Summer Vacations
Families can take advantage of a supervised program during the summer months and on our waterfront everyone enjoys fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, canoeing, and Island picnics. Couples find The Irwin Inn an ideal resort setting in the summer 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 summer 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.

"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."

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 resort holidays at the Irwin Inn for 3 generations. They come back because the entire 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 children’s 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 and sunset cruises. Water sports are run by qualified instructors and are guaranteed to exhaust everyone. Our evening programs are designed to entertain every family member.

Summer and Year Round Resort
A year round, full service resort, The Irwin Inn is known for its spectacular setting, comfort, luxury, unparalleled views, summer programs for kids, and the Irwin family’s hospitality, now over 60 years strong. From classic country cottages to lakeside suites and cottages with fireplaces, whirlpools, private hot tubs or pools, accommodations are ideal for discerning couples and families. Enjoy an extensive range of activities for a dynamic resort experience, or simply relax for a peaceful, personal experience, just 90 minutes from Toronto.

Summer Couples Getaways
Three generations of the Irwin family make this Ontario resort famous for its tradition of friendliness and caring service. On over 100 acres along Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas, The Irwin Inn offers fine lakeside dining and accommodation in the summer and year-round.

Couples find the Irwin Inn an ideal lakeside summer resort setting to relax and rejuvenate, or to be active in many recreation and social activities, sightseeing, shopping, historical and cultural tours involving museums, art galleries and theatre venues, for a dynamic resort experience.

The Irwin Inn is an ideal summer waterfront resort for couples getaways and a perfect family summer vacation resort destination. Amenities include: riding stable for horseback riding lessons and trail rides, tennis, outdoor pool, sandy beach, and countless fun and interesting activities. Accommodations range from traditional, cottages to waterfront suites with private swimming pools or hot tubs.

"Every once in a while you come across a place where the service is extraordinary, and the staff are warm & welcoming. Once you find this place you want to return again and again."

Summer Family Vacations and Couples Getaways
Families can take advantage of a supervised program during the summer months and n our waterfront everyone enjoys fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, canoeing, and Island visits. Couples find The Irwin Inn an ideal resort setting in the summer 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

In a spectacular setting, nestled on Stoney Lake’s shore, The Irwin Inn offers summer luxury at the lake. Unparalleled lake views, , lakeside suites and cottages with fireplaces, whirlpools, private hot tubs or pools, and thoughtful hospitality, are all part of a family tradition. Explore the countryside, our nature trails; enjoy the benefits of massage or simply relax by a crackling fire.

Summer Fishing Vacations in the Kawarthas
Summer 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 summer 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 pan fish abound. Few things are as exciting to a 4-year old as feeling a tug on the fishing rod for the first time.

Summer Horseback Riding
The Irwin Inn specializes in riding experiences for beginners. Delightful trail rides on our own Milestone Farm are available most months of the year. Pony ride in outdoor ring can be arranged for young children)

"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.

Dining
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."

Irwin Island fish fry & Picnic takes place at noon on Thursdays in July and August. All of the guests who wish enjoy an outdoor picnic on our patio before being boated to Irwin Island where we have a beach, dock, fire pit . A great picnic for all and for a memorable summer outing

Couples find the Irwin Inn an ideal lakeside 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.



Summer 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 brings 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 Ojibwa 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 Lift locks 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!

Summer
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. Check out our special summer family vacations

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.

Resort Facilities and Activities

Resort Facilities

Tennis Court
Games Room
Playground
Sandy Beach
Waterfront Accommodation
6.5km of Trails
Children/Youth Rec Programs
Volleyball Net
Small Store Onsite
Wireless Internet Access
Shuffle Board
Mountain Bikes
Canoes
Kayaks
Movie and Book Library



Massage Therapy (RMT)

    $95/hour in your rm
Horseback Riding Facilities

    $45/hour hack ride, includes 15 min lesson
    (ages 12 +)
    $15 pony ride for rider <12yrs

