JUST ADD WATER FOR SUMMER FUN AT DEERHURST RESORT
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Looking for a recipe for summer fun? Take two kids, then add water. Or take a lake full of pristine muskoka water and toss in two laughing kids. Take same kids, water, and a lovely white sand beach … you get the picture. Any way you mix it, kids will come out soaked and happy.
Deerhurst is a well-known destination for golfers and conference-goers alike. But, as my family has discovered, this beautiful place with its rolling hills, lakes and forested shorelines is an absolute gem for families too.
With some pre-holiday research and careful planning around logistics we selected the Bayshore Villas for our first stay at Deerhurst. Three years of Deerhurst vacations later and we’re still loving Bayshore. Our room is central to all our daily activity. Kids can be anywhere along the shoreline, and a well-placed beach chair puts them in our line of sight.
Stretched out before our balcony in both directions is Muskokas beautiful Penn Lake. To one side, towering trees form a shady canopy over the white sand beach, and to the other, resort docks host water-skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, wind-surfing and sailing. If the dark lake waters leave you squeamish, head up the hill for a plunge in the pool. No fear that you’ll miss the true Muskoka experience by choosing pool over lake. There’s a fair chance you’ll be taking a dip with a few mallards or a misguided frog.
By far, the highlight for my adventurous 8-year old is a few wild hours with her dad in the Splash Zone. This floating playground - touted as the country’s largest inflatable park on water - is a short life-jacket aided paddle out in Penn Lake. It boasts trampolines, climbing walls, and a fourteen foot ‘iceberg’ - climb up one side, and enjoy a speedy return to the water down the other. You will be guaranteed, a good long nights sleep after an active afternoon out on the water.
One night, with still a little energy to keep us going, we watched the very talented singers, dancers, and musicians of the Decades stage show. My husband and I enjoyed the revival of songs of our much younger days. The kids loved the bright lights and colour of a Vegas-style family show. But mostly they were just happy to stay up past their bedtime.
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