Temagami and Cabin Falls EcoLodge General Information
The Ecolodge overlooks “Cabin Falls” on the Lady Evelyn River, deep within the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park. It is the only private lodge within the Park. Refer to our website for a more detailed description. Revered as one of Canada’s most unique and picturesque ‘outpost’ lodges, it is situated within Ontario’s most rugged and highest regions. The Temagami wilderness is defined by its ancient pine forests, rocky outcrops and clear, deep water. The Lady Evelyn River is famous for its seven waterfalls, canyons, rapids and abundant wildlife. The highest points in Ontario, such as Maple Mountain and Dry Lake Ridge are close by. Because of the rocky terrain, footing over rocks can sometimes be challenging; sturdy, protective footwear and a relatively good physical conditioning are essential. All guests are required to undergo a certain amount of physical exercise throughout their stay, usually by canoeing or hiking. Those with physical challenges may stay within the confines of the Ecolodge; however, we do our best to accommodate all levels of physical fitness and age for prescribed activities.
Guests are required to check in to Lakeland Airways in Temagami at least one-half hour prior to departure time. Late arrivals may get “bumped”, delayed, or moved to the next day where additional flight costs will be applied. Please adhere to weight specifications and make sure that all your gear is stowed in one backpack and one small day-pack or camera case. The DeHavilland Beaver floatplane (half-hour flight time) will carry up to 4-passengers and their respective gear to our pick-up point on Divide (Katherine) Lake within the Park. From here you will be guided the 2.5 km. downriver to the lodge. No paddling experience is necessary – we will be happy to give instruction in paddling skills as we make our way down the Lady Evelyn River. Return flight is generally early afternoon on the final day of the retreat. Weight Limit for flying in: guests are limited to 40lb. of baggage in total.
Retreats are 5-days in duration; for those who would rather paddle or kayak in to the Ecolodge, add 2-days travel time with one overnight along the way.
The history of Cabin Falls is quite colourful but best related around an evening campfire. Dating back to 1931, it was first known as the “Rapidan Club”, named after U.S. president Roosevelt’s remote outpost in Virginia. Today, the Ecolodge can accommodate up to 12 guests, in either the original log cabin, or the new “Bunkie”, both having spectacular views of the river. The main lodge is perched above the 30-foot waterfall with over 1,000 sq. ft. of deck and adjoining walkways connecting the lodge with the dining hall and sauna. Most of our guests (since 1984) have remarked about the “rustic elegance” that defines the charm of the Ecolodge.
There are seasonal variations which include: Spring: May 10 to June 21st. Some fun whitewater to play in and learn skills; superb brook trout fishing; blossoming flowers and photo opportunities. Summer: June 22nd. to Labour Day. Blueberries, swimming & general recreation. Fall: Labour Day to October 15th. Bug free and brilliant colours, fresh and vibrant days for hiking and photography. Let us know what your interests are. Since 1984 we have hosted just about everything, from executive “team-building”…we like to call it “environmental therapy”, to family camping primers. Art and photography retreats are most popular, with day excursions and packed lunches to several favourite spots within a short distance from the Ecolodge, including a hike up one of Ontario’s highest points at Dry Lake. We are usually back at the outpost by 4:pm. in time for a swim, sauna or just to relax on the deck with a good book. Meals are professionally prepared on a wood-fired stove. Moonlight paddles, fireside story-telling and star-gazing fill the evenings at Cabin Falls Ecolodge.