About Us

15 years and counting

For 15 years, the Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat has been under the ownership of Kim and Conroy Schelhaas and their family. Over these 15 years our team has grown in size to accommodate our growth in customers. Through our service in the hospitality industry, we have learned much about taking care of people, developing long-lasting friendships with our long-term customers. 

We have put much of our time and effort into turning the Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat into a quiet, relaxing, and unique getaway for couples and families in Ontario; priding ourselves on immaculate rooms and inviting grounds. We provide our guests with a large number of outdoor activities, continental breakfast, and free WIFI as well as numerous additional amenities such as in-room popcorn, hot chocolate, umbrellas, magazines, books etc. to make everyone feel more at home.

Contact Us



Book online, over the phone, or by email. View our location, address, hours, and more.

Our Lake



Read more about McCarthy Lake, named after the property's previous owner.

An Outdoor Getaway



We provide guests with an array of outdoor activities that cannot be found at any other Stratford hotel: all for no extra charge.

Our Swans



For decades, the Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat has been trusted with a nesting pair of swans from the city of Stratford.

Our History


The Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat has over 120 years of history, dating all the way back to the days of CN rail. Click her to read more about our story.

Meet Your Hosts


The Schelhaas family, and our wonderful staff.



Read reviews posted online by our guests.

Helping our Friends

For more than 25 years, the Schelhaas family has been dedicated to helping haitian workers in the Dominican Republic.