Civic Holiday Long Weekend Activities

Wondering what to do for the Civic Holiday long weekend? It’s one of the last long weekends of summer (sorry to bring that up!), so grab the family and use Viamede Resort as your home base for a Kawarthas weekend adventure. Here are a few ideas of things going on this upcoming weekend.

Bobcaygeon Midnight Madness

When: Saturday, August 3 | 7 to 11:59 PM
Where: Downtown Bobcaygeon

This annual street festival features sidewalk sales, live music and entertainment, inflatables, games, and more.

Simcoe Day Weekend

When: Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Downtown Fenelon Falls

There will be historical re-enactments, lumberjack demonstrations, music, arts, and more!

Stoney Lake Shed Market

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 9 AM to 1 PM
Where: Carveth’s Marina, Selwyn

Browse second-hand treasures with proceeds shared between Five Counties and Quilts for Cancer.

Long Weekends at Viamede

We have to plug our own fun recreation schedule which includes pool volleyball, wine tastings, Kids’ Club (so parents can enjoy some time off!), and evening bonfires with s’mores.

Voyageur Canoe Tour

When: Monday, August 5, 2019 | 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Where: Peterborough Lift Lock (353 Hunter Street, Peterborough)

Hop aboard a voyageur canoe and traverse part of the Trent-Severn waterway, including passing through the Peterborough Lift Lock.

 


What’s On This Victoria Day Weekend

The Victoria Day long weekend feels like the official kick-off to cottage season. Although it’s not yet summer, the countdown is on! If you’re hitting the road for the long weekend and headed to or through the Kawarthas, here are some activities and events for a perfect family getaway:

Bethany’s Victoria Day Weekend

Where: Bethany Park, Bethany (Google Maps)
When: Friday, May 17-Monday, May 20
Event Website

Enjoy activities such as fireworks, family BBQ, karaoke, the 29th Annual Show & Shine, petting zoo, parade, 33rd Annual Pie & Cake Contest, and much more.

Buckhorn Spring Craft Show

Where: Buckhorn Community Centre (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Event Website

Find over 75 exhibitors and artisans with home made products like clothing, jewelry, home decor, and more. Drop into the Crafters Crafe for homemade soups, sandwiches, and more.

Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks & Family Night

Where: Del Crary Park, Peterborough (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, May 18 beginning at 5 p.m.
Event Website

Fireworks, local entertainment, and a children’s program. Live music begins at 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Viamede Victoria Day Getaway

Where: Viamede Resort (Google Maps)
When: Friday, May 17-Monday, May 20
Event Website

We’re switching over to our spring recreation schedule which includes activities like fishing, farm tours, and bonfires with s’mores. Resort amenities include an indoor pool, steam room, games room in 1885, nature trails, and much more. Guest rooms and pet-friendly cottages.

Whetung Spring Art Show

Where: Whetung Ojibwa Centre (Google Maps)
When: Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Event Website

Beat the tourist season and check out what’s new and exciting at the Whetung Spring Art Show. Their most popular artists will be on hand to display their craft and ideas.


A Weekend Fit For A Queen

I’m sitting here, on the tail end of the first real weekend of summer. Slightly exhausted, generally soaked, and really, really happy.

There are countless stories among guests, staff, and even the poor poor sunfish that decided to be near our shore, but we’ll have to keep it to the highlights for now.

Culinary:

This weekend, Mount Julian really came out in its full splendour for the summer. Chef Alexander and I spent the week foraging, and we found countless edibles – wild leeks have been out a few weeks, but the spruce tips only opened on Thursday. Clover, dandelion (leaves for salad, flowers for cookies), garlic mustard (an invasive plant we love to eat), wild chives, mint, trout lillies, and even wild purple violets. I don’t think Chef was happy when I described his lovingly crafted salad as “lawn trimmings,” but, well, I thought it was apt (and delicious).

 

Finding Friends:

One of our new initiatives is the “Find A Friend” board  – after years of recreation programming, we have realized that guests make the best memories on their own. We still offer a recreation program, but also have a board for guests who share interests to meet.

This weekend, a family of 8 decided to organize a scavenger hunt, of sorts, based on the letters of VIAMEDE – draw an Ant. Eat an ice cube. There was a great turn out, and the kids all came away with new friends.

 

Guests:

Our guests were, unsurprisingly, awesome. The rain on Saturday brought people together in the dining room. The sun on Sunday created a rush for our boats. Our pool decks had more water on them than the pools had in them, thanks to splashing kids. BBQs at cottages and our new BBQ patio, The Porch, got heavy use.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention fishing. This time of year, for someone like me, fishing can be a bit boring – pickerel aren’t all that fun to catch, and not much else is in season. But for kids, this is the best time of year. My fly rod’s been working for a few weeks, but the hot sun finally got the sunfish, crappy, and perch biting. On Friday, some guests had rods from their friends with some very strange lures until I got them some simple jigs, and worms the next day. The rest of the weekend, rain notwithstanding, kids were passing around half a dozen fishing rods, catching hundreds of fish in total. It was great to watch!

 

The Farm:

After a late start, our piglets are off to the races. They’re still too small for the big pen (they’d easily escape the fence holes), so for now, they’re in the turkey pen. Our Easter chicks are doing well. This week, we should be getting turkeys, ducks, and quail. Bob, our gardener, has the veggies off to a strong start, and we should get more than we’ve ever gotten from our gardens.

So, life is good. Summer is here!

 

Cheers,

Ben