People often do things in hotels that they would never do in their own homes, such as sleep soundly, watch Marley & Me, or let the kids drink as much shampoo as they want. Let loose with today's Groupon to Algonquin Wilderness Eco-Lodge, located three hours from Toronto on the southern border of Algonquin Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $399, you get a two-night eco-lodge stay for two in a standard room, including meals, luggage transfer, and gratuity, plus the use of canoes, the hot tub, and the sauna (up to a $778.80 value, HST and gratuity included).
- For $228, you get a three-day, two-night guided wilderness canoe trip for one, including meals, a guide, permits, and all necessary equipment (a recommended packing list for personal items will be provided) (a $457.65 value, HST included).
The Algonquin Wilderness Eco-Lodge offers an eco-friendly wilderness getaway with more than 60 kilometres of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and other seasonal adventures, paired with a wood-heated sauna and alternatively powered outdoor hot tub. Each of Algonquin’s rooms (up to a $160 value per person per night) includes a double bed or two singles and evokes the charm of European mountain lodging. The common lounge unites fellow travellers recovering from technology-induced eye ticks, and power from a micro-hydro generator alternatively energizes the grounds. In keeping with the lodge's mission to reduce its environmental footprint, lodgers are asked to bring their own soap, shampoo, and guide for sustainably harvesting wild pillows. This Groupon also includes luggage transfers for two (a $20 value), carting suitcases stuffed with packing peanuts straight to guest rooms from the parking lot lying 2.3 kilometres away.
The three-day, two-night guided wilderness canoe trip immerses guests in ecotourism, teaching them how to row and pack a canoe, set up a tent, start a cooking fire, identify wild plants, and read a trail map to help direct bears that can't remember where they hibernated. The expedition comes furnished with all necessary equipment, including meals, guide service, and permits; guests will receive a packing checklist beforehand recommending personal items such as sleeping bags and flashlights. Paddlers load up Kevlar canoes with a three-day supply of Mother Nature's favourite hard candies before embarking through the interior of Algonquin Park to Pen Lake, where they may spy numerous waterfowl, moose, beaver, wolves, and bears. Upon reaching the campsite, adventurers will help portage canoes, do camp chores, and bathe in the lakes. Urbanites can flee the city to Algonquin in their own transport, or guests can be picked up and dropped off at Finch subway station in Toronto for an additional cost.