Dogs Welcome

We couldn't imagine getting away without our four-legged friends, and you shouldn't have to either.

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Dogs Stay Free at Viamede

Viamede’s cottages are completely pet-friendly, however our main and hilltop rooms are pet free if that is your preference.  There are no extra fees for bringing your fur-baby along for the ride, AND we have a beautiful, shaded, off-leash dog park on-site!

Photo of a dog running free in the off-leash dog park at Viamede Resort in the Kawarthas.

We’re so keen to pamper your pooch that we’ll provide you with dog beds, treats, doggy bags, leashes and food dishes, with a bit of advance notice.

Viamede Pet-Friendly Guarantee

  • Feel free to roam our grounds and 9 km of gorgeous walking trails.
  • Enjoy free access to our natural, shady, and fully-enclosed off-leash dog park.
  • If you forget your dog beds, treats, doggy bags, leash or food dish, give us a bit of notice and we’ll provide you with items from our secret stash.
  • A donation in your dog’s honour made to the Maggy Fund in support of Golden Rescue. Viamede donates $10 ($20 if your dog is a Golden Retriever!) to bring over injured dogs from Istanbul and pay for vet care.


The Maggy Fund: Supporting Golden Rescue

Maggy, our late Director of Ruffreation, is the inspiration behind our pet-friendly mandate. Adopted from Golden Rescue in 2013, she will always be remembered as our sweet, loving, somewhat lazy, attention seeking, guest-approved Golden Retriever. In early 2014, Maggy’s medical conditions worsened, and we had to say goodbye to our beautiful and beloved resort dog.

The cost to foster and provide vet care for dogs like Maggy is very high, and Golden Rescue needs the support of dedicated donors to continue their incredible work. We wanted a special way to support Golden Rescue and remember Maggy, and so the Maggy Fund was born. Every time a dog stays at Viamede, we donate $10 to Golden Rescue in their name. If the dog is a Golden Retriever, Maggy matches our donation and Golden Rescue gets $20. And if that Golden is a Turkish Golden, we will make a donation of $100 per stay!


Rescue Mission of Love

Viamede works closely with Golden Rescue, a non-profit single-breed dog rescue group in Canada.  Currently they are running a program called ‘Rescue Mission of Love’.  This program is focused on bringing abandoned street goldens from Istanbul, Turkey back to Canada to be adopted by forever families the organization has on a waiting list.

Our GM Ben Sämann, who has adopted 3 Goldens from the organization and sits on the board, went over to Turkey back in November 2015 on a personally funded trip with other Golden Rescue board members to assess the situation and deal with logistics of bringing these dogs back to Canada.  They returned back with Rosie, Limon, Tokyo, and Adelle in tow. Then in January, 18 more goldens arrived safely. They have now rescued over 200. Rescue Mission of Love has been hugely successful and is just getting started.

All the dogs are provided with complete medical examinations and behaviour assessments and in accordance with Golden Rescue’s practices, goldens are placed with their forever families through a rigorous matching process.

For more information on Golden Rescue and to see updates on Rescue Mission of Love visit:  or follow the discussion on twitter with #RescueMissionofLove

Click here to watch a video of Merlin  – one of Rescue Mission of Love’s latest Goldens to come to Canada.

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.