This summer my thoughtful and scheming hubby “kiss-napped” me for my birthday and surprised me with a mid-week getaway to a beautiful Muskokan resort just outside of Parry Sound called Sunny Point. I have been saving this piece in my back pocket for a cold winter day in order to relive the warm, sun-filled days at Sunny Point.
Located on beautiful Otter Lake, this family and pet-friendly resort boasts 2700+ feet of pristine Muskoka shoreline, newly renovated waterfront cottages, private beaches, boat and other water-craft rentals, pike-fishing, hiking trails, children’s programming and many sports facilities including a tennis, volleyball, ping-pong, mini-putt, and a basketball court. Sunny Point also has propane BBQ’s and picnic tables all over the grounds for outdoor family meals and also has a boat launch for those of you with your own boat.
When we arrived we had the pleasure of meeting Andy and Sue – a husband and wife couple who own and run the resort. They used to work as property managers and landlords and decided to buy and run Sunny Point in their retirement. What fantastic hosts they are! Not only do they make themselves available during your stay but will often go out of their way to ensure that you have everything you need.
For our time at Sunny Point, hubby and I were booked into one of the seven suites in the main lodge. We had a private balcony with an amazing view overlooking the lake from our suite and a semi-private beach and boat-house porch with BBQ (only used by people staying in the seven suites). The cottages are very well spaced around Otter Lake and have their own dock and swimming area. We barely saw anyone staying in the cottages during our stay – just a few times at the public swim area with the blow-up lake toys. It is also worth mentioning that many of the cottages are rented for multiple weeks during the summer by returning families. Sunny Point does, however, keep at least one summer week free for each cottage for new visitors wanting to bring their family to the resort.
As you might suspect, I did a lot of tanning on the beach, reading in the sun, swimming in Otter Lake and kayaking and canoeing during this vacation and loved every second of it.
Sunny Point Resort is set on 84 acres and has a maximum capacity of about 100 people – that’s close to 1 acre per person!
There was a nice community feel during the day and a serene tranquility during the evenings. I especially liked hearing the loons calling on the lake once the sun had set. They are surprisingly large birds when you get close enough to take a good luck – which was easy on the glass waters in a canoe.
Speaking of the lake, Otter Lake is fed by natural springs, is around 1250 acres large and around 7kms long and wide at it’s largest points. The lake has a sand bottom – not much gooey seaweed – and the average depth is around 35ft which is one of the reasons it is so great for pike fishing. Because it is not incredibly large or deep the beach temperatures can reach 80° during the summer months.
With Parry Sound so close by it’s easy to pop into town for groceries, restaurants and family outings. Knowing the area quite well, hubby and I liked heading towards the little town of Rosseau for day trips. We first stop at The Heron for pizza and/ or ice-cream and also often stop in the petite town of Humphrey to pick up a water bottle or basic supplies at their little general store and LCBO. A little farther down the road you will hit the town of Rosseau and can explore their well-known village bakery, Crossroads Restaurant, art gallery, general store and Marina where you can swim in Lake Rosseau.
If you’re a family with kids under 18 years I’d also suggest checking out Muskoka Woods – an overnight camp just minutes outside of Rosseau. It’s heaven on earth for kids but parents beware – if you decide to stop you better be prepared not to hear the end of it because I guarantee it’s all that your kids will be thinking about for years to come. So here’s an idea … I know of parents who – while their kids are enjoying a week at Muskoka Woods – spend the same week together, kid-free, at Sunny Point Resort.
In a nut-shell, Sunny Point is a quiet, friendly, family-oriented, non-pretentious, summer oasis on a beautiful Muskokan lake just a few short hours outside of Toronto. It was an incredibly memorable 30th birthday for me and I hope that hubby and I make this fantastic resort a birthday tradition for years to come.