Whole Hog

Meet Pete the Pig, and experience Whole Hog living.

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Food is important. It’s one of the major forces that’s driven humans for millennia, and it continues to drive us today at Viamede Resort. Food is, in many ways, the key to health, happiness, and preserving the land we love.

As you explore Viamede, you will come across a happy looking pig depicted on walls, stationary, and signs. That’s Pete the Pig, and he represents the great meaning food holds for us.

Pete is named after Peter Robinson, the Canadian politician who arranged for the settlement of thousands of Irish immigrants on Scott’s Plains, now Peterborough. These settlers lived off the land, 150 years before the 100 mile diet began trending on Instagram. They ate what they could farm, forage, or fish, and didn’t waste much. They ate the Whole Hog.

But Pete is more than a symbol of our pioneer roots. A pig’s diet is a great philosophy for humans – eat a bit of everything when the mood strikes you. Don’t waste food, eat it all, and enjoy what’s put in front of you. Take your time with the foods you love – just like pigs do.

Pete influences the way we think about food at every step. We think about buying local and growing our own, but also when it makes sense to buy off the Big Truck. Mount Julian is a place to experience the immediate time and place of food, but in many cases, our guests want what they want – not everyone is okay with only eating apples and pears in January. We still need to keep fresh fruit on hand, even if it comes from California.

Whenever you see Pete, you will know you’re in for an experience. Whether it’s at Mount Julian, The Boathouse, BBQ baskets, Pete guides us towards thoughtful, local food.


We like to know where our food comes from, and sometimes, that means making it from scratch. We raise pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys and quail, plant veggies and herbs, and even have an indoor garden for greens in the winter. Our gardener, Bob, loves to talk about this, and does garden tours throughout the summer. We also host a farm tour daily at 3:30 from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, where you can help feed the animals.


There’s something magical about eating something that grows wild around us, and once you know where to look there’s plenty of that around. We harvest cat tails, spruce tips, wild leeks, sumac, many types of mint, dandelion, clover, and more. Chef Alexander and Ben are our chief foragers, and always happy to share what they know.

Pickles ‘n Preserves

One of the ways we make our local supplies last longer is through pickles, preserves, and syrupy deliciousness. When we can get the best produce, we boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew, and most importantly, do things that will make them last longer. Sometimes we have enough for the year, and sometimes we only make 3 jars. Some of this is even available for sale for guests to take home, although supplies are always limited.


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.