Stoney Lake is the classic image of Canadian cottage country - a tranquil waterfront studded with a series of quaint and unassuming lodges - but its gentle facade belies a surprisingly deep-running history reaching all the way back to the earliest First Nations settlements of the country. On the lake's upper-east outstretch sits The Irwin Inn, with a unique history of its own, albeit on a smaller scale. Three generations of owners have fashioned the estate into one of the most appreciated family-friendly resorts in the area, complete with a wide breadth of activities for every season.
The Irwin Inn has a simple homespun charm despite its lofty size, the main inn building surrounded by a collection of individual cottages and suites facing the south side of the lake. Whirlpool Suites each house their own unique aesthetic and come with a full complement of amenities: multiple bedrooms, wood-burning fireplace, kitchen appliances and more. The dining room on site offers bacon and tomato chowder soup and grilled salmon fillet with an unmatched, panoramic view of the lake.
The 200 acres of land and stretch of water encompassing the inn are rife with opportunities for outdoor activity, including the traditional cottage pursuits of hiking, boating, kayaking, volleyball and badminton as well as horseback riding. There is also a par-3 golf course that provides the perfect introduction to a family golf experience. About a 20-minute drive away is Petroglyphs Provincial Park, where a massive collection of First Nations' rock carvings created in the Pre-Columbian era are preserved, displaying Ontario's deep history. Upon arrival at the inn, guests can book their "Discover the Kawarthas" tour of the region's notable landmarks, including Petroglyphs, Whetun Ojibway Centre, Kawartha Winery and many more.
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