Ernest Hemingway had it right when he stayed in a canvas tent while exploring Africa. You may not see buffalo, elephant, or cheetah at Bartlett Lodge; but, as one guest did, you may see a bull and cow moose mating on Bartlett's "The Moose Trail" during a two-kilometre hike.
Bartlett Lodge in Ontario's famous Algonquin Park is a selection of furnished platform canvas tents and chic rustic log cabins on Cache Lake. The "Glam" open-air tents offer seclusion, comfort, and an opportunity to sleep beneath the stars, all within easy walking distance to the main lodge on Cache Lake. In 2012 the lodge celebrated its 95th anniversary, having first opened in 1917.
For the authentic Algonquin Provincial Park "wilderness" experience, choose one of two tents in an open forest area. The tents offer a deck overlooking a small bay on Cache Lake, king-size bed, full linen service, 3-piece private bathroom, and breakfast in the lodge's main indoor dining room. A nice touch is the free use of canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats, mountain bikes, and marked self-guided hiking trail (2-kilometres).
Cabins are waterfront, rustic-chic with log-burning stove, modern bathroom, elegantly furnished bedroom (several cabins and or cottage from one bedroom to three bedrooms), screened porch with comfortable seating to watch the sun set or to listen to the sound of loons on Cache Lake, and small kitchen to prepare coffee and tea when you please. Some cabins have a fireplace. The food is excellent. Executive Chef David Fortune concentrates on fresh and local ingredients. Fish is caught from nearby lakes and rivers rather than an ocean. Herbs are fresh from Bartlett's herb garden.
The Artist Studios and Guest Lounge--an 100-year-old structure--overlook a small bay on Cache Lake. The studios are named after two members of the Group of Seven artists: Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson. Decorated with antiques and Group of Seven paintings for an authentic Algonquin Park ambiance, the studios offer the opportunity to accommodate a larger group. The Group of Seven were visitors to the park almost one-hundred years' ago in order to record on canvas the beauty of the Algonquin Park wilderness. The original building belonged to Isabel McLaughlin, a noted Canadian artist and daughter of R. S. McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada. The original building was used by Isabel as a country retreat. Isabel entertained Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer and A.Y. Jackson as well as many other well known 20th century Canadian Artists.
A Bartlett Lodge private boat takes guests from the small parking lot (inside Algonquin Park) across Cache Lake to the lodge...about a three-minute boat trip. Simply use the guest direct-line telephone to request pick up from the mainland for transfer to Bartlett Lodge. The lodge is open May to October. No telephones or internet connection in accommodation; but, guests have the use of fax, photocopy and wireless internet service at the main building.
Kim and Marilyn Smith purchased Bartlett Lodge in 1997. Since this time the new owners have concentrated on turning Bartlett into a sustainable eco lodge in keeping with Algonquin Park's ecological heritage and mindset. Bartlett Lodge uses solar power systems throught the resort and was the first resort in Algonquin Provincial Park to transfer their electric power grid over to Bullfrog Power 100% green electricity. Solar water heaters are used in some cabins. The Sunrise cabin is totally off grid. No smoking is allowed at the resort. In 2009 the lodge was awarded the 2009 Sustainable Tourism Award of Excellence by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership.
Algonquin Provincial Park is situated between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario with forest, lakes, and rivers at your doorstep. At 7,630 square kilometres, there are ample opportunites to explore the 14 hiking trails (1 km to 10 km.), three backpacking trails (up to 88 km.), 2,000 kilometres of waterway routes and 400 lakes. Bartlett Lodge offers a two-day guided canoe trip package to Hailstorm Creek in Algonquin Park. For those who enjoy fishing, some of the biggest bass, trout and pickerel have been caught in Algonquin Park lakes. Algonquin Outfitters offer all the bells and whistles for fishing, canoeing and wilderness adventures. Don't forget to bring your fishing gear and fishing license to Bartlett Lodge. Then again there's always a lazy day paddling Cache Lake to consider.