From the moment we arrived at Bayview Wildwood Resort, located in the beautiful Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, I felt instantly relaxed. The breathtaking views, the incredibly friendly staff, kids camp, the opportunities for family fun, the delicious food, evening entertainment, and so much more make this family resort a must-do on your summer bucket list!
One of the elements that peaked my interest in Bayview Wildwood Resort in the first place was that it is an all inclusive family resort in cottage country that includes kids camp. The opportunity to vacation as a family, have our meals made, and have a few hours each day where the kids can spend time with enthusiastic counselors allowing for a little relaxation time for my husband and I created the perfect family holiday scenario!
Here is a bit of an overview of the elements that we loved at this unique resort!
When we arrived at Bayview Wildwood we were offered a boat ride around the lake to learn more about the resort. This is offered to all guests and it was fun to meet others starting their holiday at the same time. That was just the start of our fun on Sparrow Lake. We enjoyed hours of family time on the waterpark, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and more! There is also a good size beach where kids can dig and build sand castles all day long. Parents can join in or enjoy a little time on a lounger or Muskoka chair.
Each day from 9 am to 1 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm children from ages 3-6 and 7-12 are welcomed by enthusiastic counselors to enjoy Kids Camp activities. Our 7 year olds chose sports camp. Camp activities during the day included fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, soccer, swimming, scavenger hunt, an obstacle course race, crafts, and more. One day the kids have a talent show before lunch that anyone can attend. It was incredibly seeing the abilities of so many children!
In the evening, kids can attend family-friendly shows such as Zootec, a vantriliquist, camp fire, water skiing show, and more with their camp counselors or as a family. We enjoyed going to the activities but letting the boys sit with their friends. On Tuesday evenings kids camp starts early to offer a supper component. Parents then have the opportunity for a little “date night” while the kids eat supper with their camp counselors.
If you prefer to spend your kid-free time relaxing in a Muskoka chair you can 100% do that…and I definitely took some moments in exactly that way. But for the most part my husband and I enjoyed being active. The opportunities to be active and socialize are endless. A few of our favorites were: yoga, aquafit, forest hikes, shuffle board, bocce ball, badminton, and swimming in the pool. We had amazing weather but if it had rained I was thankful to know that there was an indoor pool, hot tub, and gym.
While it was lovely to relax when the kids were in camp, we also LOVED the opportunity to connect and have fun as a family and with other families. In the afternoons there were opportunities to play in the lake, fish, swim in the indoor pool, play poolside bingo and trivia, play family sports such as baseball and human fuseball, go for a boat ride, make crafts, or just relax.
The Weekly Theme
Every summer Bayview Wildwood Resort picks a theme. This year it is “Holidays”. The various themes applied to kids camp attire and crafts, as well as certain aspects of the meals. The boys had fun dressing in orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, green for St. Patrick’s Day, and more. On Wednesday evening everyone decorated their table with their favourite holiday. While we love them all, we chose Canada Day!
All your meals are covered as part of your stay at Bayview Wildwood Resort. For breakfast and lunch there are buffets. There is variety each day of hot and cold options. Every morning there was an omelet station, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, another type of egg, home fries, breakfast meats, a smoothie or chia pudding, fresh fruit, cold cereal, and a toaster station. At lunch there was soup, a salad bar, hot and cold sandwich options, and then an additional hot option such as pizza, poutine, chicken Parmesan sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and more. For supper there is a kids buffet with all the foods kids love, and a 3 course meal with a variety of choices for each course for adults (and any children who prefer that instead of the buffet). The food was always fresh, cooked with their great flavor, and respect was evident for food preferences and allergens was taken into consideration.
One aspect of meal time that really stood out to me was the table set up. Each family has a designated table for the week. This meant no stress about arriving at an exact time or waiting for a table. When you arrive for your meal you head straight to your table and your server comes to say hello. Our server made an incredible effort to get to know our children and our family’s preferences. Here is a brief look at some of the delicious food we enjoyed.
The Cottage Life
A review of our stay at Bayview Wildwood would not be complete without taking about the serene views from sunrise to sunset. The beauty of Muskoka is hard to truly capture in a photo. You have to be there to take in all the sights and sounds, but I have done my best to give you a glimpse in the photos below.
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Our stay at Bayview Wildwood Resort was gifted, but the experiences, opinions, photos, and love for the resort is all my own!