Accommodations FAQ

Where are you located?

The Canadian Ecology Centre is located on leased land within Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. We are 30 minutes East of North Bay and 15 minutes West of Mattawa on highway 17.

When entering our address in GPS units, please note that we are located in Calvin Township, not Mattawa.

Please note that you will pass through the park gates to reach the CEC. All visitors of the CEC MUST stop at the park gate during the park operating season, a vehicle permit fee is required.

When are you open?

The CEC operates year round. Our main office hours can be found here. The front desk may be open during the evenings and weekends for special groups.

If you have a reservation and are arriving after hours please contact the front desk during business hours to make arrangements. If staying on site when the front desk is closed, there is an emergency number that can be called which is located in the guest binder in your cabin, as well as on the front doors of the main building.

Please do not contact the provincial park for matters related to the CEC, call the emergency number provided in your cabin and we will assist you.

What is provided in the cabins?

Each cabin comes with bedding (sheets, comforters and pillows) and towels as well as a small bar fridge. Cabins have hot running water, a stand up shower and flush toilet.

We do not provide televisions in the cabins, however there is satellite television in the shared use dining cabin.

The cabins are heated in the winter. They do not have air conditioning.

For colder months, plugs are available at each cabin, please bring your own extension cords to plug in block heaters.

When is check-in and check-out?

Check-in begins at 3pm and check-out ends at 11am.

Early check-ins and late check-outs can be arranged, but are not guaranteed.

Anyone arriving after business hours should make special arrangements with the front desk.

What is your cancellation policy?

For individual bookings, no shows or cancellations made less than 24hrs in advance will be charged for one night’s accommodation at full price.

If you are located within a Provincial Park, do I have to abide by park rules?

Yes. As a guest of the CEC, you are subject to the rules and regulations of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, and can be charged by park wardens. This includes harvesting tree branches for roasting marshmallows or fire wood. A full list of offences can be found here

Can I ride my ATV/Snowmobile?

Motorized vehicles such as ATV’s and Snowmobiles are not permitted to be driven within the Provincial Park

Can I fish in the Park?

Yes, fishing is permitted within the Provincial Park with a valid permit

How many people can sleep in a cabin?

We have 28 regular cabins, with 2 double beds and 1 single top bunk. We recommend not placing more than 5 people in these cabins.

We have 4 cabins with 3 bunk beds (6 single beds) available which sleep up to a max of 6 people.

We also offer the Pine Bunk House which has 4 bunk beds (8 single beds) which sleeps up to a maximum of 8.

Is the water safe to drink?

The water at the CEC is regulated in accordance with all provincial laws and regulations. The water in the cabins and main buildings is potable.

Are there any restaurants/stores close to the CEC?

The town of Mattawa is located 15 minutes east of the CEC on Hwy 17. There are several restaurants, as well as gas stations and grocery stores. For a map of all nearby amenities, click here

Are canoe rentals available

The CEC does not provide canoe rentals. Rentals are available at the Provincial Park store or at Algonquin North Outfitters on the corner of Hwy 17 and Hwy 630, 10 minutes west from the CEC.

What do I need to bring?

We recommend bringing a flashlight, beach towels, slippers/indoor shoes for the cabins, and a travel mug as well as any comforts you wish to have.

Why is there an additional park fee?

All guests must purchase a daily vehicle permit for each night of their stay to enter Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park during the Park’s operating season (May long weekend – Thanksgiving weekend). This permit allows you access to all trails and waterways within Samuel de Champlain Park and is a legal requirement of Ontario Parks. A valid permit must be displayed in your vehicle at all times.

Is there smoking allowed at the CEC?

All buildings and cabins are smoke free. There is a designated smoking area outside of the main building. Smoking is allowed outside of each cabin with the use of a container for cigarette butts. Smoking is not allowed anywhere else on site.

Can I bring my pet with me?

Pets are allowed in our designated pet friendly cabins for an additional fee. Arrangements for pets MUST be made upon booking. They are not allowed in any other buildings on site, and must follow the Provincial Park regulations. Pets must be leashed at all times. Guests are fully responsible for any damage or additional clean up required as a result of their pet.

Can I have a campfire?

There is a shared fire pit available when not in use by scheduled programs.

Some wood is made available in the guest woodbox, extra firewood can be purchased from the Provincial Park when they are open.

Please provide your own fire starting supplies.

If you intend to roast marshmallows or hotdogs over the fire, please bring sticks from outside of the park, as harvesting “roasting sticks” inside the park is not permitted.

Is alcohol permitted at the CEC?

Alcohol is permitted in rented cabins only. Open alcohol is not permitted in any other buildings unless under a Special Occasions permit. Open alcohol is never permitted outside of any buildings.

Are meals provided?

Meals are only provided to booked groups who have made arrangements for catering services from the CEC. Additional fees and minimum numbers apply.

Where can we prepare/cook meals?

There is a shared use dining facility available for guest use which is equipped with a guest fridge, stove, microwave and BBQ. We provide basic utensils and dishware, if you know there will be something specific you require, please ensure you bring it with you. Please be respectful of other guests in the shared cabin and clean up after each use.