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A Day in the Life of a Pig

September 6th, 2017

As anyone who has been to the Viamede Farm knows, our pigs are friendly, inquisitive, and ridiculously playful.  At two months old, they also love being the center of attention.  And so, without further ado, meet Rosa the pig!

Hi!  Welcome to my farm!

My day starts just before 8 o’clock, when my sisters and I get up to meet Farmer Jarrod.  He comes and visits us every morning to feed us breakfast, which consists of soya, corn, barley, and peas […]


Viamede’s Hidden Gems

August 22nd, 2017

By: Alyssa Joynt

When there is so much going on, it’s easy to miss out on some incredible opportunities, and with a recreation schedule as busy as ours, that happens all the time here at Viamede.  To help you stay on top of everything, here’s a list of some of the best (but lesser known) activities here at Viamede.

 

Pajama Pingpong:  As much as we wish it was, going out in pajamas is not always socially acceptable.  But every Saturday night, we […]


An Exercise in Reverence

July 28th, 2017

by Ben Samann

Recently, on a beautiful rainy Sunday, I resolved an issue that has weighed on me for years.

I ran into an old friend of the resort, Cathy, who is currently in a seminary school. Cathy is lovely, passionate, and very respectful, so I asked her a favour: help me sort out the assortment of religious and antique items in our old chapel.

 

For a bit of context, in 2001, the previous owner of Viamede relocated a little chapel to the […]


Calvinisms to get us through

July 18th, 2017

Summer is upon us!

….well, “summer.”

Despite doom and gloom forecasts by foreboding dogs named “Storm“, Viamede is getting all the sun it needs.

Plenty of guests are getting out in the boats, and most aren’t getting soaked. And let’s be honest, it has its upsides.

Character-building aside, we’re having one of the least buggy summers in years.

Right now, we have a few avid fisher-kids here, and they’re having a great time. I have […]


Welcome to Viamede: The First Week on the Job

July 14th, 2017

Welcome to Viamede:  The First Week on the Job

By Alyssa Joynt

 

My very first interaction with Viamede was a few years ago, when my parents decided to treat us to a nice meal at Viamede’s 1885 restaurant after a summer of BBQs.  I was maybe 12 at the time, and I started fantasizing about Viamede weddings.  As I got older (and slightly more realistic), I started thinking about working at Viamede.  I had an interview in January, and, well, you know […]


Apologies for any unprofessional e-mails

June 9th, 2017

Apologies for any unprofessional e-mails

By Ben Samann

 

Spring is here, and with spring comes putting in docks and other outdoor work. Yesterday, the team and I were working on several docks. The resort dogs, Toby and Daisy, were around as well, being their usual rambunctious selves.

Over the course of the day, shirts and sweaters would come on and off, and invariably, Toby would steal mine. It’s kinda his shtick – “if you won’t pay attention to me, I’ll hang out with your […]


Preview to the Weekend – Forage Better or Worse

May 24th, 2017

 

Preview to the Weekend – Forage Better or Worse

By Ben Samann

On Thursday, I have an exciting afternoon planned – taking our kitchen apprentice Jenny into the woods to eat whatever we find. Some, we find and use often, from wild leeks to cattails. Others we use more sparingly, like garlic mustard. And some we never use, because…. well, in theory it’s edible, but if it’s all you have to survive on, consider starving. Seriously. Lookin’ at you, lamb’s ear.

Regardless, it […]


The Dangers of Food Tasting

April 20th, 2017

by Ben Samann, General Manager

I have an annoying, but useful, habit – whenever I pass through the kitchen, I take samples of anything in front of me. Half a spoonful of butter (in Chef Jay’s words, “with good butter, bread is just a courtesy to the other guests at the table”), a piece of carrot, a slice of fresh fruit, and just about anything else is fair game to steal right from under the Chef’s knife.

That’s a dangerous game, but […]


It really CAN be that simple!

April 6th, 2017

By Ben Samann, General Manager

Over the past few years, we have been working on making the guests’ experience easier to access, simpler, and more intuitive, and recently, have committed to a few of these fully. Ideas like going tip-free to make our pricing more transparent, or building a corporate package that just includes… everything, or putting the tennis rackets by the tennis courts (mind-blowing, I know) for easy access have become our new standard.

On the surface, it seems like the […]


The Gathering: All Weekend Long

April 5th, 2017

What if you could take our quarterly dinner party, The Gathering, and stretch it allllll weekend long? Food coma aside, you’d be sure to come home feeling thoroughly nourished in heart, soul and body.

Well, that’s exactly what we did the weekend of March 24-26. 16 brave gourmands joined us for a weekend long exploration into Viamede’s culinary philosophy: what can be sourced from the land around us, is complemented by ingredients from our partner farmers and food producers.

Friday Night

It all […]


Effective December 4, 2015

We at Viamede Resort value the privacy of all our guests and friends. That’s why in addition to a lock on the door of each guestroom, we have detailed how we use any information we receive.

Oh—and before we go any further—we’ll just let everyone know right off the bat that we comply with current Canadian privacy legislation.

1) What kind of information do we collect?

There are two different types of information that we collect: personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) and non-personally identifiable information (“Non-Personal Information”).

This might sounds complicated but it’s fairly straightforward.

Personal Information

We are a resort and people come visit, book rooms, and enjoy gourmet local food all of the time. As a result of these exchanges, we end up collecting some personal information—which is usually voluntarily given—that includes things like:

We take this information very seriously and only use it to facilitate your stay with us and to keep you in the loop should you wish.

Non-Personal Information

Through your interactions with us, our website and analytics platforms, and through our advertising partners, we may collect information that cannot be used to identify who you are. This type of information that may be collected are things like:

2) How do we collect information?

We collect this information in a few different ways.

When you provide us with information in making a purchase.
Fairly straightforward. You book a room, we receive personal information.

When you sign up to our e-mail list.
If you sign up to receive updates, we end up with a bit of your personal information. With your permission, we send you special information and you can decide to opt out at any point.

When you communicate with us.
When you reach out by e-mail, social media or by hand delivered letter, we may keep those for our records.

Information we automatically collect.
Like most websites, our services may incorporate fancy things like “pixel tags” and “cookies” which allow us to track actions and serve you information about our products and services. All of these collect Non-Personal Information.

3) How is the information used?

Personal Information could be used to:

4) What about Non-Personal Information?

From time to time, we use third-party advertising companies to serve you ads when you visit our website. They may use Non-Personal Information about your visits to this and other websites to provide ads about goods and services that are of interest to you. If you would like more information about this wizardry or to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies you can look here.

5) What else?

We want to make sure you enjoy your time with us and that your information is protected. Personal Information will only be used or shared when necessary and we would never sell you out by giving your information to third parties without good reason.

Unsurprisingly, we reserve the right to update our privacy policy at any time. When that happens, we will update the effective date at the top of this page so that you know.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We hope to see you around soon.