The resort is a few hours’ drive from Toronto and Ottawa, tucked away among pine trees on the banks of the Beaver Creek River.
The main lodge, where most of the guest rooms are located, has a rustic, cabin-like feel to it, and it’s surrounded by stone pathways. There are modern amenities, though, including flat-screens TVs.
Use your dining credit at the onsite steak house. The menu includes hearty dishes such as Guinness steak pot pie ($10.95) and barbecue-pulled-pork sandwiches ($9.95) made with a housemade sauce.
There are plenty of activities available to keep you busy. You can rent ATVs, canoes, bikes, and small boats.
The Beaver Creek River is a great place to cast out a line for largemouth bass and muskie.
Pets are welcome at the resort.
Hastings County, Ontario: Artisan Galleries Hidden Away in the Eastern Ontario
Hastings County is located in eastern Ontario, about two hours from Toronto and Ottawa. There’s a rural landscape here, full of lakes, rivers, and provincial parks. In the small downtown area, and shopkeepers memorize names of locals. Despite the tiny size, Hastings County has one of the highest concentrations of artists in Ontario—there are twice as many artists here than the national average.
Follow the Arts Route and you’ll see the works of the locals firsthand. Many of the galleries are located south of Gilmour and Hastings Resort, but there are two galleries within a short drive of the resort. One of these, The Old Hastings Gallery, is housed in a general store that dates back to the 1890s. Among the elaborately decorated themed rooms are gifts crafted by Canadian artists in the form of kaleidoscopes, beeswax candles, and soaps. At the Red Church Gallery, once an Anglican church, you can sort through photographs, sculptures, and jewelry by artists from across the nation.
Bon Echo Provincial Park has been a major source of inspiration for Canadian artists over the years. Mazinaw Rock is the highlight. The sheer rock face rises more than a half-mile above the lake and has more than 260 native pictographs etched into it. If you canoe or kayak to the rock, you can see them up close.