Travel Guide to Canada



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 ( 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.waringhous­

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 ( Bayview Wildwood Resort has been recognized by Resortsand­ 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.beachwoodr­

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.bartlettlo­ 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 (

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 (www.elmhurstin­ 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.westwindin­

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 (www.resortsofo­


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