders of Algonquin Park and we highly recommend this time of year to those who truly appreciate nature and take pleasure in the peace and quiet of this magical place.
Bartlett Lodge has a number of Great Value Packages that are available this spring for the months of May and June. Booking an off-season package at Bartlett Lodge has many advantages. Although you may be tempted to book your Algonquin Park spring vacation with us just because of our excellent off-season accommodation rates alone, you might also be tempted by our outstanding vacation packages. Some of the accommodation package specials available at Bartlett this spring include a 2-night Luxury Camping Package with 5 course dinner, a Custom Fishing Package, a 2-day Wilderness Gourmet Delight Package, an Algonquin Park Dining Package, and, to commemorate our 97th anniversary, Bartlett Lodge is offering a 3-night Anniversary Package.