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.

 


Viamede’s Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here (anyone else ready to say so long to that cold and rainy spring?)! School’s out, long weekends await, and cottaging season is on. We put together our top 5 picks to check off your summer bucket list – Viamede style.

Feed Farm Pigs

Guests can go to the Viamede Farm at any time to visit with our turkeys, ducks, chickens, and quail. If you come along for a farm tour in the afternoon (part of our recreation schedule), you can help feed our pigs! We’ll also tell you all about how our farm works, where eggs are collected, and let you cuddle with a silkie chicken (they are very silky).

Feed Pigs at Viamede Farm; located at Viamede Resort in the Kawarthas

Join a Wild Food Hunt

Come along with staff for a foraging expedition and learn more about how wild food can be used in your kitchen. With things like cattails, chives, wild berries, and greens, what we find might just be in tonight’s dinner menu. For the foodies, we also recommend a tasting at Mount Julian and one of our other activities like Pickling or Bread Making Class.

Cannonball into Stoney Lake

There’s nothing like a classic Canadian summer of enjoying life on the lake. While you can kick back and relax by the pool (no judgement here), we’ve included this on our bucket list because taking a big leap off the water trampoline and cannon-balling into the lake is too much fun.

Family friendly resort; Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas; Viamede Resort

Go Cycling

If you’ve brought your own wheels or want to borrow one of ours, there are some neat places to check out by bicycle! You can stick to the back roads and explore along Stoney Lake (Eels Creek, about a 9 km ride, has a great hiking trail). Head back up to Highway 28 (which has paved shoulders), and pedal to Burleigh Falls for a picnic by the lock.

Try Something New

Whether you’ve never fished, played disc golf, gone stand-up paddleboarding, or been tubing, we’ll help you say you did something totally new this summer.

 


March Break Activities in the Kawarthas

by Nicole Rogerson, Marketing Manager

March Break is right around the corner! We’ve got lots planned here at Viamede as part of our March Break experience, but if you’re looking to venture out into the local area there are plenty more sights and experiences to be had. Here are five things to do and see in the Kawarthas.

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Free Thursday Nights at the Canadian Canoe Museum

Thursdays, 5-8 PM

The Canadian Canoe Museum opens its doors for free admission on Thursday evenings. This national heritage centre explores the canoe’s significance in Canada through interactive galleries and displays.

https://canoemuseum.ca

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Dinosaur Exhibit 2019

March 10-13, 10 AM – 5 PM

The Indian River Reptile Zoo will be holding a dinosaur exhibit with over 24 animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar! There will be plenty of other activities and fun for the kids. You can save $5 on admission by bringing a drawing of your favourite dinosaur.

https://thekawarthas.ca/event/dinosaur-exhibit-2019

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Brent and Sarah’s Comedy Magic Show

March 10, 2 PM

A show that combines magic, music, comedy, and gets the audience involved in clean entertainment.

https://academytheatre.ca/events/brent-and-sarahs-comedy-magic-show/

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Buckhorn Maplefest 2019

March 16-17, 9:30 AM – 4 PM

The McLean’s annual Maplefest provides fun for the whole family with wagon rides, pancakes drizzled in fresh maple syrup, and learning how syrup is made.

http://mcleanberryfarm.com/events/maplefest/

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Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival & Sale

March 16, 10 AM – 4 PM

Check out a variety of vendors and handmade goods at the 9th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale. The entry fee is $5 and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

https://www.facebook.com/events/364920594063596/


What’s On this March Break

by Ben Samann, General Manager

One of our core principles here is that parents are happiest when the kids are tired out, and kids are happiest when they get to run free without parental supervision (staff supervision provided!).

Welcome to March Break at Viamede.

As always, we don’t really know what the weather will bring in March; we may be skating on the lake in a blizzard, or the first of the flowers may be coming up already. Either way, we’re ready with a week full of weather-proof programming for everyone. Daily supervised kids activities give parents some time off, and daily beer/wine/whiskey tastings help the adults unwind.

