Cabin Falls Ecolodge
Adventure ~ Solitude ~ Connection
Nestled in a pristine setting, surrounded by ancient old-growth pine forests and perched over a 30 foot waterfall, Cabin Falls Ecolodge is one of the most unique rustic lodges in Canada.
If you are looking for an authentic wilderness experience, Cabin Falls Ecolodge offers a dynamic variety of soulful adventures. Hike under the canopy of lofty pines, feel the energy of 7 waterfalls, explore the river bounty by canoe and revel under a star-filled night sky.
In a land where water runs deep and shorelines of timeworn rock, crowned with pines…it is no wonder they call it Wild Temagami.
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… Waking up to birdsong and the rush of water over the rocks in the river…coffee/tea enjoyed on one of the decks as the sun begins to peek over the pines. A morning dip in the river perhaps?
A choice of hot or cold breakfast served in the dining hall and then, depending on the weather, discussing how the day will unfold. Hiking through the majestic forest or paddling to various waterfalls guided by Hap and Andrea, a picnic lunch, returning to the lodge to enjoy some quiet time with a book or journal writing, a sauna, a swim in the natural pool above the falls, sharing tales of your adventure with family or new-found friends while enjoying a beverage and appetizers.
Then dinner served, made with care and fresh ingredients. The evening is wrapped up beside the fire, star-gazing, sharing stories and sometimes music from anyone willing to pick up the guitar, spoons, harmonica or brave enough to use her/his voice.
On a 2 acre private property that is surrounded by nearly 40,000 hectares of protected wilderness, sits a small log cabin (circa 1931) with a romantic and charming history that plays into the hearts of all who visit. (See History)
Approximately 450km north of Toronto, Ontario, sits the village of Temagami – the gateway to the world-renowned Temagami Wilderness. This area is known for it’s ancient old-growth pine forests, deep waters, rocky shores, and interconnecting waterways, making it a haven for canoe tripping. Within the Temagami region, lies Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park and deep within the park, along the Lady Evelyn river, sits Cabin Falls Ecolodge – only accessible by floatplane and/or canoe.
This small-scale, hand-crafted lodge is perfect for modest-sized groups and intimate gatherings. The restricted number of guests make it a cozy, personal and unique experience.
Part of the pleasure about Cabin Falls lies in the journey of getting there.
A 20 minute floatplane ride from the town of Temagami takes you into the high country adjacent to Maple Mountain and onto Katherine Lake, 2km north of the lodge, where you are greeted by your hosts, Hap and Andrea Wilson. From there you are personally guided by canoe downriver where you might see signs of moose, beaver or mink before picking up the sound of the rapids as you near Cabin Falls.
A second option is a two-day paddle from a number of access points through some of Ontario’s most beautiful and rugged country. This adventure can be custom designed depending on your allotted time, fitness level and interests.
A guided canoe trip into the lodge is a third option. This custom designed adventure can vary in length depending on time allotted and the number of highlights explored along the way. Please contact us for details/options/pricing.
About the Air Service:
Cabin Falls has been using Lakeland Airways since 1984. Darren Gareh, owner and chief pilot, has more than 30 years flying experience and an impeccable safety record. Lakeland flies a de Havilland Beaver, a favourite among bush pilots, which is regularly maintained to a high standard. The Beaver will hold up to four people and gear. The flight into and out of the lodge is one of the highlights for our guests. Views of the wilderness park can be enjoyed from the air as this route takes you over interconnecting waterways, waterfalls and just shy of Maple Mountain, one of Ontario’s highest points of land.
Explore the Lodge
A Vision of Rustic Elegance
Our guests are often in awe at the beautiful blending between remote wilderness adventure and rustic but elegant living, through colour, texture, creative design and a harmonious union with the natural landscape.
The lodge and its amenities – nestled in the rock and forest atop a 30 ft waterfall, the lodge and surrounding grounds offer plenty of space for guests to mingle and share stories or quietly contemplate the beauty around them.
