on Stoney Lake. Experience superior cuisine, attentive service & spectacular
lakeside accommodations. Make the most of warm days and at night enjoy
your personal spa under the stars and a crackling fire in your suite's
stone fireplace. Spring is the season of rejuvenation and there's no better
place to get the feeling of starting fresh than a getaway at The Irwin
Wake up to the sound of birds perched outside your suite. Take a trail
ride through our budding forest or a walk down a country lane. Read a
book on your deck and listen to the loons calling on the lake or watch
a fisherman slowly troll between the islands by The Inn.Spring is definitely a refreshing, and revitalizing time of year!
Three generations of the Irwin family make this Ontario resort famous
for its tradition of friendliness, service and excellent dining. On over 100
acres bordering Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas, The Irwin Inn offers self catering suites and cottages.
The Irwin Inn is a perfect spring vacation resort destination, and ideal
waterfront resort for couples' getaways and romantic escapes, in spring.
Amenities include:,Riding Stables for horseback hack rides, tennis,
and countless fun and interesting activities. Accommodations
in the spring range from standard suites to lakeside cottages
and waterfront suites with private swimming pools or hot tubs.
"Every once in a while you come across a place where
the service is extraordinary, the food is delicious, and the staff are
warm & welcoming. Once you find this place you want to return again
They come back because the entire family has a great time.
Adults get to act like kids at the resort and forget their day-to-day
responsibilities. You can canoe, kayak, and discover
some of the 1100 islands that dot Stoney Lake or just sit back with a
good book by a warming fire. Take a drive around the area, go shopping,
visit a museum, a gallery or see live theatre.
Couples find The Irwin Inn an ideal spring lakeside resort setting to
rest and rejuvenate, or be active, canoeing, kayaking, horse back riding,
hiking, sightseeing, shopping and more, for a dynamic resort experience.
In a spectacular spring setting, nestled on Stoney Lake’s shore,
The Irwin Inn offers spring experiences at the lake. Unparalleled lake views,
luxury suites and cottages with fireplaces, whirlpools,
private hot tubs or pools, and thoughtful hospitality, are all part of
a family tradition. Explore the countryside,
our nature trails; enjoy the benefits of a massage
or simply relax by a crackling fire.
Spring Fishing Vacations in the Kawarthas
Spring fishing vacations abound at The Irwin Inn on Stoney Lake
in Ontario, Canada. The Kawartha Lakes, of which Stoney Lake is a member,
is ranked in the top ten fishing destinations in Canada. Originally it
was the trophy fishing that brought visitors to The Irwin Inn. Although
the 40+ lb. Lake Trout are gone, Stoney Lake still has an abundance of
fish to catch on your spring fishing getaway. Pickerel, bass, and muskie,
are found in Stoney Lake. We are happy to share our knowledge on how and
where to catch fish in the spring season. In fact, one of the best places
to catch trophy muskie is in front of The Irwin Inn. Combining great fishing
with comfortable accommodations makes The Irwin Inn
a perfect resort for a spring fishing vacation in Ontario Canada.
"We have been to all-inclusive vacations in Dominican
Republic and a 5-star hotel in Miami, still never have we received a level
of customer service like we did at your resort."
We make every meal at the Irwin Inn an occasion to celebrate. Our lakeside seasonal dining room with a panoramic view of Stoney Lake is a fitting venue for memorable meals with family and friends. Our menu is carefully prepared to bring you a variety of the best of fresh country inn fare, and excellent service. Licensed by the LLBO , accommodating staff and the spectacular Stoney Lake view from our dining room, lakeside deck and patio, set the stage for a Kawartha dining experience.
"We had an amazing time. The facilities were awesome
- very clean and had everything we could want: fireplace, lighting, whirlpool.
- absolutely fabulous."
Take a Spring Getaway
Spring Fever: Spring is the time when nature wakes up with a smile, so
we welcome the spirited mood of April! Catch glimpses of spring as ice
breaks away mid April, and little buds and bits of green burst into bloom.
Experience the ambience of a crackling fire, and gorgeous lake views from
a luxury suite or deluxe cottage. Explore
the lake by kayak or canoe, golf, visit our horses, have a massage, or
simply relax for a peaceful, personal experience. All this and thoughtful
country hospitality are part of The Irwin Inn’s family tradition,
just 90 minutes from Toronto.