Take a look at our March Break activities:

2019 Viamede Resort March Break Schedule

And that’s just the stuff we’re helping you to do. Some guests like to make their own schedule and that’s okay too! We have nine (9) kilometres of hiking trails, and can even lend you one of our resort Goldens (Toby and Daisy) to bring along on your hike. Our indoor/outdoor pool is the perfect spot to relax or meet friends for an impromptu volleyball game.

Four images side by side that show a Foosball table overlooking Stoney Lake, two people sitting by a roaring fire with socks, a young boy tubing down a snow hill, and an indoor pool.

March Break is a special time at Viamede. It’s the last of winter, and the first of spring, and often an interesting mix of both. Snowmen and skating mix with sunny days and puddle jumping, and we’re ready for all of the above.

It’s a time for kids, and parents who want to be kids. We do what we can; our cooking classes are popular for everyone, and Bob the Gardener will be helping people get their gardens started. Kids can go home with their own plant and adults can learn how their hostas can do better.

We know that the key to happy parents is tired kids, so we always build in some time for kids to be kids: pool volleyball, cooking classes, gardening workshops, and even pizza and a movie night to give parents a quiet dinner to themselves.

Probably the most popular hangout, rain or shine, is 1885 – giant Scrabble, a large fireplace with cozy armchairs, and all-day snacks. The kids can play Foosball while the parents sip Scotch. Sit by the fire and play a board game, or challenge friends to a game of darts. Have another cappuccino and wait out the storm, or head out into the sunshine.


The Only Honest Fishing Story You’ll Ever Read… Sort Of

by Alyssa Joynt

One of the best parts of working at Viamede is that I am forced to spend my entire summer on the lake.  What a shame, right?  One of the worst parts of working at Viamede is that our GM Ben can turn to me and tell me to meet him on the dock at 6 o’clock in the morning because we are going fishing.  I am not an avid fisherwoman, but I dragged myself out of bed and made my way to “work” for my first real fishing expedition since I was a kid.

The last time I went fishing was when I was maybe ten years old, so it’s been a while.  Cutting through the morning mist hanging on the lake, Ben arrived in his boat to pick up myself and the mother and son joining us.  None of us were very experienced, so as soon as we were out on the lake Ben gave us all a quick version of Fishing 101.  He showed us how to hold the rod properly, familiarized us with some basic fishing terminology, and showed us how to cast.  He taught us that you always have to keep a firm grip on your rod with one hand, and showed us how to hold the line with one finger while opening the bail so that you can tip your rod back and cast.  I was probably the last person to get the hang of it – I just kept dropping an excessive amount of line right in front of the boat, which created quite the mess.  I ended up with clumps of tangled fishing line that Ben had to come and fix, but eventually I figured it out too.

 

I wasn’t the only one who needed help, though.  The little guy with us needed reminders on how to hold his rod properly with one hand, and we all needed to be told from time to time that we just needed to let our lures sink instead of drawing them in constantly.

It took all of us a while to catch any fish, although everyone caught a fair amount of salad, or vegetarian fish as I like to call it.  Finally, just as Ben was getting nervous that we were beginning to doubt the existence of fish, we started feeling some bites.  Ben, of course, caught the first fish, and despite it being rather small he was quite happy to show it off.

 

 

After that, the fish started to come out of hiding.  We caught largemouth bass and rock bass, and Ben taught us the difference between the two.  Rock bass have spiny fins and red eyes, so they’re easy to distinguish if you know what you are looking for.  As a fully trained fish identifier, I can now tell you with a very small percentage of certainty that this is a picture of a rock bass…

 

 

…and that this is a picture of a largemouth bass.

 

Check out the red eyes on this bad boy!

 

While Ben was having all the luck in the world (partially because he kept casting right where my rod was and stealing my fish), the boy with us still hadn’t caught anything.  We moved to a spot where there was a big rock that had a hole in the middle, and he caught the biggest fish of the outing.

 

 

All in all, it was a pretty cool experience.  While I’m still not convinced that Ben can go out and catch 15-16 inch bass on a regular basis, I will admit that fishing is pretty fun.  Between the mist on the lake, the music of the loons, and the excitement of actually catching a fish, it’s worth getting up early.  I’ll have to go out again so that Ben can prove the existence of big fish, and I’ll keep you posted.  Someone has to keep the fishing stories straight, right?