The Best New Weekend Getaways From Toronto: South Algonquin

South Algonquin has everything you would hope to find in an unspoiled four-season wilderness destination: an abundance of lakes, hundreds of kilometres of recreational trails, cotton candy sunsets and a spectacular Dark Sky Preserve where stargazing adventurers can ponder the mysteries of the universe.

Upscale dining at Lands 8FIFTY

Joining a number of unique accommodations in Haliburton County, Nomi Resort is a 40,000-square-foot lodge that bills itself as a wellness community. Carved out of the forests of the Canadian Shield, the main lodge includes a number of guest rooms, as well as year-round indoor and outdoor wellness programs where you’ll find a hot tub and sauna, a full spa, steam room and an espresso lounge. But the biggest “wow” at Nomi is Lands 8FIFTY restaurant and bar, which includes a menu of upscale comforts, including tapas, fine dining and a chef’s table.

If a night spent gazing at the cosmos is on your bucket list, Four Corners Algonquin, in the nearby community of Whitney, offers transparent dome bubble tents to sleep in. For a more private glamping experience, safari tents, tiny homes and pole tents are also available, and gear like pots and pans, sleeping bags, campfire games and even musical instruments can be rented.

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