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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Twelve Days of Muskoka - Christmas & Holiday Local Gift Guide :: Day 6


We really dig living in Muskoka. The area is home to many beautiful iconic features and creatures that have come to help symbolize Ontario and Canada as we know it. But one of features that we like the most is how inspiring it is to live amongst the many artisans and crafters - that have made this land of rock and water their home - as well the smaller businesses that have come to be part of the personality and character of the Muskoka we have come to know and love. Thus Twelve Days of Muskoka, inspired by Suburban Tourist's Twelve Days of Holiday Gift Giving, is meant to celebrate these people and their businesses as well as introduce you to some new gift giving ideas and remind you of some old favourites.

The Sixth Day of Muskoka Christmas & Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Screen shot of The Wolf Den website.

Wolf Den Bunkhouse 'n Cabins
Day 5 we mentioned Algonquin. And what goes paw in paw with Algonquin Park? Answer: The Wolf Den. If you make a gift out of a trip to Algonquin Park, the Wolf Den is one of the places we would recommend you stay. Built on the spirit of community and the love of nature, The Wolf Den is one of the most friendly of places you will come to know. Known as Muskoka's hostel, the property also has private cabins available too. They also have an Education Centre that offers half-day workshops and guided hikes on topics such as plants, survival skills, wildlife tracking and connecting with nature. Just situated outside of the park's West Gate, The Wolf Den is also the perfect spot to stop for a night before and/after a canoe trip into the park's interior.

A tale of overcoming the emotional
and physical obstacles Sean faced,
this inspirational story is a great gift for
paddlers and non-paddlers alike!
We have friends who dig the Wolf Den (and the people there, like Ben) so much that they have made it a tradition to stay there whenever they are on a multi-day canoe trip into the Park. We have even stayed there ourselves with Sean Smith, author of The Fat Paddler (which by the way, is a book that should make your gift list as well this year! Check it out here: The Fat Paddler Book) and we were really diggin' it too. Seeing that we all have too much stuff and most of us need to reconnect with our natural world and each other, giving the gift of a stay at the Wolf Den will prove to be an experience that will bring treasured moments and memories to any person's life. 

The Beaver Cabin were we stayed with Sean (The Fat Paddler)

Because you can't wrap up life experience in a box and put a bow on it, we would definitely put the gift of a stay at the Wolf Den under the heading of non-traditional gifts - with a tag marking it as "priceless".


2 comments:

  1. I had a great time reading this post and I really like to have a copy of that book. Thanks!

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  2. Awww, thanks Fiona and Mike! Can't wait to come back someday and actually see some bears. :)

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