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outdoor magic

With over half a million freshwater lakes and rivers, and thousands of kilometres of coastline, it’s fitting that the name Ontario is derived from the Indigenous word for “Shimmering Waters.”

Surrounding our lakes and waterways are diverse and defining landscapes. Sim’s incredible natural beauty is matched only by the myriad of ways to experience it year round. Tour the great outdoors by snowmobile, bicycle, motorcycle or ATV. Enjoy skiing, skating or snowshoeing deep into the forest. Marvel at native flora and fauna and paddle across our shimmering waters.


Beaverton has some of the best ice fishing spots and always plenty to catch–if you’re lucky or skilled. I, it seems, am neither, but I like to get out there anyway enticed, like the opening quote, by my very active imagination and the hope that there is always “the big one” about to bite at the end of my line. To me, being out on a frozen lake is both wondrous (especially on a bright sunny day) and slightly scary when you stop to think about standing on top of the lake’s surface.


The Lake Simcoe area is home to hundreds of kilometres of pristine trails to explore and discover. Refer to the Mid-Ontario Snowmobile Trails and Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs websites for information on trail maps, trail conditions, Snowmobile clubs and more. 


Now, more than ever, it’s important to get outside and enjoy a lazy afternoon lounging by the lake. When scorching temperatures finally arrive, you don’t have to travel far to dip your toes in the water and park your umbrella in the sand.  

Lake Simcoe is the glistening, hidden treasure of the north —  with its beautiful crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, endless horizon and golden beaches, it is the perfect getaway from the everyday. Not to mention, the shallow waters of Lake Simcoe are much warmer than the Great Lakes and the best part is, it's not too far from The Snug

In the Lake Country we are blessed with some of the most beautiful and scenic waterways in Ontario. The region is nestled with picturesque waterfronts along Lake Couchiching, Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway. The best way to experience these water bodies is to get up close and personal. Take out your paddle, grab your kayak, canoe or SUP and go out on the water!

The Lake Country is a paddler’s dream. Whether you paddle by kayak, canoe or Stand-Up- Paddleboard there are several routes that can be paddled by beginner and experienced paddlers alike.



Strong Roots Yoga and Paddle - Sup paddle board yoga classes and private lessons. Carly hosts these dynamic experiences in and around Beaverton.  Contact Carly for more information. Call 905-999-0790 or email at ​​

You may book your sessions online at


Lake Country Adventure Co. - Fishing Boats, Pontoon Boats & Sea-Doo Jet Skis available just 15 minutes north. Minimum operational age for our watercraft is 21 years for propeller driven boats and 25 years for sea doos with a $2000 damage deposit required. You can reach them at (705) 326-1313 or email at


Riverview Kayaking - Rent by the hour or take a guided tour. Single or tandem kayaks available. Located 30 minutes South in Seagrave. Call 905-435-3814 or email lovingthenonquon@gmail.com

Mitchell’s Fish Huts - Lake Simcoe is known for its spectacular Perch fishing, along with the popular Whitefish, Lake Trout and Herring species. This company has been in business for 50 years. They are located 5 minutes away at Beaverton Harbour. Find out more at or call 7054269482.


Beaverton Harbour and Harbour Park. 24 Harbour Park Crescent, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0. A place to swim, picnic and get some ice cream at Barney’s restaurant. This park has a large splash pad for children to play. 


Thorah Centennial Park. Shore Line Rd, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0. This park has a playground and grassy area with picnic tables. 


Lagoon City Park. 116 Lake Avenue, Brechin, Ontario, L0K1B0. Nice sandy beach. 


Balsam Lake Provincial Park. Located 30 minute drive east of The Snug with easy day-trip hiking trails.


Mara Provincial Park. This serene park features a secluded lake beach, playground and short walking trails.


McRae Point Provincial Park. Located 30 minutes North of The Snug. This park features swimming, boating and natural trails.


Sibbald Point Provincial Park. Located a 20 minute drive South West of The Snug in Sutton, Ontario. This park is open all year round with hiking trails and beaches to swim.


Walk amongst the sunflowers at The Sunflower Farm. They host fun events throughout the Summer, such as live music, photoshoots, picnics and build your own bouquet workshop. Check out the seasonal schedule here:


Attend a yoga class at Continuum Yoga - guests of The Snug get $10 off drop-in classes. Classes range from vinyasa, warm hatha, supported chair, yin, restorative and meditation, available 7 days a week. Check out their class schedule here:

Get a mani/pedi and facial at The Beaverton Beauty Bar. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you do good. For more details about their staff and services, follow their website here:

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