A Family Day Weekend of Activities at Bayview Wildwood Resort

A Family Day Weekend of Activities at Bayview Wildwood Resort
16 Mar 2018

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Food, fun and rest. Three things we needed in our stay at Bayview Wildwood Resort in Ontario’s Lake Country. The food will be my next post, so I’m going to share all of the fun activities we did on the Family Day long weekend.

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Family Day Weekend Itinerary of Activities

Upon arrival, this was the itinerary we were given. We participated in as many activities as we could, and still had a lot of time to explore the area, and get some much needed rest.

Friday February 16th

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ski Shop Open… come and enjoy some outdoor fun.

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7:30pm: Guided Night Walk and Toboggan Party. Join us at the ski shop for a guided night hike followed by a stop at the toboggan hill with a bonfire and some hot chocolate.

9:00pm: Haim Goldenberg in the Cedar Room. Creating and perfecting his own original skills for many years, Goldenberg is known internationally for combining the intensity of mentalism with his trademark easy-going humour and charm.

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Saturday February 17th

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ski Shop Open… come and enjoy some outdoor fun.

9:00am – 1:00pm: Supervised Children’s Programs. Cedar Room. Ages 3-7 & 8-12.

9:30am: Guided Snowshoe Hike. Ski Shop. Join one of our Recreation staff for a guided hike on one of our trails.

11:00am: Jeopardy. Join us in the Glympse Room to test your trivia knowledge.

1:30pm: Ball Hockey. Join us for a fun game of ball hockey at the broomball court.

3:00pm: Money Bingo. Join one of our recreation staff in the Glympse room for a fun game of Bingo. Cards are 1 for $3.00, 2 for $4.00 or 3 for $5.00.

4:00pm: Teddy Bear Workshop. Glympse Room. Our recreation staff will help you build your very own teddy bear to take home. We also have outfits available for your bears this year. Please inquire about these during the class. Cost is $25.00 per bear plus HST, clothing extra. Please sign up at the Front Desk by 2:00pm.

4:30pm: Winter Warm Ups. Join us in the Echo’s Lounge for this fun and informative cocktail class. Our drink specialist will show you how to make some specialty coffee’s and holiday cocktails. Of course you get to taste them too! The class is $15 per person + taxes, signup is at the Front Desk. Please sign up by 2:00pm.

6:30pm – 8:30pm: Supervised Children’s Programs. Cedar Room. Ages 3-7 & 8-12.

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides. Front Desk. Rides leave every 20 minutes from the front of the main inn.

9:00pm: Jamie Williams in Echo’s Lounge. Jamie Williams is one of Central Ontario’s most well-known and well respected musicians and performers. Jamie has been performing professionally for over 15 years. As a headline performer at most of Central Ontario’s premier vacation resorts, he has entertained audiences of people from all across North America. After his shows the response is always the same – “Wow! How does one guy produce such a big sound?!”

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Sunday, February 18th

9:00am – 5:00pm: Ski Shop Open… come and enjoy some outdoor fun.

9:00am – 1:00pm: Supervised Children’s Programs. Cedar Room. Ages 3-7 & 8-12.

9:30am: Frosty Frolic. Front of Inn. Join one of our recreation staff for a walk around the property to work off some of those buffet calories.

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11:00am: Euchre Tournament. Glympse Room. Show us all your skills at Euchre and win some great prizes.

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1:30pm: Family Broomball. Its like hockey, except no skates. Instead of a puck it’s a ball, and instead of a stick it’s a broom. Okay so it’s nothing like hockey. but it’s still fun.

3:00pm: Family Feud. Join us in the Glympse Room for our version of the classic game show.

4:00pm: Winter Bocce Ball. Ski Shop. That’s right, just because its winter, doesn’t mean that we stop playing Bocce Ball. You would think all of that cold weather and snow would stop us from playing, but we just look at it as a more challenging and fun game. If you don’t know how to play, we will show you.

6:30pm – 8:30pm: Supervised Children’s Programs. Cedar Room. Ages 3-7 & 8-12.

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8:45pm: DJ Video Dance Night. Join DJ Rob McIsaac in Echo’s Lounge for a fun night of music videos and dancing.

Outdoor Activities

When we got there, we headed to the ski shop to get fitted for skates. Once we were fitted, we all went skating. Wendy tweeted out a picture of Lauren skating on the lake with Bayview’s Main Building in the background, and one of our friends tweeted her back saying it is their families “favourite summer vacation” destination. We knew we were in for a good weekend.

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Every morning that we were there, the maintenance staff at Bayview Wildwood Resort made sure that the snow was cleared from the skating surfaces on the lake. It was nice that they had 3 separate rinks cleared; one for hockey, and 2 for family skating.

Earlier this year, they had 12 rinks cleared for the Taylor Cup 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Tournament, which benefits Sarcoma Research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

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We sat around a bonfire by the lake drinking hot chocolate in the daytime…

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And sat around the same bonfire in the evening, after an hour or so of tobogganing.

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There is a small park with swings and slides.

activities going for a walk

There are a lot of paths and trails to go for a hike.

Indoor Activities

We spent over an hour each day of the Family Day weekend in Bayview Wildwood Resort’s indoor pool.

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We also took advantage of the whirlpool, which was nice and hot!

There were also Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 gaming stations…

a pingpong and air hockey table…

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and a billiards table.

activities workout room

For those who wanted to get some exercise indoors, there was a workout room.

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In the main building, there was a foosball table in Echo’s Lounge.

activities fooseball all the kids

On the last night we were there, all of the kids got together and had a team game. It was fun to see all the kids playing together.

activities build a bear on muskoka chair

The girls had a lot of fun making their own bears (for an additional cost).

activities haim goldenberg mentalist

And we really enjoyed the entertainment. Mentalist Haim Goldenberg’s interactive performance was fantastic!

Lots of activities. Plenty of rest. Just what we needed!

As much as we wanted to participate in all of the activities on Family Day weekend, all of us had colds, and weren’t feeling the greatest. We did as much as our bodies would allow, and then relaxed in our room, or watched the Olympics in the sitting area of the main inn.

We really enjoyed our Family Day Winter Well long weekend of fun activities at Bayview Wildwood Resort. We look forward to returning in the warmer temperatures.

Big Daddy

Disclaimer: Our stay was covered by Bayview Wildwood Resort. All opinions are my own.

If you would like me to review your product, service, restaurant, or travel destination, please send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or tweet me at @BigDaddyKreativ

Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. He likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and Travel Media Association of Canada. If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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