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Come experience a family owned and operated year-round cottage resort nestled on the scenic shores of Rice Lake. Accommodation, dining, adventure is what you'll find when you travel to Keene, Ontario. A unique colony of 30 comfortable country-style cottages, fully furnished with every amenity including: wood burning fireplaces, private outdoor decks, docks, and more. Elmhirst's Resort is the ideal setting for enjoying nature on the waterfront, surrounded by gardens. Have a BBQ on your deck or dine in the Pub or Hearthside Dining Room. The wine cellar features premium Canadian wines not readily available in liquor stores. Charters to a wilderness lodge, Niagara Falls or destinations you can only imagine are available for adventure seekers. Horseback riding, guided ATV and snowmobile safaris, kite-boarding and snow-kiting, sightseeing flights, hiking, biking and ski trails, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis and waterfront sports including canoeing, kayaking or boat rentals are all available and will keep you busy for hours on end. Come create a true outdoor adventure at Elmhirst's Resort.

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 30 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Keene
  • Nearby Water Rice Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


When you stay in Keene Ontario at Elmhirst Resort, you'll be right on Rice Lake! Enjoy being right on the waterfront. Get out and enjoy the water by renting a boat or casting your line. If lounging by the water is more your speed, that's your call! Enjoy the water during your next Canadian vacation.


Get the summer camp appeal without feeling homesick with a great family vacation on the lake! The smell of a campfire will seep into your clothes, coloring everything you wear with an earthy and nostalgic smell that beats the bouquet of department store scents. Memories are made here, and though the days slip by quickly you’ll remember forever the time you spent with family along the Rice Lake shoreline at Elmhirst's Resort. Take an adventure together on horseback, find who’s fastest in a canoe race, or just roast some s’mores over the campfire.


Get in a great round of golf with Stay 'n Play Golf Packages at 18-hole course Bellemere Winds...right next door. Spectacular views await overlooking scenic Rice Lake while you play. Excursion extras include a cart, overnight stay, and breakfast. Treat yourself to a golf retreat and getaway at Elmhirst's Resort.


Making business an added pleasure, Elmhirst's Resort offers ideal facilities for groups of any size. Escape routine and connect to nature - experience a wonderful balance of play, work, relaxation and networking. Elmhirst's offers individual, couple or small group cottage accommodation, combined with wonderful food and outdoor activities. Hearty meals, natural surroundings, windows in the meeting room, activities for after hours and a remote setting with no distractions all make Elmhirst’s the ideal place for business meetings, conferences and sports groups.


Create a memorable getaway by combining a family vacation with a family reunion during any season. Picture a family reunion at the cottage - activities and outdoor adventures that are multi-generational ensure the opportunity to spend time together. Nobody in the family will forget the fun they had at Elmhirst's Resort!


Let Elmhirst's help plan the biggest day of your life. You'll fall in love with your ceremony's waterfront boardwalk setting; the gardens entice your guests to stroll and enjoy the natural setting. Both settings provide wonderful backdrops for your wedding photos. Add in a horse-drawn carriage ride or a cruise, and it'll be a day you and your guests never forget. Your reception is a time for hosting your guests with a fine meal, wine accompaniments and perhaps a dessert wine. Prior to your wedding day you will meet with Elmhirst's Chef to design your menu. Walk through the formalities and the flow of your day with Elmhirst's Wedding Specialist and become comfortable with all your wedding arrangements.


Fishing was the foundation of Elmhirst's Resort, but since its beginning a full century ago, a long list of other opportunities await your arrival! Hiking, biking, kayaking, and float plane adventures catch you up to nature's pace enjoying the great outdoors, and the simplicity of lakeside living. Not up for adventure? Get in a great game of giant chess in the gardens, surrounded by wooded beauty.


Rice Lake is home to an abundance of panfish such as perch, crappie and bluegill, and an extended fishing season for bass and muskie. Find the best fishing spot with a good word from local experts. Fishing guides or fly-in fishing charter flights to remote lakes are available for everyone from greenhorn fishermen to expert anglers. Children will love the fishing derbies featured in the summer recreation program.