Dinning Hall – hand-built communal cedar table, cushioned sitting areas for reading, views of the river, screened barn-sash windows that fully open for breezes off the river on warm days and a woodstove for cooler days.
Main Deck – Muskoka-style deck chairs overlooking the river and falls with access to a cedar swimming dock
Quiet spaces – natural seating, hammocks
Fire pit area for evening gatherings
Axe Throwing area
Miles of Hiking Trails
Private Privies – long-drop/outhouse style with views of the forest
Private Bathhouse – sponge bath-style, supplied with pitcher of warm water and basin.
*bathing can also be done in the river using plant-based, organic products
*We are working on a hot water system for an outdoor shower (we’ll keep you posted!)
The cabins are tastefully and comfortably furnished. Each cabin is equipped with a woodstove and wool blankets for chilly evenings, a private deck that overlooks the river, and stunning views out nearly every window.
Historic 1930’s Cabin – “Rapidan” – 2 doubles, 2 singles
New Guest Cabin – “Cliffside” – 1 double, 2 singles, 1 fold-out sofa
Guest room in main lodge for overflow – 1 double, 1 single
*single cots can be added to either of the cabins for larger groups/families
Meals - carefully crafted and delicious
Pottery, silverware, wine glasses and linen napkins grace our table, along with candle-light and fresh bouquets of native flora. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail.
Meals are essentially organic and nutritious. A variety of first-class, carefully curated meals are provided each day, usually with breakfast and dinner served in the dining hall and lunch provided on the trail during daily outings. When in season, we forage wild local foods to make our meals even more special. Meals and fresh-baked goods are prepared in our woodstove and, with advance notice, special dietary requirements can easily be accommodated.
Our drinking water is sourced from a near-by pure spring that bubbles out of the ground in the old-growth forest.
Discover and Experience
Experience a renewed sense of freedom, adventure, a connection to the natural world, peace and authenticity.
Experiences offered at Cabin Falls are personally crafted for those who visit. Adventures, here, are only limited by lack of imagination. Each day offers a different discovery.
Whether you choose time to reflect and connect with nature, hike through the old-growth forest discovering its multi-layered biology and beauty, drink clean water from a pure-spring, hike one of Ontario’s highest peaks, photograph or write about nature’s beauty, swim in natural pools above and below waterfalls, star gaze and watch for northern lights, your experiences will be ones you will always cherish.
There are several magnificent waterfalls nearby to photograph and explore, all part of “the golden staircase,” a series of 7 waterfalls along the Lady Evelyn River.
Fabulous hiking trails through ancient forests that take you to scenic lookouts and lofty peaks.
Participants can sketch, carve, photograph or just quietly enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna and learn about the rich history of this ancient land.
Wild Swimming in natural pools above and below waterfalls, relax in the natural jacuzzi, float down a natural water slide or tube down the rapids beside the lodge. Enjoy a wood-fired sauna. With an abundance of paddling opportunities, both flat water and whitewater skills can be refined.
For the serious and not-so-serious angler, fish for natural brook trout (catch&release/barbless hooks). Whether a day of exploring or simply taking a day to yourself, you may want to sit and relax on the spacious deck, stretch out in a hammock and read a book.
Crafting experiences to make lifelong memories
Celebrations, Family and Friend Gatherings and Private Events ~ Couples have honeymooned here since the late 1930’s (you can make out faded inscriptions on the historic cabin walls), anniversaries, birthdays, reunions and milestones.
Retreats and Gatherings for corporate groups, photography, art, writing, and wellness.
