The Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat is a beautiful log cabin lodge situated on the Oxtongue River in the Algonquin Highlands, in the community of Oxtongue Lake, on the traditional lands of the Algonquin First Nation. We are located just 9km outside the West Gate of Ontario’s world famous Algonquin Park.
Each year we welcome hikers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts of all experience levels who also want to enjoy spending time meeting other people from around the globe. Our guests come to revel in Algonquin’s beauty and foster their personal connection with nature, and this is the atmosphere we strive to offer. We are not a place for partying, loud music, late nights, or drunkenness.
To provide affordable accommodation that promotes both community and a connection with nature.
How we Operate:
While most of our sleeping quarters are private (only our backpackers’ dorms are shared sleeping spaces, and these are only open in the summer time), our beautiful timber-frame guest kitchen, lounge, and bathrooms are shared by everyone staying at the hostel. Guests staying in our independent eco-cabins can enjoy the peace and tranquility of total privacy, as these cabins have their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. We don’t have a restaurant on-site but encourage people to come with their own ingredients and prepare their own meals.
We invite you to familiarize yourself with our different accommodation types before making your booking. If you click on the next tab heading to the right, “Accommodation“, you can read about the variety of options available to you. The sub-tabs “Hostel” and “Independent Eco-Cabins” are there to help you select and book your favourite spot. If you have any questions at all, or would prefer to put down your tablet or close your laptop and engage with a real live person, please don’t hesitate to contact us — while we might have a lovely website, what we love most is talking to our guests!
About ten years ago, researcher Richard Louv coined the term, “the Nature Deficit” to describe humankind’s growing disconnection from the natural world. This disconnect, he argues, produces a negative impact on the well-being of both the earth and us as individuals and societies. At the Wolf Den we strive to play our little part in diminishing this deficit by enabling people and nature to come back together – one person, one family at a time. Our hope is that in restoring these essential connections people can improve their own life balance and make better decisions regarding their impact on the planet.
We do this by creating a peaceful, “unplugged” space for guests to spend time in the forest, river, lake, or wetland and return to our lodge to relax, prepare their meals, swap stories with an eclectic crowd of both domestic and international guests, and to rest for the adventures of tomorrow. We also offer guided hikes and some high quality nature programming.
Beavers, bears, wolves, moose, deer, and otters are just some of the subjects highlighted in the “stories of the day” told by excited guests returning to lodge, as are canoe, hike, ski, snowshoe, dogsled, bike and horseback adventures. The Algonquin region is home to many spectacular trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, ferns, low plants, lichen and fungi. Birders can visit the region in all seasons and are particularly excited in winter when they have sightings and interactions with some boreal specialists such as the grey jay, spruce grouse, and winter finches. Experiencing these marvels – whether you’re an expert or a nature novice – is what we believe can restore a sense of personal connection to our earth.
Thank you so much for visiting us, and enjoy your stay,
Jen and Jacques