Listen to the lake lapping at the shoreline of this little piece of natural paradise in the wild woods of Ontario. Your country cottage is a cozy home port for outback adventure. Free your spirit on a free-spirited float plane ride, walking water kite-boarding, and on a couple's canoe ride accompanied by the lonely call of the Common Loon. Return to the simple life in the natural romance of only each other's company in this beautiful classic Canadian resort.


From farm to table, the commitment to sustainability is everywhere. The fields are grazed by Black Angus Beef cattle- bred and raised for the dining room; free range chickens produce eggs for the kitchen. The vegetable garden and fresh herbs are grown on site. The greenhouse is used to grow herbs in winter and to start annuals in spring. A la minute menus guarantee your meal is created with the freshest of ingredients. Elmhirst’s Resort provides employment opportunities, dining and recreation for locals and international clientele 365 days a year. Outdoor activities are promoted – hiking, biking, wind sports and horseback riding. The low density of property development (and the golf course next door) has allowed Elmhirst's to keep hay fields and walking trails on site.


Located directly on Rice Lake with a farm-to-table kitchen, you'll be truly pampered at Elmhirst's Resort! You won't feel at all like you're roughing it in one of these cabins. Enjoy campfires and lounging by the lake. In your cottage, you'll have a full kitchen where you can feel right at home. Book your next luxury vacation in Ontario today!


Cradle your knees against the cold aluminum canoe as you slide onto the glassy surface of Rice Lake. Lakeside cottage campfires bring a welcome warmth to the cold star-scape in a sky so clear, you’ll find it hard to find the Big Dipper. Lakeside living is a lifestyle for the carefree and for the brave. Try kiteboarding or spend a lazy day fishing, swimming, sunning, and canoeing nature’s playground.


After the stress of your wedding, head to Ontario for your honeymoon. Rent a cabin together at Elmhirst's Resort. You'll be right next to Rice Lake. Take time each morning to go for a morning stroll before heading to the farm-to-table kitchen. At night, enjoy a romantic campfire and watch the stars together.

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Elmhirst's Resort's cottages – 30 in total – are continuously renovated and updated to serve the needs of the traveling public. Arrive with your luggage and snacks… everything else is here. Each cottage features a full kitchen, with microwave oven, full fridge and stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, glassware and cooking utensils, counter space and dining area.You can prepare your own meals or dine in the PUB or Hearthside Dining Room. Each outdoor deck faces the lake, holds lounge chairs and fetures a gas barbecue. Picnic tables are located on the lawn in front of each cottage. Private docks are located on the waterfront in front of each cottage– ideal for fishing, sunbathing, boat parking and for your child's first catch.


For your next holiday, head to Ontario! Come during the winter and enjoy the scenery of Ontario. During the summer months, enjoy being right on Rice Lake. Go fishing for Memorial Day or head out on a boat for Labor Day. Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day by booking a cottage together. No matter what time of year you come, you'll have the time of your life.


The SPA at Elmhirst’s is pleased to treat you with Arbonne’s pure, safe, and beneficial products- all vegan certified and free of harmful ingredients. Feel the difference and relax. Refresh, replenish and restore your spirit and rest your eyes as you get a therapeutic or aesthetic treatment. Travel the globe with exotic treatments like acupuncture, Tui Na massage, Reiki, and Lomi Lomi. Or relax with familiar comforts like a hot stone massage. The SPA at Elmhirst’s offers special pamper packages including lunch for bridal parties and moms.

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Bicycles
  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Horse Stables
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Whirlpool
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Bingo
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Karaoke
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wineries
  • ATV/Fourwheeling
  • Beach
  • Biking/Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Snowmobiling
  • Babysitting/Daycare
  • Banquet Room(s)
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meeting Room(s)
  • Spa Services
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Nearest Airports

  • Peterborough Airport (YPQ) / 12.7 miles
  • CFB Trenton (YTR) / 30.2 miles
  • Oshawa Airport (YOO) / 45.1 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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