1 . Severn Lodge

Port Severn, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 522 - 5230

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There’s no doubt you’ll feel the love at Severn Lodge – our No. 1 Muskoka family resort. Why? For more than 80 years, the lumber headquarters-turned-vacation lodge has been serving the Georgian Bay Lake district as the ultimate lakeside getaway for the young and old!

Although it’s been a long time since prior owner Jeanne E. Krammes has bid farewell to vacationers staying at Severn Lodge with a poem about their stay, the warm ambiance still radiates throughout the entire resort. Here, you feel like your family. And usually you are! Priding itself on good old fashioned lake fun, this historic lodge proves itself through the award-winning children's program, a huge variety of outdoor activities – like boating, fishing, water skiing and mountain biking – and the well-reputed, meticulously-prepared meals that are part of your all-inclusive packages. While accommodation styles at Severn’s Lodge vary in décor, size and proximity to the lake, all the hotel-style rooms and suites offer just the right space for all family sizes. And you’ll be happy there’s room to sprawl out when you come back from hiking on more than 100 acres of trails on the wooded property.

Highlights

Severn Lodge offers Sea Plane Sightseeing Rides!

Related activities

Canoeing, swimming, jet skiing, fishing, water skiing, tubing, boat cruises, evening entertainment and supervised kids activities.

Getting there

Severn Lodge is on the northern shores of Gloucester Pool, part of the historic Trent Severn Waterway. The resort is approximately 90 miles north of Toronto, a short 90 minute drive.

2 . Lantern Bay Resort

Gravenhurst, Muskoka

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 780 - 8123

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Lantern Bay Resort is the ideal destination for you family's next Muskoka waterfront getaway. This Gravenhurst resort features comfortable accommodations, and plenty of activities to keep everyone in your group entertained throughout your trip.

You'll have a choice between a standard or waterfront accommodation, each of which is equipped with a full-size deck, BBQ grill (with propane included), fire pits, and kitchens to make you feel right at home during your Ontario getaway. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, or head to the lake for some exciting activities like fishing and canoeing. You may even have a chance to reel in your dinner. You can do some exploring when you rent out the resort's new 2015 Princecraft Pontoon Boat. Or, you can let the kids enjoy a day at Kidz Klub full of fun and games.

Address

1336 S Morrison Lake Rd Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R2

Highlights

Imagine a big hamster ball floating on top of the water with you or your kids inside rolling around. That's exactly what you're getting yourself into when you try the Water Walkerz at Lantern Bay Resort.

Fun facts

Blue Water Resorts offers travelers seven different resorts to choose from when planning their next Ontario getaway (Shamrock Bay Resort, Cherry Beach Resort, Bellmere Winds Resort, Woodland Estate Resort, Vine Ridge Resort, McCreary's Beach Resort, and Lantern Bay).

3 . JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

Minett, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 939 - 2503

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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa allows families to discover nature on their own terms. Explore the activity-filled lake, the untainted wilderness, or relax in your luxury accommodations. Families will find fun all four seasons!

Overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Rosseau, there are plenty of activities for all ages. Set off on a fishing trip, dive in for a swim, or explore the shores on a canoe. Stay dry and swing away on the nearby Rock Golf Course Muskoka, ATV through the secluded paths, or hike the lush forest trails. When the winter wonderland arrives, try snowshoeing through the powdery landscape. Onsite, families will experience a laid-back luxury that showcases the natural environment. Make splash in the indoor-outdoor swimming pool or indulge in an array of treatments at the Spa Rosseau. Sample scrumptious Italian cuisine at award-winning Teca restaurant and then head back to your spacious room or suite and feel at home with amenities like stone fireplaces, private balconies, and flat-screen televisions. Exploration and relaxation await families here!

Address

1050 Paignton House Rd, Minett, ON P0B 1G0, Canada

Related activities

Set off on an aerial tour of the Muskoka Lakes, speed through the trails with Wilderness ATV Adventures, or stop by Muskoka Woods Adventure Day Camp. The entertainment is endless!

Fun facts

Named one of the 10 best resort views by National Geographic, this spectacular stay offers adventures all year round!

4 . Bayview Wildwood Resort

Severn Bridge, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 454 - 7647

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Coming in at No. 4 is Bayview Wildwood Resort, which rests on the shimmering shores of Sparrow Lake. Four seasons of family fun await at this Ontario oasis, which offers fishing, boating, water sports, hiking and golfing when the summer sun is shining and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing during the winter wonderland!

