Travel Guide to Canada - - Table Of Contents - BY JOSEPHINE MATYAS

Per­haps it’s the com­fort and tra­di­tions that keep reg­u­lars com­ing back to On­tario’s re­sorts. Like a well-rounded menu, there seems to be some­thing for ev­ery­one—cou­ples look­ing for a lit­tle “we” time, fam­i­lies look­ing to carve out some mo­ments on the same page, high-stressed work­ing pro­fes­sion­als look­ing to dis­con­nect, un­wind and

. . . breathe deeply. It’s all part of a grow­ing trend to “Go Re­sort­ing.”

On­tario’s re­sorts are a four-sea­son af­fair, the per­fect get­away where rocks, forests and wa­ter paint the back­drop. “Get­ting away to the lake” is a quin­tes­sen­tial On­tario ex­pe­ri­ence, served up with a dose of per­sonal flavour that’s a spe­cial part of many fam­ily-op­er­ated prop­er­ties. As fam­ily-owned inns, re­sorts and cot­tages are passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next, they are notic­ing that re­peat guests are now in­tro­duc­ing their own chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to the trea­sured re­sort ex­pe­ri­ence. Nostal­gia is en­joy­ing a come­back as peo­ple look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to go back to sim­pler times.


You are… in­trigued by learn­ing about and awak­en­ing your taste­buds to new flavours and scents.

Head to… The chefs at The Briars— an hour north of Toronto—choose lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, from their own gar­dens when pos­si­ble. Guests love the pop­u­lar weekly Gar­den Bar­beque, an out­doors clas­sic to make the most of Lake Sim­coe’s lovely sum­mer evenings (www.the­bri­ In the Kawarthas, Vi­amede Re­sort’s two restau­rants are guided by a farm-to-ta­ble phi­los­o­phy, fea­tur­ing for­aged, lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents. The Boathouse of­fers ca­sual lake­front din­ing while the in­ti­mate Mount Ju­lian res­tau­rant is a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with multi-course tast­ing menus and a well­stocked wine cel­lar (­ Elmhirst’s Re­sort, on the shores of Rice

Lake, helps guests find the per­fect culi­nary va­ca­tion style. En­joy be­ing catered to with the re­sort meal plan or cook your day’s catch in your well-ap­pointed cot­tage kitchen or on the bar­beque on the deck over­look­ing the wa­ter ( For those that like to dab­ble in the kitchen, a visit at The War­ing House in­cor­po­rates overnight stays at one of Prince Ed­ward County’s most ex­clu­sive inns with hands-on, themed

cook­ery classes (www.war­ing­

Be­cause… For those who ap­pre­ci­ate good food and drink, ex­plor­ing a culi­nary des­ti­na­tion is a way to learn how chefs source fresh, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and cre­ate magic to bring ex­cit­ing tastes to your din­ner plate.


You are… hop­ing to find a favourite place for you and your fam­ily to re­con­nect.

Stay at… Most of On­tario’s re­sort prop­er­ties are on the wa­ter and peo­ple love to swim in the prov­ince’s lakes. The inn and cot­tage-style ac­com­mo­da­tion at Fern Re­sort is one of the few fam­ily all-in­clu­sive re­sorts in On­tario. A year-round ac­tiv­i­ties pro­gram keeps all fam­ily mem­bers busy—from wee ones through se­niors. Their suc­cess­ful for­mula cre­ates time for kids to ex­plore and ex­pe­ri­ence through­out the day­time and for fam­i­lies to re­unite at meal times and evenings. The em­pha­sis is on qual­ity: games, trails, wa­ter­sports, and es­pe­cially fam­ily time to­gether (www.fer­n­re­ Bayview Wild­wood Re­sort has been rec­og­nized by Re­sort­ as a “Top On­tario Fam­ily Va­ca­tion” prop­erty. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude win­ter­time pond hockey, sum­mer­time fish­ing, swim­ming, bik­ing and wa­ter­sports (www.bayviewwild­wood. com). The sum­mer months at Beach­wood Re­sort near Peter­bor­ough are fam­ily time. The four-sea­son, lake­front prop­erty of­fers a va­ri­ety of lodg­ings to ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent-sized groups (lodge rooms, con­dos and cot­tages sleep from two to 12), per­fect for pop­u­lar multi-gen­er­a­tional va­ca­tions. Set on 121.4 ha (330 acre), all ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cluded—from the on-site water­park, wa­ter­ski­ing and tub­ing, ca­noes and kayaks, to fire­wood for the nightly camp­fire (www.beach­

