Sunday, December 18, 2005

Take the Train to Algonquin

It is encouraging to see so many of our Toronto guests choosing to take the train to our winter adventures at the Algonquin Cottage Outpost. The train is very convenient. Leaving from downtown Toronto’s Union station, the Ontario Northland leaves Toronto every morning at 8:40am for a 4-hour journey to South River, just outside the western boundary of Algonquin Park. Our guide team picks up our guests in South River and shuttle out to either our Algonquin Log cabin or Algonquin Cottage Outpost. The train returns back to Toronto, leaving South River daily at 2:40pm and arriving in downtown Toronto at 6:30pm.

Ideal for people who do not want to deal with winter driving conditions, the train offers an exciting alternative for families. Last winter, my son Ben (who was 4 at the time) and I took the train to Algonquin. He loved Union Station, the train’s sliding chairs (and snack car!) as well as stepping off into the “wilderness” of South River! The cost is quite affordable with a return trip to South River being around $105 per person.