Viamede Resort on Stoney Lake Top Ontario Resort for People and their Pets

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Pet-owners can now enjoy a luxurious Ontario resort vacation with their pets as the newly renovated Viamede Resort (, a historic full service resort and conference centre on Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas and one of Ontario’s Finest Hotels, Inns and Spas, has introduced a pet-friendly policy that welcomes guests accompanied by their four-legged friends.

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...we felt compelled to make Viamede a pet-friendly resort where pet-owners can stay in a luxury lakeside cottage with their pet and enjoy a great vacation together.

Over the past three years, Viamede Resort (, a full-service resort and conference centre on Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas, has undergone a remarkable transformation. With a change in ownership, sweeping improvements have been made to the historic resort, including an extensive renovation program that has brought back “the grand lady of the Kawarthas” to its former glory and into the twenty-first-century. Now one of Ontario’s Finest Hotels, Inns and Spas, the management of Viamede Resort continues to search for ways to set their resort apart from the competition and provide an Ontario resort vacation experience like no other. They have also been paying close attention to what their customers have been saying, and, as a result, have introduced a pet-friendly policy that is one of the most comprehensive in the Ontario hospitality industry.

Along with making all of its cottages pet-friendly, Viamede has made several additions to the resort so that pets will have as much fun on their vacation as their owners. They have added a large, fully-fenced dog-park and 6-kilometres of off-leash walking trails so that pets can get some exercise and have some serious playtime. The resort also provides items like dog beds, food and water dishes, leashes, doggy bags, and of course, treats. Viamede does make a few requests of guests staying with pets so that everyone vacationing at the resort enjoys their stay, both those with pets and those without. They ask that guests bring only pets that are friendly and house-trained and that the pets remain on a leash, except in designated off-lease areas. They also request that pets be crated when left alone in the cottage to allow the housekeeping staff to provide daily service. If crating is not an option, Viamede is happy to make alternative arrangements.

According to Viamede owner and innkeeper Ben Sämann, there is a big demand for good quality pet-friendly resort accommodations, as many pet-owners are reluctant to leave their pets behind while they go on vacation. “As a pet-owner, I know how difficult it can be to find a great vacation spot that will accommodate me and my dog. That is why we felt compelled to make Viamede a pet-friendly resort where pet-owners can stay in a luxury lakeside cottage with their pet and enjoy a great vacation together,” says Sämann.

Viamede Resort is a staunch supporter of Golden Rescue, a non-profit organization that finds good homes for unwanted and abandoned Golden Retrievers. As well as sponsoring many Golden Rescue events, and fostering and adopting rescue dogs, Viamede has created the Maggie Fund in memory of Maggie, a Golden Retriever adopted through Golden Rescue who served as the resort’s first mascot and director of “Ruffreation.” Viamede will donate $10 to Golden Rescue for every dog that stays at the resort, and if the dog happens to be a Golden Retriever, Viamede will double the donation.

About Viamede Resort: A member of Ontario’s Finest Hotels, Inns and Spas, Viamede Resort is a historic full-service hotel and conference centre with over 50 private rooms and pet-friendly cottages on the shores of beautiful Stoney Lake. Located in the Kawarthas, just thirty minutes outside of Peterborough, this landmark Ontario resort offers three restaurants, a full-service spa, marina, convention facilities, wedding chapel, and 165 acres of pristine wilderness. To learn more about Viamede Resort's many fabulous vacation packages and accommodation specials, visit ( or call toll free 1-800-641-1946.

Contact Information:
Ben Sämann
595 Mount Julian Viamede Road
Woodview ON K0L 3E0

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