Deerhurst has undeniably ticked the box for location- sat on the shores of one of Muskoka's many beautiful lakes, it's a great base to explore the local area from. However the resort itself was not up to the other resorts you get across Canada.
Firstly the kids area is crazy crowded, especially in Summer when my family and I visited. The beach isn't quite large enough for the number of guests, so it's better to get away from the resort if you want to spend some time by the lakeside (I recommend Arrowhead National Park, only 20 mins away- there's a great area you can hire canoes/kayaks from for a small cost or swim and a nice little river to take the canoes down).
Secondly if you're a golfer it's heaven. Unfortunately none of my family are (I travelled with my brother and parents, my brother and I are in our early 20s). Clearly this is a resort geared towards the wealthy Torontonian businessman who wants to get out on the weekend and play some golf. Not saying this is necessary a negative, it's just not for us.
Thirdly, the motorised boat rentals is a bit casual. My brother and I tried to get jetskis out, but after a lot of faff, some kid said 'oh they've been taken away now, come back tomorrow', we came back and apparently they actually only have one. On the other hand, it is really easy to take out a normal motor boat, which would have been nice.
That's the negatives out the way, on the other hand the resort had some bonuses. Our rooms were really lovely, we stayed in Junior suites which have recently been renovated, but mind they're a walk from the main resort. Nonetheless, there's parking all outside so you don't have to walk far to get your car (if you rented). Also the food is great, but be prepared to pay! The main restaurant was where the UN ate when they came to Canada- although that's quite exciting, the bill is not.
I don't want to sound overly critical, but having stayed in similar resorts before (on the west canadian side), this was a bit of let down. Nevertheless, if you want a nice location, you're a young family/ golfers or you just want a good base to explore Muskoka, this place is probably the best of it's kind in the area around Huntsville.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Deerhurst Resort's idyllic lakeside setting in Muskoka cottage country. This 760 acre, year-round retreat is minutes from Algonquin Park and historical, culinary, sporting and cultural attractions like Huntsville's Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery and neighboring Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area. Known for its two 18-hole golf courses, Deerhurst offers the most on-site activities of any Eastern Canada resort, from indoor rock climbing, Treetop Trekking, paintball, ATV tours and snowmobiling to water sports, spa and a live entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Deerhurst Hotel Huntsville
- Deerhurst Inn Ontario
- Deerhurst Ontario
- Deerhurst Resort Huntsville, Ontario