Be­cause… The range of pos­si­ble fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences is un­lim­ited. The authen­tic choices at On­tario’s re­sorts have a broad­based ap­peal and are per­fect for multi­gen­er­a­tional travel.


You are… want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence On­tario’s wild­lands and make a gen­tle foot­print when you take time for your­self.

Head to… Al­go­nquin Ca­noe and Log Cabin Ad­ven­tures is lo­cated off the beaten track and 100 per­cent off the grid—ideal for those who love the wilder­ness but ap­pre­ci­ate the com­forts of a good bed at day’s end. The ad­ven­ture­some trav­eller will ap­pre­ci­ate the Des­ti­na­tion Canada Sig­na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence—a three-day Al­go­nquin Park ca­noe trip topped off by two nights at the Al­go­nquin Log Cabin (www.voyageurquest. com). In­side Al­go­nquin Park, the in­ti­mate Bartlett Lodge greets guests with a wa­ter taxi and a so­lar elec­tric-pow­ered pon­toon boat for the short trip to the lodge. With only 46 re­sort guests, Bartlett Lodge is a rest­ful and re­lax­ing set­ting, with­out the in­ter­rup­tion of ra­dios, tele­phones or tele­vi­sions in any of the ac­com­mo­da­tions (www.bartlet­t­ Hock­ley Val­ley aims to make as small a car­bon foot­print as pos­si­ble by main­tain­ing an on-site fruit and veg­etable farm that sup­plies 80 per­cent of the pro­duce for the re­sort’s restau­rants, choos­ing green prod­ucts and fol­low­ing re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices (www.hock­

Be­cause… Ap­pre­ci­at­ing On­tario’s unique and pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment is an im­por­tant part of who you are and the con­scious choices you make.


You are… look­ing for ways to keep the flame glow­ing, spend­ing time to re­con­nect and re­lax for a lit­tle ro­mance.

Head to… The clas­sic Elm Hurst Inn & Spa in south­west On­tario has been a long­time favourite des­ti­na­tion for wed­dings, an­niver­saries and ro­man­tic get­aways. The ex­pan­sive grounds can ac­com­mo­date all­sized func­tions from in­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tions in the unique wood beam car­riage house to larger tented events for up to 300 peo­ple. The inn also of­fers in-room cou­ples mas­sages as part of the Ro­man­tic Overnight Get­away pack­age ( The West­wind Inn caters pri­mar­ily to adults— mostly cou­ples—but sin­gles will feel right at home as well. The small, all-in­clu­sive coun­try inn is sur­rounded by the breath­tak­ing na­ture of the Kawartha Lakes District. Low key, ca­sual and com­fort­able, West­wind is an invit­ing rus­tic lodge-style get­away that is per­fect for cou­ples look­ing to spend qual­ity time to­gether (www.west­

Be­cause… You need time for ro­mance to strengthen the bonds that make you a cou­ple.

More In­for­ma­tion

Re­sorts of On­tario mem­bers in­clude more than 100 re­sort ho­tels, re­sort lodges, cot­tage re­sorts and in­ti­mate coun­try inns. In 2017, the as­so­ci­a­tion marks its 75th an­niver­sary. Check the Re­sorts of On­tario web­site for in­for­ma­tion and an on-line reser­va­tions ser­vice (­sort­so­



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