- General Family Adventures (hiking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, learning)
- Photography & Art (day excursions, instruction & studio work)
- Canoe Camping & Canoeing Skills (novice to advanced – lining skills, whitewater and expedition paddling and camping skills)
- “Environmental Therapy” (team building – custom designed from easy to difficult sessions, fully tax deductible for business groups)
To create a welcoming and relaxing environment for people to connect with nature and an oasis that has a low impact on the earth
Your Hosts: Hap and Andrea Wilson
Andrea fell in love with paddling and Temagami at a young age. She began guiding and running retreats in 1989. Andrea spent many years working in the seasonal paddlesports industry for canoe builders such as Swift Canoe and Kayak and retailers like Algonquin Outfitter and Northern Lights Canoe & Kayak, choosing to spend her winters on the slopes as a Level III Ski Instructor.
Not only eager to explore the trail and waterways of our natural world, Andrea is dedicated to exploring the shores of her own mind. She worked as a part-time academic while perusing post-graduate work in Ethics and sits as vice-chair for Earthroots Environment Group.
Andrea has also had a lifelong interest in interior design. Cabin Falls (and her work alongside Hap in environmental design) continues to feed this passion.
Never afraid of hard work, always interested in how people relate to each other and the natural world around them, Andrea takes great pride in creating for her guests an experience to remember.
Hap is an award-winning artist, author and photographer. He worked several years in the Temagami District as a Park Ranger, later as an outfitter and was co-founder of the environment group Earthroots. Author of 14 books, his writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Cottage Life, Explore, Canoe & Kayak, International Wildlife and Outdoor Canada.
His book Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers, won the Natural Resources Council of America Award for best environmental book of 1994. Wilson also received the Bill Mason Award for lifetime achievement in river conservation. Wilson has paddled more than 60,000 km. throughout Canada and taught wilderness skills for Outward Bound, is an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
On the lighter side, Wilson taught actor Pierce Brosnan how to throw an axe and paddle a canoe for the Attenborough movie Grey Owl.
Statement of Environmental Integrity
Environmental Integrity, Sustainability & Wellness:
In today’s busy world where the standard of living seems to be a paramount objective, we often inadvertently compromise our quality of life. Clean air, palatable water, an intact natural environment, are all necessary elements for sustainable life.
As directors of the environmental group EARTHROOTS, we endeavour to remain true to our beliefs to our conservation-based values. There is no question that Cabin Falls Ecolodge is situated in one of Canada’s most beautiful locations, pristine as well as sensitive to disturbance. We have attempted to leave as modest a footprint as possible, blending the Ecolodge with the surrounding terrain in colour and design. A great deal of our building materials have been obtained from recycled lumber or sustainably managed forests. We use green products as much as possible and have all our refuse and recyclables flown out of the park for proper disposal.
We strive to keep our general footprint light but do rely on the local air service for transportation in and out of the lodge. We offer an option of paddling in or out of the lodge from a variety of access points, spending at least one overnight along the way.
For 10 years, Cabin Falls Ecolodge was powered by solar. However, we are now investigating hydro-power with the aim of revamping our electrical system. Our drinking water is drawn from a pure spring, borne out of the old-growth pine forest.
What guests have said
Cabin Falls Ecolodge is a very special place - and you don’t quite realize how special until you arrive. I felt like we were transported to a magical place in the wilderness, and we were the only ones left in the world. Andrea & Hap have a special ability to make you feel like family; we were so well taken care of. They work tirelessly to create a home in the wilderness for travellers from all over the world. I totally trusted their guidance and leadership because they are such highly skilled guides, with over 50-years combined canoe tripping experience. Thank you for having us and I cannot wait to return!
Four of us spent 3 days and two nights at Cabin Falls Ecolodge last week. It is such a magical place. Drifting to sleep next to the sound of the falls; fabulous meals; afternoon saunas; swimming in the natural pools at the top of the falls...and no-one for miles. This is the place to leave the world behind. Embrace nature and relax.
I can’t recommend it enough.
We had the Best Nature Experience Possible at Cabin Falls in Temagami thanks to Hap and Andrea Wilson, who are the ultimate hosts and guides that provided special accomodations, expert adventures on land and water, as well as having the most memorable stories and knowledge of the area. We know you will Love It, as we did.