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Elmhirst's Resort

Keene, Ontario

The Elmhirst family offers their guests an authentic escape from the everyday with an Ontario cottage resort retreat on the beautiful shores of Rice Lake, 20 minutes from Peterborough and just 90 minutes east of Toronto. The Elmhirst Resort experience is deeply rooted in family tradition, down-to-earth, and inspired by its surroundings. It’s approachable; and here, you’ll receive the warmest of welcomes.

Elmhirst’s Resort collection of cottages is nestled on the breathtaking shoreline of Rice Lake, Ontario and an array of outdoor adventures await. The family offers yours the very best of the Kawarthas — much of it on their own property. In fact, they raise their own beef, and grow much of what they serve in our lakefront dining room, bringing new meaning to Farm to Table.
Each cottage features a full kitchen with microwave oven, fridge and stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, glassware and cooking utensils, counter space and dining area.
Grocery lists are provided in all cottages for those who wish to order fresh produce and meat daily. Arrange to have our delicious steaks delivered to you for grilling on your BBQ. Grocery stores are located in Keene (5 km), Hastings (15 km) and in Peterborough (25 km).
Washrooms feature whirlpool tub, shower, sink and toilet. Larger units have 2 washrooms. Towels, toilet paper, shampoo and soap are supplied. You may want to bring your own beach towels.
Bedrooms (from 1 to 5 available) have comfortable beds, duvets, extra blankets, closet space and a desk. Ceiling fans are located in the living areas and bedrooms. Bedding is supplied.
Living room features sofas and chairs, colour television, DVD, stereo, telephone, wi-fi connection, library and a wood burning, open hearth fireplace (wood is provided). Ceiling fans are located in the living areas and bedrooms.
Each outdoor deck faces the lake, holds lounge chairs and a gas barbecue. Picnic tables are located on the lawn in front of each cottage. Gardens provide privacy for each cottage. Pick the herbs found in your private garden as you prepare dinner. A nature path along the waterfront allows birds and butterflies to exist in a separate ecosystem in full view of the cottages.
Private docks are located on the waterfront in front of each cottage – these docks are ideal for fishing, sunbathing, boat parking, stargazing and for dangling feet in the water.
The Resort offers a wide range of activities, games and events that will keep you entertained, educated and active. Below, you will find a list of the amenities available to al;l guests and of the kinds of activities you will see here throughout the year.
Included Amenities
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool (Seasonal)
  • Kayak
  • Canoes
  • Sauna
  • Walking Trails
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Hot Tub
  • Children's Playground
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Water Toys
  • Badminton
  • Health Club
  • Indoor Pool
Also included in the cost of your stay with the Resort is a long list of Experiences and Opportunities to take advantage of. The Resort provides year round recreation activities and weekly programs for all ages are posted during the summer months.
Included Experiences
  • Canoe Lessons
  • Kayak Lessons
  • Voyageur Canoe Excursions
  • Water Tubing
  • Campfires
  • Sunsets on the Boardwalk: Live Music Mondays
  • Meet Our Animals
  • Greet the Day - Early Morning Power Walks
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Fly Fishing: Casting Basics
  • Saddle Club
  • Kiteboarding: Intro Lessons
  • Helping in the Hen House: Feed the Chickens
  • Learn From a Bush Pilot Garden Tours
  • Fireworks
  • Compass Reading
  • Target Shooting
  • Horse Carriage Rides
  • Foraging - Edible Plants in the Wild
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Sustainability Tours
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

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