We celebrated our first week off of school at the wonderful Viamede Resort located a short drive away from Toronto on Stoney Lake and close to the Petroglyphs Provincial Park nature trails. Viamede is the perfect spot to leave the busyness of the city and all your electronics behind. The only time the kids used the iPad was for the drive. There are so many things to do and everything around you promotes outdoor play, which makes unplugging for a few days easy!
We were all sad to be leaving and the chatter about our time at Viamede continues daily. Owen and our niece Abby spent the majority of their time in and out of the pools, swimming in the lake, taking turns on the paddle boards, and jumping around the water trampoline. Other times were spent playing Frisbee golf, checking out the farm animals and playing family board games night. We decided to leave Mia at home with my Mom and let Ella be the baby again for a few days. She had a blast being able to run and explore and eventually got to liking the sand and water. At first, she absolutely hated the feel of it and wouldn’t move from my lap. I on the other hand did not mind the extra cuddle time with my sweet girl.
The food at Viamede Resort is excellent and you never have to worry about your kids being too loud or fussy because many families have their kids and babies -they get it! Most of the time Ella would be darting off to find another baby to play with while we waited for our meal. The babies kept each other entertained until the food came and then all attention went to the table. I’m so glad they had delicious food that was also kid friendly too.
If you’re not in the mood to dine out you also have the option of having fresh food prepared for you to barbeque at your cottage. Rick and the kids had a picnic basket full of yummy food like steak, hotdogs, grilled veggies, and corn to enjoy by the water. On that particular evening, I was invited to enjoy a meal at Mt. Julian. I enjoyed a 7-course meal with wine pairing and the food was fantastic! I especially loved the smoked rainbow trout and the wild boar with blueberry horseradish jelly. While dining, I got to chat with the owner/manager/host/everything 😉 Ben. He literally has his hands in every part of this resort and it pays off, everything is run so smoothly.
On our last day, Ben offered to take us on a boat tour before it was time to head home. It was so relaxing little Ella and Abby fell asleep on my lap, it was so adorable! 🙂 As the kids slept, Ben gave us a little background on the area and how Viamede came to be. His passion for Viamede shines through his words and you can tell how proud he is of his resort. As we came back to shore, I took another glance around and completely knew why so many people come back to this place each year, it’s so calming.
The beach, friends, and family is what summer is all about for us! There is nothing better than enjoying the summer weather to its fullest when our winters in Canada seem like they last forever. Luckily, Rick’s parents own a cottage on the lake just a short drive away. When we visit, the kids spend all day outdoors. We knew this was the perfect spot to bring our Wateraft for our family and the other cottagers to enjoy.
The Wateraft has been the biggest hit with the kids on the beach! When these photos were taken, the water was still so cold but they couldn’t wait to test it out. The kids were using it as a surfboard, a jumping platform, a sunbather, and a place to chat. The only time they came out of the water was to grab a bite to eat and then they were back on the water. As you can see, they had a great time. 😉
Next weekend we are taking the Wateraft to a bay that we frequently go to with the kids. It’s nice that the Wateraft is supringly light -its easy to pack up and bring wherever the sun takes us.