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Irwin Inn Resort Ontario
Three generations of the Irwin family have made this Ontario resort famous
for its tradition of friendliness and service. On 125 acres along Stoney
Lake in the Kawarthas, The Irwin Inn offers fine lakeside dining and accommodation
"Every once in a while you come across a place where the service is extraordinary, the food is delicious, and the staff are warm & welcoming.
Once you find this place you want to return again and again."
Family vacations at the Irwin Inn, Ontario, Canada… is what summer is all about.
Summertime at the Irwin Inn and the focus is on the family. Families have been spending their summer Ontario resort holidays at the Irwin Inn for 3 generations. They come back because the WHOLE FAMILY has a great time.
Adults get to act like kids at the resort and forget their day-to-day responsibilities. You can canoe, kayak, and discover some of the 1100 islands that dot Stoney Lake or just lay back on the beach with a good book. Take a drive around the area, go shopping or visit a museum and know that your children are safe and happy.
Our supervised childrens program is geared to different age groups so kids of all ages get to experience memorable summer adventures. You never hear “I’m bored” but rather “can we come back next year?” Families can take advantage of a supervised children's program, during the summer months and on our Stoney Lake waterfront everyone enjoys the many resort activities - fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking . Water sports are run by qualified instructors and are guaranteed to exhaust everyone. Our evening programs are designed to entertain every family member.
Couples find the Irwin Inn an ideal lakeside Kawartha resort setting to rest and rejuvenate, or be active, participating in many recreation and social activities, sightseeing, shopping, historical and cultural tours involving museums, art galleries and theatre venues, for a dynamic resort experience.
To begin your Kawartha vacation, browse the season selection of Summer, Fall, Spring. See the many seasonal facilities and related activities, seasonal getaways, The Irwin Inn offers. After, select rooms & rates that are available at the Irwin Inn resort in Ontario, Canada.
Fishing Vacations in the Kawarthas
Fishing vacations abound at the Irwin Inn on Stoney Lake in Ontario, Canada. The Kawartha Lakes, of which Stoney Lake is a member, is ranked in the top ten fishing destinations in Canada. Originally it was the trophy fishing that brought visitors to the Irwin Inn. Although the 40+ lb. Lake Trout are gone, Stoney Lake still has an abundance of fish to catch on your fishing getaway. Pickerel, bass, and muskie, are found in Stoney Lake. We are happy to share our knowledge on how and where to catch fish. In fact, one of the best places to catch trophy muskie is in front of the Irwin Inn.
For younger members of your family endless hours can be spent fishing from the dock where panfish abound. Few things are as exciting to a 4-year old as feeling a tug on the fishing rod for the first time. Combining great fishing with comfortable self catering accommodations make the Irwin Inn a perfect family fishing vacation in Ontario Canada.
"We have been to all-inclusive vacations in Dominican Republic and a 5-star hotel in Miami, still never have we received a level of customer service like we did at your resort."
Celebrate spring on Stoney Lake. Experience attentive service & spectacular lakeside rental cottage accommodations. Make the most of warm days and at night enjoy your personal spa under the stars and a crackling fire in your suite's stone fireplace. Spring is the season of rejuvenation and there's no better place to get the feeling of starting fresh than a getaway at the Irwin Inn.
Wake up to the sound of birds perched outside your suite. Take advantage of our seasonal Ontario resort facilities and activities. Take a trail ride through our budding forest or a walk down a country lane. Glide silently on the lake in a canoe or kayak. Read a book on your deck and listen to the loons calling on the lake or watch as fishermen slowly troll between the islands by the Inn. Spring is definitely a refreshing, and revitalizing time of year!
Family Vacations and Couples Getaways
Families can take advantage of a supervised program during the summer months and on our waterfront everyone enjoys fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, canoeing, Island picnics. Couples find The Irwin Inn an ideal Ontario resort setting to rest and rejuvenate, be active while participating in many recreation and social activities. Sightseeing, unique shopping, historical and cultural tours offer an opportunity for an exciting getaway.
Adults can be young at heart again, forgetting day–to-day stress of the normal working day. Do as much or as little as you wish. You can canoe, take a drive, visit an art gallery, knowing your children are happy and in a safe environment.
"Your pride, displayed largely by your attention to detail, doesn't go unnoticed. We've always been impressed by your staff's obvious desire to please."
We make every meal at the Irwin Inn an occasion to celebrate. Our lakeside seasonal dining room with a panoramic view of Stoney Lake is a fitting venue for memorable meals with family and friends. Our menu is carefully prepared to bring you a variety of the best of fresh country inn fare, and excellent service. Licensed by the LLBO , accommodating staff and the spectacular Stoney Lake view from our dining room, lakeside deck and patio, set the stage for a Kawartha dining experience.
"We had an amazing time. The facilities were awesome _ very clean and had everything we could want: fireplace, lighting, whirlpool. I cannot say enough about the chef _ absolutely fabulous."