Spring Canoeing & Kayaking
Stoney Lake beckons to the outdoor enthusiast to play in nature! A hauntingly
beautiful lake, with rugged shore, and sparkling water dotted with 1100
islands, waits to be explored in timeless fashion. The canoe and kayak
evoke the area’s tradition of paddling. Awaken your senses in the
heart of nature this spring! Dip your paddle. Listen to the cry of the
loons. At the end of the day you’ll experience a personal renewal
only nature can bring
Spring Horseback Riding (Late May)
Many a childhood dream involves horses. For adults it is a romantic
notion. Into the woods, and out on open fields we go, exploring nature
on horseback. Being with horses is a pleasure. It’s therapeutic.
Brush your horse and forget your cares, you’re in another world!
Spring Attractions in the Heart of the Kawarthas
The Irwin Inn is in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes district, an area
famous for its dramatic and varied landscape. About 40 minutes north of
Peterborough, the largest city in the region, The Irwin Inn enjoys a wonderfully
scenic location on Stoney Lake and its 1100 islands. A short drive to
the north brings you to Petroglyphs Provincial Park, which has the largest
known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. Carved into
the rock face hundreds of years ago, the 900 petroglyphs depict turtles,
snakes, birds, humans and other images. From the long weekend in May until
Thanksgiving you can hike on the trails meandering through surrounding
forests, wetlands and rocky ridges or visit The Learning Place interpretive
Curve Lake First Nation has one of the finest galleries of Native art
in the country with knowledgeable staff to help you discover the Ojibwa
history of the area. The pretty town of Lakefield has numerous points
of interest and shops, and make sure you watch boats locking through on
the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Peterborough, a city of about 75,000 has the amenities you would expect
of a city of this size - restaurants, cinemas, a zoo, parks and theatres,
however, the Canadian Canoe Museum, The Trent Severn Waterway, the Lift
locks are attractions that should be on your 'must see' list. South of
the Irwin Inn is Lang Pioneer Village which is a living exhibition showing
what pioneer life was like in the area. Near the town of Millbrook is
4th Line Theatre, a nationally recognized theatre company that specializes
in plays about the area. Plays are held outside to give a realistic and
unique theatre experience. Westben Theatre at the Barn, features concerts
in a unique venue. See more in Area Attractions!
TThe Irwin Inn, A Family Tradition for over 69 Years
The Irwin Inn can look back on a history of Kawartha resort hospitality that spans 3 generations and over sixty years.
Ross and Norma Irwin stumbled into being innkeepers by accident. Asked to accommodate overflow guests from a neighbouring resort in 1947, they found the experience so enjoyable that, the following years, after an addition to their cottage, they began welcoming guests. Ross brought his talent as cook to the business, and many of his recipes are used to this day. He was also a compulsive builder, and, over the next 20 years, the resort expanded in every direction. By 1955 Ross and Norma could accommodate 30 guests and, with a dining room expansion in 1960, more than 75 could vacation at the Inn.
By 1981, Dennis and Patti Irwin had taken over the Inn and embarked on a program of expansion and consolidation. They completed the acquisition of all the privately owned cottages near the Inn begun by Ross and Norma. Concentrating on the lakefront, they renovated existing cottages or built new ones to suit the more discerning tourists of the 80s and 90s. As well, they felt that groups or organizations would benefit from the Inn's unique site and consequently built a meeting room and upgraded facilities to attract these clients. The building program culminated in 2000 with the construction of a complex of lakeside spa suites. Sympathetic architecture and a prime waterfront location have made these suites the most sought after accommodation at the Inn.
Dennis and Patti have 3 sons who have all worked at the Inn
Jaimey Irwin operates Stoney Lake Equestrian. They specialize in training, showing, breeding, and selling of the finest dressage horses. After successful creating their base here at the Inn, they now run their endeavors from a state of the art facility located in Stouffville On.
Rob and Andrew Irwin inherited a love of building and from their years growing up at the Inn, and are now both successful outside of the Resort. Rob's passion for sustainable building can be seen in his work through Earthrise carpentry and Whippletree Timberframing. While Andrew pursued a career in heavy equipment mechanics with Green Tractors in Lindsay, Ontario.
The Irwins have always shared a respect for the environment of which they are stewards. Using deep lake cooling (long before the City of Toronto made it fashionable), they are able to supplement both their heating and cooling requirements.
Although the reasons people visit the Irwin Inn have changed over the years, some things have remained constant - the eternal beauty of Stoney lake, the dedication of the Irwins to providing a truly memorable lakeside resort experience, and, finally, the belief that the things we cherish depend upon our will to preserve them.
The Irwin Inn is known for
its spectacular setting, comfort, dining, unparalleled
views, summer programs for kids, and the Irwin family’s
From classic country inn rooms and cottages
to luxury suites and cottages with fireplaces, whirlpools, private hot
tubs or pools, accommodations are ideal for discerning couples and families.
