For outdoor enthusiasts, the Lake Simcoe watershed is a perfect playground. Winter or summer activities include on and off-road cycling, hiking, shopping for local food, downhill and cross country skiing, skating and fat biking, fishing and ice fishing. Boating and swimming access is available nearby.
To truly enjoy all that this area has to offer, a two stay is recommended. Nestled in the forest, Forks in the Trail B&B can act as a relaxing home base, or as a destination itself. There is lots to enjoy on the Forks in the Trail property, including a salt water pool, hot tub, yoga studio and classes, sauna, cooking classes, or the beautiful surroundings.
Having adopted many sustainable practices, the owners of Forks in the Trail support the Cycle & Stay network in Simcoe County. Guests can enjoy a multi-night stay at Forks in the Trail and cycle different routes, or they can plan trips to other cycle-friendly B&B’s knowing that the routes are well planned and that luggage will be transported to their destination.
From an environmental standpoint, the Forks in the Trail property sits on the Oro-Medonte moraine and is managed according to a 10-year Managed Forest Plan developed under provincial guidelines. The property itself provides plenty of room to explore, and enjoy nature.
The kitchen in the centre of the home is used for breakfast, guest gatherings and cooking classes. Organic coffee is available to start the day, along with a menu that incorporates organic, local and seasonal breakfast items whenever possible. Cooking classes focus on wild foods, nutrition and wellness. Disposable water bottles are discouraged, as reusable dishware is available on site. Maple syrup is harvested, prepared and served on Forks in the Trail property.
With efficient windows, balcony overhangs to provide shade, programmable thermostats, sun blocking blinds, and fans to supplement air conditioning, Forks in the Trail uses many methods to improve heating and cooling efficiency. Appliances have been upgraded. A shared fridge can be used by guests instead of individual room fridges. Waste collection includes food waste and recycling, and electronics and batteries are taken to local depots by the B&B operators. Shampoo and body wash is available in larger containers to eliminate waste from individual sized bottles.
Gardens on the grounds were planted using drought resistant plants to eliminate the need for regular watering. Mulch is used extensively as a natural weed-suppressant and to keep moisture available for plants. Landscaping and property maintenance practices winter and summer keep the environment in mind.
Forks in the Trail continues to work with Explore Lake Simcoe to find additional ways to protect the environment. As a member of the Federation of Ontario Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Forks in the Trail also is inspected and rated to ensure they meet quality standards.