Muskoka Parks Series: Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve

One of the best things about living in and visiting the Muskoka area is enjoying some of Ontario's most beautiful natural landscapes. What better way to unleash your adventurous side than to explore a selection of Ontario’s best parks? While Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve isn’t technically a park, it is a wildlife marvel that should top anyone’s must-see list. 

The Limberlost Wildlife Reserve is a year-round wilderness reserve encompassing twenty private lakes and spanning 10,000+ acres of mixed forest. Located just outside Huntsville, Ontario, the reserve’s trails are ideally suited for hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing –– all free of charge. It is truly “one of the most pristine wildernesses out Algonquin Park,” says Broker Jay Richardson. When asked if the Wildlife Reserve gets busy, she replies, “It's large enough that it doesn’t… It’s a bit of a hidden secret.”

During the winter months, skiing at Limberlost Reserve is a popular pastime. Ski trails are rated for difficulty level, increasing from Green, Blue, Black and Double-Black. Several trails include lake crossings, which are dependent on ice conditions. In addition, some routes have yet to open, and even more have yet to be groomed. The back Country/Downhill trail conditions are fabulous and covered in a deep powder. However, these trails are ungroomed, so prepare for severe grade changes. Before heading out, check the Limberlost Reserve Ski Trails page for up-to-date trail information. In fact, it has just been posted that Burns, Helve, and Long Lake trails are closed for the season due to road repairs. Rest assured, the remaining trails are open and just waiting for you.

And if a simple day trip does not give you enough time to experience everything the area offers, Limberlost offers several accommodations for an overnight – or week-long – stay. Choose from several luxurious and furnished 3-storey lodges or bungalow-style family cottages on Buck and Solitaire Lake. For those looking for a more authentically remote experience, there are outpost camps deep inside the forest reserve, accessible only by 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicles. And finally, you’ll find traditional campsites and “heated glamping cabins” throughout the reserve. Each site has at least a picnic table, a private outhouse and a firepit. Visit the Limberlost Accommodations page for information regarding Spring and Fall discount rates.

Please visit the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve Website to plan your visit.

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