Temagami and Cabin Falls EcoLodge Check List & General Information
WHAT TO EXPECT:
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.
FLYING IN & OUT:
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.
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. See pricing variations on our website.
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.
Fine dining serving organic cuisine (specialty foods upon request) Excellent swimming (June to mid September) in the natural pools, waterslides and jacuzzi’s Wood-fired sauna Nature-related library Firepit for evening story-telling and star-gazing Canoes 5 km. of backcountry hiking trails through old-growth pine 7 waterfalls within a short distance of the lodge Pure spring water for drinking Solar, turbine & generator for charging laptops & equipment Emergency satellite phone and limited internet
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.
CABIN FALLS ECOLODGE CHECK LIST
Personal gear should be compacted in to one large internal-frame pack using “dry-bags” for waterproofing. Camera’s, computers, or any electronic equipment should be packed in a sturdy waterproof bag or “pelican” case. Guests should bring a light day-pack for excursions. If you have any questions concerning what to bring, please email or call us. Remember to bring warmer clothes for spring and fall retreats!
- Water bottle _______________.
- Towel ______________.
- Sheets or sleeping bag _________.
- Pillow Case ______________.
- Personal toiletries (toothbrush, bio-degradable soap, etc.) ________.
- UV protection ___________.
- Personal medications __________.
- Headwear (hat or bandana) ________.
- Bathing suit _________.
- Headlamp/flashlight ________.
- Camera with case (spare batteries or charger) _______.
- 2-piece quality rain suit ________.
- Wind shell or jacket _________.
- Fleece or sweater _______.
- Cargo pants _______, shorts ________.
- Long underwear (spring & fall) ________.
- Lounge shoes/sandals ________.
- Hiking boots ________.
- Gloves (for paddling and/or cold weather) _______.
- Sunglasses ________.
- 2-3 T-shirts _______.
- 4-5 pr. underwear _______, 5-6 pr. heavy socks ________.
- Reading material ________.
- Journal/writing material/art material ________.
- Large internal-frame pack with waterproof liner or dry bags ________.
- Insect repellant/bug jacket for spring & summer trips ________.
We highly recommend loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, light-coloured fabric for spring and summer. It’s your choice whether to bring synthetic or cotton/wool clothing; we do have a hand-powered washing-machine at the lodge. Alcohol is permitted (bring your own) but carefully monitored at the lodge and there is no smoking within any public area of the lodge. All beds have mattresses and pillows – extra blankets are available. Please let us know if you prefer a 2-person or single bed.