Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort

Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort

March 13, 2015 16:52 ET

Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort in Muskoka Celebrates 125 Years

Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort (http://www.portcunnington.com), a landmark Muskoka lodge and resort on Lake of Bays, celebrates its 125th season in the Ontario resort business this year as plans to commemorate this important milestone are being finalized

MUSKOKA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 13, 2015) - This year, Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort (http://www.portcunnington.com), one of the oldest Ontario resorts still operating under its original name in Muskoka, celebrates its 125th anniversary in the Muskoka resort business. Kim Loader, the Innkeeper at Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort and descendant of the original lodge owner, reports that the Port Cunnington management team are currently working on plans to mark the occasion with a special celebration. Although the exact date for Port Cunnington's anniversary commemoration has yet to be determined, it will take place sometime during the historic Lake of Bays lodge's 2015 summer season this year.

Port Cunnington Lodge was a modest affair when it began welcoming guests 125 years ago. The lodge's first owner Boyce Henry Cunnington purchased the original Port Cunnington property in 1886 to start a farm. Unfortunately, the land proved unsuitable for farming, so he decided to become one of the area's first hoteliers, and in 1890, Cunnington opened his family home to guests. He quickly realized that there was a market for accommodating vacationers from the city. People had just started to discover Muskoka as a desirable vacation destination of great natural beauty. Each year, more and more vacationers made the trip north to Muskoka to spend their summer vacations by the lake. As the demand for lakeside accommodations in Muskoka grew, Cunnington added more rooms onto the family home. Later, he added rental cottages to the property until Port Cunnington Lodge could eventually accommodate 75 guests. As the years went by, Cunnington's son Charlie and his family would take on the responsibility of operating the lodge. In 1989, the Wadsworth family, the former owners of Deerhurst Resort, purchased Port Cunnington Lodge. Further development and additional land acquisitions would turn Port Cunnington Lodge and Resort into the place it is today. Over the last several years, Port Cunnington has added seven custom chalets and increased the resort's sandy shoreline to 1,800 feet. Today, Boyce Henry Cunnington's Victorian lodge remains the centrepiece of resort activities.

"It is amazing to think that Port Cunnington Lodge has been welcoming guests since 1890. To be a successful Muskoka lodge for 125 years is a remarkable achievement. Naturally, in order to keep up with the times and customers'expectations, Port Cunnington has changed over the years. If the original owners could see the lodge as it is today, I think they would be very pleased with the transformation. But, what has not changed at Port Cunnington and never will, are those elements that attracted our first guests to the resort over a century ago. Good service, warm hospitality, a beautiful setting and delivering good value for our customers' vacation dollar are qualities that will never go out of style," adds Loader.

About Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort: Warmly welcoming guests for 125 years, Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort on scenic Lake of Bays is a traditional four-season Muskoka resort that is perfect for family resort vacations, romantic couple's getaways, Algonquin Park holidays, conferences, group events, and destination weddings. Offering modern, custom-built waterfront cottage rentals and superior lakefront suites, all accommodations at this historic Muskoka lodge are tastefully furnished, with full kitchens and fireplaces in most. To ensure your Muskoka vacation or group event is a great success, Port Cunnington Lodge delivers friendly service, fine dining, and exceptional on-site amenities, with first-class golf nearby. For more information visit: www.portcunnington.com, or call 1.800.894.1105.

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