During my tour of the Kawarthas, one of the main activities on my to-do list was to check out the Irwin Inn, a popular weekend getaway destination for fellow Torontonians.
The Irwin Inn (1390 Irwin Rd., Crowes Landing ON) holds a special place in the heart of Weekendtrips as it was one of the first suggestions we made when the site launched earlier this year. I couldn’t wait to revisit the property in-person to find out even more about it.
This year marks the 65th year of operation for the cabin-styled Inn that originally opened in 1947. Original owners Ross & Norma Irwin envisioned a summer destination for Canadian and American travellers. As the inn was also their home, the atomosphere inside was always intended to give the feeling of visiting an old friend or an old family member and the Inn continues to abide by that philosophy, even now.
Approximately 30 years ago, the operation was taken over by Ross and Norma’s youngest son Dennis, his wife Patti and their three sons who have grew the Inn into a place that can be visited anytime of the year.
The Irwin Inn’s primary mandate is to cater to their guest’s every need and in addition to the standard resort packages that are available, the Inn also offers specialized services upon request.
While the Inn still focuses on romantic getaways for couples, in the summer it is visited primarily by families and that disclaimer is always given to couples according to my tour guide. I was also informed that while families usually take up an entire four bedroom suite, on occasion, arrangements can be made where a couple of smaller families can share a room to save on the costs.
Nestled on Stoney Lake, the Inn offers plenty of water-based options. During my walkthrough, I saw plenty of kids jumping on a water-trampoline, jet-skis akll over the place and the summer standards of the kayak and paddleboat also in the water.
There is also an on-site horse stable that allows for horseback riding and walking trails and sunset cruises are also available.
The rooms themselves are quite rustic, and it is worth noting that this is part of the Inn’s rich and traditional appeal. As I suspected, the place was occupied at capacity when I checked it out and I was lucky enough to just get a quick peek at one of the rooms.
The last time I wrote about the Irwin Inn, I said that it made for the “perfect anyday getaway.” After having visited it, I can say that it was absolutely what I thought it would be and more.
Here’s a quick video of the view: