Fern Resort, all-inclusive, all year round

We refused to let summer go. We soaked up the sun, squished sand in our toes. We swam in the pool and caught fish in the lake and ate until our bellies were full. We collapsed each night into bed exhausted and did it all again in the morning. This was a Fern Summer! 

At the end of August we took one last road trip of the summer in an attempt to make the most of our time off and to really make family time count and we couldn’t have picked a better destination. With over 120 years experience Fern Resort knows a thing or two about catering to the family.

Fern Resort Summer Review - Mom vs the Boys

Located on the shores of Lake Couchiching, just 90 minutes from Toronto Fern Resort offers a getaway the whole family will enjoy. There’s an endless list of activities to choose from throughout the day, supervised kids camp, all inclusive dining and evening entertainment. You can plan to do it all or do nothing more than lounge by the pool with a book. 

With a family of 3 active boys, we planned to do it all! 


Fern Activities

Each evening at dinner you will receive a copy of The Daily Buzz which will give you an overview of the next days activities so you can plan ahead. Activities that are run by staff such as zorbing and the ropes course run on a schedule, while others such as basketball or mini golf can be done at your leisure. This was a great opportunity for us to try new sports we had never tried before! The boys were brave to climb the rock wall and make it all the way to top and mom and dad gave archery a try for the first time too! It turned out that fishing on the dock was the favourite activity by far, those fish were eager to bite and the boys had a blast catching and returning sun fish and searching the lake bottom for turtles! We also got a good leg work in as we toured the forest in some peddlecars. 

Fishing at Fern Resort


Fern Resort Activities

Fern Entertainment

After the dinner hour many of the sports are closed for the day but there is still fun to be had for the family. We joined in on a few games of Candy Bingo one night and headed over to Bergwen’s Theatre each evening at 8:30 for some fun. On Monday night, we watched Dueling Pianos and on Tuesday the boys were delighted to attend Force of the Fern, a Star Wars themed gathering where they trained and perfected their Jedi skills. It was a super fun night and the boys brought home their Jedi training certificates.



Jedi Training night at Fern Resort

Fern Dining

Fern is an all-inclusive resort, meaning that all your meals and non alcoholic beverages are included during your stay and meal times are at set times throughout the day. Food and drink outside of these times are not included but there is a small fridge in your room to keep extra beverages on hand. Your table is set up for you in the dining room your first visit and each meal of your stay you eat at that same spot with usually the same waiter/waitress. The menu is broken down into Starters, Salads, Entrees and Desserts and there are new additions for each night of the week so you won’t get bored. Children can choose from the children’s menu or the buffet, as well, any entree from the adult menu can be requested in child sized portions as well. Basically, even the pickiest of eaters will be just fine here! For lunch you may choose to eat outside at the grill set up by the pool or inside the dining room. My favourite items were the soups and salads,  I think I chose the caesar salad for almost every meal. One thing Fern Resort does really well is desserts, you can’t go wrong with any of them! They do not hold back on all the goodies like whip cream and icing, they simply make the best sundaes you’ve ever seen and the chocolate lava cake and orange sorbet was to die for. Breakfast was also a popular meal for our crew. 


Breakfast at Fern Resort

Breakfast at Fern Resort

Fern Sundaes

Check out our short video review to see even more fun activities and a tour of our room

Fern Resort is open year round and would make a perfect fall getaway. Visit the Fern Resort website for pricing and the Fern Facebook and Twitter for updates

Peddle cars at Fern Resort

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


  1. Oh my goodness look at that sundae!! I have been wanting to get here for some time now. Maybe next spring will work out for us. It’s one that seems to generate a fair amount of buzz and looks like you all had a great time too.

  2. That looks like a great place! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Omy goodness gracious! That looks like so much fun! I bet my boys would <3 it so much!

  4. This place looks amazing for families! All those neat activities?? My boys would be thrilled. Off to check out their site!

  5. Oh gosh, I had no idea this place existed and it’s not far from home at all! I’ve added Fern Resort to our list of places we must visit, especially when we need a quick getaway. <3 So much LOVE for their Jedi training, LOL. 😀

  6. Amazing! Looks like a great place for families to hang out. My kids would love it there

  7. Oh man! Now I wish we still lived out east. This place looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!

  8. kathy downey says:

    Wow,sure sounds like an inviting place!

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Good heavens, what a fabulous place to spend some time. I’ve always fancied trying archery, probably due to the stories of Robin Hood and William Tell but somehow never have. There’s lots to do or not do as you choose and I can see you all had a lot of fun.

  10. Treen Goodwin says:

    looks like a wonderful time , with lots of great food and fun , thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Looks like a great place to hang out with the family!

  12. Lynda Cook says:

    Looks like an awesome place to go and spend time with the family!!

  13. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I love that your kids are playing board games and it looks like your family had a great time, this place is awesome

  14. Darla Peduzzi says:

    Looks like so much fun and a lot of activities for the boys. I also loved that sundae 🙂

  15. What a wonderful place! Can tell just by the looks on the boys faces!

  16. Amy Lovell says:

    Wow! What a fun looking place! The archery looks like a blast!

  17. Victoria Ess says:

    Looks like a gem — and so close to Toronto!

  18. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful resort!! Would definitely love to visit!!

  19. Marilyn Legault says:

    Looks like so much fun for the kids

  20. Lynda Cook says:

    When I see the pictures it reminds me of the movie Dirty Dancing!!

  21. That looks fantastic! And my kind of “roughing it”

  22. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    It sure does look like a great spot for a family vacation. 🙂

  23. I would love a getaway with my hubby here. It’s beautiful

  24. This looks like a lovely resort.

  25. I love places like this that absolutely cater to kids / families right down to the food! What an awesome place for some adventure & good eats!

  26. Darren Scrubb says:

    This Resort seems to be a great place to visit with tour family on Family Day for sure.

  27. kathy downey says:

    OMG,the boys are growing so fast….enjoy enjoy before you know it they will be all grownup

  28. Beautiful place

  29. This looks like such an awesome place to visit!

  30. Catherine Robichaud says:

    Wow just looking at that Sundae made me hungry. This sounds like a beautiful place to spend with family. I will have to check it out for our Summer vacation,

  31. Sounds like a place we could have a great time at. We should plan a trip there.

  32. Fern resort looks like a lovely place to stay.

  33. Linda Bragg says:

    This looks like a fun place for family to go and have quality time with family and kids…..not far from where we live here in Oshawa. Been to that area many times over and back. When we were kids, we would get to go with our parents to Lake Erie and to other lakes for a week vacation and we did lots of fishing which was my mum and dads hobby. We would stay in a cabin and sometimes a hotel where we would go swimming and also to local ice cream shops etc. It was always so much fun and is always remembered as good fun and times spent together. It’s great to have these places available and also affordable for families to do these things together…. love all your pics above….happy times!!

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