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Algonquin Park nostalgia (and need rec's please)


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Algonquin Park nostalgia (and need rec's please)

bb | Mar 27, 2005 07:19 AM

I hope this is not off-topic for Toronto. Algonquin is sort of the Catskills of Toronto I suppose (?) so I hope not. I figured this board more hopeful than Canada as a whole.

Anyway, I first visited Toronto in 1983 and have not been back since. I am heading back tomorrow for the first visit in all those 22 years (and have appreciated these boards for some good city rec's).

But back in '83 (it was December) my wife and I drove north to Algonquin Park in (at least in the nostalgic mind's eye at this stage) blinding snow. Arrive at a small motel run by French Canadian in the park at about 800pm and were directed to the lodge "down the road" where "if you hurry" we could probably still get some supper.

It was a memorable meal, we were not hurried even though we were the last diners. The room was convivial with (I suppose mandatory) moose head and a (less so) electronic organ on a miniature stage. The Mouton Cadet (in those days the vino o' choice! :-) ) went down a treat. The food was simple hearty lodge faire that sticks to the frozen ribs. I recall a good ham steak (real ham or maybe gammon) and (was it?) onion soup.

Anyway, after the work-week next, I think I will drive up to Alogonquin Park. I was wondering if you folks in the city had a favorite lodge up there you can recommend. Both for restful surroundings, and that same sort of eating experience. Absolutely not necessarily fancy so much as convivial, authentically rustic and un-chainey. I realize this is sort of off-season between winter & summer so I guess some local knowledge of which places are open appreciated too. And URL's would also be appreciated.

Also, might anyone recognize the place I am talking about? The electronic organ on stage in the dining room may be useful to nail it down(??) If still in business I will probably head back and I may even have to have a bottle of Mouton Cadet for old time's sake.

Thanks in advance. (I plan to post my Toronto / Algonquin report here in due course.)


p.s. Memo to self: DO NOT order "Poutine and Chips" this time as you did in Windsor not so long ago! Talk about a chowhound faux pas!

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