Photo of a Small Group Backpacking in OntarioThere are several ways to explore Northern Ontario’s vast, unquestionably peaceful backcountry. Some prefer to motor through the region’s countless waterways. Others cannot resist the power of a nimble ATV. But the preferred method of exploration for many is much simpler: fill a pack, grab a map, lace up those boots, and trek into the unknown. That being said, backpacking in Ontario doesn’t have to equate to “roughing it” through the bush and shivering under the stars. Enter: Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, the perfect balance of beauty, seclusion, and convenience.

Backpacking in Ontario | Seek the Unknown

Once the snow thaws, hikers of all ages and backgrounds begin to devise plans of their next big trip up north. Here at Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, we’re known for our seemingly endless backcountry snowmobiling and ATVing possibilities. Folks can take five steps out of their cabin and just jet into the vast wilderness with nothing but a sense of adventure and perhaps a semi-detailed map. Well, the same goes for backpackers. Abandoned mines, closed logging roads, untouched forestry, and peaceful lakes dot the land that encircles our particularly secluded slice of Northern Ontario. We always recommend polling the locals or asking our team members about their favourite hidden gems within a day’s hike of the Montreal River. Once you’ve had your fill of backpacking in Ontario’s glorious countryside, seek out these three nearby paths.

Elk Lake’s Many Amenities

Photo of a Man Fishing at Dusk after a Full Day of Backpacking in OntarioAfter each full day of backpacking in Ontario, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a hand-delivered meal in the comfort of a log cabin. Most hot, delicious meals are followed by an evening of fishing on the Montreal River at dusk, hot tub or sauna relaxation, and stories and s’mores around a crackling campfire with friends new and old. Each unit is equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a full kitchen, super-soft beds, and a river-view deck.

As one of the top-reviewed Northern Ontario fishing lodges, we’re expecting a full house this summer. So, don’t forget to give us a call today to get matched up with a package that best fits your group’s size, style, and budget. For insider tips on the very best backpacking trails in Ontario, don’t hesitate to call us today at 705-679‑4041.