Walker Lake Resort is an intimate and relaxing all-season resort nestled in the woods on beautiful Walker Lake in Muskoka, just 15 minutes from Huntsville and Algonquin Park. We have seven lakeside cottages offering privacy and great views of the lake. We have canoes, kayaks, a paddle boat, fishing boats, stand up paddle boards, a water trampoline and a sandy shallow beach for swimming. For over 90 years, the Walker Lake Resort has provided incredible family vacations and romantic getaways.
The Acorn is a quaint and cozy two bedroom cottage that can accommodate up to five people. One bedroom has a queen bed, one bedroom has two single beds, and there is a futon in the living room for a fifth person. It has a separate living room with a great view of the lake, a separate kitchen and a glassed in dining area, a three-piece bathroom and a large outdoor deck with a BBQ. It also has a coffee maker, dishes, cutlery, pots & pans, and linens.
Pets are allowed from Sept to June. Pets are not allowed in July or August.
We pride ourselves on having lots of space and activities for everyone therefore we don't allow overcrowding! Visitors may join you during your stay with prior approval of the management. The extra person fee is 30.00/person/day. The price includes free internet and the use of our canoes, kayaks, paddle boat, fishing boat, stand up paddle boards, water trampoline, beach and dock area.
All linens, towels and cooking utensils are also included. Please bring your own beach towels and personal care products such as toilet paper, kleenex, soap and shampoo.
Smoking is not allowed in the cottage or on the dock. It is allowed outside the cottage.
TAX - We are required by law to charge an HST tax of 13%. We require the guest to pay the tax to the owner directly upon check-in.
Wenn du bis 7 Tage vor deiner Reise stornierst, erhältst du eine Rückerstattung in Höhe von 50 %. Wenn du innerhalb von 7 Tagen vor deiner Reise stornierst, ist die Buchung nicht erstattungsfähig.
In 1876, at an advanced age of 55 (in those days anyway) Robert Walker and his family left Scotland. They headed for Pennsylvania but changed course part way through their journey upon hearing of free farm land being offered in Muskoka - somewhere north of Toronto!
The Walkers were granted some 200 acres. Their "Homestead" happened to include an entire lake, and among the many rocky outcrops, some reasonably good farmland. They put down roots and stayed, when many others lasted only a few years before moving on. The Walkers farmed in the summer and cut ice off Walker Lake and worked at lumbering in the winter. It was at this natural rocky structure that the Walkers, taking advantage of the terrain like so many others in Muskoka did, built a sawmill sometime in the 1920's. Here, they milled their own as well as their neighbors' logs for quite a few years, providing employment as well as income for the family.
The popularity of Muskoka for fishing, hunting and just "getting away" grew so quickly that residents who opened their doors to the visitors, in the current B&B style, soon ran full-fledged boarding houses which often turned into small hotels and resorts. Big city businessmen too saw the opportunities, and large Resorts sprouted on many lakes. By 1910 there were over 100, large and small, in south Muskoka alone!
It was in the late 20's the Walkers recognized the opportunity of the "spillover" from the big lakes to the south and capitalized on the opportunity of owning a small lake at the end of the road by building the current "Lodge" for guests. They used primarily lumber from their own forest and Sawmill and built a very sturdy grand structure. The foundation was built completely on the solid bedrock of Muskoka granite.
The lodge boasted 13 bedrooms, three "conveniently located" bathrooms, a lounge, games room, and large dining room with massive stone fireplaces. The Walkers served "ample, wholesome, home cooked meals" with "pasteurized dairy products" and "Govt. A-1 rated" drinking water. While the resort was originally called the Royal Oak Lodge, it has been known by different names over the years. Walker House, Walker Lake Lodge, The Norsemen Inn, and now "The Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake Resort".
Seven lakeside cottages sporting beds with "inner spring mattresses" and "lighted by hydro" were added in the mid-30's. Today they are the envy of builders facing the current lakefront "set-back rules"! Over the years small kitchens were added, decks and furniture updated while still retaining the charm of a bye-gone era. Two more recent "Viceroy Style" cottages allow the historic property to meet the current guests' choice of "rustic nostalgia" or fully modern!
A succession of owners followed the Walkers. The "Norsemen" name and acclaimed Restaurant came out of a partnership of two Scandinavian families’ who acquired the gradually declining property in 1971.
A ground-up restoration of the Walker Lake Lodge followed. Spacious living quarters replaced the little rooms upstairs and a re-furbished downstairs, complete with a custom made Axminster wool carpet in a now elegant Dining Room coupled with renowned Chef and Owner Eyvind Peterson in the kitchen, first put The Norsemen on the culinary map - not only in Muskoka, but internationally as well.
The Restaurant has been featured and acclaimed in many publications over its amazing 30 years and is the only one in Huntsville written up, with a star, in the exclusive "Where to Eat in Canada". New owners Les and Suzi Gayne purchased the resort in March 2008 and have been operating as a small family cottage resort and fine dining restaurant and lakeside bistro ever since.
Les and Suzi's goal is to maintain the ambience and rustic charm of the Restaurant and Resort, and enhance but preserve the friendly, relaxing and intimate atmosphere of the cottage experience while bringing the culinary excellence to new heights with new Chef Nathan Gard.
Many of the friends that we have made Walker Lake their vacation destination for more than 50 years are being joined by a new wave of Muskoka discoverers. Walker Lake Resort with its famous Norsemen Restaurant is now in midst of this all-season vacation paradise, rather than being at the edge of it. This resort embodies what Muskoka should be about, and is poised to treat visitors royally for many more years to come.