For the past few years I have escaped Toronto on Family Day Weekend. For me, it is my way of hightailing it out of winter blahs alley and rounding the Spring-Is-Almost-Here corner.
This year, together with a few other families we know, I headed north to Muskoka and spent three lovely days at Deerhurst Resort.
To be honest I was a little apprehensive at first. I wasn’t sure if outside of swimming there was enough to occupy the kids. But as I was to discover, my apprehension was all for nothing.
First of all, they spent hours in the pool. There always seemed to be a gaggle of girls doing some sort of syncro routine. While the chlorine levels were high, the levels of fun were even higher. Just make sure to shower as soon as you leave the pool and get the chlorine off!
When not in the pool, my son was in the lobby playing chess with a friend. Or he was outside on the skating rink. Or at the arcade playing video games. If he were younger, I am sure he would have been on the climbing wall or in the indoor tree house. You get the picture, there is lots to do. There were even movies in the evenings, but my kids were a bit too old to enjoy the ones being shown. A tween/teen option would have been a nice addition.
Us parents, when not playing life guard, could be found in many different places. The bar. The spa. Reading in the lobby. Or snowmobiling. I did try the gym, but found it to be somewhat uninspiring so I took my workout outside instead.
We did venture off the resort and spent sometime skating at Arrowhead Provincial Park. Unbeknownst to us, the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni were onsite. While we waited ages to get in, we had a riot skating the outdoor path through the forest alongside some hockey legends.
Having never been to Deerhurst, I am glad I finally made the trek to Muskoka and checked out what it had to offer. I found the staff to be accommodating and helpful. Apparently the place was at capacity but it never felt full or rushed (except perhaps in the hot tub!). I liked staying in the main lodge, especially when the kids had wet hair, but I think next time I will opt for one of their other units outside the main lodge which offers two bedrooms and a kitchen. I regretted not being able to cook for myself and wished for a little extra space; especially as I am an early riser and wanted to read without waking everyone.
All-in-all, Deerhurst was everything our family and friends wanted from a weekend get away.