Fall in love with Winter at Fern Resort

Located in Orillia on the shores of Lake Couchiching you’ll find Fern Resort. Though it’s been around for over 120 years, our family discovered Fern Resort in August and the boys have been talking about it ever since. Our time at Fern was jam packed with activities in the summer, so we were wondering, what does Fern have to offer in the heart of winter? Turns out, quite a bit! 

Fern Resort Main Inn

Accommodations

Accommodations were something that I didn’t even touch upon in our summer review because we honestly rarely used our room other than to sleep in. With this trip being in the winter, we found ourselves using the accommodations a fair bit more. We actually stayed in the same one bedroom suite both times, located in the Fireside Inn, across from the Main Inn. The suite is really great for large families like ours as it’s very spacious and offers some privacy. The Fireside Suite features a living room with a wood burning fireplace, TV,  and two pull out love seats that turn into single beds. There is a small refrigerator perfect for storing beverages and a coffee maker, along with a set of table and chairs. A separate bedroom has a Queen sized bed, a second TV, and a closet perfect for tucking away suitcases. The 4 pc bath has extra touches for families with young children including a nightlight and step stool. Because we have three children, we requested a cot which was delivered to our room, and it still fit comfortably with the other beds turned out as well. The only part of the room we didn’t make use of on this visit was the double balcony over looking the lake. The view was still quite stunning though. 

lake couchiching sunset

Fern Suite

Fern Suite

Activities

During the winter you’ll find a Ski Shop set up in Mary Lou’s throughout the day. It still houses ping pong, billiards and a couple of video games as well, so it’s a fun place to hang out with the family. At the Ski Shop, you are free to sign out sports equipment such as toboggans, skis, skates and snowshoes at no cost.

Fern Resort Ski Shop

 

Fern’s 1.5 km Skating Trail

Upon check in we received a lay out of the weekend’s activities so we could plan ahead. We were delighted to find that there was a Torch lit Skate planned for Friday evening on Fern’s 1.5 km skating trail. We had heard about the trail and were eager to give it a try! It was very dark in the forest but torches led the way through and there was a nice fire going to rest at when you were done. We used the skating trail a few times during our stay and just loved being able to skate outdoors through the gorgeous snow covered forest, it was a unique experience that was so much fun! We were really impressed that the resort had a heated room set up to get your skates on and leave your boots in while you skated. There was quite a bit of snow coming down and I’m sure our boots would have been filled with snow when we were done if we had not had a nice dry place to store them.

Tobogganing

Over at Gwendolyn Park is a large hill perfect for tobogganing. No need to bring your own, Fern has tons of toboggans for you to borrow. Because there was so much snow fall and we were the first ones there, we had to make our own paths down the hill to get started! It didn’t take long before other families headed over to join us though, it was a lot of fun.

toboggan Fern Resort

 

Cross Country Skiing

One thing I love about my boys is that they are always willing to give a new sport a try and being able to try out new activities is one of my favourite things about Fern Resort. Fern had all the equipment we needed and we set out. There wasn’t a clear indication of where to ski so we just roamed around. I wouldn’t say it was the boys favourite sport but they didn’t give up and gave it a good try. It was great exercise and really fun for mom and dad who hadn’t been on ski’s in years.

Fern Resort Ski

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing proved to be easier than skiing and we hit the forest trail before leaving on Sunday. There is just something magical about being in a silent snow covered forest! It was great that the resort carried many sizes and the whole family found equipment to fit their feet. The snow shoes for little ones were just adorable and made yeti tracks through the snow! 

Fern Resort Snowshoeing

Tired yet? We sure were! All of the activities were a good work out and we had wonderful weather to play out in the snow for hours. Other activities held at the resort during the weekend were a beer and cider tasting, wine and cheese party, watercolours class, bingo, live music and a few at cost activities such as dog sledding, horse drawn hayrides, private horse and cutter rides and tea leaf readings. 

Dining

All those fun activities are going to leave you tired and hungry which is why the best part about staying at Fern Resort is your meals are included. Trust me, I had no extra energy to cook up meals and it was so nice to go to the dining room and have a lovely 4 course meal served to you. The boys liked to start with a cup of hot chocolate to warm up, while mom and dad ordered a nice hot bowl of soup, the broccoli soup was particularly tasty. We were already big fans of their caesar salad, and again on this visit my middle son and I ordered it for almost every meal, so good. Every dish comes with perfect presentation and dessert is always a hit. The chocolate cheesecake was simply amazing and your jaw will literally drop to the floor when you see the ice cream sundaes arrive at your table! My boys are big breakfast fans and enjoyed the french toast each morning, and for the parents knowing that a full day of activities is coming up, it was great to fuel up start the day off with a made to order omelette, bacon and home fries. 

