Opened in 1896 and set on 760 acres of wooded, lakefront land, Deerhurst Resort is the grand dame of Muskoka hotels. One of the oldest and largest properties in the area, it’s hosted numerous notable guests over its century-long history, including world leaders like Barack Obama and Angela Merkel at the G8 summit, which was held at the resort in 2010.
The heart of the resort is the Pavilion, a large main building that houses the lobby along with most of the resorts amenities and restaurants. The property fans out from this central hub, with groups of low-rise accommodation buildings spread throughout the green grounds (small roads connect the various resort buildings and shuttle service is available to get you from place to place).
We checked out the newest addition to the property: the Lakeside Lodge, a $60 million addition that officially opened in June 2019. It’s an ideal getaway for those looking for a stepped-up cottage country experience that blends chilled out lake vibes with the diverse amenities you would expect from a big resort.
Each of the 150 condo units at the Lakeside Lodge is individually owned, but about 100 units are expected to be enrolled in the resort’s guest room rental pool and available for visitor stays. The studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom condos have a modern yet homey feel, decorated with soothing colour schemes and plenty of cottage-themed accents.
With the exception of the studios, all units come with full kitchens, living areas with gas fireplaces and roomy balconies (some of which have stunning waterfront views). The Lakeside Lodge has its own pool and swim area on peninsula lake; and it’s about a 10-minute walk to the rest of the resort facilities at the Pavilion.
With its nonstop line-up of activities, Deerhurst Resort offers a different experience than your standard Muskoka cottage getaway. The resort’s beautiful private grounds are home to hiking trails, treetop trekking courses, a rock climbing wall, a petting farm, two 18-hole golf courses and multiple tennis courts (and that’s not even naming everything).
During the winter, the focus shifts from sunny walks and boat trips to snowshoeing, skating and snowmobiling. The resort has its own sugar shack on-site, and the seasonal maple harvest is incorporated into their onsite restaurant menus.
Deerhurst Resort is set on Peninsula Lake in Muskoka. With a huge amount of entertainment and dining options found on-site, guests tend to spend most of their stay on the resort property. For those looking to explore the area a little more, however, it’s less than a 30-minute drive to Algonquin and Arrowhead provincial parks.
There’s also low-key dining and shopping (plus grocery stores for those looking to take advantage of their in-room kitchens) in Huntsville, which is a 15-minute drive away. The property is a little over a two-hour drive from Toronto, or flyGTA offers seasonal 35-minute flights from Billy Bishop Airport to Muskoka Airport throughout the summer.
Rooms start at $336 per night
1235 Deerhurst Dr, Huntsville, ON, deerhurstresort.com, 1-800-461-4393