Motor Boat Rentals
    *starting at $100/day or $475/week
Seasonal Activities
    Summer
    Horseback Riding
    Kids’ Recreational Program
    Youth Recreational Program
    Island Excursions
    Fishing
    Golfing
    Walking Trails
    Fall
    Horseback Riding
    Fishing
    Golfing
    Canoeing and Kayaking
    Spring
    Fishing
    Golfing
    Canoeing and Kayaking

Facilities and Activities Descriptions

Please also view our activities pages to view more details and photos regarding specific activities

Golfing
The Irwin Inn is ideal for family golf vacations in Ontario, Canada. With several area Courses to choose from including
Oakland Greens from $40.00 per person per round plus Cart
(20km from Inn)
Woodview Golf
from $24- 36 per person per round plus Cart
(15 km from Inn)
Sixfoot Bay Golf
from $45 - 47 per person per round plus Cart
(40 km from Inn)
Katchiwana Golf
from $38 - 40 per person per round plus Cart
(30 km from Inn)
Horseback Riding
The Irwin Inn specializes in riding experiences for beginners. Delightful trail rides on our own Milestone Farm are available most months of the year. Pony ride in outdoor ring can be arranged for young children)

Kayaking and Canoeing
Stoney Lake is famous for its 1100 islands and Precambrian rock shores. You can find many areas inhabited only by residents native to Stoney Lake for thousands of years. Loons call in the evening blue herons own the “still” of morning. Canoeing and kayaking on Stoney has been inspiring naturalists since the Ojibwa natives made birch bark canoes to travel and explore it’s shining waters.

Water Activities

Swimming in Stoney lake’s clear and clean water is a tonic for the soul for young and old alike. Skimming across the top on skis, boards or a tube is as exciting to do, as it is fun to watch. The Inn boasts a large sandy beach area, perfect for all ages to enjoy.

Fishing
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. For families on vacation with young fishing enthusiasts, endless hours can be spent fishing from the dock where pan fish abound. Few things are as exciting to a 4-year old as feeling a tug on the fishing rod for the first time.

Kids’ program
From the last weekend of June to Labour Day weekend, the Irwin Inn has an amazingly comprehensive recreation program. Our experienced counselors keep younger children busy and happy through scheduled activities during the day, and one activity in the evening. Scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, tubing, face painting, bingo, pony rides, campfires, nature crafts, visits to area attractions, and our featured weekly “fish fry” picnic and excursion to Irwin Island combine to make vacation memories for our younger guests.


Sightseeing/Shopping
The Kawartha Lakes area offers countless opportunities for shopping, and sightseeing, From the latest in fashion, footwear, sporting gear, to farmers markets, fine art, crafts, and gorgeous hand crafted gifts, the entire Peterborough and Kawartha area has it all! Numerous interesting sights can be seen along the way. Planned shopping trips will make for an exciting off site excursion.

Arts & Culture
Peterborough and the entire surrounding area, has developed into a thriving arts and culture destination. In this land of shining water, art galleries, museums, historic sites, live theatre, unique outdoor theatre, concerts, and festivals abound, demonstrating the rich cultural mosaic of the Kawartha Lakes region. Plan your own itinerary, or come along on one of our scheduled outings for a sample of Kawartha culture


Complimentary Movie & Book Library
Located in our store area. Our movies vary from old classic to new blockbuster hits. There is sure to be something for everybody. Sit back and relax in your accommodation while watching a movie!

Games Room
Our games room offers our guests an alternative to outdoor activities. In the games room we have a pool table, ping pong table.

6.5 km of Trails
Our trails function in many ways depending on the season. Wound through over 100 acres of land they can be used to hike, bike, or horseback ride. With beautiful scenery the trails offer views of deer and greenery, and can lead you to our barns where you can visit with the horses. Some trails are strictly for non-vehicular use ensuring a peaceful time for all!

Massage Therapy
Our registered massage therapist, Martina Schnettler is sure to give you a soothing massage. Have a massage in the comfort of your own accommodation and feel your stress slip away.

Wireless Internet Access
Available in all of our accommodations including all common areas.

Select rooms & rates that are available at the Irwin Inn, where caring is a family resort tradition in Ontario, Canada.