Winters in Canada can be frighteningly cold, but they can also be incredibly pretty. This weekend our family got to experience some of this prettiness at the Viamede Resort in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.
On an overcast Saturday morning we packed up our three kids and drove 2 hours north east with the promise of a quiet cottage, cozy fires and deer. And deer we got:
I must admit this city girl was excited to get close to these adorable animals. The resort feeds the deer twice a day and invites guests to help. Adults and kids alike went gaga over the deer:
In the winter, the resort offers activities like snowshoeing, nature walks and artists workshops. Or if you’d prefer to hibernate they have an onsite spa, small fitness center and indoor hot tub. I personally could have sat in front of this all day:
My favourite thing about the cozy 3 bedroom cottage our family stayed in was the wood burning fireplace. Although I probably should have googled how to start a fire- I learned after a pathetic 60 minutes and multiple burned pages of my lined notebook later that you can’t just put a match on a log and expect a fire to happen. Lesson learned! I was pretty proud of my not so little flame after all that effort.
The resort certainly has more to offer in the summer by way of activities- but if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing escape from the hectic buzz of the city this place won’t disappoint. The staff were so friendly (shout out to Kathleen who was a big hit with my children), the food delicious- options of pub fare near the water in the boat house and more formal dining in the main dining room (we even enjoyed late night snacks delivered to our room), and our cottage was very spacious for our family of 5. From a design point of view the cottage decor was a little more shabby than chic, but it was clean and comfortable. The cottages also have everything you need should you want to hibernate even more and bring your own food- coffee maker, oven, fridge and utensils make it simple to cook yourself. Grab a movie or a board game from the front desk, cozy up with a book from the lending library, and enjoy some relaxation in the pristine wilderness. It would make for a lovely romantic getaway or a weekend of family fun.
Special thanks to Viamede General Manager Ben Sämann and Valerie Stachurski for the kind invitation up. Here’s more of what we enjoyed during our winter escape.