Now that some of the COVID-19 travel and stay restrictions have been lifted, Ontarians will be planning more local getaways than ever with their families and friends this summer. I’m trying to use this time as a silver lining and explore some of my own backyard. One of the places I’m excited at the thought of re-visiting is the Cedars of Lake Eugenia Resort.
Nestled away on the shores of the man-made Lake Eugenia and only 90 minutes from Toronto, Cedars of Lake Eugenia Resort boasts six 2-bedroom cottages and three 3-bedroom chalets. The sprawling property includes a pool (open from mid June until Labour Day weekend), games and rec room and playground for the kids! Each property has its own firepit, gas BBQ, and fireplace and is a short walk away from the lake. It’s a family owned business and open all year round.
One of the perks of the stay would have to be the complimentary use of canoes and paddle boats, I always find these are available at an extra cost at other properties I’ve stayed at and it’s nice to have an all-inclusive sort of feel. If you’re into fishing, be sure to bring your equipment as the lake is a hot spot for bass, perch and trout.
We had a chance to visit the games and rec room where you can play a few rounds of pool, pick up a classic board game (we loved playing a childhood favourite, Battleship) or choose a DVD from the endless library to bring back to your cottage. If you’re planning an extended stay, laundry facilities are also available in this building.
Even though you’re sharing the property with a few other cottage’s and chalets, I found that they are far enough away from each other that you don’t really hear other guests or get in each other’s way. There is more than enough room for everyone to enjoy themselves. In between two rows of the rental’s is a beautifully maintained ‘fairy garden’. There is a large firepit with extra seating and lovely sets of fairy lights strung up to set the scene. It’s perfect if you were planning on roasting marshmallows or enjoying a few drinks with a group of friends or family. It’s also wonderful for weddings, the setting sun on the lake makes a gorgeous backdrop for vows on your big day. The resort does offer wedding packages and owners Natasha and Mark even tied the knot on the property as well! Reach out to them for more details!
If you felt like taking a quick day trip, the resort is only a 30-minute drive to Blue Mountain or 15-minute drive to nearby trails and waterfalls. We really enjoyed the easy hike at Hoggs Falls and wandering around Eugenia Falls Conservation Area. We were only there for the weekend and couldn’t experience all of what the surrounding area had to offer, but other activities include golfing, cycling and even horse back riding at nearby Whinny Acres and Bluewood Stables.
I really love how the resort has so much to offer for kids and adults alike, and just how great the owners were to us. They were friendly and made our stay very memorable. We stayed in the cutest 2-bedroom cottage with a nautical theme. It was spotlessly clean, and the beds were so comfortable. We backed out onto the lake and the sounds of the geese flying overhead at night as the sunset in a brilliant mix of pink and orange was something I won’t soon forget. It’s hard to believe you are only 90 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. I could feel the stress leave my body during my stay here, it was a really great way to re-set. If you’re looking for the same and wanting to support a local family run visit now that restrictions are lifting, consider Cedars of Lake Eugenia Resort. It’s a place where you’ll feel like family.
Until next trip!
Hey! I'm Sarah! A 30 something living in downtown Toronto with a great guy and an OK dog. I love seeing what my city has to offer and try to hit up as many fun events or attractions as I can! I haven't slept since 2004.