Fern Resort Dining

Fern Resort proved to be a wonderful family getaway no matter the season. Why hibernate all winter when you can get out in the snow and make memories with the family! Visit the Fern Resort website for pricing and keep up to date with Fern on Facebook and Twitter

disclosure: We received a complimentary stay with Fern Resort, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Comments

  1. Oh gosh! That looks fantastic. I used to spend time every summer at Lack Couchiching – that’s where I caught my first fish!

  2. Judy Cowan says:

    Looks like a great place for a getaway. That is one good looking ice cream sundae!

  3. kathy downey says:

    It sure sounds like a lovely spot for a get-away,foods looks delish !!

  4. It looks like a great place!

  5. It looks like an awesome place to go for some family fun! I think I would really love the snowshoeing there.

  6. Looks like fun! Our fam would enjoy this place!

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What an amazing place to stay, the accommodation for one thing then all the winter sports, fantastic. Love those snow shoes for the little ones. 🙂

  8. sherry moffitt says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to stay.

  9. Florence Cochrane says:

    Lots of good food and a fun variety of winter activities. Beautiful pictures also.

  10. Looks like a lot of fun. I would love to try snowshoeing. The Kids ones are adorable!

  11. kathy downey says:

    I would love to enjoy an evening around that fire pit!

  12. That looks like a fabulous place to visit

  13. The resort sounds wonderful for families.

  14. Rosanne Robinson says:

    This resort sounds perfect for lots of family fun with great activities, comfortable settings and yummy looking food!

  15. Victoria Ess says:

    Sounds like a fun getaway!

  16. The food looks very good and the Inn looks nice and chaeerful and comfy.

  17. Shannon Gnocato says:

    Looks like an awesome family vacation spot! Very quaint as well!

  18. this sounds so awesome and the resort is full of activities for the family. thanks for sharing.

  19. Ahh too bad there was nothing about something to ride with some horsepower in it!

  20. Looks like a great resort for families or even just adults.

  21. This looks like so much fun, def somewhere my family would love!

  22. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I would love to bring the grandkids.

  23. kristen visser says:

    I am not much of a winter person but man oh man I would definitely enjoy the outdoors there! It’s gorgeous and love the activities you can do, it is so family oriented, the rooms look so cozy and the food looks Delish!!

  24. sarah alexis says:

    It truly is a wonderful thing to enjoy family time in nature and enjoy the winter season – looks like a great place to do it!

  25. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    That skating trail looks like a dream! I would love that 🙂

  26. It’s so nice to see how much fun you had.I know I would would have liked the snow shoeing.

  27. Fern Resort looks beautiful. I would love to go with my family on vacation here.

  28. ivy pluchinsky says:

    sounds like a really neat place to visit! Looks like fun too!

  29. Lynda Cook says:

    I’m not a fan of winter, but I think that would change if I was up there, sounds like a great place to go throughout the winter months!!

  30. kathy downey says:

    My sister spend a few weeks ago a few years back and she loved it !!

  31. Look like a beautiful place with lots to do for the entire family!

  32. That is just amost fantastic place to visit.You must have made some great memories.

  33. I’ve stayed there in the summer a few times but would really love to go in the winter – we love snowshoeing and cross country skiing. This looks perfect!

    • momvstheboys says:

      Fern is such a fun summer destination it can be hard to think of it any other time but with a ton of snow on the ground it’s just as much fun!

  34. Looks like a cozy place with lots of food too.

  35. this looks lovely! 🙂

  36. Looks like a great place for families

  37. Marilyn Legault says:

    this sure has been a good year for their winter activities.

  38. Looks like your family had a lovely vacation! I love winter getaways that actually embrace winter!

  39. nicolthepickle says:

    Oh it looks really nice. Especially the fireplace.

  40. Looks like a cute, quaint location to relax. Thanks for the review and suggestion.

  41. ivy pluchinsky says:

    what a fun place this looks like!

  42. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Lovely photos but I could never fall in love with winter – I’m a summer kind of girl 🙂

    • momvstheboys says:

      You just have to be dressed for winter to enjoy it! I hear you though, summer is so much easier to love

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