Staying at the Wolf Den is very much a community experience, and when this works best (which is most of the time) it is because our guests take to heart a number of basic community principles. In this spirit, we invite our guests to help keep things tidy in the common areas, including washing, drying and putting away their dishes after meals and making room for others in the kitchen at mealtimes. We request that all guests kindly respect our quiet time of 10:30pm to allow early-rising hikers and photographers to get a good night’s rest. Finally, guests are welcome to bring alcohol to the Wolf Den but we appeal to everyone to please drink moderately. If partying is a big part of your vacation plan then there are better-suited hostels and hotels than the family-oriented, communal atmosphere of our nature retreat. We’d be grateful if you respected this when considering making a reservation with us.
Please understand that as a small business a cancelled reservation can have a huge impact on the success of our lodge. If you reserve, you hold space from other guests and if you cancel it may not be possible for us to fill the space again.
If there is need to cancel a reservation we ask that you do so 3 weeks in advance. If reservations are cancelled less than 3 weeks in advance and we are unable to fill the vacancy, we charge 50% of the total amount. In case of no-show or cancellation within 72 hours of check-in, the full amount will be charged.
Unfortunately rain or shine, sickness or car troubles are no exceptions and therefore our cancellation policy will still apply (Nothing personal!).
For Group Bookings (booked as one or separately) the cancellation time and penalty may be different and are negotiated at the time of booking.
Thanks for supporting our business in this way.
Check-in / Check-out
You are welcome to arrive at any time on check-in day, but we cannot guarantee your private space will be ready until 3pm. Feel free to come, put your food in the common fridge, and head out on a hike if your spot is not yet ready; we’ll give you the longer tour when you get back. If you will be arriving later than 10pm please contact us to make arrangements as we do not have an all-night staff. Check out is 11am.
What to Bring
- Your own food. We recommend shopping for all you need in your home community.
- Your own toiletries. We particularly recommend bringing scent-free soaps and shampoos in the spring and summer to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
- Good sturdy footwear for hiking.
- Slippers for your bunkie or cabin.
- A headlamp or flashlight (or even a flashlight function on your cell phone) is advisable to get back and forth from the outdoor wash station at night.
What not to Bring
- We may have a limited amount of common items available for purchase, should you forget them. (salt, pepper, coffee, shampoo, soap, etc).
- Please do not bring bottled water since we have beautiful UV filtered water here – better than anything you could buy in a bottle!
- Please do not bring disposable plates, cutlery etc. as the kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need. We also provide everything required for dish washing.
- No need to bring towels or bed linens as we provide these.
- Quiet time begins at 10:30pm out of respect for our many guests who like to get an early start on the trails (please be aware of your neighbours). You may continue to enjoy the campfire, and use the outdoor wash station after 10:30pm so long as you keep all noise to a minimum.
- Please wash, dry, and remove your pots and dishes immediately from the shared dish washing area so the next person can use the space.
- Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Wolf Den ($5 per pet per night)
- Drunkenness will not be tolerated.
- Please bring your desire to connect with nature, not your Ipad! We have no WIFI at the Wolf Den, and we strongly encourage guests to remain “unplugged” during their time with us.
We are beyond delighted to announce that as of January, 2015, two of our three independent eco-cabins (the Black-Capped Chickadee and the River Otter) are universally accessible, including provisions for full wheel-chair accessibility. There are ramps leading from the parking pad to the front door, all door frames in the cabins are wide enough for passing through with mobility aids, and all our showers are curbless.
Our hostel accommodation is not yet fully accessible – but give us time! We’re working on it!
Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about accessibility at the Wolf Den or in Algonquin Park, or have specific requests we might be able to help you with.