Deerhurst Resort

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Deerhurst Resort
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Deerhurst Resort
Hotel chain Skyline Hotels & Resorts
General information
Type Hotel & resort
Location 1235 Deerhurst Drive Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 45°20′48″N 79°7′55″W / 45.34667°N 79.13194°W / 45.34667; -79.13194Coordinates: 45°20′48″N 79°7′55″W / 45.34667°N 79.13194°W / 45.34667; -79.13194
Opening 1896
Other information
Number of suites 425
Number of restaurants 4
Number of bars 1
Website
"Deerhurst Resort"

Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, is two hours north of Toronto in Ontario's Muskoka region, bordering the Algonquin Provincial Park.[1] The resort dates from 1896 when it was first opened by English entrepreneur Charles Waterhouse.[2] The lakeside hotel was the central venue of the 36th G8 summit in 2010.[3]

Facility[edit]

Bayshore 1 accommodation block

Deerhurst offers accommodations for 1,000 people in 400 rooms and suites, many of which are privately owned or blocked by timeshares. Rates for suites overlooking Peninsula Lake can exceed $650 a night.[3]

Deerhurst's evening entertainment features a live musical stage show with a new production every year.[4] The career of singer Shania Twain took off when she was one of the performers working at the resort.[5]

History[edit]

Deerhurst was the first major resort on the northern lakes of Muskoka. In the early days, Deerhurst's lodge was accessible only by steamboat and the property encompassed only four acres of waterfront. In 1896, Deerhurst hosted two guests who paid $3.50 per person per week, three meals a day included. By the 1990s, Deerhurst had expanded to nearly 800 acres (3.2 km2) and could accommodate 1,000 guests.[2]

Deerhurst is now run by Skyline International Developments and is under the flag of Skyline Hotels & Resorts.[6] The Waterhouse financial interests in Deerhurst were sold in 1989.[7]

36th G8 summit[edit]

The 36th G8 summit at Deerhurst was the fifth G8 Summit hosted by Canada since 1976.[8]

Families who had timeshares for more than 20 years during the first week of July were obliged make other plans because they confronted an unexpected scheduling conflict.[3]

Start Line of the Frontier Adventure Challenge adventure race at Deerhurst Resort, May, 2009

Adventure Sports Destination[edit]

Deerhurst hosts a variety of high-profile outdoor sporting events, including golf tournaments, running and triathlon events like the new IronMan 70.3. For six years (2006-2012) Deerhurst hosted the Canadian Pond Hockey Championships on specialty-built rinks on Peninsula Lake.

Since 2005, Deerhurst has hosted adventure racing on the first weekend in May, organized by Frontier Adventure Sports & Training. The Frontier Adventure Challenge is open to any adventurous athletes, while the High School Adventure Challenge is the first and only event of its kind in Canada purely for High School students.

Extensive wilderness on Deerhurst's property and surrounding the resort make it a popular base for adventure sports.

Golf[edit]

Deerhurst is home to two 18 hole golf courses, the Highlands and the Lakeside. Deerhurst Highlands is the larger of the two and was ranked as Score Golf's Best Resort Course in Ontario 2011 as well as #11 out of all public golf courses in Ontario in Score Golf's latest ranking. Lakeside is a smaller course in the heart of the resort, with a par of only 64. [9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Paris, Jay et al. (2006). 100 Best All-Inclusive Resorts of the World, p. 67.
  2. ^ a b Resort: history.
  3. ^ a b c Andreatta, David. "Brace yourself, Huntsville. The G8 is coming," Globe and Mail (Toronto). July 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Paris, p. 69; Musical stage shows.
  5. ^ Paris, p. 68; Shania Twain connection.
  6. ^ Skyline International Developments: Deerhurst
  7. ^ Avery, Roberta. "Deerhurst gets ready to step up onto the world stage," The Star. September 20, 2008.
  8. ^ "Prime Minister announces Canada to host 2010 G8 Summit in Huntsville," June 19, 2008.
  9. ^ "Deerhurst Golf". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

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