The main lodge, Viamede Resort, Stoney Lake, The Kawarthas, On.

Oh, the lazy, hazy days of summer. If you're looking for multi-generation family fun (including your pet), you could do worse than Viamede Resort in The Kawarthas. Find out more - plus try these signature summer recipes to try at home!

 

A sunny staycation escape in The Kawarthas. Yes, we said escape. And, what is it about Canadian summers anyway? Especially summers by the lake, at the cottage or cabin or campsite? For many of us, going "up north" is an annual rite of passage, knowing we've made it through another Great White winter and we're ready to say here comes the sun!

One place that comes to mind is the Viamede Resort in The Kawarthas. The resort sits on picturesque Stoney Lake, only a couple hours drive northeast of Toronto – and if you don't have your own cottage, you can rent one of the resort's, which has 18 in all, perfect for multi-gen family fun. Plus, you can bring Rover with you. Yes, the resort is pet-friendly, too.

 

 

But, if you're looking for more intimate accommodations, the main lodge and its neighbouring hillside building feature 24 guest suites, every one with an open-air balcony with views of the lake and the surrounding forest. Speaking of which, the forests are all set for a hike, with well-marked trails. Oh, and did we mention the swimming? There's the lake, of course, perfect for a hot-weather dip, but the Viamede Resort also has a brand new Fitness Centre, with a sparkling indoor pool along with floor to ceiling windows – and a swim through to a smaller outdoor pool – with views of the lake.

It wouldn't be a top-notch resort without top-notch food, of course. "Our culinary approach reflects both my general experiences of cooking across the country and the more specific feel of being very localized here in The Kawarthas," says executive chef Jay Nutt. Casual days include lunch dockside at The Boathouse, but it's taking a meal at Mount Julian Restaurant, in a heritage house just down the lane from the resort, which adds a bit of elegance to the country-chic retreat.

"We want our guests to feel comfortable about our menu selections and thrilled at our interpretations," he adds. "When possible, we utilize local farms, suppliers, producers and staff. We all have roots in the area no matter how recently we arrived. We want guests to feel they also have these roots; a sense of place."

We agree with chef Nutt, who, by the way, has been kind enough to share two of his signature recipes. When we visited we did feel a sense of calm, of unhurried luxury, of peace.

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Click through for a few lakeside views and Executive Chef Jay Nutt's summer menu recipes.

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