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Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve

Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve is a beautiful place that holds a lot of history.

It was newly opened in the early 1900’s as a recreational resort, and at over 100 years old, she is still thriving and teeming with wildlife.

Limberlost comprises of 10,000 acres with 20 pristine lakes, over 70 km of woodland trails, and 12 cottages.

What I love most about my time in Canada are the gorgeous views while driving up north, especially in the fall. The majestic trees are changing colour, inukshuk rock stacks are found everywhere as if wishing you a good trip up north, and sometimes if you’re lucky, you will encounter a moose, black bear, or white tail deer foraging on the side of the road.

This time we were graced by the presence of a white tail deer.

Limberlost

Giselle at the bottom of Echo Rock

Arriving at Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve at noon we were greeted by Nicholas Babiuk, general manager of Limberlost. Nicholas showed us to our cottage on Lake Solitaire and gave us a tour around the beautiful grounds.

Our two nights were spent in the Amron cottage. It sleeps six people and has a private beach overlooking Lake Solitaire-the largest lake at Limberlost.

bedroom in Amron cottage

Our huge room in the Amron cottage

Like all cottages at Limberlost, Amron was outfitted with 2 canoes and 2 kayaks.

Our home for the weekend was extremely spacious and sweetly decorated in country style. We made good use of our fireplace every evening while sipping on hot tea.

Our time was spent hiking trails, canoeing, stargazing, and being aware of the peaceful silence all around us.

The night sky was mesmerizing. Millions of stars twinkled above us as we pointed out constellations.

Star trails over Lake Solitaire

Star trails over Lake Solitaire

We sat by the water and watched maple leaves float by-a sign of winter soon to come.

A friendly chipmunk paid us a visit everyday, and in the distance Canadian geese were bathing and squawking their little hearts out. We watched the burnt orange sunset every evening while the soothing sound of the loon’s call beckoned out.

This is the quintessential Canadian experience. It is a must do whether you’re travelling through, or its your 100th time.

It never gets old.

All around the reserve there are gorgeous scenic outlooks where you can look out over hundreds of kilometres of forest. It is especially pretty during the fall when the trees turn gold and red.

Solitaire Lake at Limberlost

Beautiful and peaceful morning on Lake Solitaire

During the winter months you can snowshoe the trails, and find stunning ice formations hugging the cliffs.

There is no wifi at Limberlost, but you should be able to find a much better connection to the still water, the call of the loons, the sounds of the forest, and if you’re lucky; the howls of 2 families of wolves living on the reserve.

This is what I love most about Canada. Sacred pristine nature. My church, and place of worship.

 

If you are not able stay the night or are just passing through, you can visit Limberlost for the day free of charge. Everyone is welcome to hike, swim, and picnic for the day.

*Our fantastic stay was courtesy of Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve  but these opinions are our own*

Comments To This Entry.
  1. George Blower September 29, 2014 Reply

    Well thats something to add to my itinerary when I next hop over the pond. Awesome review as always guys, making me ever so jealous!

  2. john September 29, 2014 Reply

    Looks like a pretty good set up and nice clear lakes.

    • Giselle and Cody September 30, 2014 Reply

      This place is right up your alley John.
      Tons of trails for hiking and lakes for canoeing.
      Next time you are in Ontario you should make your way up to Limberlost.

  3. Elizabeth September 29, 2014 Reply

    Wow! This place looks gorgeous! So serene. The cottage is lovely & spacious. The lake looks so peaceful. Will look up Limberlost next time we’re looking for a place to stay up north. Thanks for sharing.

    • Giselle and Cody September 30, 2014 Reply

      You’re welcome Elizabeth.
      This would be a perfect getaway for the family. We should plan a trip up North together 🙂

  4. Hey Giselle and Cody! Wonderful post. You just made me homesick!! It’s been a few years since I got to experience the beauty of a Canadian autumn. The last time I did, I was in Rockwood, a small town about 45 mins from Toronto. It was pretty incredible (as always) though I’ve not yet been to Limberlost. I’ll have to add it to my list, especially for a crisp autumn canoe ride! Thanks for sharing!

