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9 Ontario Resorts That Prove Staycations Are Where It’s At This Summer

R&R is closer than you might think.

Contributing writer
These Ontario Resorts Prove Staycations Are Where It's At This Summer

It's no surprise that, after having perhaps the longest lockdown in North America, Ontarians are looking to escape for some much-needed R&R. But while things are (finally!) opening up again, some restrictions remain in place. If you're craving a bit of holiday bliss, the best way to spend your vacation this summer might just be with an Ontario-based staycation.

Ontario is home to some of the best locations and attractions in North America (think Muskoka, Algonquin, and Niagara Falls), so you don't have to venture far to have a good time. There are ample resorts across the province that you can consider visiting this summer, whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family-friendly escape or some well-deserved time alone.

From country cottages and quaint inns to luxe lodges and serene spas, you can find destinations to suit all tastes on Resorts of Ontario. They represent over 100 dreamy travel locations across the province and make it easy to find your ideal location for the perfect summer staycation.

Each resort is endorsed by the Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council, meaning they have protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety of guests. To help you narrow down your search, you can start by scoping out these seven resorts.

Blue Mountain Resort

Price: From $227/night

Address: 190 Gord Canning Dr., Blue Mountains, ON

Details: Yes, Blue Mountain is widely recognized for its slopes and ski terrain, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the resort during sweet summertime. With warm weather comes golfing, sunbathing, swimming, biking, spas and hiking. You can shop and dine in the village, relax on the private sand beach, sightsee on the gondola or explore the Georgian Trail.

There are many spots to discover within the village too, including delicious food and vibrant music. You can choose to stay in a hotel room or boutique-style village suite and admire mountaintop views.


Footprints Resort

Price: From $78/night

Address: 2844 Baptiste Lake Rd. S., Harcourt, ON

Details: If you're searching for the perfect adults-only getaway, Footprints Resort has you covered. Perhaps you're having a little break from your own kids, or maybe you just want to vibe with other adults on your escape – either way, you'll be able to relax here.

You can enjoy the private lake with your pals or partner, lounge on the beach, or reconnect with nature. There are watersports (water trampoline, anyone?) and hiking trails to explore too. After your activity-filled day, you can hang around the campfire pit and chill out.


Deerhurst Resort

Price: From $199/night

Address: 1235 Deerhurst Dr., Huntsville, ON

Details: If you want to dive into Ontario's cottage country, Deerhurst Resort is where it's at. As one of the largest resorts in the province, this place has plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. They offer a range of rooms, from hotel rooms to kitted-out resort suites, so you can customize your level of luxury.

Whether you're staycationing with your S/O, children, family or best friends, you can count on having a fun time thanks to their on-site amenities, including hot tubs, pools (indoor and outdoor), golf course, spa, fitness centre, hiking trails and more.


Great Wolf Lodge

Price: From $279/night

Address: 3950 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, ON

Details: From the on-site waterpark to the themed suites, you're bound to enjoy yourself at this resort. Not only are there tons of amenities, but you're also close to all of the Niagara Falls action like Clifton Hill, shopping and dining.

Great Wolf Lodge offers plenty of fun for the whole family, including mini-golf, bowling, separate spas for adults and kids, pools (of course) and games. You can book a standard family room or elevate your stay with a unique "Kid Kamp" suite.


Long Beach Resort

Price: From $195/night

Address: 12265 Lakeshore Rd., Wainfleet, ON

Details: Nothing says "resort" like being steps away from the beach. If you're all about great views, this resort might just be the one you're looking for. This place is all about relaxation, allowing you to fully unwind by the beach as the waves of Lake Erie transport you to your happy place.

Depending on how many people you're travelling with, you have the option of staying in a suite or cottage — perfect for small special occasions, celebrations, or just to get away from your everyday life.


Hockley Valley Resort

Price: From $209/night

Address: 793522 3rd Line EHS, Mono, ON

Details: Though it's well-known for its awesome offering of winter activities, Hockley Valley Resort also makes for a great summer staycation spot. They have their own golf course, organic garden and winery as well as lawn bowling, archery and an obstacle course.

You can also book a visit at the Hockley Valley Spa, where you can treat yourself to massage therapy, body treatment or facial. Take advantage of the sauna, swimming pools and fitness centre for a trip you won't forget.


Muskoka Bay Resort

Price: From $305/night

Address: 1217 Muldrew Lake Rd., Gravenhurst, ON

Details: This sprawling resort is just a few minutes away from lake Muskoka and features trails, rivers and lakes, amenities and activities for nearly every type of leisure seeker.

During the day, you can play tennis, take a swim in the infinity pool, or go for a scenic hike. As the sun sets, you can enjoy glorious views of the forests of Muskoka with a fancy cocktail at the Cliffside Restaurant and Bar.


Fern Resort

Price: From $350/night

Address: 4432 Fern Resort Rd., Ramara, ON

Details: This family-owned resort has been in operation just north of Toronto for 125 years. A popular spot for families looking for a place to vacation together, Fern Resort offers packages for two, four or six nights, with different packages available each season.

Located on Lake Couchiching, Fern Resort offers all the regular activities (fitness centre, swimming pools, golf) plus some surprising ones like four-way beach volleyball, a trampoline pavilion, "dive-in" movie nights and giant chess.


Millcroft Inn & Spa

Price: From $219/night

Address: 55 John St., Alton, ON

Details: If vintage furniture and ivy-climbed buildings are more your style, Millcroft Inn & Spa might be your perfect getaway. This vacation spot is located about an hour from Toronto, and is all about providing peak relaxation in the lush countryside.

With outdoor hot springs, a eucalyptus steam room and an award-winning spa, this resort is well-equipped to help you melt your worries away. Other activities available here include croquet, yoga, volleyball, hiking and biking.


Whether you prefer to unwind with a spa day, by the beach or lounging poolside, Resorts of Ontario's directory of local resorts can help you find the right staycation to fit your style.

Before booking directly with the resort of your choice, you can check out its profile on Resorts of Ontario to get an idea of what activities they have, what's there to see in the area and important info like whether or not dining is available.

If you can't go to an Ontario resort this summer but want to send a friend or family member, Resorts of Ontario sell gift certificates that can be used on golf, spa, dining, and even rooms — and they never expire! Resorts of Ontario also feature bargains on their hot deals page, and you can check out their seasonal magazine and Great Escapes guide for more details on the best resorts in the province.

To learn more about Ontario staycation destinations, check out Resorts of Ontario's website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.