There’s a reason to visit every season at this family-friendly paradise! You can’t help but have a sunny disposition during the summer, when a bevy of aquatic adventures abound! Rent a boat and set off on an angling expedition on Sparrow Lake, where your family will reel in loads of fish and fun. Dry off with a nature hike through the lush Ontario forest. In the winter, explore the winter wonderland on a pair of cross country skis, hold on tight on a snowmobile expedition or snowshoe the powdery trails. Warm your fingers by your welcoming fireplace and unwind in the bubbling Jacuzzi. Once you satisfy your hunger for adventure, satisfy your stomach at Echo’s Dining Lounge, which features a mouth-watering menu and breathtaking views of Sparrow Lake. Afterward, say sayonara to stress at the Northern Charm Spa while the kids make a splash at the sprawling indoor pool!

Address

1500 Port Stanton Pkwy Severn Bridge Ontario P0E 1N0

Related activities

Within a stone's throw of the resort you'll find a bevy of family activities, including golfing, go-karting, mountain biking, skiing, and museums.

Fun facts

This resort offers a variety of packages throughout the seasons. Enjoy a summer family package, a snow-centered March package, or an exciting Easter package!

5 . Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort

Lake of Bays Dwight, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 328 - 7129

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Snagging our No. 5 spot is the idyllic Port Cunningham Lodge & Resort, which overlooks the sparkling Lake of Bays. Your family will be hooked on a host of lake adventures that include swimming, fishing and canoeing while also enjoying dozens of dry activities like hiking, golfing and tennis!

Family fun never ends with days of lakeside leisure on the shores of Lake of Bays! Haul in your limit of walleye and then paddle a canoe along the sparkling shores. Dry off hiking through the lush trails of Algonquin Park or swinging away at Bigwin Island Golf Club. In the winter, zip through the snowy sanctuary on a snowmobile! Trade in recreation for relaxation when you return to the property. Your cozy cottage features a stone fireplace, lake views, and a fully equipped kitchen. Treat your taste buds to one of Chef Eric Gagnon's delicious concoctions and then enjoy some family time roasting marshmallows over the crackling campfire!

Address

1679 Port Cunnington Rd. Lake of Bays Dwight, Ontario P0A 1H0 CANADA

Getting there

Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort is a three-hour drive from Toronto. Take Hwy. 400 and follow Hwy. 11 north to Hwy. 60, head east through Dwight. Drive south on Hwy. 35, then south again on Muskoka Road 21 (Fox Point Rd.), and then turn right onto Muskoka Rd. 22 (Port Cunnington Rd.)

Related Onsite Offerings

Prepare for an avalanche of activities for all ages! Get into the swing of things on the onsite tennis courts, warm up beside the campfire, or satisfy your stomach with the chef's tantalizing treats.

6 . Northridge Inn & Resort

Sundridge, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 454 - 7641

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Prepare for four seasons of family fun at Northridge Inn & Resort, our No. 6 pick! Turn up the fun in the summer, when fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking and swimming are all offered. Turn up the heat in the winter with a host of snowy adventures that include skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dog sledding!

No matter the temperature, this resort is teeming with family fun! For some water-fueled activities, head out on Lake Bernard for some angling adventures, canoeing excursions and swimming. Hike through the tree-lined trails or heat things up around the campfire. The winter offers a wealth of activities that include snowmobiling, dog sledding and ice fishing! After an action-packed day, return to the resort to get crazy or get lazy. Splash around in the sparkling outdoor pool, swing away on the tennis court, soak up the simple life in the sauna or grab a cold one at the poolside bar. No matter the season, you'll find a reason to visit!

Address

712 South Bernard Lake Road P.O. Box 1189 Sundridge, ON, Canada P0A 1Z0

Related activities

This secluded sanctuary is an outdoor enthusiast's dream! Hike the lush nature trails, horseback ride through the landscape, explore the lake, enjoy cross country or downhill skiing and relax!

Related Onsite Offerings

You don't have to leave the property to have fun! Onsite offerings include a sprawling pool, tennis courts, fire pits, a sauna and a poolside bar!

7 . Shamrock Bay Resort

Severn Bridge, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 778 - 5124

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Shamrock Bay Resort offers families young and old an abundance of enjoyable activities during your next Muskoka getaway. The No. 7 pick in our list is the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations with natural Ontario beauty.

Pack up the entire family, including your favorite four-legged friend, and head to Shamrock Bay Resort in Severn Bridge. The resort features fully furnished accommodations, complete with full kitchens, deck/porch area, and even fireplaces in some cases. Do some outdoor cooking on your BBQ grill (with propane included). It's the perfect way to prepare your fresh fish caught from the nearby lake. If angling isn't your activity of choice, you can take a canoe or kayak out to do some exploring at your own pace. Or, you can just splash around the onsite swimming pool. Have a boat? There are a number of boat slips available at the resort so make sure to bring yours along. If the kids are looking for some fun on dry land, they'll love the outdoor playground equipment. With all of these great activities available, and comfortable accommodations to match, you can't go wrong planning your next Muskoka Family getaway at Shamrock Bay Resort.

