Boating on Stoney Lake

Stoney Lake is beautiful, and full of rocks. Find out how to navigate safely.

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Stoney Lake is famous for being one of the most beautiful lakes in Ontario… as well as one of the most treacherous. It ain’t called Stoney for nothing!

Cruising among the granite islands, exploring bays, fishing, snorkeling, or just admiring the varied architecture of the lake can fill weeks.

But, as the saying goes, an island is just a rock that’s higher than the water level, and there are plenty of rocks that are just below the water level. (We just made that saying up, but let’s pretend we didn’t.) We strongly advise anyone bringing a boat to bring a GPS, either as an app or a separate device. Good charts will show both the official channels and any shoals or other hazards.


Stoney Lake features an interesting mix of charming cottages from 1880, former resorts, charming mansions and some of the worst architecture imaginable. We won’t tell you which we think is which.

The shores, islands, and bays are dotted with countless notable cottages. Wave to the people on the docks – many will share their stories!


Head (carefully) into bays, and watch for turtles, deer, muskrats, otters, beaver, and more. Many birds can be seen throughout the year.

By Paddle

Immediately around Viamede, there are islands and bays worth exploring. Some go farther back than you think, ending in wetlands full of birds, turtles, and other wildlife.

Need a Map?

We have a super handy Google map with layers indicating interesting landmarks, fishing spots, wildlife viewing hotspots, shopping, and more! Click on the brackets in the top right corner to see a larger version and turn layers on or off.

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.