Whitney is a small town on the eastern edge of Algonquin Provincial Park in southwestern Ontario. The town once was the site of the Saint Anthony Lumber Company’s sawmill, which processed timber from Algonquin Park. Whitney’s other claim to fame was having the first Bell Telephone switchboard offices in the area. Part of the South Algonquin Township, Whitney offers a selection of hotels and inns, some catering to an adult-only clientele.
The Couples Resort
Surrounded by the Canadian wilderness The Couples Resort is a rustically luxurious property providing a romantic getaway for adult couples. Spend your vacation in a 1,400-square-foot Chateau with a cathedral ceiling, double-sided natural stone fireplace and a view of Galeairy Lake. Or choose one of the Exotic Rooms with an in-room jetted tub sitting between the bed and a wood burning fireplace. The dining room becomes a formal affair during the dinner hour, where jackets and cocktail dresses are the norm. The on-site spa offers massage therapy and shiatsu treatments at the spa site or in the privacy of your room. In the warmer seasons enjoy the outdoor saltwater pool or hot-tub, or book a fishing, water-skiing or horseback riding adventure. In the winter try a bit of snowmobiling, dogsledding or cross-country skiing. This property is on the eastern end of Algonquin Provincial Park.
The Adventure Lodge
Located five miles from the eastern entrance to Algonquin Park, the Adventure Lodge is an intimate adult-only retreat that allows pets for an additional fee. Six log cabins sporting names of Caribbean islands offer private hot tubs in front of wood-burning fireplaces and bamboo floors. Room rates include breakfast and dinner in the Algonquin Dining room plus vouchers for lunch at the neighboring Couples Resort. Canoes, kayaks and boats are available for rent, as are mountain bikes. Work out in the gym, relax in the dry sauna or hot tub or go for a swim in the saltwater swimming pool. In winter, it’s all about the snow. Go ice skating on an outdoor rink, toboggan down a hill or pick a snowball fight with your special someone. The lodge will arrange guided sled-dog tours of the park as well as horseback rides in the snow.
Algonquin Parkway Inn
Sitting on the edge of the Madawaska River, the Algonquin Parkway Inn is low-key and inexpensive, welcoming guests of all ages. Rooms are simply furnished, many with knotty pine walls and locally made furniture. All rooms are air conditioned, offer cable TV, microwave oven, mini-fridge and coffee makers. In summer throw a party in the outdoor barbecue area overlooking the river. Hike along the riverbank, throw in a line and see if you catch a fish or two or just take a walk into town for a meal or some shopping. The entrance to Algonquin Park is two miles away.
Algonquin East Lake Motel
In summer the Algonquin East Lake Motel is surrounded by an expanse of lawn edged in flowers. Low-rise, laid-back and moderately priced, this family-run property with the lilac-colored sign offers a vacation base within walking distance of Whitney’s town core. Though not included in the nightly rate, breakfast is available in the motel dining room. Hiking trails, which double as cross-country ski trails in winter, lead out from the property to the Madawaska River. Fish, canoe, mountain bike or visit the public beach near the motel for a swim. An on-site art gallery features the works of local artist David Kay, who specializes in Algonquin Park nature scenes.
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