Address

1082 Shamrock Marina Rd Severn Bridge, ON P0E 1N0

Population

Gravenhurst has a population of 12,055 (2011), and the population of Severn Bridge is ~300.

Number of resorts

Great Blue Resorts features seven different properties to help you enjoy your Ontario getaway including Shamrock Bay, Lantern Bay Resort, Vine Ridge Resort, and more!

8 . Rocky Crest Golf Resort

MacTier, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 325 - 1526

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Does your family love to golf? It’s okay if you do but they don’t because Rocky Crest Golf Resort can accommodate all of you! We aren’t just talking about the rooms, either. Enjoy tons of family programs and the Rocky Crest Golf Club – voted the best golf course in Muskoka by Score Golf Magazine.

You’ll be racing to the green when you see the rolling fairways with deep bunkers all framed by forests of pine, white birch and hemlock. This course was the 2008 recipient of the fifth best golf resort in Canada, and it’s easy to see why, especially with the unique and challenging granite outcroppings. While it may be hard to rip yourself away from this immaculate course, you really should spend some time with the family! And you will once you learn about all the onsite family programs. Guided hikes, stargazing, water polo, Family Fear Factor and poolside bingo are just a few! It’s good to spend time with the kids but it’s also nice to bond with your sweetie – alone. That’s where Armishaw Sports Club Kids Camp steps in. Children ages 0-12 are invited to take part in day programs customized to specific age groups.

Highlights

The Rocky Crest Golf Club is a par 71 course.

Fun facts

Rocky Crest Golf Resort offers a variety of golf packages.

Related Onsite Offerings

Need some time away from the kids? Get a hydrating facial or hot stone massage at the Amba Health and Beauty Spa.

9 . Lumina Resort

Dwight, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 321 - 4024

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It’s hard to find a place that thoroughly pleases both kids and adults alike. Yet Lumina Resort does just that on its 240 beautifully-manicured acres bordering Muskoka’s Lake of Bays – the largest cottage resort in the area. There are programs and activities for literally every age group here!

Owned and operated by the Hungerford family for four generations, the resort epitomizes the true art of family vacationing with a smart and abundant selection of ageless endeavors that promote companionship, family values and relaxation. The onsite social director will fill your days and evenings with tournaments, entertainment and exhilarating day trips, like to the world-famous Algonquin Park. And Petticoat Junction will enthrall your youngsters with supervised activities like minnow fishing, nature hikes and kids karaoke. Meals at Lumina Resort are a family adventure of their own! Breakfast and dinner are included in your stay and you’ll be happy they are when you smell and taste the delicious choices offered during extended meal hours – catering to families with rascally little ones who refuse to be early birds! And be sure to try the campfire-cooked shore breakfast, a famous Lumina tradition!

Getting there

From Toronto, take Exit B to Highway 400 North to Barrie. Continue on Highway 11 and enter the Muskoka area, north to Huntsville. Take Highway 60 east to Dwight. Turn right again onto Highway 35 South for a short distance to Muskoka Road 21. Turn right and follow the signs to Lumina Resort.

Fun facts

Lumina Resort has been open since 1921.

Related Onsite Offerings

Lumina Resort offers 36 chalet cottages and main lodge rooms that range from one to five bedrooms – perfect for families, big and small!

10 . Walker Lake Resort

Huntsville, Ontario

CALL DIRECT: +1 (705) 635 - 2473

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Stay in one of seven cottages, all of which are beautifully situated on the banks of Walker Lake. Here you can enjoy plenty of activities on the water including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating, all of which are accessible at the resort. Take out a fishing boat, and find a hot spot where you can land your trophy fish. Both the kids and adults will enjoy the 750-feet of beach located steps from their front door.

Enjoy a family BBQ on your propane grill, and serve up your meal at the picnic area, included with each cottage. For the ultimate luxury experience, some of the cabins to come equipped with a Jacuzzi tub. Other units have wood-burning fireplaces. With plenty of activities, and great accommodations to return to, Walker Lake Resort provides a great family vacation option in Ontario!

Address

1040 Walker Lake Drive Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2J6

Population

19,056

Average temperature

Yearly Average High: 51.3 F Yearly Average Low: 32.4 F Average Highs Range from 23.4 F in January to 77 F in July. Average Lows range from 3.9 F in January to 56.8 F in July

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