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Imagine Being Here for Every Season

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.

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets
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.
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Golf course at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Meetings at Elmhirst's Resort. Meetings 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.
View from Elmhirst's Resort. 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!
Wedding couple at Elmhirst's Resort. Meetings 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.
The farm at Elmhirst's Resort. Sightseeing flights are available. The garden at Elmhirst's Resort. View from Elmhirst's Resort. Outside deck at Elmhirst's Resort. Sleigh ride at Elmhirst's Resort. Exterior view of Elmhirst's Resort. Giant chess at Elmhirst's Resort. Golf course at Elmhirst's Resort. Welcome to Elmhirst's Resort. Cabin exterior at Elmhirst's Resort. Water plane at Elmhirst's Resort. Carriage rides at Elmhirst's Resort. Garden at Elmhirst's Resort. Boats on lake at Elmhirst's Resort. Picnic dining at Elmhirst's Resort. Horseback riding at 	Elmhirst's Resort. Horseback riding at Elmhirst's Resort. Garden at Elmhirst's Resort. Family boating at Elmhirst's Resort. Cattle at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Exterior view of Elmhirst's Resort. Family boating at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Sleigh ride at Elmhirst's Resort. Cabin living room at Elmhirst's Resort. Carriage rides at Elmhirst's Resort. Picnic dining at Elmhirst's Resort. Hearthside Dining room service Wedding couple at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Garden at Elmhirst's 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!
Boats on lake at Elmhirst's Resort. View from Elmhirst's Resort. Outside deck at Elmhirst's Resort. Exterior view of Elmhirst's Resort. Sightseeing flights are available. Water plane at Elmhirst's Resort. Paddle boat at Elmhirst's Resort. Elmhirst's Resort main building view from Rice Lake waterfront. Horseback riding at 	Elmhirst's Resort. Family boating at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Cabin exterior at Elmhirst's Resort. Cabin living room at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Relaxing at Elmhirst's Resort. Spa entrance at Elmhirst's Resort. 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.
Open Dates
  • All Year
Property Size
  • 30 units
Nearby City
  • Keene
Nearby Water
  • Rice Lake
  • 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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Group Information

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

Horseback Riding Trail Rides
Sightseeing Flights
starting at $159 Kiteboarding Snowkite Weekend

January 2017

Learn to snowkite or bring your own kite for the weekend. Two nights accommodation, breakfast Saturday and Sunday included. Enthusiasts will enjoy lessons, kite gear demos, poker run, prizes, and networking throughout the weekend.

$159/person, based on 4 sharing a cottage 

Deal Expires

January 21, 2018

Travel Dates
  • January 19, 2018 to January 21, 2018
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starting at $209 Homecoming Weekend

January 5-7, 2018

Celebrate the New Year with your family the first weekend of January. 

Family events, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday brunch, and a few surprises! 

$209 adults, $109 children HST additional

Deal Expires

January 6, 2018

Travel Dates
  • January 6, 2017 to January 8, 2017
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starting at $459 Couch Potato Package

Guilt-free relaxation!

Our Couch Potato package offers the perfect opportunity to have a short break from the everyday. Couples enjoy 2 weekday nights, with breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy your time away – relax by the fire, go for a swim, enjoy nature trails, or take a walk along the water. Watch movies, eat popcorn, play games or even workout in our indoor fitness facility.

Be a couch potato – guilt free – from October to May. Not available on long weekends.

$459 / Couple – Midweek

$489 / Couple – Weekend*

$229 per additional person (+ HST)

* Weekend package includes Saturday breakfast, Saturday Roast Beef Buffet Dinner and Sunday Brunch.

Deal Expires

May 31, 2018

Travel Dates
  • October 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017
  • October 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Terms and Conditions

Not available on Holiday Long weekends

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starting at $299 Wild Women Weekend

Are you and your friends a wild group of women who are looking or a weekend away?  Do you want to enjoy good friends, good food, relaxation, and adventure?  Elmhirst's Wild Women Weekend is made for you!

The Wild Women Weekend package takes place in November, and includes two night's accommodation, breakfast and dinner Saturday, Sunday Brunch, and a Spa Credit.  A surprise outdoor adventure is also included along with other events and gatherings throughout the weekend.

You group will enjoy your own private cottage to share, with a deck, waterfront access, full kitchen, and BBQ grill.

November 17-19, 2017

Deal Expires

November 18, 2017

Travel Dates
  • November 17, 2017 to November 19, 2017
Terms and Conditions

Price listed above is person. For further dates and details, please visit the property website.

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Pioneer Package

Experience the essence of Canada while learning the history of Elmhirst’s Resort. You will enjoy the great outdoors, sample some of the finest local food and take home a basket of Canadian ingredients. Your package includes:

2 nights accommodation in a waterfront cottage with private dock

Breakfast daily overlooking Rice Lake

Dinner daily in The Wild Blue featuring local menu items in a casual setting

Access to all recreation facilities including swimming, waterfront and trails

Guided Voyageur Canoe trip along the shoreline

A Pioneer Sampler Basket waiting for you in your cottage

2 Admission tickets to the Canadian Canoe Museum

Historical information: Route of Champlain, Elmhirst’s Family history, Lang Century Village and more will be presented at check in!

Service charge and housekeeping service

$559 per couple +HST

$279 per additional person +HST

Deal Expires

December 31, 2017

Travel Dates
  • September 6, 2017 to December 22, 2017
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Rice Lake Fishing Getaway

Recognized as one of the best fishing areas in Eastern Ontario, Rice Lake offers a relaxing, calm fishing experience year-round. Your 2 night fishing package includes:

2 nights accommodation in our comfortable waterfront cottages with private dock

Breakfast and dinner daily*

Boxed lunch daily

9.9 HP boat for 2 days

4 hours each day with a local fishing guide**

Service charge and housekeeping service

Use of all recreation facilities

Available September 2017 – May 2018.

Deal Expires

May 31, 2018

Travel Dates
  • September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
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Midweek Spa Getaway

Need to get away and relax? Our Midweek Spa getaways offer the perfect solution to escape the everyday in your own private waterfront cottage and to relieve stress with some relaxing Spa time. Enjoy a one or two night package. See all the details on our website.

Deal Expires

May 31, 2018

Travel Dates
  • October 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018
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