A Family Escape to Viamede Resort in the Kawarthas. #ad @Viamede #CWRLviamede18

A Family Escape to Viamede Resort in the Kawarthas. #ad @Viamede #CWRLviamede18
14 Sep 2018

Disclosure: Our stay was covered by Viamede Resort. All opinions are my own.

Just a short 2 and half hour drive north east of Toronto, Viamede Resort sits on 170 acres, with 2000 feet of waterfront, on picturesque Stoney Lake.

I had seen a lot of reviews on this resort. I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing all that Viamede Resort had to offer, from a family perspective.

viamede resort front desk and fish tank

Arrival at Viamede Resort

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the receptionist. He gave us a basic rundown of the resort, the restaurants, the activities while we were staying, and the amenities available.

viamede resort front entrance

The front foyer of the main building had a sitting area with magazines to read, and a large fish tank.

viamede resort king bed


The rooms in the Main Lodge and Hilltop Lodge are nice and spacious.

viamede resort fireplace tv desk

Deluxe Guest Rooms feature:
• king, queen or two double beds
• air-jet tub or walk-in shower
• fireplace (wood, gas or electric) (select rooms)
• coffee maker and refrigerator
• seating area with flat screen TV and DVD player
• iPod docking station alarm clock
• air conditioning
• balcony with lake or garden views

viamede resort room with two double beds

One-Bedroom Suites feature:
• king size bed
• corner bubble tub
• kitchenette with coffee maker, sink, and refrigerator
• comfortable living/dining room with fireplace (wood burning or gas)
• flat screen TV
• iPod docking station alarm clock
• upgraded amenities
• air conditioning
• private walk-out balcony

The cottages at Viamede Resort are great for a family vacation, a weekend with friends, or a romantic getaway.

viamede resort cottages

The pet-friendly cottages come with one, two or three bedrooms, and can sleep up to eight people in the largest cottage. They are located right by the water, and have an awesome view of Stoney Lake.

viamede resort cottages from dock

Cottages feature:
• studio, one, two or three bedrooms
• one or two bathrooms
• efficiency kitchen
• microwave
• toaster
• sink and counter area
• coffee maker
• full-sized fridge
• seating area or living room
• fireplace (select cottages)
• flat screen TV and DVD player
• iPod docking station alarm clock
• air conditioning
• patio with barbecue

viamede resort property map

Dog Friendly

For the most part, we are a camping family, so our Border Collie mix Storm travels with us. She is a rescue dog, who quite enjoys the outdoors, and sitting with us by the campfire. When we do travel to places where we are required to stay in a hotel, we board her.

Viamede is a pet friendly resort, and there is no extra fee to bringing your dog. This is very important to us, as our girls love it when Storm travels with us. That being said, we booked two rooms in the Hilltop Lodge that were not pet friendly, and boarded Storm, so that we would could concentrate on properly reviewing everything that Viamede Resort had to offer.

Those who do bring their dogs will be happy to know there is a fully enclosed leash free dog park at Viamede.

Things To Do

There is much to do at Viamede Resort, all of which are weather dependent:

• Fishing with Ben (Viamede’s General Manager)
• Canoes & kayaks
• Water trampoline
• Mountain bikes
• Viamede Farm
• Disc golf course

• Swimming Pool (indoor and outdoor)
• Sauna
• Steam room
• Workout room…

viamede resort workout room

… with treadmills

viamede resort treadmills

• Playscape (outdoor playground with slide, climbing apparatus, and sandpit)
• Assorted sports equipment
• 6km of trails

There are also boats available to rent, if you want to do your own tour of Stoney Lake, or go fishing on your own.

Each room comes with a DVD player, so you can watch movies you have brought, or borrow one from the video library in the reception area.

We took the girls to see the farm, where the herbs and root vegetables served at Viamede’s restaurants are grown.

viamede resort pigs eating

As well, we were able to see some of the animals being raised for the farm-to-table program.

viamede resort stony lake spa

The Spa

Located at Viamede Resort, Stony Lake Spa offers registered massage therapy treatments. During the month of July and August, 60 minute registered massage therapy sessions are available. For the rest of the year, the Spa is open by appointment only.

Call (705) 930-2984 to book an appointment for your spa treatment.


There is sundry and grocery shopping located nearby in the villages of Buckhorn and Young’s Point. If something more than your basics are needed, Lakefield is just a 30 minute drive south along Hwy 28. It is also your closest Tim Hortons.

viamede resort main lodge daytime

Vacation Packages

There are many packages available to suit your vacation needs. Pricing for Viamede is quite competitive for the surrounding area. The Kawarthas are a much more affordable option to the Muskokas. There are several vacation packages to choose from.

viamede resort chapel

Getting Married?

Viamede is completely equipped to host your wedding. From lakeside courtyards to a 19th century chapel, you can choose the backdrop for your ceremony.

Menu can be a traditional 4-course meal, as well as other options like cocktail dinners, a hog roast (farm raised), or carving station.

Viamede Resort: The Verdict

From what we saw and experienced, Viamede Resort is a really nice resort, with a very friendly and welcoming staff. It can easily compete with some of the resorts in the Muskoka region. The grounds are beautiful, and Stoney Lake is very picturesque. Oh, and the food… well that deserves its own post, and you WILL want to read it!

We enjoyed our time at Viamede Resort, and had a relaxing long weekend. We would return in a heartbeat!

If you are looking to get away on a personal retreat, or enjoy some R&R with your family for a couple of days, Viamede Resort is the destination for you. It would even make for a great romantic getaway for a couple.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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