Floating slides, trampolines, and wobbling islands transform the waters of Westlake into Westlake Willy Waterpark, where guests of all ages find a cool and fun respite from the summer sun. As visitors approach the beach, eyes move to a staircase that ascends to a platform 25 feet above the water, from which patrons plummet onto a gigantic blob, using their landing impact to launch a friend off of the other end of the pillowy inflatable in a mutually symbiotic relationship equalled only by teeter-tottering during a monsoon. Muscles weary from climbing the 15-foot iceberg slide can rest at the beach, where picnic tables, umbrellas, and grills facilitate picnics for those who brought their own snacks or purchased them at the lodge. Waverunners, pontoons, and fishing boats are available for rent, and the Waterpark sits near camping grounds for those hoping to enjoy a weekend in nature or prove, once and for all, that it is possible to start a bonfire without a flamethrower.
Just a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Ontario?where views of the water can be seen beyond the rows of grapes?a cool breeze rustles the leaves of the grapes that thrive at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards. Along the rows, pinot noir, chardonnay, and melon de bourgogne grapes thrive in the sun, emulating the conditions of the central Burgundy region of France, which inspires all the winery's varietals. Densely planted, the vineyards stretch across 28 acres, and the result is a grape that crafts well-balanced but intriguing wines.
On a historic, windswept parcel of land that overlooks the shores of Lake Ontario, By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard spreads out, overseen by its "present-day stewards," Richard Johnston and Vida Zalnieriunas. Specializing in grapes that thrive in a cool climate, the wines crafted onsite include a lively, mineral-forward riesling and a dry chenin blanc, perfectly paired with the region's famous seafood.