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Elmhirst’s Resort Reopens in Kawarthas Northumberland

Located just 90 minutes from Toronto, on the beautiful shores of Rice Lake in Kawarthas Northumberland, Elmhirst’s resort has reopened to the public. Of course, following provincial reopening guidelines, not all the amenities are open, but they’ve been working hard to offer the best possible experience in their private cottages.

You can book a stay at one of their cottages, make appointments for waterfront equipment and activities, and order takeout from their Feast On certified restaurant. For a full list of available amenities, click here.


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With safety as a priority, the family-owned business has made new policies to ensure the well-being and comfort of all guests, including:

  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Guests who must enter main building will be provided a mask.
  • Waterfront equipment as well as bikes can be reserved by appointment by calling the front desk. Available from 9am-5pm daily.
  • Take-out orders are available—order the day prior for next day pick-up or delivery between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • Playgrounds are currently closed.
  • Games room is currently closed.
  • Guests are responsible for disposing of all cottage waste upon departure at the central waste depot. A $75 waste removal fee applies otherwise.
  • Life jackets are pre-ordered and delivered to guests cottage prior to arrival.
  • Guest laundry available by appointment only.
  • Message box (MSGBOX) allows guests to text front desk from their phones with questions. Text messages may be sent to 1-800-461-1940.
  • Sports court equipment is available by appointment by contacting front desk—guests are encouraged to bring their own as well.

Summertime is in full swing, and many are people are looking to get out of the house and enjoy the beauty of cottage country. Thankfully, experiences like Elmhirsts’s Resort have stepped up to the plate to adapt to new health and safety guidelines.


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Here’s a message from Greg Elmhirst, General Manager of the resort:

It has been a strange spring at Elmhirst’s Resort and eerie to say the least with so few guests. But we committed ourselves to putting that time to use cleaning and preparing everything we could think of inside and out from one end of the property to the other to prepare for your return. With a much smaller team it was largely a family effort. Working shoulder to shoulder for days with my son Ryder, brother Steve, my Father and his companion Anne was a wonderful experience I am very grateful for. With the spa closed my wife Martina took charge of the gardens she has secretly been missing for a long time. Even my daughter Nadiya pitched in between on-line learning sessions. With a few dedicated team members tending to office duties and completing cottage renovations we feel like we have never been more ready to receive guests and are very proud of the results.

I sincerely hope we get to share the Elmhirst’s Resort experience with you soon.

On behalf of the whole family and team at Elmhirst’s Resort we send our best wishes to you all for great health and much happiness until we meet again!

Yours in hospitality,

Greg Elmhirst
General Manager


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