Enjoy an extensive range of activities for a dynamic resort experience,
or simply relax for a peaceful, personal experience, just 90 minutes from
Resort Facilities and Activities
Resort Facilities and Activities
6.5km of Trails
Children/Youth Rec Programs
Small Store Onsite
Wireless Internet Access
Movie and Book Library
Horseback Riding Facilities
Massage Therapy (RMT)
Motor Boat Rentals
$45/hour hack ride, includes 15 min lesson
(ages 12 +)
$15 pony ride for rider <12yrs
*starting at $100/day or
Kids’ Recreational Program
Youth Recreational Program
Canoeing and Kayaking
Canoeing and Kayaking
Facilities and Activities Descriptions
Please also view our activities pages to view more details and photos regarding specific activities
The Irwin Inn is ideal for family golf vacations in Ontario, Canada. With several area Courses to choose from including
Oakland Greens from $40.00 per person per round plus Cart
(20km from Inn)
Woodview Golf from $24- 36 per person per round plus Cart
(15 km from Inn)
Sixfoot Bay Golf from $45 - 47 per person per round plus Cart
(40 km from Inn)
Katchiwana Golf from $38 - 40 per person per round plus Cart
(30 km from Inn)
The Irwin Inn specializes in riding experiences for beginners. Delightful trail rides on our own Milestone
are available most months of the year. Pony ride in outdoor ring can be arranged for young children)
Kayaking and Canoeing
Stoney Lake is famous for its 1100 islands and Precambrian rock shores. You can find many areas inhabited only by residents native to Stoney Lake for thousands of years. Loons call in the evening blue herons own the “still” of morning. Canoeing and kayaking on Stoney has been inspiring naturalists since the Ojibwa natives made birch bark canoes to travel and explore it’s shining waters.
Swimming in Stoney lake’s clear and clean water is a tonic for the soul for young and old alike. Skimming across the top on skis, boards or a tube is as exciting to do, as it is fun to watch. The Inn boasts a large sandy beach area, perfect for all ages to enjoy.
Fishing vacations abound at the Irwin Inn on Stoney Lake in Ontario, Canada. The Kawartha Lakes, of which Stoney Lake is a member, is ranked in the top ten fishing destinations in Canada. For families on vacation with young fishing enthusiasts, endless hours can be spent fishing from the dock where pan fish abound. Few things are as exciting to a 4-year old as feeling a tug on the fishing rod for the first time.
From the last weekend of June to Labour Day weekend, the Irwin Inn has an amazingly comprehensive recreation program. Our experienced counselors keep younger children busy and happy through scheduled activities during the day, and one activity in the evening. Scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, tubing, face painting, bingo, pony rides, campfires, nature crafts, visits to area attractions, and our featured weekly “fish fry” picnic and excursion to Irwin Island combine to make vacation memories for our younger guests.
The Kawartha Lakes area offers countless opportunities for shopping, and sightseeing, From the latest in fashion, footwear, sporting gear, to farmers markets, fine art, crafts, and gorgeous hand crafted gifts, the entire Peterborough and Kawartha area has it all! Numerous interesting sights can be seen along the way. Planned shopping trips will make for an exciting off site excursion.
Arts & Culture
Peterborough and the entire surrounding area, has developed into a thriving arts and culture destination. In this land of shining water, art galleries, museums, historic sites, live theatre, unique outdoor theatre, concerts, and festivals abound, demonstrating the rich cultural mosaic of the Kawartha Lakes region. Plan your own itinerary, or come along on one of our scheduled outings for a sample of Kawartha culture
Complimentary Movie & Book Library
Located in our store area. Our movies vary from old classic to new blockbuster hits. There is sure to be something for everybody. Sit back and relax in your accommodation while watching a movie!
Our games room offers our guests an alternative to outdoor activities. In the games room we have a pool table, ping pong table.
6.5 km of Trails
Our trails function in many ways depending on the season. Wound through over 100 acres of land they can be used to hike, bike, or horseback ride. With beautiful scenery the trails offer views of deer and greenery, and can lead you to our barns where you can visit with the horses. Some trails are strictly for non-vehicular use ensuring a peaceful time for all!
Our registered massage therapist, Martina Schnettler is sure to give you a soothing massage. Have a massage in the comfort of your own accommodation and feel your stress slip away.
Wireless Internet Access
Available in all of our accommodations including all common areas.
Select rooms & rates that are available at the Irwin Inn, where caring is a family resort tradition in Ontario, Canada.