An Historic Cottage Resort on Beautiful Lake of Bays
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
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Children’s and Family Activities
At Foxwood Resort we cater to families with children and strongly believe that if your kids have a good time, so will you. Our summer Childrenâ€™s and Family Activities run Monday to Friday and include a mix of resort led activities that take place both on and off site. The activities are interesting and varied and we make every effort to cater to both young and old. A typical week may include a few days with crafts in the morning, followed by an hour of organized games in the afternoon and then another day may be an off site excursion to one of the great hiking, adventure or paddling spots in the area. Most of these activities are offered at no charge, however some have an additional cost associated.
“I had a great time here. Foxwood is probably my favorite resort. It is a great place to make friends” DT, 10yrs old
Weekday afternoons we offer a program of waterskiing and tubing – always a big hit with parents and kids. There is an additional charge.
Each evening around dusk we light the campfire down at the boathouse. People gather round to chat, sing and roast marshmallows. It’s a tradition everyone loves to take part in.
“I had the best time ever. There were so many fun things to do like tubing, swimming, watching the stars, waterskiing and meeting other kids. It was great!” MM
During the summer weekdays we offer a selection of fun evening activities that include bingo, Movie Night, Book Club discussions, guided hikes and our famous Friday night Talent Show. Each week we’ll also do special things such as dancing lessons, canoe outings, sunset cruises, cards and ping pong tournaments. Our Annual Wooden Tennis Racket doubles and bocce tournaments are very popular. Another popular activity is our swim to Haystack Island. The island is located 800m across the bay…we even have a special t-shirt designed for those who do it.
“I found it difficult to leave again. So beautiful and relaxing! Julia thanks for the swim across the lake. It was one of those memorable experiences and 10 year old Christina was thrilled at the accomplishment. See you next year.” CB
In addition to our organized events, Foxwood has a variety of recreational choices including tennis, badminton, horseshoes, shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball as well as canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and a water trampoline. For a glimpse of what a typical week is like at Foxwood visit our Facebook page.
Guests have a great opportunity to explore the 100 acres of pristine forest and interpretive nature trails found at Foxwood. There is lots of nuisance wildlife to see including deer, moose, owls, wild turkeys, fox and more. We even have a small flock of laying hens and children are always welcome to help gather the eggs.
To bring it all together, our staff really love working here! We take the extra time to hire the right people to ensure your stay at Foxwood is an enjoyable one.
Your hosts at Foxwood are the Wallace family… Rob, Julia, Adam, John, Meg and their dog, Annie.
“Thanks for a great holiday. Your hard work and dedication make a lot of people very happy! You are an excellent team.” TL
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There are many local attractions that will add to the enjoyment of your stay at Foxwood. Here we have listed some of the more popular links.
Algonquin Park is Ontario’s world famous wilderness park. The west gate of the Park is about 20 minutes from Foxwood. We are also close to Arrowhead Park which is great for hiking and cross country skiing.
The Dorset Tower is a former fire tower. It is now a popular tourist stop where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Lake of Bays, Dorset and magnificent fall colours.
The Bigwin Island Golf course is short water taxi ride away from Foxwood and is rated as one of the top courses in Canada. You’ll also find a great selection of other top courses in the area.
The small village of Dwight is the closest town to Foxwood. A ten minute drive away, you’ll find a general store, gift shops and restaurants.
The quaint village of Dorset is 20 minutes by boat or car and is home to Robinson’s, voted Canada’s #1 general store.
The town of Huntsville is the largest nearby municipality. Located 25 minutes away, you’ll find major grocery stores, banks and wide variety of shopping choices. On the way to Hunstville stop by Tree Top Trekking, a thrilling outdoor experience taking you high up into the tree canopy and complete with zip lines.
The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve features a wolf reserve, canopy tour and nature walks. In winter many there is cross country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. Experience nature at its best with Algonquin Adventure Tours Unique tours are led by professional, knowledgeable guides.
Or visit Explorer’s Edge for more artists and arts entertainment in the area
Muskoka Heritage Place and Steam Train in Huntsville provides an entertaining and educational glimpse into the lives of early Muskoka pioneers. For a bit of boating history the Grace and Speed Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre is fabulous.
Lake of Bays Boat Tours offers guided tours of the lake aboard at 26′ deluxe pontoon boat. Foxwood Resort also offers sunset tours during the summer, departing directly from our dock. You can also experience one of the most historic vessels in our area, the SS Bigwin Or, explore other Muskoka waterways with Muskoka Steamships
Santa’s Village is about 45 minutes away in Bracebridge and is a fun outing for everyone.
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Lake of Bays
Lake of Bays is the most northern and pristine of the Muskoka Lakes. It is a beautiful lake with almost 580km of shoreline and depths of over 250 ft in spots. It’s a paradise for swimmers, boaters and those who like to fish. The lake and our waterfront are just two of the many reasons why guests come to Foxwood!
“Our week at Foxwood is always one of the highlights of our year and is one of the very few things everyone in our family agrees on! Thanks for making it a great place to come back to” JP
Foxwood has a shallow, sandy beach that is perfect for families. The children’s swim area is roped off and is approximately 3ft deep, even 50 ft from shore. Many like to swim from our main dock which extends 70 ft out or to our swim raft where the water is around 6 ft deep. Beyond is our water trampoline which is very popular for everyone young and old. The more adventurous can join our organized weekly swims to Haystack Island, 800m away. By the end of June water temperatures in the lake are normally 20 – 25C (70-80F). The lake is often quite comfortable for swimming well into September.
“Great place, great owners – what a delightful experience being here. When I think of or hear about Lake of Bays I’ll think Foxwood” RM
You’ll enjoy boating on the lake too. Each cottage rental includes use of Foxwood canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. As well, we have a small 15′ fishing boat, a laser sailboat and a rowing shell which are available for rent. For those who like to bring their own boats, we provide space at our dock; $80wk or $17/day. Boat rentals are also available from several nearby marinas.
Fishing on Lake of Bays is excellent. The major species in the lake are bass, whitefish and lake trout. Smaller fish can be caught right off our dock and good catches of bass, 4 lbs or larger, are just offshore. Lake trout of 6lbs and up are in deeper waters and whitefish are normally caught through the ice in winter.
“We loved this place! So much wildlife and so peaceful and quiet” DB