Attractions in the Heart of the Kawarthas
The Irwin Inn is in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes district, an area famous for its dramatic and varied landscape. About 40 minutes north of Peterborough, the largest city in the region, the Inn enjoys a wonderfully scenic location on Stoney Lake and its 1100 islands. A short drive to the north bring you to Petroglyphs Provincial Park which has the largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. Carved into the rock face hundreds of years ago, the 900 petroglyphs depict turtles, snakes, birds, humans and other images. You can hike on the trails meandering through surrounding forests, wetlands and rocky ridges or visit The Learning Place interpretive centre.
Curve Lake First Nation has one of the finest galleries of Native art in the country with knowledgeable staff to help you discover the Ojibway history of the area. The pretty town of Lakefield has numerous points of interest and shops, and make sure you watch boats locking through on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Peterborough, a city of about 75,000 has the amenities you would expect of a city of this size - restaurants, cinemas, a zoo, parks and theatres, however, the Canadian Canoe Museum, The Trent Severn Waterway, the Liftlocks are attractions that should be on your 'must see' list. South of the Irwin Inn is Lang Pioneer Village which is a living exhibition showing what pioneer life was like in the area. Near the town of Millbrook is 4th Line Theatre, a nationally recognized theatre company that specializes in plays about the area. Plays are held outside to give a realistic and unique theatre experience. Westben Theatre at the Barn, features concerts in a unique venue. See more in Area Attractions!
The Irwin Inn, A Family Tradition for over 69 Years
The Irwin Inn can look back on a history of Kawartha resort hospitality that spans 3 generations and over sixty years.
Ross and Norma Irwin stumbled into being innkeepers by accident. Asked to accommodate overflow guests from a neighbouring resort in 1947, they found the experience so enjoyable that, the following years, after an addition to their cottage, they began welcoming guests. Ross brought his talent as cook to the business, and many of his recipes are used to this day. He was also a compulsive builder, and, over the next 20 years, the resort expanded in every direction. By 1955 Ross and Norma could accommodate 30 guests and, with a dining room expansion in 1960, more than 75 could vacation at the Inn.
By 1981, Dennis and Patti Irwin had taken over the Inn and embarked on a program of expansion and consolidation. They completed the acquisition of all the privately owned cottages near the Inn begun by Ross and Norma. Concentrating on the lakefront, they renovated existing cottages or built new ones to suit the more discerning tourists of the 80s and 90s. As well, they felt that groups or organizations would benefit from the Inn's unique site and consequently built a meeting room and upgraded facilities to attract these clients. The building program culminated in 2000 with the construction of a complex of lakeside spa suites. Sympathetic architecture and a prime waterfront location have made these suites the most sought after accommodation at the Inn.
Dennis and Patti have 3 sons who have all worked at the Inn
Jaimey Irwin operates Stoney Lake Equestrian. They specialize in training, showing, breeding, and selling of the finest dressage horses. After successful creating their base here at the Inn, they now run their endeavors from a state of the art facility located in Stouffville On.
Rob and Andrew Irwin inherited a love of building and from their years growing up at the Inn, and are now both successful outside of the Resort. Rob's passion for sustainable building can be seen in his work through Earthrise carpentry and Whippletree Timberframing. While Andrew pursued a career in heavy equipment mechanics with Green Tractors in Lindsay, Ontario.
The Irwins have always shared a respect for the environment of which they are stewards. Using deep lake cooling (long before the City of Toronto made it fashionable), they are able to supplement both their heating and cooling requirements.
Although the reasons people visit the Irwin Inn have changed over the years, some things have remained constant - the eternal beauty of Stoney lake, the dedication of the Irwins to providing a truly memorable lakeside resort experience, and, finally, the belief that the things we cherish depend upon our will to preserve them.
There are many reasons why families for 3 generations have been returning to the Inn each summer. For younger family members our recreation program keeps them engaged in activities that become lifetime memories. Our sandy beach, playground, attentive staff and over 100 acres guarantee a holiday they'll want to repeat each summer. For adults it's an opportunity to really rest and get away from all the routines that constitute your daily life. You don't have to worry about entertaining the kids, cutting the grass or commuting to work. As a family you have immediate opportunities to have fun together and take advantage of our many resort facilities and activities. Explore the lake in a kayak, fish from the dock, or toast marshmallows over a fire on the beach. Start a great family tradition and come to the Irwin Inn this summer.
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Autumn offers the best of both worlds at The Irwin Inn - high season experiences at low season rates. Enjoy a walk in the woods, canoeing or kayaking on a calm misty morning, a personal hot tub under the stars or a crackling fire in your suite's stone fireplace.
It's the perfect time of the year to curl up with a book on your deck and listen to the loons calling. Watch reflections of autumn’s vibrant colour on a calm lake. Take advantage of our seasonal Ontario vacation resort facilities and activities. Regardless of the season some things remain the same - attentive service and accommodations that guarantee a memorable getaway. Discover a getaway that’s right for you.