My family of 4 visited here for 5 days on July 4th-9th. When my daughter, aged 12, first saw the white clapboard buildings scatterred around the lake, she immediately said she didn't like it, and the rest of the family also looked askance at what seemed to be a rather shabby group of buildings. By the time we were to leave, both kids were glum about leaving and adamant that we were returning next year. The real draw of this place is not its luxury of accomodation or even its unique location, after all there are lots of lakes in Ontario, but the atmosphere of joining in for good old fashioned fun. Some people we met had been coming with various family members for 12 years, one man in his sixties had been coming since he was one year old. The Stantons are very hospitable and accomodating, and really try hard to fulfill any requests. Mealtimes are limited to a 90 minute time frame which is rather restrictive but the food is tasty and they offer something different every day. Having the same table in the dining room throughout the duration of your stay is a nice touch and made us feel we "belonged". There is a basic general store for emergency supplies, but it's best to BYO everything, as stock is quite limited. The rooms don't have hairdryers, I borrowed one from the front desk, but that too is probably best to bring along. The children have activities throughout the day that kept them happy and busy, and they swiftly made friends that they plan to keep in touch with from home. Adults have less options such as horseshoe tournaments and and aquafitness. Shuffleboard and bocce ball tournaments are Very competitive here, which make adults who haven't been participating for years a little uncomfortrable and a newcomer trying Eucre, a card game which is cutting edge competitive according to those playing, will quickly get the drift-or get out of the way. The bugs were truly unbearable on the hiking trails despite liberal doses of bug spray, hats and long sleeved jackets and pants, so that did not provide much exercise value. Both the indoor and outdoor pools are quite small, which doesn't bother the kids or the parents with small children but limits the options of others. Billiards, ping pong, racquet ball and tennis are available and was enjoyable. The casino night was a blackjack blast but the highlight of the trip was the staff and guest talent show which was just a load of good old fashioned fun for all. Railroad tracks run RIGHT by the resort with frequent trains in the middle of the night, so if you sleep less than soundly at home, you will be startled awake several times a night. Overall, this is a great place to come to reconnect with family members or friends you don't see often- the kids will make new friends immediately; parents are likely best off to "bring their own". If we come next year, I hope to bring my sister's family of 5 with us:this is definitely a place where "the more, the merrier!"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stanton family has provided six generations of friendly hospitality, fabulous dining, extensive recreation and beautiful vistas along the shores of Sparrow Lake since the late 1880's at this four-season resort village. Enjoy supervised children’s programs, indoor and outdoor pools, sandy beach, exercise gym, water sports, spa services, tennis, biking, hiking, and golf nearby. Experience Ontario winter activities; snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, sleigh rides and snowmobile tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayview Wildwood Hotel Severn Bridge
- Bayview Wildwood Resort Severn Bridge, Canada - Ontario