    • Giselle and Cody September 30, 2014 Reply

      Hey Ian, glad you enjoyed our post. We aren’t in Canada very often so when we are we love coming up north to relax and enjoy how beautiful Canada really is. Limberlost was a great place to do that.

      Any plans of coming home anytime soon?

  5. Cailin September 30, 2014 Reply

    Looks like a gorgeous place to disconnect for a few days!

    • Giselle and Cody September 30, 2014 Reply

      The life of a travel blogger is pretty awesome but you’re right, it is always nice to disconnect and not stare at a computer screen 🙂 This was the perfect place to leave it all behind.

  6. Rebekah October 1, 2014 Reply

    I love sitting by a quiet lake and watching nature. I’ve gone camping by the same lake in Maine off and on since childhood and falling asleep to the sounds of loons…. so awesome. I’ve never been to the limberlost but it def seems like great spot to visit

    • Giselle and Cody October 1, 2014 Reply

      It’s always great to hear of people exploring their own country. We tend to forget how beautiful are surroundings are and always venture off to travel. It is so peaceful hearing the loons at night. We would love to travel to Maine and explore more….Hopefully one day 🙂

  7. Stan Roberts October 2, 2014 Reply

    I have been all over Northern Ontario, but have never made it over to Limberlost…Yet!

    My Grandparents went on their honeymoon there long time ago. I try and travel to the North at least 3-4 times in the year. Next trip I will be headed to Limberlost for sure. Great video.

    • Giselle and Cody October 4, 2014 Reply

      We would highly recommend heading up to Limberlost. Like all of Northern Ontario it is very beautiful and relaxing.
      It’s pretty crazy that Limberlost was second to Niagara Falls when it came to honeymoon escapes in Canada.

  8. Diana Edelman October 6, 2014 Reply

    Looks gorgeous! I miss the leaves changing colors. How beautiful of a place. And, Cody, way to make Giselle row.

    • Giselle and Cody October 9, 2014 Reply

      I know Diana but she is just so much more photogenic then me. 🙂

  9. Federico October 7, 2014 Reply

    I can relate to the beauty of a place like this, my most recent post also involves kayaking in a serene lake with great mountains around. Makes it very special when you live by the sea!

    • Giselle and Cody October 9, 2014 Reply

      Federico, it really is nice to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
      So calming and relaxing.

  10. Leah October 8, 2014 Reply

    How gorgeous! I especially love that night sky timelapse shot, very impressive!

    • Giselle and Cody October 9, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Leah. It was really easy to do out there considering there is not a lot of light.

      We are heading back in December and hope to do some light painting, as well as capture more time lapse shots.

  11. Looks like a stellar place to chill. 🙂

  12. Ligeia and Mindy October 16, 2014 Reply

    Oh my goodness, this place is gorgeous!!!! And what a great name for a lake! We’ll have to explore Limberlost at some point…perhaps we’ll wait til winter’s over though huh? 😉

    • Giselle and Cody October 18, 2014 Reply

      We are going to be heading there in the winter. Would love to get the fire going and get all cozy.
      Maybe even do some snowshoeing 🙂 You guys should go if you get the chance.

  13. Megan Kennedy November 7, 2014 Reply

    I love visiting Northern Ontario when I lived close by, I miss it. However, I’m planning a trip to visit family there and I’ll have to try to convince them to explore this part with me!

    Great post, love the photography.

    • Giselle and Cody November 9, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Megan.

      Limberlost is a great place to explore and they do not charge to enter the grounds and hike around. Most provincial parks will charge a day rate to visit but not Limberlost. While we were there we ran into many people who were there for the day to visit. Such beautiful surroundings.

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  16. Cherryl Warnica October 15, 2015 Reply

    Limberlost has been a great hiking spot for our friends and family when we are up to the cottage a few minutes away. We went quite a few times this summer and are awed by the beauty but also by the upkeep of every trail, lookout, cabin.. We are so grateful for those that are funding the upkeep and allow us the pleasure of exploring in a safe and beautiful area.
    Great review! thanks.

    • Giselle and Cody October 22, 2015 Reply

      Hey Cherryl,

      Thanks for writing.
      Limberlost is such a beautiful place to spend any season in. It was wonderful in the summer, fall, and even in the winter when we got to snow shoe on the lake! We are lucky to have so much beauty in Canada.

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